More frustration for Glasshoughton Welfare last night, as they surrendered an early advantage to visitors Armthorpe Welfare, who went on to convert their 2-1 half time lead into all three Toolstation NCEL Division One points at the TJ’s Travel Arena last night- and Glassy’s Joint Manager Lee Vigars felt his side only had themselves to blame, writes Colin Muncie.
The home side hit the front on 20 minutes through Adam Walsh, but to the dismay of most of the 97-strong crowd at the TJ’s, Armthorpe had turned the game on its head by the interval , through Jason Crisp (30) and Lee Betts (42 mins), and clinched a deserved win after a goalless second half.
Lee told the Bootiful Game that a pattern had emerged in his side’s first few games of the campaign “We really are our own worst enemies sometimes” he said. “In all 3 games to date we have had clear chances to not only take the lead, but to build a substantial advantage early; on but on each occasion have failed to do so. Not only does it keep the opposition in the game -it actually boosts their confidence. We have hit the post twice tonight in the opening 10 minutes when it looked harder to miss than score. Eventually our pressure paid off when Adam Walsh’ powerful header has put us deservedly in front. But then lapses of concentration at the back for us allowed them back into the game. Fair play to their lad who has struck a worldy free kick to beat Matt from 30 yards but the second goal we’ve conceded was just shambolic defending following another soft and needless free kick”.
“ We’ve had harsh words at the break and made changes just after to try and get on terms but in all honesty never really threatened them” Lee admitted. “ Young Lewis Pickering has come on and made an impact with his pace and energy and forced their keeper into two good saves but apart from that we looked a world away from what we’re capable of. You cannot carry six or seven players at this level because the end result will always be the same – defeat. The boys need to have a good look at themselves after that tonight and ask if it was good enough both in terms of quality and effort”
Lee had some words of advice for his players “It’s fair to say as a management team we will be looking to freshen things up if performances don’t improve immediately” he warned “ or the lads who have been benching recently will be given a chance to show us what they can do”.