GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 2 v ECCLESHILL Utd 4
Welfare went down in an interesting match to an Eccleshill side that took its chances when the Blues missed so many of their own . Glasshoughton were forced into recalling Central defenders Baker and Dobson ,neither of whom had fully recovered from injury and neither of whom finished the match . The visitors exploited the lack of pace in the home line up frequently and two of their goals came from lightening breaks ended with swift sweeping finishes .
Welfare started well and Paul Arkle put in a 5th minute cross towards Lee Parker that the Eagles defence struggled to clear. It was all Glasshoughton and Paul Mattison's cross led to Danny Sherriffe shooting over .On 12 minutes though a fast break by Coubrough saw Wood force Codman into a good low save. Within seconds the keeper did well to block Woods shot . The game was end to end and the best attacking came on the break . Such a situation led to Eccleshill taking a 15th minute lead . Howland sprinting down the right and putting a low cross in front of Couborough who swept a low shot firmly into the back of the net. Another fast attack on 21 minutes led to Larvin feeding Howland whose shot was deflected up over Codman and fell into the net . Back came Glasshoughton and Cressey put a pass to Carl FOX who netted off of the far post . On the half hour Parker put in a long shot that Bates did well to claw away . On 33 minutes Codman chased out to meet the advancing Russell and clattered into the Eagles striker . He was fortunate to escape with a yellow card , a sort of justice was dispenced when Woods Free Kick slipped under both the defensive wall and the Keeper to find the net.
H . T = 1 - 3
Welfare were quick off the blocks in the second half and Arkle set up Sherriffe for a cross that pinballed about in the area before being cleared . Cressey's corner was blasted narrowly wide by Bradley and Parker was twice ruled offside when he might easily have gone on to finish. Eccleshill had been penned back ,but when they broke in the 72nd minute they scored a carbon copy of the first goal . Again Howland sped away , again he crossed low and again Couborough applied the sweeping finish. Within three minutes the Blues completed the days scoring . A quick Paul Arkle Free Kick to Lee Parker was teed up for Danny SHERRIFFE to drive into the roof of the net .
F.T. = 2 - 4
Glasshoughton Welfare: Codman, Haigh, Cressey, Baker , Dobson ,Mattison, Noteman, Arkle, Sherriffe , Parker, Fox, Subs ;Woolford ,Edwards & Bradley .
GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 1 v GOOLE AFC 1
As this competitive and hard fought match entered its last seconds , table topping ,Goole looked to have sneaked a win through Darren Fells 72nd minute goal . Then young substitute Gareth Lewins picked up a loose ball in midfield and advanced through three defenders before letting loose a thunderbolt from 20 yards that left John Hood grasping at thin air . It was a wonderful individual goal and no more than the Blues deserved . Everyone played their part including keeper Paul Brennan who contributed with a string of fine saves and another brilliant penalty stop , his fourth from the six he has faced.
In front of Leeds Roads biggest crowd of the season and on a dry and bumpy pitch the pace of this match was relentless. Goole pushed forward and Reeds 4th minute cross was headed desperately close to his own goal by Paul Mattison. Harris's corner led to a shot that was hit over the bar by Fell . Richard Dobson was next to the rescue with a well timed tackle to stop Baldwin . Welfare replied with a flowing move that ended with Hood catching ahead of Parkers effort to meet Mattisons cross . On the quater hour Zoll crossed for Harris to put in a goalbound header , Brennan dived low and saved well . Then Reed set up Fell who hit a dipping shot just over the bar . Goole were powerful and hard tackling but Welfare rose to the challenge with Arkle and Knowles in the thick of a fierce midfield battle. Near the half hour Zoll ran free and a great sprawling block from Brennan kept the match goaless.
HT 0 - 0 .
With the breeze at their backs Welfare had a greater share of second half possession and Hood had to advance to take Sherriffes long pass as Parker bore down on him. Danny Sherriffe then got on to a Jason Bradley flick on to hit a screaming volley narrowly over . Then on the hour a flowing move saw Cressey and Bradley combine to put in a cross that Carl Fox headed goalwards . The effort was just too close to Hood whose quick reactions saved his side. Goole brought on ex Hull City veteran Andy Saville and within a minute he turned on to Fells pass and hit a shot past Brennan . It came back from the post only for the onrushing Reed to steer just wide. Then on 72 minutes came the goal that looked likely to settle the outcome. Steve Price lofted a long pass into the path of DARREN FELL who lobbed Brennan and to a loud roar from the visiting Viking hoard the ball settled into the back of the net. Within seconds a carbon copy chance came at the other end . Lee Parker ran on to goal but his lob was too close to Hood who stretched to catch . On 75 minutes Zoll sent in Saville for a shot saved by Brennan . Then on 77 minutes Zoll took the ball wide on the right of the Blues area . Nick Baker came in with a great tackle that should have conceded a corner . Referee McManara saw it differently and awarded a penalty . Baker was so incensed that he earned a booking for his outraged protest. Steve Price stepped up and powered his penalty to Brennan's right . In a familiar style the young keeper sprung to save .As time ran out the Blues looked to the young legs of substitutes Dominic Blair and Gareth Lewins . Pacy Blair drove wide on 86 minutes and again with a good effort earned by Lewins superb pass and his own trickery on 88 . Then as time ran out Welfare were rewarded for their days efforts when ex Halifax Town trainee GARETH LEWINS picked up the ball just into Goole territory . He beat one man, turned past another , evaded a tackle and simply crashed home a dipping volley that gave Hood absolutely no chance . A marvelous goal and a great finish to a very good match .
