GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE 1
GOOLE AFC 3
WELFARE WERE ALWAYS IN WITH A SHOUT IN THIS PULSATING REVERSE FIXTURE
UNTILL TWO MOMENTS OF LACK OF CONCENTRATION IN THE LATER STAGES DENIED THEM A DESERVED SHARE OF THE SPOILS.
Welfare had the first couple of half chances, Jason Bradley firstly
being shot shy then raking across the goalmouth, but it was the visitors who went the nearest to opening their account, Steve
Davey forcing Andy Seed to clear off the goal line with home keeper Karl Codd well beaten.
Welfare were dealt a blow when striker Lee Parker was forced to retire on the quarter mark, Gareth Liversedge coming
on in a defensive position and Julian Wilkes being drafted in up front. Welfare denied Goole again before sweeping the length
of the field but Danny King was unable to turn the final ball in and when Seed controlled to strike a perfect volley keeper
Danny Fells brought off a superb save. Welfare found themselves behind after
27 minutes of play, Adam Walker’s shot getting a ricochet off John Haigh to completely wrong foot Codd. Welfare came back with a vengeance and although Gary Shaw missed the easiest of opportunities to put Goole
further ahead, the home men were not to be denied and in first half injury time, from a Martin Woolford free kick Julian Wilkes
hit a cross shot in off the far upright to bring matters level at the interval.
From the restart the game continued from end to end with first Richard
Dobson heading wide for Welfare before Codd made double saves from Graeme Whitehead and Mark Willoughby. Welfare introduced Dominic Blair to add more pace to the attack and Shaun Constable to bolster up the midfield
but in the 80th minute at a time when the game appeared to be heading for a draw Goole’s Steve Davey slipped
his leash to angle in from the left and drive under the despairing Codd, and five minutes later the same player made the game
safe for the visitors by turning in a Willoughby cross, to give a score line which somewhat flattered the league leaders,
and pay scant regard to Welfare’s heroic contribution.
Team: Karl Codd, Julian Wilkes (Dominic Blair), Steve Ball, John
Haigh, Richard Dobson, Marc Newton, Andy Seed, Jason Bradley( Shaun Constable), Lee Parker (Gareth Liversedge), Danny King, Martin Woolford.