Josh Dodd’s 46th minute goal earned Welfare a point against Ollerton Town which was enough to move Welfare 10 points clear of the relegation zone, writes Steven Pennock. (Photographs by Steven Pennock)
With Leon Loftus unavailable new signing Shaun Carrington came in at right back whilst Liam Radford returned up front in place of Chris Jackson.
After a cagey start Welfare started to take the game to their visitors and went close on 13 minutes when Luke Williams picked out Chris Simpkins on the edge of the box and he fired in a low shot which ‘keeper Joe McCormack blocked but couldn’t hold, but he then smothered the ball at the second attempt as Williams slid in.
It was Simpkins who went close again five minutes later when Dodd picked him out just inside the box but McCormack managed to take much of the pace out of Simpkins’ shot and Reece Conroy cleared the ball off the line.
Ollerton’s first real chance came on 22 minutes when Lewis Bingham played in Aaron Sennett-Neilson but Welfare ‘keeper Alfie Stevens-Neale brilliantly blocked the Ollerton player’s shot from 8 yards.
Simpkins shot wide from the edge of the box before Dodd played in Radford down the right of the box and he cut the ball back for Josh O’Neill to shoot agonisingly wide from the edge of the box.
Ollerton took the lead on 33 minutes when Lee Betts conceded possession inside the Ollerton half and they broke quickly down their left for Bincham to cut the ball back to Gav King to blast in from 10 yards.
Immediately there was more energy about Ollerton and Lewis Price shot wide from 22 yards on 41 minutes as they started to look dangerous.
Welfare equalised less than a minute into the second half. Williams did well to win the ball inside the box and when he cut it back it was partly cleared by a defender but only as far as Dodd on the edge of the box and he found the bottom left hand corner of the net .
Two minutes later Betts picked out Williams inside the box on the left and he beat his man before sending a low shot which was deflected across the face of goal. The resulting corner saw Dodd clip the top of the bar with a snap shot from 10 yards.
Ollerton were reduced to ten men with 27 minutes to play when Radford sent Williams clear and he was brought down from behind by Brandon Shaw but the yten men went close when Price saw his shot from distance come back off the post.
Welfare had a justifiable claim for a penalty turned down by the referee when Williams appeared to be brought down by Ben Bowring but the referee waved away the appeals and on 81 minutes substitute Matthew Greaves shot wide from 25 yards and in the last minute Steve Garner saw his 25 yard shot deflected wide.
In the end Welfare enjoyed far more of the play and were under little pressure but were unable to turn superiority into more goals.
Welfare : Stevens-Neale, Carrington (Paskell 76 mins), Betts, O’Neill, Garner, Laight, Dodd, Aspinall, Radford (Greaves 72 mins), Williams, Simpkins (Mansaram 67 mins). Unused subs. A. Jackson, McKeown
Referee : Mr. A. Pontin
Attendance : 83