Popplewell pops up with a brace for Glasshoughton

Ashley Scothern, on target for Glasshoughton Welfare. Picture: Simon Hall
Ashley Scothern, on target for Glasshoughton Welfare. Picture: Simon Hall

Glasshoughton Welfare made it five wins in their last six games in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League last Saturday when they came away from Lincoln Moorlands Railway with another three points to climb to 14th.

James Popplewell opened his account for the club with a brace with Ashley Scothern and Adam Walsh also netting in a good 4-2 victory.

Welfare looked comfortable in the first half with a two-goal lead but Lincoln, who had won two in a row, shocked them with two goals in the 44th minute to go into the break all square.

Welfare joint manager Craig Wilkinson fielded new signing Lewis Akeister up front as Del Pollock was unavailable, but with influential captain Jimmy Williams and strong midfielder Andy Seed missing due to suspensions, the side looked uncomfortable in the first few minutes and they were lucky home forward Lee Croft had a strong shot blocked.

But Welfare took the lead on 10 minutes when a cross from the right by Popplewell was headed home by Scothern for his fifth goal of the season.

Then after Luke Durham shot wide Welfare should have had a second when Scothern, through on goal, saw his shot parried by keeper Gary Doran. The ball fell to Popplewell whose shot went just wide.

They did make it two on 32 minutes when great persistence by Ryan Poskitt on the right saw him fire a ball into the area and Popplewell volleyed home for his first goal for the club.

The home side came back strongly and both Jon Twentyman and Ian Ward saw efforts go just over.

Welfare were shellshocked just before half-time when two goals in a minute brought the home side level. First, Alex Mackinder hit a shot over Jordan Watson from 35 yards and then, virtually from the restart, Twentyman waltzed past a static defence before flicking the ball over Watson and into the net.

Early in the second half Akeister should have scored when a ball was headed back to him in the area but he clipped the ball over the bar.

The visitors continued to look dangerous, though, and they got their third goal on 69 minutes when substitute Tom Coyles’ free-kick from the halfway line was headed home by Popplewell.

Back came Lincoln as Mackinder and Lee Warman saw efforts go just over. But after Scothern had an effort blocked from the resulting corner, Walsh got Welfare’s fourth when he stooped to head into the corner of the net.

Popplewell was then only denied his hat-trick by two good saves by Doran who also kept out a powerful shot by Akeister, but Welfare were worthy winners and manager Wilkinson said: “It was a good three points in the end but we made hard work of it at times.

“I wasn’t happy with the manner in which we conceded the goals but we looked dangerous going forward against a side that were high on confidence after recent results.”