Pontefract climb to second with Dunn’s late goal

Brice Tiani was on target in the first-half as Hemsworth won a high-scoring game against Rainworth.
Brice Tiani was on target in the first-half as Hemsworth won a high-scoring game against Rainworth.

Pontefract Collieries climbed to second place in NCEL Division One by snatching a late win 1-0 win at Shirebrook Town on Saturday.

Michael Dunn took his tally to 19 goals this season by grabbing the winner three minutes from time.

An unmarked Dunn found the net with a back post header from a corner.

Collieries climbed above Grimsby Borough who lost 2-1 at Selby Town.

In-form Pontefract will aim to stretch their unbeaten league run to seven matches when they host mid-table Selby on Saturday.

Also in Division One, Glasshoughton Welfare paid dear for missing a series of gilt-edged chances in a 4-3 home defeat against Teversal.

Despite carving open Teversal’s defence several times in the first half, Welfare found themselves 1-0 behind after conceding on the stroke of half-time.

Three more goals were leaked in quick succession on the hour.

To Welfare’s credit, they fought back with goals from Conor Glavin, Lewis Askiester and Nathan Keightley. They nearly pulled off an unlikely comeback but the damage had already been done.

Welfare captain Adam Hayton was also controversially sent off in the dying minutes.

Glasshoughton’s downfall started in the opening 15 minutes.

Young striker Keightley raced through in the opening 30 seconds but was denied. Ash Scothern then missed two chances when it possibly appeared easier to score.

Those missed opportunities came back to haunt Welfare as half-time approached with Brett Watson heading home Teversal’s first serious chance.

Worse was to follow for Welfare as Teversal added three goals in five minutes mid-way through the second period from Kurt Bamford, Craig Mitchell and Luke Weaver.

Glasshoughton’s best player Glavin gave them hope by tapping home Keightley’s free kick.

Akeister then scored one of the goals of the season with a spectacular volley.

Teversal wasted the chance to put themselves out of sight when Dave Cockerill blazed a penalty miles wide.

Hayton’s second yellow card for dissent soon followed before Keightley converted Ollie Maude’s cross to set up a nervy finale for the visitors. In the end, it was little too late for Welfare whose next league fixture is home to Pontefract Collieries on Saturday, December 10.

Glasshoughton visit Farsley Celtic in the West Riding County Cup third round next Tuesday

Hemsworth Miners Welfare won a high-scoring Premier Division home game against Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday.

Goals by Sam Jones, Brice Tiani and Richard Collier put Hemsworth 3-0 up at half-time.

Nick Guest added a fourth before Rainworth got their first goal.

Adam Wilson’s 73rd minute effort gave the home side an unassailable 5-1 lead before the visitors completed the scoring with two more goals.

After Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat at Dunston UTS in the FA Vase, Hemsworth return to league action by visiting third-placed Bridlington Town on Saturday and then hosting lowly Armthorpe Welfare next Tuesday.

lGlasshoughton Welfare have signed Harry Flowers, the grandson of Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Ron Flowers, who was a member of England’s 1966 World Cup winning squad.

Flowers made his debut in Glasshoughton’s 4-3 defeat against Teversal at Leeds Road on Saturday.

He is a student at Sheffield Hallam University and has previously had a brief spell at Sheffield FC.

Welfare’s joint manager Darren Holmes said: “We have been chasing Harry for a couple of weeks.

“He’s a big and strong centre-back who is 6ft 4in and we have had injuries at centre-back as Sam Varley and Adam Walsh have both been sidelined. I think Harry had a decent debut. We are strengthening the squad. We need to as we have some suspensions coming up.”