Welfare hit for six by championship challengers

Glasshoughton Welfare
Glasshoughton Welfare

Glasshoughton Welfare were well and truly put to the sword by a slick Retford United side on Tuesday night, although some woeful defending and unbelievable officiating hardly helped their cause.

Welfare’s run without a home victory continued as they suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat in their Premier Division game in the Toolstation NCE League.

In a lively opening Welfare more than matched their second placed visitors and went close to scoring, visiting keeper Jody Barford punching clear off the head of Callum Ward.

However, just as it appeared the hosts were settling a glaring Matt Donnelly miskick was pounced upon and driven home by Liam Wilkins to put United into an early lead.

Retford scored again as Wilkin darted through a static defence to calmly lob keeper Paul Hagreen.

Early in the second half Welfare had their best period of attacking football, but were dealt a cruel blow when Reece Thompson slipped through from what looked an offside position to place past Hagreen.

When Welfare’s close passing broke down in a crucial position United then swept past a flat footed defence for Wilkin to virtually walk the ball in.

Further agony was to come as once again from what looked an offside position Wilkin was allowed to score another.

Although Welfare managed a consolation goal, Dalton Harris heading home from a corner, the visitors rounded things up in the closing minutes when Richard Medcalf side footed home.

Welfare fared better on Saturday when they earned a point from a 1-1 draw on their trip to Albion Sports and so nearly plundered full points.

They started well with Ward put through, but he missed the target. When the same player then hit a fierce low free-kick home keeper Aaron Brian saved.

James Beaston’s piledriver flew wide, but after the opening flurries both sides settled down to playing some good entertaining end to end football.

Albion looked dangerous when the tricky Tate Williams made space to cross only for Daniel Facey to shoot wide and Facey was again unfortunate not to score, a further shot deflecting onto the upright.

At the other end Ward went close after stealing possession on the edge of the area and once again Brian was required to turn the snap shot away.

On the stroke of half-time Welfare rode their luck as a frantic rearguard blocked on the goal line from Williams and Lee Elam drove the loose ball against the crossbar.

The visitors survived early second half pressure before a grubber shot from Daz Young almost crept under Brian.

A 0-0 score line was looking probable until Grieg McGrory raised Welfare hopes by popping up in the penalty area on a one to one with Brian but angled the shot wide .

However, on 87 minutes after bombarding the home goal Welfare looked to have plundered the points, substitute Joel Freestone smashing home from close range.

But the joy was shortlived as victory was cruelly snatched from them when Albion’s captain Asif Hussain hit a 25 yard screamer into the roof of the net in the very last minute.

Welfare are at home this Saturday when they entertain Tadcaster Albion (kick-off 3pm). They also host Pickering Town in another league game next Tuesday (7.45pm).