Despite interest from clubs in higher divisions, goalkeeper Mateusz Zaniewski has delighted Glasshoughton Welfare by agreeing to stay with the NCE Division One club.
The keeper enjoyed an impressive season with Welfare last term, helping the team to reach the play-offs after arriving from Shaw Lane.
Zaniewski joins much of last season’s squad in committing to Glasshoughton for next season. Also staying are stalwart defender Adam Walsh and his centre-back partner Sam Pashley, right-back Alex Marsh, defender Matt Cunliffe, utility player Connor Rollinson and left winger Rob Oldham. Keeper Jacob Collier gives Welfare strength in depth in goals while up front Houghton have retained Tom Carr and promising young striker Ryan Ferguson.
Welfare have been given further boosts with pacy Mitch Wilshire and experienced skipper Gaz Hunter agreeing to stay.
Welfare began preparations for the new campaign with a pre-season game against Whitkirk Wanderers when two late goals gave the West Yorkshire Premier Division side a 2-0 win.
Most of the squad that guided Glasshoughton into the play-offs appeared in front of a large crowd while a lot of the second half team were trialists.
Tom Carr hit the crossbar twice with the same free-kick in the opening minute. Andy Horbury and Gareth Hunter both went close and James Dyson had a goalbound lob headed away and another effort saved.
The second half was more of a dour affair. Returning forward Del Pollock was presented with Welfare’s best chance, his close range strike being well saved. Sallu Dawe opened the scoring on 70 minutes. Keeper Zaniewski then made two trademark blocks, but Glenn Wood struck with a free-kick.
Welfare continue their pre-season games tonight with a visit to Pontefract Collieries for the Bill Cook Memorial Trophy, kick-off 7.30pm, followed by a home game against Albion Sports next Tuesday evening (7.30pm).
Welfare have been drawn at home to Blyth AFC in the FA Cup on Saturday, August 11 and at home to Parkgate or Chadderton Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Vase on Saturday, September 15.