Welfare hit for six

Paul Hagreen, conceded six goals.
Paul Hagreen, conceded six goals.

Glasshoughton Welfare produced a weak defensive display as they crumbled to lose 6-0 to second-placed Barton Town in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League.

Welfare were soon in defensive trouble after allowing the lively visitors the freedom of the park and after only seven minutes it was no surprise that they were punished when Town’s Ashley Lattimore was given space to dart through and drive low, giving home keeper Paul Hagreen little opportunity to save.

The hosts responded positively, but their first attack fizzled out when Liam Kellett put a tame shot directly into the arms of Barton keeper Ben White.

As both teams settled the game became finely balanced with neither keeper troubled until Town suddenly opened up and took advantage of some poor defending to net three times in a five minute spell,

The goals came from Gareth Barlow on 33 minutes, Ryan Cooper on 35 and Scott Phillips on 38, leaving Welfare a virtual mountain to climb in the second period.

Welfare mounted a concerted attack from the restart but the visitors’ defence looked comfortable.

This was in total contrast to a jittery fragile looking home rearguard who were relieved to see Lattimore and Phillips squander chances.

It was inevitable that Town would increase their lead and they made it five when Cooper nipped in to finish after Hagreen had parried a fierce shot from Phillips.

Andy Seed raised home hopes with a tantalising long range shot which was unlucky to go narrowly wide and Kellett forced White to turn a crisp shot over before Town had the ball in the net again only to be ruled offside.

Barton then appeared to take their foot off the gas and this allowed Welfare to come into the game more with Serroa Hilliaro firing over and substitute Tomas Halverson driving across the face of goal, but finding no-one to convert.

But inevitably it was the visitors who had the last shout, Henry Gill being left totally unmarked to hit a sizzler into the roof of the net in the 88th minute to add to the goal tally and leave Welfare in some disarray and pleased to hear the final whistle.

This Saturday Glasshoughton make the short trip to play Tadcaster Albion (3pm) and they are also in action next Tuesday when they travel to play Retford United (7.45pm).