GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 1 v LIVERSEDGE 4
Welfare put in a poor performance at home to Liversedge on Saturday . The Blues were again riven by injuries and absentees but in this match the side were well beaten by a Sedge side who never had to find top gear. Striker David Dickinson was an exception and his tireless display saw him score once and strike the woodwork late on .
Welfare might have led in the 6th minute but Dom. Blair's cross was miskicked in front of goal by Edwards . Sedge quickly broke and Brady put a pass to Hamlett who set up James Nestor. Shutt did well to block his first shot and from the rebound his second hit the post before going out . The Blues had been warned but didn't take note and within ninety seconds Carmody's poor pass saw Blake put Nestor free on the right . He found GARETH HAMLETT in acres of space and the big striker had the time to steer the ball into the net . Welfare were out of sorts in the middle of the Park and with Sedge persisting on hitting long balls for Hamlett to jump for we saw a scrappy match . On 17 minutes David Dickinson did get a pass though and he showed the defence a clean pair of heels before dragging his shot just wide as Sutcliffe advanced . On 20 minutes Welfare were levell . Carmody's cross was met by Hewitt's header ,DAVID DICKINSON was quick to react and drove the loose ball home from a narrow angle .Welfare went on the attack and on 34 minutes Carmody seemed to be tripped in the area as Welfare appealed in vain for a spot kick Sedge went on a rapid raid . NATHAN JAMES beat Wayne Noteman's attempted tackle and hit a shot past Shutt into the top of the net .From the kick off Edwards tapped a pass to Dickinson who , seeing Sutcliffe well off his line ,powered a shot high and accurately at goal . Sutcliffe scrambled back to make a flying tip over just in time to prevent his embarrassment . Sedge added the crucial third goal when Nestor ran at the Blues defence and created space to put a low cross in front of MARK BRADY . The ex welfare player netted with glee from close range .
HT 1 -3
The visitors were content with their lead and made little of going forward . Welfare had lots of possession but could create very little from it . On 54 minutes Dickinson got onto Jackson's pass to force Sutcliffe to tip over . The next incident came in the 74th minute ; Heavily overcommited to attack Welfare were putting the Sedge area under siege without ever finding the final pass . Haigh's attempt struck the referees back and deflected to James . The youngster couldn't believe his luck when he saw no one between him and goal . He ran the forty yards , drew Shutt and slipped a pass to MARK BRADY who drove it home much to Mansfield ref Paul Cottam's embarrassment .
To their credit the Blues kept going and it was Dickinson who made the final contribution when his header was tipped on top the bar by Sutcliffe .
F-T ; 1 - 4 ..
WELFARE ; SHUTT ; HAIGH, CRESSEY,NOTEMAN, MATTISON; CARMODY, EDWARDS JACKSON,HEWITT ,BLAIR , DICKINSON, ; Subs ; BAKER,WOOLFORD & MARRIOTT.
