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The Report on Welfare's latest  Match ...

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PAUL ARKLE outstanding against Buxton

GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 2  v  BUXTON  3
What a game !!!  An understrength Welfare and title chasing Buxton served up a treat of flowing exciting football that saw chances created and missed , woodwork hit ,fine saves and last ditch tackles abound . There was enough entertainment to fill several matches . The five goals were all excellent in very differing ways and there was controversy too. Lee Parker missed two sitters, scored once and was denied a fine headed second by the poorly placed referee . These sides contrast so well that they might have been designed to play each other . Buxton's three at the back  , cavalry charge of an attack , complimented by the pacy counter attacking of the Blues . Goals were certain . In the previous three meetings the net had bulged NINETEEN times .
 
From the start both forward lines roared into each other . Dom Blair returned for Welfare and the young winger quickly got into action . A three man move involving Paul Arkle and Martin Woolford ended with his tricky run and cross . Keeper Scargill plucked the ball of  Lee Parker's head . Buxton are a good side and began to dominate possession forcing good solid defending from Brewer and Jackson at the heart of the Blues defence . Jermaine Manners did well to take down one crossfield pass from Blair and get in a cross again well handled by the big visiting keeper. Buxton were coming ever closer and when Kotylo and Tevendale combined for the former to shoot Paul Mattison scrambled back to clear from the line . Tevendale got through soon after and only James Shutt's rapid advance forced his shot off target . Welfare were dangerous on the break though and the pace of Blair undid the Bucks on 17 minutes. His long pass was returned to him by Manners only for his shot to ricochet back off of LEE PARKER . Blair played a quick return pass to the striker who turned sharply and found the left corner of the net with a sharp low shot . Undaunted the visitors continued to throw men forward and so nearly leveled when Kotylo bent a shot around the defenders beating Shutt but not the far post . Blair was tricking and turning the overworked Bucks defence and his cross saw Arkle shoot high . Woolford got free on the left soon after he had a glorious opportunity to give Parker an open goal but delayed and as the striker lined up his shot Catlin made a brave last gasp block to keep it out . The full back needed treatment for the injury his superb effort had earn't . Froggatt curled a free kick just wide on 22 minutes but it was Welfare who were to increase their lead moments later . MARTYN WOOLFORD picked up a pass and went into the area , his first shot was clawed away by Scargill but the Blues worked it quickly back in and the youngster lifted a shot over the keeper and home . Buxton were rocking and Scargill had to get down well to hold a Stuart Baldwin long shot .  It had been the best half hour of football seen at Leeds Road for a very long time and if the pace died down a little then the action didn't . On 42 minutes Ashley Brewer did well to get back and challenge Froggatt who was about to shoot . But there was no holding out under the constant raiding of a powerful Bucks attack .From the corner Brewer headed out but JAMES TEVENDALE met the clearance on the volley to score . Then on 44 minutes it was all square . JAMES TEVENDALE was first to reach a half cleared cross and his fine shot over Shutt went in off the underside of the bar . Welfare reacted with what should have been a goal of the season contender . A pacy break saw Arkle and Blair get a long pass up to Jermain Manners whose instant cross found the onrushing head of Lee Parker . The strikers effort flew past Scargill and only then did he collide with the late arriving Calvin . From yards behind play Mr Barber disallowed the effort seeing a push that clearly hadn't occurred .
HT  2 - 2 . 
If anything the second half was even more frenetic . Within seconds of the restart Froggatt beat Shutt but once again saw the frame of the goal deny him . The visitors put the Welfare goal under siege and Kotylo shot over , Tevendale saw Mattison beat him to Wainman's cross and Shutt saved smartly from Bevan . Welfare were waspish in reply and Blair tormented his markers to shoot wide . Next he passed to Arkle who drew the defender across and sent a pass to the unmarked Parker who seemed to have the simple task of netting . In a freak mishap he managed to shoot against his own trailing leg and deflect the ball over the unguarded goal . As Buxton threw everyone forward then the gaps became ever more inviting . Arkle sent Parker away and only another last ditch tackle from Askey saved his side . Buxton's approach was reckless and another golden chance was created by Welfare on the break . The ball fell to Ashley Brewer who was unmarked inside the box . The defender lifted an effort over the bar when scoring was easier . Blair and Arkle both saw shots go over . But it was Buxton who were to score the decisive goal on 85 minutes . Askey won possession on half way , his quick pass fell to Willis  who put a hopeful long ball low into the box . LEON WAINMAN had the forethought to try a clever backheal  and it worked perfectly leaving Shutt rooted to the spot and finding the net . There was still time for the Blues to make and miss a gilt edged chance . Woolford raced clear and put a low cross in for the onrushing Parker who somehow scooped the ball over an open goal . What a game , it was a privilege to watch .
FT 2  - 3
WELFARE ;  Shutt  ;Haigh , Mattison ,Jackson ,Brewer ; Manners , Arkle ,Baldwin, Woolford ;   Blair & Parker :  Subs - Brewer (W) , Johnson & Walker  :

GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE AFC are sponsored by COSTAIN Plc