Perks double in vain as Glasshoughton lose to title challengers

Glasshoughton Welfare's Regan Fish.
Glasshoughton Welfare's Regan Fish.

Despite two goals from new signing Nathan Perks, Glasshoughton Welfare slipped to their third consecutive league defeat on Saturday when they lost to 3-2 at Leeds Road to high flying Bottesford Town.

Welfare manager Mick Norbury was unable to attend the game due to a family illness and coach Roley Lanes was in charge of the side.

Former Glasshoughton striker Nathan Perks made a second debut for the club, having signed from Garforth Town, and there was also a debut for Reuben Pearse, recently signed from Selby Town.

Bottesford took the lead on five minutes when Pearse lost the ball in an attack down the Welfare left. A cross was lofted towards the far post and when headed back across goal Terry Barwick had the easy job of nodding the hosts’ first goal into the net.

Welfare came back and after good work by Ashley Scothern on the right Danny Cawley hit a shot just wide.

Town then had good chances with Barwick and Wayne Graves hitting shots over the bar and Danny Gibbons sending one just wide.

The visitors were made to pay for their misses on 34 minutes when Perks opened his new account for Welfare. A great ball over the defence from Phil Lindley found the new striker in space and he lobbed the ball over Leigh Herrick as the keeper closed him down.

Five minutes later he got his second when he was played in by Scothern. Perks held off a challenge by a defender before slipping the ball under Herrick to make it 2-1 and give Houghton real belief they could pull off a surprise result against opponents who had only dropped points once in their league games this season.

Just before the break Welfare were lucky not to concede a second goal with captain Jimmy Williams twice clearing off the goal-line as the visitors attacked strongly.

They held on and went into half-time 2-1 ahead.

Glasshoughton then opened strongly in the second half and Perks just failed to latch onto a pass from Scothern as he went looking for his hat-trick.

But the visitors equalised on 59 minutes when Barwick slotted a penalty home after Regan Fish was alleged to have fouled a Bottesford player in the area.

Graves had a great chance to win it for Bottesford a couple of minutes later, but Welfare keeper Jordan Watson made a great block.

At the other end, Perks then headed just over from a cross by Ryan Smith.

The winning goal came after 75 minutes when Watson came for a cross from the right but failed to get near the ball, and Martin Pembleton nipped in to head over the keeper and into the net.

Just before the end Graves had another chance to seal it for Town, but once again he shot over.

This Saturday Glasshoughton are away to Knaresborough Town (kick-off 3pm) and face another tough task against opponents up in seventh place and who are averaging well over two goals a game in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League.

Welfare are also in action next Tuesday night when they are at home to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, who are just one place and one point above them in the league. Kick-off at the Leeds Road ground is 7.45pm.

l Glasshoughton played a Leeds United youth side in a friendly on Tuesday night at their Leeds Road ground, competing well against a classy outfit who won the game with two first half goals scored by 16-year-old Lewis Knight.

Welfare had chances of their own with Nathan Perks having a “goal” disallowed for offside and Luke Norbury going close with a couple of headed efforts.