Castleford Challenge Cup
Glasshoughton Welfare 4 Knottingley Albion 1
fielded their youth team in this game and pulled off a major
shock by defeating their high flying opponents from the Selby
Knottingley had the strong breeze at their backs in the first half but it
was Glasshoughton that started
the more confidently and they took the lead
after 10 minutes when Matt Muscroft scampered through to play in MARTYN
who scored neatly one on one with the keeper. Albion came back
strongly and enjoyed their best spell of the game looking
dangerous at set
pieces and playing the long diagonal ball. They were rewarded when the
Glasshoughton defence hesitated
allowing JAMES HICKS to bustle through and
lob Darren Holmes. The Glasshoughton youngsters responded positively and
Holmes and Craig Edwards went close before half time.
The advantage of the wind in the second half gave Glasshoughton
and they dominated for long periods. They also took their chances - the
first a penalty awarded for hand
ball which MARTYN WOOLFORD calmly converted
after 50 minutes. Shortly afterwards, the pace of STUART HOLMES allowed him
to beat the offside trap and he confidently scored a well taken goal. Albion
were having a bad time and a mix up in
defence gave WOOLFORD the easiest of
chances to tap in his hat-trick goal on the hour. Glasshoughton assumed
control and it was testament to their maturity that Albion did not
create a chance on goal in the second half and only
kept the score at 4-1.
This was a superb display from the Glasshoughton academy with skillful
year olds Anthony Griffith, Alex Hanson, 'Oz' Muscroft and Andrew Seed
setting the tone and competing physically
with their open age opponents. Rob
Foreman and Gareth Lloyd, at the centre of the Glasshoughton defence, also
composure and poise against much more experienced forwards.
GLASSHOUGHTON: S. Holmes, C. Thomas, A. Hanson, R. Foreman,
G. Lloyd, A.
Griffith, A.Seed, M. Muscroft, S. Holmes, M.Woolord, C. Edwards, Subs: J.
Worsnop, C. Reynolds, D. Empsall,
G. Heald, L. Cleland