Four first half goals put paid to Welfare getting anything from the game with Welfare struggling to cope with the pace of the hosts’ attack, writes Steve Pennock.
Manager Mike Carmody made changes to the Welfare line up as Liam Copley returned in goal whilst new signing Liam Wood came in at left back. Wayne Brook was fit to return in midfield along with Josh O’Neill and Alan Jackson camein up front with Steve Lyon making a rare start on the left.
Welfare made a positive start to the game with Brook forcing home ‘keeper Graham McLachlan to tip his 25 yard shot over the bar in the second minute and McLachlan had to repeat the feat from Brook two minutes later when a free-kickwas played short to him to again fire an effort in from 25 yards.
Five minutes later the Ammers took the lead when Adam Shaw was sent clear and he confidently slid the ball past Copley. Josh Bucknall cleared off the line from Ashley Flynn on 11 minutes before Shaw turned and fored past Copley from just inside the box on 12 minutes to make it 2-0.
Brook curled an 18 yard shot just over the bar after a good Welfare build up on 15 minutes but Welfare had a let off two minutes later when Flynn was through on goal but clipped his short over the bar from the edge of the box as Copley came out.
Copley denied Flynn on 22 minutes and then saved from Brice Tiani who made a great run through the Welfare defence from half way.
However, T’Nique Fishley beat Copley on the half hour when yet again he was played in behind the Welfare defence.
Welfare had a good chance to pull a goal back on 40 minutes when a well worked Welfare move led to Luke Williams firing an angled shot into the side netting when well placed at the back post.
On the stroke of half time Shaw was again sent clear and he made no mistake to beat Copley and complete his hat-trick.
At half time Chris Simpkins replaced Lyon and on 55 minutes McLachlan miss-controlled a back pass which allowed Williams to challenge him but as the two tussled for the ball the referee harshly deemed Williams to have fouled and awarded the home side a free-kick.
Gracjan Klimczak replaced Brook and forced McLachlan into a smart save on 57 minutes after bursting through into the box.
At the other end Copley blocked an effort from Shaw just after the hour but on 67 minutes Flynn made it 5-0 from the penalty spot after Copley had brought down an attacker inside the box.
Jackson had the ball in the net for Welfare on 75 minutes but it was ruled out for a handball offence against Jackson as he challenged McLachlan for the ball and on 88 minutes Williams dragged a close range angled shot across the face of goal after Jackson flicked the ball on to him.
In the third minute of stoppage time Welfare finally grabbed a consolation goal when a good cross from Simpkins on the left was headed in at the back post by Jackson.
Welfare : Liam Copley, Mo Selassie, Leon Wood, Josh O’Neill, Gary Lumley, Josh Bucknall (Josh Gibbons 73 mins), Liam Williams, Steve Garner, Alan Jackson, Wayne Brook (Gracjan Klimczak 55 mins), Steve Lyon (Chris Simpkins 45 mins). Unsued subs. Josh Dodd, Morgan Brough.
Referee : Mr. G. Whitehead
Attendance : 63