Spare a thought for Glasshoughton Welfare right now. They won’t be looking back on the back end of 2018 with any great affection as their performances continue to be good but frequently unrewarded in terms of wins. A case in point was yesterday’s 2-1 home defeat to Toolstation NCEL League Leaders Campion – but Glassy’s Joint Managers believe that better times aren’t too far away, writes Colin Muncie.
The home side took the lead at the TJ’s Travel Arena after just seven minutes, thanks to Matthew Semley, but Leon Hurles-Brook levelled for the table-toppers just before the half hour. The crowd of 86 then saw Andrew McCreadie clinch the win for the visitors with a quarter of an hour left.
Glassy’s Joint Manager, Darren Holmes summed up the current mood in the camp. “It was very frustrating today,” he groaned. “When you’re on a bad run things don’t seem to fall your way. For large parts of the game we dominated, played some very good football and created some gilt-edged chances. Unfortunately, after scoring an early goal we couldn’t increase our lead and let Campion back in the game. Campion played some very smart football and although I’m sure they will say that they were not at their best today, they played in the right areas and finished two of the four chances they created.”
Darren feels that the visitors efficiency in front of goal is a good example to his own players. “Campion’s good conversion rate is one of the reasons they are competing for top spot,” he admitted. “It’s fair to say, if we had finished our chances, we would have won the game. The lads worked very hard today – and again got no reward. The performances are improving and only fine margins are now separating us from the top teams.”
“Goals win games – and it’s something we have to address if we are to get amongst the front runners again this season.”
Joint Manager, Lee Vigars agreed that the gap between the sides was pretty thin. “As I said beforehand, when your luck is out – it’s out,” he noted. “Small margins decide games and yet again today we have created considerably more chances than our opponents – but failed to convert them. To a man, our boys have worked tirelessly for the entire 90 minutes today and I cannot fault the effort, commitment and attitude from any one of them. It’s soul destroying watching the boys go out, week in week out, and not get the rewards the performance and efforts deserve.”
“Football’s a harsh game sometimes and quite often you don’t get what you deserve,” he conceded. “We’ve not won in nine games now. There have been a few draws in there and a couple of games where we didn’t deserve anything; but there’s also been a fair few where we certainly did – and today was one of them.”