Welfare recorded their first win since mid-December with an emphatic 3-1 win at East Yorkshire Carnegie courtesy of goals from Luke Williams, Alan Jackson and Darren Mansaram. The result ends a run of 11 matches without a win, report and photographs by Steve Pennock.
Manager Mike Carmody brought Tom Hogg and Josh Bucknall and Chris Simpkins into the defence whilst Darren Mansaram back into the side up front as part of a three-pronged attack with Williams and Jackson.
Welfare started the game positively with Simpkins and Steve Rollinson both seeing strong shots from distance comfortably collected by home ‘keeper Lewis Hill in the opening 6 minutes.
Mansaram carved out a chance for Williams on 13 minutes but he shot over from 15 yards but a minute later Williams did well on the left of the box to get the better of Matty Robinson before cutting inside and shooting past Hill from 8 yards to give Welfarethe lead.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 to Welfare as Simpkins swung over an inviting cross for Jackson to head powerfully past Hill at the back post.
Out of nowhere Carnegie pulled themselves back into the game on 20 minutes when a disputed corner found Jack Smith whose first time shot came down off the bar and was adjudged to have crossed the line before being cleared.
However, Welfare were soon back on the attack with Smith pushing a header from Bucknall over the bar on 26 minutes and a minute after half time Mansaram headed just wide of the near post from the left wing cross.
Jackson headed over with the goal at his mercy on 48 minutes after Wayne Brook and Mansaram had created the opportunity and Williams saw his 20 yard shot deflected wide on 52 minutes. The resulting corner was flicked on to Hogg at the back post and he headed over from close range.
Brook then put a 30 yard free kick just wide of the right hand post whilst on the hour a rare Carnegie threat saw Matty Littlefield clear but his tame finish was comfortably dealt with.
Welfare finally made their dominance tell when they added a third goal on 62 minutes when Williams’ well placed cross from the left picked out Mansaram to head in at the back post.
Mansaram then won the ball on the left of the box and picked out Williams but his fired just wide of the near post and substitute Gracjan Klimczak fired over from 18 yards on 84 minutes following another well worked Welfare move.
Goalkeeper Adam Stevens was forced to make his first real save of the game on 89 minutes when he pushed away a powerful angled drive from Tom Whiting.
In the end a deserved win for Welfare who ended their barren spell in fine style with a very good performance on a difficult pitch for both sides.
Welfare : Stevens, Hogg, Simpkins, O’Neill, Bucknall, Garner, Rollinson, Brook (Dodd 71 mins), Jackson (Klimczak 60 mins), Williams, Mansaram. Unused subs. Gary Lumley, Ryan Bedford
Referee : Mr. L. Smith
Attendance : 48