HARROGATE RAIL 2 v WELFARE 4
After Saturdays heavy defeat Fred Cliffe changed his personnel and playing system . Forwards Dominic Blair and David Dickinson returned from West Yorkshire League Football to partner Craig Edwards in a three man attack. With Skipper Wayne Noteman inspirational in midfield and the back four looking solid , the young Blues swept Rail away . The home side couldn't cope with Blair's trickery and pace . The wingman struck up a deadly partnership with Dickinson leaving Rail to a torrid evening of chasing shadows . Four were scored and double that missed as Welfare made light of missing 14 squad members as they gained their best win so far .Inside the first minute Welfare won a corner as Holmes had to stretch to stop Blair from getting in a cross . Ryan Carmody's corner was well met by Paul Hewitt but the header was too close to Neal in the Rail goal . On 5 minutes Morton fouled Carmody as he ran through , the midfielder got up to take the Free Kick but again the shot was too close to the Rail keeper. On 9 minutes Harrison brought down Blair and was booked , the winger was already running riot down the rail flanks . Minutes later he combined with Edwards to send in Dickinson whose shot was too high. The Blues should have led on 13 minutes ,Dickinson and Blair exchanged quick passes and set up Hewitt for a close range chance that was easier to score than miss , but miss he did! Rail took heart from their escape and the vastly experienced Sean Constable ( released from his full-time job as Leeds United's youth academy coach that afternoon ) began to get a foothold on the midfield . On 16 minutes he forced James Shutt into a fine save with a powerful header then on 18 he shot just wide . Welfare had dominated but fell behind on 20 minutes when Constables deep cross found HOWARTH unmarked to head across Shutt and in . Within seconds of the restart Welfare's excellent keeper made a great low save to keep out Brown's shot and then he did superbly to parry away a real blockbuster from Constable . Gradually Welfare got control again and Carmody did everything but score when his clever run ended with Neal saving at his feet. The equalizer came on 34 minutes when Blair was felled once again . Paul Mattison's free kick was knocked down by Steve Learoyd and RYAN CARMODY reacted quickly to take on the loose ball and steer a shot past Neal . Edwards was unlucky to see his goalbound shot deflected wide on 38 as the sides went in level at half time .
HT 1 - 1 .
The second half started with Glasshoughton penning Rail back into their penalty area . Four consecutive corners were won as the Rail defence desperately cleared their lines by heading the ball behind . From the fifth Carmody precision cross Skipper Noteman headed down to allow LEE DUTTON to force the ball home in a goalmouth scramble . The ex Rail defender made an equally important contribution to the win at the other end on 56 minutes . Brown got away from the Welfare defence and , as he lined up to shoot past Shutt , Dutton came in with a superb last ditch tackle to save the day . Welfare increased the lead on 64 minutes Blair dispossessing Morton and racing clear , he drew Neal out and slipped a pass to DAVID DICKINSON who had the simple task of steering the ball into the empty net . Blair and Dickinson exploited a tiring Rail who were forced to throw players forward , both had chances to score and both lobbed to high when through on goal . One of the defenders thrown forward by Rail was Featherstone . He thundered in two long shots as time began to run out , one forced Shutt into another good save and the second hit the post with such force that the rebound went out for a throw in ! With six minutes of stoppage time already played Rail reduced the areas when Brown sent in a cross that gave CONSTABLE something positive from his wretched day . Welfare responded instantly though , With Rail up in force to seek an unlikely equalizer Mattison sent Blair free , his quick pass put DAVID DICKINSON clear with Neal to beat . He rounded the keeper and ran the ball into the net to complete a fine win for the Blues .
F.T 2 - 4 .WELFARE ; SHUTT ;DUTTON, HAIGH, MATTISON, LEAROYD; CARMODY, NOTEMAN, HEWITT ; BLAIR , DICKINSON, EDWARDS; Subs ;BAKER , MUSCROFT & LLOYD .
LIVERSEDGE 4 v GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 1
Another Saturday , another defeat , another refereeing howler ! Welfare's season is in decline as a series of injuries , suspensions and appalling luck has led to a run of five away games without reward . The telling fact from this humbling at the Clayborne Ground was that by the time referee Wooton made the first of two shocking errors the Blues were already 3-0 down and a well beaten side .Young Craig Edwards brightened the day with his first senior goal but it was mere consolation for a Welfare side who struggled to make any sort of impact for most of this game.The Blues gave a debut to former Belper midfielder Ryan Carmody and welcomed back Paul Arkle but added Jason Bradley to the missing list as he served the first week of a five week ban imposed for his sending off against Arnold. In the first minute they might have led when Carmody forced a corner but Dufton put his cross too close to Sutcliffe . There seemed little danger in the 10th minute when James Nestor got on to a long pass in midfield but first Steve Learoyd and then Nick Baker missed tackles . The young forward turned past John Haigh in the area and planted a shot past James Shutt's dive to give Sedge the lead . Hardly had we restarted when a poor clearance fell to Paul Stevenson on the areas edge . The former Frickley defender crashed home a perfect shot that gave Shutt no chance . The Welfare keeper was busy and his 21st minute flying save from Hussain was outstanding . Minutes later Gareth Hamlett met James's cross and the Blues keeper flew to make a gravity defying stop. However , as the half hour approached Shutt was given no chance as the Ex Altrincham striker was played through the static Welfare defence to slot home an easy goal . Glasshoughton were awful in the first half , the side struggled to make a pass and seemed resigned to their fate from early on , gone was the spirit and sparkle of the early season and only Shutt stood between Liversedge and a hatfull of goals . As the interval approached he was quick out to force Nestor to shoot wide .
