Weakened Welfare lose out in six-pointer

Glasshoughton Welfare's James Dyson on the ball.
Glasshoughton Welfare's James Dyson on the ball.

Still suffering the effects of injuries, suspensions and work commitments that denied them key players, Glasshoughton Welfare failed to rise to the bar and were always second best against Thackley on Saturday.

In a potentially vital six-pointer in the Toolstation NCE Premier League against opponents who started the day just two points above third from bottom Welfare, it was Thackley who emerged victorious 5-0.

On an almost perfect playing strip poor marking by the visitors saw the home men go ahead in the very first minute, Mike Garrod being given oceans of time and space to head home a cross despite keeper Josh Archer partially saving.

Thackley were cock a hoop from this start and within eight minutes were further ahead when a cross found Tom Dugdale again totally unmarked to drive home low and hard.

Welfare replied with James Dyson working through but unfortunately the final shot was wide of the target and the home men returned the compliment with Dugdale again going close only to be denied by a brilliant full stretch save from Archer.

But from a well flighted free-kick the keeper, the busiest man on the field, was helpless to prevent Jermaine Springer from side footing home to take Thackley to the interval with an emphatic three-goal lead

From the restart Thackley were again well in control and within 10 minutes had gone further ahead, Garrod drifting wide before cutting in and drawing the unprotected Archer out before angling in to the bottom corner.

Soon after Dugdale was again in on the act, this time hitting a sizzling shot under the ever busy Archer, putting a bedraggled Welfare well and truly under the cosh.

Although that was the end of the scoring Welfare were made to defend right to the very end, which they did with much credit against at times a lightening attack.

This Saturday Glasshoughton are back at home when they take on Albion Sports in another NCE Premier Division game (3pm).

They are also in action at home again next Tuesday with a quick return against Thackley at Leeds Road (7.45pm).

Pontefract Collieries were without a game last weekend, but return to action in the Toolstation NCE Division One this Saturday away to second from bottom Grimsby Borough (3pm) when they will be hoping to get back to winning ways after losing last time to Yorkshire Amateur.

They are also on their travels next Wednesday when away to Eccleshill United (7.45pm) in another league game and now find themselves in seventh place, but with games in hand on all bar one of the teams above them.

Ponte have boosted their squad with another new signing, with midfielder Anthony Haigh joining from current NCE Division One leaders AFC Emley.