LIVERSEDGE 2 GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 3
FOLLOWING THEIR RECENT MAULING IN THE LEAGUE CAMPAIGN, WELFARE SHOWED
TREMENDOUS RESILIENCE TO COME BACK FROM A TWO GOAL DEFICIT TO SCRAPE THROUGH TO WIN THIS COUNTY CUP TIE AFTER EXTRA TIME.
In a fast open game Welfare welcoming back Jamie Thompson and Mark
Newton had the first opportunity which Lee Parker drove across an open goal and at the other end visiting keeper Ian Philiskirk
made a rare misjudgement which allowed Sedge Chris Walton in but Simon Brooker got back to clear. Carl Fox threaded Parker
clear only to drive wide again and when the striker did finally hit the target Kyle Sutcliffe brought off a fine save. Welfare looked to be ruing the early misses as Liversedge went ahead on 35 minutes
when John Borland was allowed to squeeze in a cross and Adam Sadlar had the misfortune to suffer a cruel bounce on the uneven
surface, the ball breaking off him to wrong foot Philiskirk
Welfare were more of a threat down the slope and Mark Newton forced
Sutcliffe to claw a shot on to the crossbar and to safety and in complete contrast when Sedge’s Marshall struck the
upright at the other end the ball fell kindly for Borland to cross and Gareth Hamlet to head the home men further in front.
Fortunately within minutes Welfare had reduced the arrears when Danny
King picked up just inside the half ro work in and hit a low shot under Sutcliffe. Welfare
kept in contention with a battling perform and just as a valiant effort appeared to have been in vain and with the sands of
time ebbing away Carl Fox stepped up to drive a superb 25yds free kick in to the top corner giving Sutcliffe no chance.
Welfare had introduced Academy player Leon Henry who began to make
inroads in to a tiring defence with some skilful footwork and it was from his splitting of the defence and cross that King
coolly controlled to drive in to the roof of the net to on 115 minutes to give Welfare a well earned passage in to the next
Team: Ian Philiskirk,
Adam Sadler, Julian Wilkes, Paul Mattison, Simon Brooker (Darren Leech), Jamie Thompson, Andy Seed, Lee Parker (Leon Henry),
Danny King, Carl Fox, Paul Arkle, Luke Williams, Adam Fox