HT 3 - 0 .
The second half had barely started when the referee came up with a decision that astounded everyone . Nestor's shot was blocked by Mattison and the ball bounced up to hit the back of Nick Bakers arm , as play proceeded players and onlookers were shocked to see the Referee pointing to the penalty spot . As decisions go this was an outrage and when Andy Markham's spot kick was duly converted the Glasshoughton side seemed to gain a collective desire to compete . Wayne Noteman shot over on 50 minutes and the Blues suddenly seemed to find the appetite for the game , passes found feet , tackles were made and Sedge were restricted to the occasional breakout , from one Shutt did well to push Hamlett's shot onto the bar . Paul Arkle was put in for an unopposed run on goal on 75 minutes but shot at Suttcliffe with the goal gaping. The Blues were suddenly in the ascendancy and it was no surprise when CRAIG EDWARDS reduced the areas on 87 minutes . He got on to Paul Hewitts fine pass and put his shot past the advancing keeper to score . Within seconds we should have seen a Welfare penalty . Edwards was again free in the box , he turned past Smith and with only the keeper to beat was felled by the fullbacks outstretched leg . A more blatant penalty it would be harder to envisage , but referee Wooton was uninterested and waved play on .
F.T 4 - 1
WELFARE ; SHUTT ; MATTISON, HAIGH, LEAROYD, NOTEMAN, BAKER, DUFTON, WARD J, ARKLE, JACKSON, CARMODY ; Subs ; , HEWITT & DUTTON,EDWARDS ;
F.A.Vase First Qualifying Round Sat 20th September 2003
Curzon Ashton 2 v GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 1
Welfare made their exit from the F.A. competitions for another year at National Park in Manchester on Saturday . Missing an incredible TEN first team players through injury ,suspension and a wedding the Blues gave a debut to local lad Remo Nessa and rejigged others positions to cobble together a side . With everyone giving their all and with keeper James Shutt in inspired form they came close to a battling draw . In fact it took an outrageous refereeing howler to give their high flying North West Counties League hosts a win .
Makeshift Welfare were under pressure from the start as a series of misplaced passes let the hosts cut loose on a surface made slippery by the heavy rain . Shutt was quickly out to gather from Watson and then Nick Baker got in to head clear from Delaneys dangerous cross .Delaney got free again on 14 minutes and his cross would have found Mitten free to score if Dutton hadn't reacted and cleared with a clever back heel .Welfare were struggling to find each other and keep a shape to the side but when Nessa was in possession they were a threat . On 23 minutes his pass found Bradley whose lay back saw Wayne Noteman first to test ex Man Utd and Stalybridge keeper David Fish. Curzon took a lead that had been long coming in the 26th minute . A corner was whipped in low by Delaney and was not properly cleared the loose ball fell to Evans who forced home from close range . James Shutt has been an excellent acquisition by the Blues and the keeper has never been better than in the 15 minutes leading up to the interval . His low save from Mitten on 32 minutes was classy , his 35th minute parry from Tilley left the Curzon striker hands on head but even the ex Guiseley custodian couldn't keep out Delaney's powerful Beckhamesque free kick on 37 . Tilley chased on to a long punt from Wynne but the ball was first met by Lee Dutton . The Central defenders clearance rebounded off Evans and hit Duttons arm as the two collided and fell . The referee astounded the Welfare camp by awarding a free kick to Curzon and booking Dutton . Later the inept Lancastrian official blamed his error on a linesman's flag which he thought was for a foul , the linesman blamed the referee , but admitted that he was probably wrong to have flagged for handball. In either event Shutt was left to fetch the ball from the net and Welfare were incensed and 2-0 down. Shutt was called upon to deal with a Mitten shot but it was Welfare who were next on the attack . On 43 minutes John Ward did well to get on to Haigh's long pass and his cross was flighted towards Jason Bradley's head , Curzon's Whelan got up first though and deflected the ball out of Fish's reach and in for an own goal .
