Glasshoughton Welfare round-off Premier season

Robert Pell (left), who scored Glasshoughton Welfare's last goal of the 2012-13 season.
Robert Pell (left), who scored Glasshoughton Welfare's last goal of the 2012-13 season.
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Glasshoughton Welfare completed their Baris NCE Premier Division on a low note as they lost 2-1 to an Armthorpe Welfare side still involved in a relegation fight.

In a game that had an air of last game of the season about it the home men showed the early initiative, but neither goalkeeper was called into much action.

James Beaston intercepted a dangerous cross to put the visitors on their first attack of note and on the 25th minute Glasshoughton’s Robert Pell lifted the gloom by firing in a long range shot with the aid of the stiffish breeze to put his side in front.

Reece Chappel then denied Armthorpe by clearing off the goal-line before Stuart Preston hit a smart shot narrowly over.

From the restart Armthorpe, possibly aware that they required full points in order to avoid relegation, were much the busier and appeared the better side.

They soon had the ball in the net but were denied for an apparent illegal charge on keeper Jordan Robson.

Armthorpe were utilising the wind to good effect, continually pumping long balls through and the alarm bells were ringing in the visitors’ defence. They were finding difficulty in containing the lively Darren Mansaram and on 70 minutes he controlled a cross before hitting a stunner of a goal with the aid of the upright to level matters.

Soon after the visitors’ fate was sealed as from a long free-kick substitute Richard Smith rose above a static defence to head home.

The hosts never looked like relinquishing the lead as Glasshoughton’s challenge petered out.

Welfare finished in 16th place in a 22-team division with a record of 12 wins, 10 draws and 20 defeats in their first season back in the Premier.