3 GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 1
ON THEIR VISIT TO DERBY BASED MICKLEOVER TOWN, WELFARE’S RUN
OF POOR FORM CONTINUED, SOME WOEFUL DEFENDING CONTRIBUTING TO THE SURRENDERING OF A HARD EARNED LEAD, AND VIRTUALLY HANDING
THE POINTS TO LOWLY HOSTS.
On a flat dry pitch which produced a lot of bounce both teams struggled
to control and the strong biting wind at Welfare’s back in the opening period was of little advantage. Sports offside tactics were repeatedly frustrating Welfare and both keepers were mainly employed in taking
crosses and gathering up behind defences which we largely on top, and it wasn’t until after the half hour that Phiuliskirk
was forced into the first save from home striker David Middleditch after the wind had wrong footed Simon Brooker., and from
the resultant corner kick Philiskirk clutched a goal bound shot from Tom Betteridge under the crossbar.
In the second period Welfare looked a better side and after a spell
of desperate defending went forward to create problems for the home defence cultimating in Andy Seed springing the offside
trap to put Danny King clear and although Sports were asking for an offside, King went on to round keeper Wayne White to put
Welfare in to a 63 minute lead. As time slipped by Welfare were looking more
comfortable by the minute and it was looking probable that they could take full points until in the 79th minute
the inability to clear the lines by a number of defenders allowed substitute Channon North to squeeze home the equaliser.
A draw still looked to be on the cards but several minutes later Sport’s
Betteridge who had been given the freedom of the park all afternoon put in a dangerous cross and again hesitancy allowed the
other substitute Craig Hanson time to dwell on the ball and drive past Philiskirk in to the top corner, and any hopes the
visitors had of retrieving the situation were dashed within minutes when a poor clearance from Philiskirk went direct to North
who unbelievably rode a number of challenges before sliding in, the second successive week that Welfare have been hit with
a two goal salvo from a substitute, to be killed off late in the game.
Team: Ian Philiskirk, Simon Collins, Mark Newton, Simon Brooker, Karl Jankowicz,, Andy Seed,
Liam Chapman, Alex Higgins, Lee Parker (Adam Sadler), Danny King, Fox (Darren Leech), Gareth Liversedge