H.T.- 2 - 1 .
Glasshoughton came out for the second half with real determination and rolled up their sleeves to take the game to their hosts for much of the second half . In doing so they left the backline exposed and several great saves and last minute tackles ( particularly by Paul Mattison ) saw the nerves tested . Remo Nessa began to find more confidence and started to run the show through midfield and we were in for an end to end 45 minutes of goalmouth action . The excellent Delaney started it with a great mazy run but shot wide . Martyn Woolford's quick break led to Nessa getting in a shot from an acute angle but forcing Fish into a great tip around the post . Nessa next put in a corner that Baker headed powerfully but just wide . On 70 minutes Bradley sent in Nessa who shot just over . On 80 Nessa struck a long shot low and to Fish's right . The keeper flung himself to make a full length save . Between all of this we saw Mitten , Tilley and Evans all in the clear , twice Shutt was too good for them as his timing led to good blocks and once only Evans will know how he missed an open goal , but miss he did and Welfare were left attacking in full cry until the final whistle creating one half chance when Noteman did well to set up Bradley whose shot was blocked and scrambled clear . Curzon probably deserved the win , but it took a gift from the man in black to win it for them and Welfare can look back with pride on the effort put in .
Team: James Shutt ,Lee Dutton, John Haigh, Paul Mattison, Wayne Noteman, Tom Dufton , Nick Baker, Remo Nessa , Jason Bradley , John Ward , Martyn Woolford ; Subs = Steve Learoyd , Craig Edwards.
GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 4 v BRODSWORTH 0
After weeks of playing well without reward Welfare gained a comprehensive win over their Doncaster rivals without ever matching the control and fluidity of past games . On a sweltering afternoon both sides struggled with the bad bounce on the bone dry Glasshoughton Centre playing surface. After surviving Broddy's purple patch in the first half hour , when keeper James Shutt and rank bad finishing kept the game scoreless, the Blues went up a gear and might have netted more than the four they finished with . Popular striker Lee Parker netted twice in his last game as a single man and goes to his wedding next Saturday with the best wishes of everyone at the Club.The early stages were even and scrappy as both sides struggled to get the ball down and make accurate passes. Jason Bradley won the Blues a corner which saw Nick Baker head powerfully but straight at keeper Murray . Martyn Woolford went on a 5th minute run that took him through several tackles before being crowded out and Paul Mattison was forced into a great last ditch tackle to stop Broddy's Marry getting through .The surface seemed to suit the visitors long ball tactics better and Mattison was penalised for a foul on the lively Trodden .Marry putting his free kick well over the bar. Brodsworth should have scored twice in the 12th minute . First Henry Sibenga put a shot too close to Shutt who saved well and then on a break out Thompson found himself one-on-one with the Welfare keeper. Shutt showed all of his Unibond League experience to stand tall and the Broddy youngster tried a pass with the goal gapping in front of him .Baker was in to clear and with that escape the game changed and the Blues began to dominate . John Ward drove a crisp shot just over then on 37 minutes came the breakthrough , Jason Bradley got on to David Wards pass wide on the right . His deep cross found Woolford free on the far post with keeper Murray standing up to him . If the teenager had gone for goal then the keeper would surely have saved ,but instead he headed back across for LEE PARKER to stoop to find the unguarded net .
HT 1 - 0 .
