Glasshoughton Welfare maintained their recent improvement when a winning goal from Del Pollock three minutes from time gave them all three points against 10-man Eccleshill United in their latest Toolstation NCE Division One game.
The result continues the great turn round in fortunes that Simon Houghton and Craig Wilkinson have engineered since taking over as joint managers in December.
Welfare have now won six, drawn three and lost three out of the 12 league games the pair have taken charge for – turning them from relegation candidates to a solid mid-table side.
They had to dig deep for their latest victory as Luke Harrop gave Eccleshill an early lead. Pollock cancelled that goal out and a draw seemed inevitable before the late action.
Eccleshill defender Jermaine Springer’s second yellow card for an x-rated lunge on Lucas Middleton was a pivotal moment, especially when Pollock struck the fatal blow in a position that the defender may have occupied.
Pollock was a constant menace for Eccleshill’s defence in a game that the visitors dominated initially.
Glasshoughton struggled to acclimatise to the bumpy pitch and were the orchestrators of their own downfall for the opener.
New Welfare goalkeeper Mark Suttle’s started the chain of events as his goal kick came straight back at them. He raced out to try and rescue the situation, but Charlie Flaherty nipped in and passed to Harrop, who had a simple tap-in.
Glasshoughton responded with their main weapon Pollock, who looked dangerous every time the ball was launched over Eccleshill centre-halves Springer and Ash Slater. The pair looked uncomfortable at times and Pollock got in behind them a few times.
A different referee may have dismissed Springer in the first half after he hauled Pollock down 30 yards from goal, minutes before the striker did eventually grab the equaliser with a fine close range strike.
There was not much in it for a long period, although Suttle did his job early in the second half by tipping Jarrad Peltier’s goal-bound strike onto the crossbar.
Glasshoughton upped the ante by throwing on vast experience in Ryan Poskitt and Andy Seed, the latter back after suspension.
Down the left Welfare were particularly a threat and it was an attack down that wing that drew Springer’s wild challenge on the sprinting youngster Middleton.
Knowing the red card was coming, the defender did not even wait for referee Wayne Cooper to show it as he trooped off.
Welfare kept pressing for the winner and Poskitt superbly crossed for Pollock to slide the ball home and guide his side into 14th, above Eccleshill in the table.
Glasshoughton will be looking to continue their improvement away at Bottesford Town this Saturday (kick-off 3pm) when they are looking for revenge after losing 3-2 at home to them in October.