N C East Prem Div
Mon 28 March 2005
0 GLASSHOUGHTON WELFARE
VISITING THE HOME OF THE OLDEST RECORDED FOOTBALL CLUB IN THE WORLD, WELFARE DENIED ALL THE ODDS TO
PRODUCE A RESOUNDING PERFORMANCE TO SHARE THE SPOILS WITH FOURTH PLACED CHAMPIONSHIP PRETENDERS
From the outset the game was end to end with both teams attempting to play football on a soft sticky
surface. Sheffield made the opening sorties but it was the visitors Jim Russell
who got in the first clear shot of the game without troubling home keeper Darren Bonnington.
Sheffield not surprisingly were enjoying most of the early pressure but again it was Welfare who were presented with
the first goal scoring opportunity, Lee Parker chasing what appeared to be a lost cause only for a defensive mistake to put
the striker on goal, but excellent keeping by Bonnington forced Parker to screw the shot wide.
With a number of well worked moves Club brought visiting keeper Tom Morgan in to action, but Welfare replied strongly
with both Remo Nesa and Mark Newton hitting powerful shots just wide. A tantalising Gareth Liversedge free kick went agonizingly
across the home penalty box with without any takers and on the interval Sheffield’s Chris White volleyed over from a
good position which saw both teams go in satisfied with the first period.
Sheffield resumed the stronger and Liversedge headed out from his own goal line before Morgan produced
a brilliant save from the ever dangerous Caine Cheetham, but Welfare replied with a good build up to force a save from Bonnington. In a purple period Sheffield laid siege to the visitors goal but were denied by two
outstanding saves by Morgan from Richard Carrington and Chris White respectively. In
the 73rd minute Welfare were presented with the best chance of the game, Jim Russell working in from the right
flank to open up the defence and present Lee Parker with a perfect opportunity but although Parker seemingly struck the chance
well, somehow keeper Bonnington managed to turn round for a corner kick. In a
tactical move Welfare brought on Setwart Holmes for Nesa, switching Andy Seed to his normal right side position, and consequently
Welfare finished the stronger of the sides, but on a day when ironically both teams were continually going forward, neither
side were able to open each other up sufficiently to produce a score, the final result being an achievement for Welfare and
of huge disappointment frustration to Sheffield’s title hopes.
Team: Tom Morgan, Gareth
Liversedge, Julian Wilkes Alex Hanson, Paul Mattison, Jamie Thomson, Remo Nesa (Stewart Holmes), James Russell, Lee Parker,
Mark Newton, Andy Seed, Darren Leech, Ashley Fieldhouse