Match Photos are HEREWelfare had raced into an early 2-0 lead through Dan Middleton and Calum Ward goals before club captain Darrell Young saw his penalty saved on the half-hour mark.
This allowed Garforth a way back and Josh Cartman’s strike before half-time gave the Miners a lifeline. But, goalkeeper Paul Hagreen made a couple of top saves to deny the home side and Glasshoughton held on for a deserved win to leave their manager Rob Hunter delighted.
“He had an outstanding game at the back. And then Calum Ward’s all-round performance today was absolutely top draw. He got a great goal, won us a penalty and hit the post for the first goal and his all-round performance was fantastic so I’m really pleased.
“With Garforth scoring before half-time, the key thing for us was killing the game off in the first ten minutes of the second half. I didn’t mind wasting time or booting the ball out of the ground or hitting the ball upfront for Rob Pell and Calum Ward.
“I didn’t want us playing at 100mph in the first ten minutes of the second half. We did really well at that.”
Whilst Hagreen was in top form, Glasshoughton looked in great shape going forward. The return of experienced target man Rob Pell, making his first appearance of the season, made a huge difference as the Garforth defence couldn’t handle him and Ward.
Nicholas had seen enough of Clark’s performance and withdraw the defender, who during his 25 minute display had been given the run-around by Pell and Ward. Glasshoughton kept going and Middleton turned provider by breaking down the middle of the pitch before supplying Ward with the ammunition for goal number two.
Town did break through close to half-time when Young gave the ball away cheaply which gave Cartman a clean run through on goal – a chance the striker did not waste.
With Welfare yet to win this season, the jitters could have easily set in for the second half. But they didn’t and Greig McGrory and Russell Headley both went close to adding a third goal as Welfare controlled the majority of the second half with the help of Pell and Ward’s hold-up play upfront.
An equaliser would have been hard on Glasshoughton who deserved to win and earn a result that consigns Garforth to their first defeat in two games.
A disappointed Garforth head coach Nicholas said: “It is disappointing because I gave faith in some players who came in as a squad player and they’ve been dogged in saying ‘give me a chance’ and they haven’t been good enough on the day.
“They are not fit enough so the fitness levels need improving and we’ll be doing that on Wednesday at training. Some of them have got to buck their ideas up or they will be out.
Glasshoughton Welfare: Hagreen, Hirst, D Ward, Tuck, Low, Young, McGrory (Donnelly 62), Middleton (Corley 80), Pell (Edwards 90), C Ward, Headley. Subs unused: Wilson, Chappell.