Season’s end – and eleventh place in Toolstation NCEL Division One – for Glasshoughton Welfare as they fell to a 3-2 home defeat to sixth-placed Dronfield Town at the TJ’s Travel Arena yesterday afternoon – but Glassy’s Joint Manager Lee Vigars wasn’t too despondent at the final whistle, writes Colin Muncie.
The evergreen Ryan Poskitt put the home side in front after just four minutes in front of the crowd of 48, but Sam Bebbington levelled for the visitors after 21 minutes. Nathan Perks restored Welfare’s lead just before the half hour, only for Anthony Holmes (38 minutes) to level up the contest at the break. Matty Ord clinched the three points for Dronfield with five minutes to go. Lee was happy with his player’s display on the day.
“I’m disappointed with the result today, but not the performance,” he told TBG. “Like I said before the game, we were down to the bare bones and had lads playing who really shouldn’t have been, with knocks and injuries who really needed the rest; but fair play to them for putting in a great shift in the last outing of the season. We started the game really brightly and deservedly took the lead only to let Dronfield back in with some poor defending. Perksy has restored the advantage, but again we’ve allowed them to get back on terms when we didn’t clear our lines.”
Lee felt that his players didn’t get the rub of the green after the interval. “The second-half was tough playing into a strong wind but we coped with pretty much everything thrown at us. We had a great chance to hit the front when Perksy went clean through, but the ball got stuck between his feet. Their winner was a bit cruel taking a huge deflection; but, all in all, I was happy with the boys’ efforts.”
“Time now to put the feet up for a couple of months before we go again.”
Ryan Poskitt admits that he’s glad to be back playing, but felt that his side could have snatched the victory. “It turned out to be an end of season fixture with nothing to play for both sides really, and the low crowd didn’t help us as a home side either,” Ryan told us.
“We set off really well, and Nathan Perks actually passed me the ball today – which I was quite surprised by – but it’s fair to say the ‘keeper had no chance once Nathan had put me through.”
“We then let in a couple of really sloppy goals that saw our defenders stop once our full back was clearly fouled in the process of one of them,” Ryan admitted. “A little naive really to say the least, but you’re going to get that with a young Glassy team. We seem to work really hard for our goals – as we did with the second – but throughout the season we’ve gifted teams theirs, which needs to stop if we’re to progress.”
“Credit to Dronfield in the second-half though,” Ryan acknowledged. “I think they played the wind very well and had some big lads that limited us getting any clear-cut chances after that. On a personal level it’s been a pleasure to get the boots back on, and credit to the gaffers for giving me that opportunity.”
Looking to the future, Ryan is optimistic. “I think it’ll certainly be a summer to have a look at the options and build for a team with strength in depth to have a chance of competing with the top four,” he told us. “The young lads this year have done really well and it’s always nice to play in the same team as lads 16/17 years younger than you! Hopefully as a club Glassy will kick on next year and be that top six club that the committee and the fans deserve to see.”