Glasshoughton Welfare took the expected points from plucky basement side Nostell MW who surprisingly played some excellent football in Saturday’s Toolstation NCE Premier Division game.
On a bobbly surface that made ball control difficult Welfare were ahead as early as the seventh minute and went on to win 6-1.
Liam Tuck, returning from an enforced absence, got the ball rolling when he hit a vicious swerving low drive from the edge of the penalty area to beat former Welfare custodian Ben Saynor to go in off the base of the upright.
With this early lead Welfare were well in control and on the quarter hour mark went further ahead, new boy Matthew Bugg beating Saynor with a deft chip into the far corner.
Although Nostell then created their first half chance of note which Northern Machenzie headed wide, it was the hosts who scored next to widen the gap with Russell Headley cleverly rounding Saynor to put the home men into an unassailable lead.
It should have been added to before the interval, but Kieran Corley failed to make the best of a one-on-one with the keeper.
Within minutes of the restart Welfare went further ahead. James Beaston was baulked in the area and despite not going down and not making a claim he was awarded a penalty kick, which Beaston himself converted to put the game further away from the visitors.
To their credit, Nostell came back strongly and were unfortunate not to reduce the arrears, Alex Low hoofing off the goal-line with Paul Hagreen well beaten.
But Nostell added to their woes when an over strong back pass to Raynor forced the keeper into a last gasp parry to give Bugg the freedom to nip in and place into an open goal.
The visitors were giving their all and Hagreen was called in to bring off a fine save from the ever dangerous Will Hayton before Low finally snuffed out any lingering hopes of a revival with a headed goal.
With almost the last kick of the game Nostell did get a consolation score their efforts deserved when Matthew Patterson’s hopeful long range lob caught the home defence flat footed as both defenders and goalkeeper froze to watch the ball finish in the back of the net.
Welfare are on their travels this Saturday when they play Worksop Parramore in the NCE Premier (kick-off 3pm).