The second half had barely started when Welfare increased the lead .And what a good goal it was . John Ward won the ball in midfield and passed to Woolford. His cross found Jason Bradley who drove a low pass in for the predatory LEE PARKER who steered it home . On 55 minutes Welfare's growing injury list worsened when John Haigh limped off to be replaced by debut making Tom Dufton . Then on 58 minutes came a third goal . JASON BRADLEY rode through several tackles before poking a shot that deceived Murray and found the net . It was no more than he deserved because his tireless front running was the key factor in this match . Welfare put Brodsworth on the rack for the last half hour . Parker was on the wrong side of several offside decisions , more than once incorrectly , and he earnt a booking for kicking the ball away after one such decision .Then the striker missed a golden chance to complete his hat trick when presented with the ball by Ridley's bad back pass
,he shot well over . Alan Jackson saw his header saved well and fellow substitute Paul Hewitt set up Jason Bradley who shot over . With ten minutes to go came the fourth and final goal and it was another good one. Wayne Noteman won a midfield tackle and found Bradley . His pass sent PAUL HEWITT in on goal . The Lancaster University student took the ball round Perkins and drove home a fierce low shot that beat Murrays dive .
F.T 4 - 0
WELFARE ; SHUTT ;MATTISON , HAIGH , NOTEMAN, BAKER, DUTTON, WARD D ,WARD J, PARKER , BRADLEY ,WOOLFORD ; Subs ; , JACKSON, HEWITT & DUFTON ;.
SHEFFIELD FC 2 v GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 1
It is said that luck evens out over the course of a season , if that is true then welfare are going to be very lucky soon . At Dronfield on Saturday they dominated possession and played well but once again came away with nothing . Still missing several key players to injury they were able to welcome back Paul Mattison and gave a debut to striker Alan Jackson who completed a move from Selby Town in midweek. Sheffields win was engeneered by the pace and skill of Duncan Bray ,surely one of the best individuals in the NCEL . His goals were both the result of mazy runs , one ended by Paul Arkles late tackle that drew a justified penalty.
The Blues started well but Mattison was quickly into the action with two fine tackles on the slippery Bray . The Sheffield striker did get free on 6 minutes though and James Shutt had to get down to save . Then in the 11th minute Welfare led . Bradley and Mattison combined well . JOHN WARD worked a 1-2 with Mattison and looped a header over keeper Bonnington and the ball found the net ahead of Faulkners despairing attempt to clear. Bradley put Ward in again on the 20th minute but Bonnington got down to make a sprawling save . Lee Parker went just wide on 25 with a hooked shot from outside the area and momments later just couldnt get on to the end of David Wards cross . Within seconds the scores were level . A long ball fell to DUNCAN BRAY outside the areas left edge . The striker weaved through several defenders before leaving Shutt flat footed with a drive into the far corner . At times the red haired front man was playing Welfare on his own and his pace and skill were admirable . It took all the experience of Noteman and Mattison to contain him , but Welfare had the play and created enough chances to have put the game beyond the hosts. Paul Arkle was dominating the midfield and his free kick just eluded Parker then an excellent move between John Ward and Jason Bradley sent in Parker whose shot was blocked . Just before the interval Bray fed Ingall whose shot was tipped round the post by Shutt.
HT 1 - 1 .
The second half saw more constant Welfare pressure and David Ward forced a 50th minute corner . The ball was worked back to the wingback who was fouled . Arkle put the quick free kick to Bradley , the Sheffield defence had been caught napping but not keeper Bonnington who raced out to save. On the hour a warning, so complete was the Welfare dominance of possession that the defenders were caught upfield and Bray raced clear to blaze wide .On the hour the Blues were less lucky. Lee Dutton missed a tackle and David Ward was caught upfield . Bray raced away with Paul Arkle making a huge run to get back , as both entered the area Arkle's tackle was too late and DUNCAN BRAY was felled for a clear penalty . He picked himself up and placed a firm shot past Shutts dive to score what would turn out to be the winning goal . The Blues stepped up the pressure but couldnt unlock a packed defence and the nearest we came to another goal was when that one man army Bray forced Shutt into a good save with his legs . The Blues had played well in defeat for the third away game in sucession .
