Welfare claim Unibond scalp in impressive pre-season display

Joel Freestone in action for Glasshoughton Welfare against Lincoln United. Picture: CLARK HIRST PHOTO
Joel Freestone in action for Glasshoughton Welfare against Lincoln United. Picture: CLARK HIRST PHOTO

Glasshoughton Welfare continued their pre-season build-up with a convincing 4-2 win against Unibond League outfit Lincoln United.

Looking stronger with every game, they were quick to establish control and in a highly promising warm-up for their forthcoming season in the Premier Division of the NCE League they were ahead from the 12th minute when Callum Ward netted.

Daz Young soon doubled the lead, converting a penalty after Joel Freestone had been brought down on route to goal.

Shortly after the interval Welfare went further ahead again from the penalty spot, Ward putting away the spot kick this time after being halted unceremoniously.

A fourth goal followed on the hour when Freestone finished off a good build-up.

With the game virtually won Welfare took their foot off the gas to allow the visitors two consolation goals, but they were full value for their win.

Welfare manager Rob Hunter was also pleased with his side’s display as they came close to beating Evo Stik Division One North side Harrogate Railway in midweek.

Honours ended even at 1-1 with Railway’s Spanish striker Jesus Martin-Farina putting his side ahead just before half-time and Joel Freestone equalising with a penalty 19 minutes from time after he had been brought down in the area.

Railway, who brought close to their strongest line-up, were hanging on at the end as their hosts created plenty of chances.

Glasshoughton play another pre-season friendly at home to Grimsby Humbertherm on Saturday (3pm).

National tool and building accessories supplier Toolstation has announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with the Northern Counties East Football League, the home of Glasshoughton Welfare and Pontefract Collieries.

League chairman David Morrall said: “The league is delighted to have secured this sponsorship arrangement with a high profile company which recognises the importance of local community involvement.”

NCE secretary/ treasurer Brian Gould said that hopefully all clubs in the league will benefit from the sponsorship deal and the ways in which to achieve this will be discussed at the next board meeting.