WELFARE : Brennan : Mattison, Cressey , Dobson ,Baker : Sherriffe, Knowles , Arkle, Fox: Bradley, Parker : Subs , Blair , Lewins & Edwards
GARFORTH TOWN 2 v GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 4
Welfare got back onto winning ways with this comprehensive victory over neighbours Garforth Town on Tuesday night .The first half was completely dominated by the Blues who played flowing creative football and overran the home defence. Despite this they fell behind to the first of two penalties conceded on the night . Two goals from Lee Parker and one from Danny Sherriffe put things right . Dominic Blairs first for the club capped a fine nights work for Fred Cliffe's men who thoroughly deserved the points.
Playing with the wind at their backs Welfare tore into the Garforth defence from the start . Inside 30 seconds a six man move ended with Lee Parker ruled narrowly offside with just keeper Gill to beat .On 2 minutes debut making John Ward set up Jimmy Knowles who shot just wide and then captain for the night Paul arkle sent Carl Fox racing clear , his cross led to a scramble in the box that the home side finally cleared . Garforth hadn't crossed the halfway line , but when they did they led . On 13 minutes GAVIN BIRMINGHAM chased a long punt into the box , Paul Brennan raced out to meet him and mistimed his effort . The referee pointed to the spot showed the Blues keeper a yellow card and Birmingham stepped up to score . Welfare were undaunted and continued to have all the play .A great move ended with Danny Sherriffe shooting wide and then on 29 minutes they were level . Jimmy Knowles won a ball in midfield and sent in Danny Sherriffe . His pass found LEE PARKER in space in the middle his first shot was blocked by Gill but he steered in the rebound . The Garforth goal continued to have a charmed life until the 38th minute when Richard Dobson won a challenge in Defence and stormed forward . His pass found Parker who neatly diverted it to DANNY SHERRIFFE who rounded the keeper and scored .Within sixty seconds it was three . Wayne Noteman put a long ball wide on the left , LEE PARKER beat Gill's charge out to score from the tightest angle .
HT 1 - 3 .
Seconds after the restart Parker might have completed his hat trick when Arkle's cross was headed wide . Then on 48 minutes Mick Carter came close to an own goal when his headed clearance from Sherriffe's effort hit the crossbar . John Ward saw his header saved and Parker slid a shot past the keeper but wide . With the wind at their backs Garforth were involved more than in the first 45 minutes and Glasshoughton were too intricate for their own good at times . Noteman and Haigh were outstanding and the home sides reply came the only way it could . On 70 minutes Ward tackled Lennon near to the areas edge and fouled him . GAVIN BIRMINGHAM drove in his second spot kick and narrowly beat Brennan's dive . Welfare were quickly back on track though Parker attempted a lob that was just too close to Gill's outstretched arms and then came a simply excellent goal . On 88 minutes Noteman's long ball found Parker in space wide on the left . He advanced and put a superb pass over two defenders for DOMINIC BLAIR to crash past the keepers outstretched arms and into the net low by the left hand post . The goal secured the win but there was still time for Lee Parker to contrive the miss of the season . Danny Sherriffe tricked and spun his way along the touchline before putting a low cross invitingly in front of the NCEL leading scorer who was unmarked and less than a yard out .Parker who had created two and scored two himself somehow ballooned the ball over the bar .
WELFARE : Brennan : Haigh , Cressey , Dobson ,Noteman :Ward , Knowles , Arkle, Fox: Sherriffe, Parker : Subs , Blair , Bradley & Edwards :
GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 0 v BRODSWORTH MW 0
The injury crisis , that has seen seven first team regulars miss all the springtime action , deepened during this match . Already struggling with players out of position the side were hit by a hamsting injury to the only remaining centre back Richard Dobson . When he limped off the Blues were left to contain a frontline that hit six past Ossett Albion last week with full backs Haigh and Cressey at the centre . The whole side dug in and despite loosing captain Paul Arkle to injury at the break it was Glasshoughton who made and missed chances to win in a keenly contested second half .
Welfare tore into the visitors from the off with Danny Sherriffe sending in a cross that Dominic Blair headed goalwards only for keeper Whitehouse to claw away . Then Paul Arkle hit a long shot that the keeper gathered well. In the 3rd minute Carl Fox got away and saw his shot drift wide . Brodsworth had their first chance on 6 minutes when Collinson saw Brennan catch his header . Sherriffe saw a shot deflected wide and a good move between Sherriffe and Blair led to Fox shooting over. Near the half hour an Arkle long shot was deflected off the line by Trodden . By then Dobson was struggling with a hamstring injury , Arkle was obviously struggling and Bradley was limping heavily . On a bone dry pitch under a warm sun the side struggled . Dobson went off and young Lee Speight dropped in to left back with Cressey moving alongside Haigh in the middle . Despite some rocky moments they hung on until the interval .
H.T. = 0-0
More dissapointment when Paul Arkle failed to start the second half with another youngster , Craig Edwards , replacing the skipper . But still the Blues battled and created chances . Sherriffe won a free kick and Parkers header was cleared. Brodsworth were more of a force and Brennan made a fine save from Radford on the hour . A deep Edwards cross was headed goalwards by Parker only for Whitehouse to save well .With ten minutes to go and Welfare on top Edwards hit a volley just over , then Carl Fox hit a screamer also just wide . With time running out came a great Welfare move . Lee Parker made a great run into the area and set up Dominic Blair . The youngster had done well all afternoon but instead of finishing in glory he watched as his shot at a gaping goal clear the bar .
WELFARE : Brennan : Haigh , Cressey , Dobson , Mattison, Bradley, Arkle, Fox: Sherriffe, Parker, Blair : Subs , Speight , Woolford & Edwards :