WELFARE ; SHUTT ; WARD D , CRESSEY , NOTEMAN, BAKER, DUTTON , ARKLE ,WARD J, PARKER , BRADLEY ,MATTISON, ; Subs ; WOOLFORD, JACKSON, HAIGH;
NCEL Sat 30th August 2003
GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 3 v ARNOLD TOWN 2
Welfare recorded the seasons first win with an exiting performance full of flowing football at the Glasshoughton Centre on Saturday . In an incident packed match they created a host of chances but were dependent on the emerging talent of teenager Martyn Woolford to rifle home a 78th minute winner after a series of controversial refereeing decisions had reduced them to 10 men and kept the Nottinghamshire visitors in the game .
The Blues started well and John Ward put in Paul Arkle for a shot keeper Broster blocked inside the first minute . David Ward was causing the visitors trouble and his 3rd minute cross just eluded Parker . In the 5th minute he won a corner and delivered a perfect cross to allow PAUL BROWN to power home a header . Soon after Ward . D . was felled in the area by Williams but Mr Stewart waved play on . A lesser tackle by Cressey was harshly punished on the areas edge and BRETT WILLIAMS stepped up to drive home an 11th minute shot that gave James Shutt
no chance . Carl Fox wasted a glorious chance to restore the lead on the quater hour when he tried to stretch and knock in a superb David Ward cross . A header would have found the net but his atempt missed. On 18 minutes the Eagles took the lead , a corner was hit hard and low , no Welfare defender took charge and DARREN BOGAN reacted first to clip home . Near the half hour another Ward .D. cross caused panic in the Arnold box . Brown rose to head goalwards and it might have gone in but Carl Fox tried to make sure , his deflected header came back off the bar . It was all Welfare as neat moves from a busy midfield carved open the visitors defence . On 34 minutes Arkle was denied by Brosters fingertip's , but there was no escape four minutes later when an excellent run by Fox sent the ball to Jason Bradley who put a great pass in for LEE PARKER to open his account for the season with a firm finish .
HT 2 - 2 .
The second half saw more constant Welfare pressure with Arnold restricted to occasional but dangerous breaks . On 51 Bradley did well to forge a chance but chipped straight to Broster . John Ward went for a shot from distance when a pass would have sent Parker free . An Arkle free kick was inches wide and Broster did very well to stop a Bradley diving header from another great David Ward cross . On the hour Wayne Noteman was penalised and Williams hit another great free kick but this time arced the ball just wide . The referee had already upset the crowd with some inconsistent adjudication and in the 62nd minute justice was certainly not metered out . Williams felled Bradley from behind with a savage knee high tackle . The young striker struck out in anger .
Mr Stewart was probably right to show the Welfare man a red card , but Williams saw only yellow and continued . Within seconds and at the other end Arnolds Darren Back took exception to a Lee Dutton tackle and missed with a right hook . Then as both men fell to the ground , Back put a clear and cowardly stamp into Dutton's groin . The Welfare defender was stretchered away , but incredibly Back also escaped with a yellow card ! Ten man Welfare continued to dominate and John Ward should have scored with a header from substitute Martyn Woolford's cross . Ward then won the ball in midfield and sent a pass that put Parker in on goal , but as Broster advanced the striker scuffed the shot and the keeper gathered comfortably . On 78 the Blues got the reward they deserved , Lee Parker took a pass on the right and found John Ward . He screwed the ball back to MARTYN WOOLFORD who looked up and bent home a glorious shot from 15 yards out beating Brosters despairing dive . Three minutes later the teenager came close to a second as his low shot beat Broster but came back into play from the far post . The Blues had to survive some late pressure from Arnold , but in Brown and Noteman they had the experience and composure to cope and with Shutt confident and secure in goal they comfortably held on for a richly deserved win .
