Glasshoughton Welfare moved up to ninth in Toolstation NCEL Division One yesterday as nineteenth –placed and ten-man Parkgate began life after Billy Fox with a 2-1 home defeat to the men from Castleford- but Glassy’s Joint Manager Lee Vigars admitted that he was happy to leave Roundwood with the three points, writes Colin Muncie for the Bootiful Game.
It all started perfectly for the Steelmen, as skipper Luke Smith expertly converted a second minute penalty to give them an early advantage; but Gracjan Klimczak levelled matters for the visitors after 36 minutes , and the sides went into the interval at 1-1 in front of a crowd of 84. Klimczak clinched the points for Glasshoughton just before the hour, with Parkgate substitute Conner White seeing red shortly into his debut for Parkgate.
Lee admitted that his side were happy to hold on for the win despite a fine first half display. He told the Bootiful Game “A game of two halves would perfectly sum up today’s fixture. Despite falling behind early to a dubious penalty we have gone on to completely dominate the first half, playing some fantastic football in the process. We took care of the ball in possession; we moved it at pace and looked dangerous every time we got into the final third. It took some great saves from the home goalkeeper to keep the scoreline down”
Lee felt that tactical adjustments from the home technical area changed the game after the break. “I honestly thought we’d come out in the second half and go on and win the game comfortably. But credit to Andy and Lee who made changes during the interval -both in personnel and system- which threw a spanner in the works for us. Grach has scored his second to put us in front -but we were holding on for the last 10-15 minutes defending waves of attacks”.
“Credit to our back four who stood firm -but we really need to be better when leading to see games out properly”.