WELFARE ; SHUTT ; WARD D , CRESSEY , NOTEMAN , DUTTON , BROWN , ARKLE , WARD J, PARKER , BRADLEY ,FOX ; Subs ; WOOLFORD, BAKER,BIRD;
N C East League Premier Div - Sat 23rd Aug 2003
SKELMERSDALE UNITED 7 v GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 2
Welfare's ten year F.A.Cup hoodoo continued at Burscough on Saturday as anything that could go wrong did . An eventful afternoon saw Welfare loose three Key players to injury and have one goal not given . They were also subjected to a decisive howler from a less than equitable Lancashire official .Amongst the mayhem we saw one youngster from the Leeds Road U-19's come on and put in a gem of a performance that should ensure his first team berth for some time ahead . Martyn Woolford carved open the hosts with a series of controlled bursts down the left .
The hosts started well and the Welfare defence was under early pressure but held firm . In the 3rd minute the Blues hopes were severely dented when Standley's crude challenge ended Paul Arkles afternoon . It went unpunished and Arkle hobbled on for a further twenty minutes . On 7 minutes a break saw Holcroft put a lovely pass to RUDD who cut in from the left and powered a shot past Codd . The Welfare response was instant . Mattisons pass put Bradley in and he set up JOHN WARD to hit a great shot high into the side of the net giving Holcroft no chance . The hosts had the edge though and tested Welfare with a series of raids and long shots .On 21 minutes David Ward lost the ball in midfield. The hobbling Arkle was unable to get back and ASHTON smashed a fierce shot past Codd and in . Arkle was replaced by John Haigh with Wayne Noteman going into the middle . The Blues were under almost constant pressure though and Codd was injured in one save at the feet. On 33 Welfare were lucky to survive , Shaw's long shot hit the bar and Rudd drove the rebound for Codd to tip on to the bar again .A rare Welfare break on 44 minutes saw Nick Baker head just wide . Then disaster as Paul Mattison pulled up after another unpunished foul and need to be carried off . There was just time for John Ward to force a fine save from Holcroft with a well hit free kick .
H.T.- 2 - 1 .
Martyn Woolford started the second half on for Mattison . It was all Glasshoughton at this stage and on 48 a classy move saw Woolford put John Ward in . His shot beat Holcroft and hit the inside of the post , running along the line before being cleared . Two minutes later came the afternoons decisive moment . Another flowing Woolford run forced Hanson into a bodged backpass . The ball was high and Holcroft clearly handled the ball palming it to Standley who hit it upfield where ASHTON ran in to net . As Welfare protested bitterly and in vain Skelmersdale quickly got the ball from the restart. Holcroft got free and was fouled by Cressey who was booked . TOBIN stepped up and drove the ball in for a 4-1 lead . Glasshoughton put there sense of injustice behind them and got on with the game . The pace and skill of Woolford tied up the home defence as a series of raids led to Cressey putting a free kick on to STEVE LEAROYD's head , 4-2 . On the hour a similar move saw LEAROYD meet another deep cross and head past Holcroft only for Brownrigg to head out from behind the goaline . Welfare claims for the goal that would have put them back in the match were ignored . Shortly after the day was lost when keeper Codd succumbed to injury and was replaced . On 66 minutes a harmless cross was parried to ASHTON who completed his hat trick . RUDD was next in to beat the stand in keeper before Haigh took over between the posts , but at 6-2 the day was lost . With four minutes to go OSMAN nipped through the defence to add a seventh goal . With a minute left Nick Baker was hauled down by Shaw. Once again the referee took no action until Matt Cressey slid in to foul the perpetrator . This time the official did act and the Welfare man left after being shown a second yellow card .
Team: Carl Codd, Paul Mattison, Matthew Cressey, Wayne Noteman, Nick Baker, Steve Learoyd, David Ward, Paul Arkle, Jason Bradley ,John Ward , Karl Fox: Martyn Woolford, Lee Dutton (not used) John Haigh