*Please note, title does says first goal, but we have been reliably informed it’s Ryan’s second goal of the season*
Glasshoughton moved up to 10th position in the NCEL Division One standings yesterday, with a fine 4-2 win over Rossington Main at the TJs Travel Arena. (Main photograph by Non League Yorkshire)
Nathan Perks got Welfare off to a perfect start (4 minutes) with a neat finish. On 24 minutes Adam Walsh added a second to put Glassy in control.
Just after the break Rossington got themselves back into the game through Lee Holmes. However, Glassy added a third through Matthew Semley, just moments before Daclan Howe (67 minutes) pulled another back for Main.
The 75 fans packed into the Arena had to wait until five minutes before time before the points were truly secure when Ryan Poskitt scored his second goal of the season.
Poskitt was delighted to get his goal this campaign. “In my opinion we controlled the game from the off. We opened them up far too easily but didn’t make the right decisions in the final third. Saying that, we were more than comfortable at 2-0 and took our goals well.”
“Then a horrific challenge from their number 7 saw a straight red, no intention for the ball and no control in the challenge, could have quite easily broke Walshy’s leg, but luckily just tore his socks in 2 and the lad ended up with a few stud marks for his scrapbook but was able to continue.”
“We came out second-half very flat and invited them onto us without using the pitch and made very hard work of playing against 10-men. They got a freak goal direct from a corner but it was only two minutes later when we got the two goal cushion, with a well worked goal and a good finish from Semmers!”
“They scored a looped header to bring it back to 3-2, then the referee gave them another chance to bring them level after giving a penalty that looked very harsh on Pashley after the ball bounced off the strikers knee. Either way, justice was done when Max made a great save from the penalty on his debut. From then on it was only a matter of time for us to close the game.”
“Again good work on the right gave myself a golden chance to get the last goal. All in all, still a lot to work on but we can take many positives from the result and probably 65-70 minutes of the match. We will go to Harworth now with confidence growing in the lads from getting 7 points in the last 3 games.”
Joint Manager, Darren Holmes, was next out of the block and echoed Poskitt’s views. “Has to be said it was a game of two halves today. The team that played the conditions better were always going to do well. The wind and pitch were a huge factor.”
“I think we dominated the first-half. We limited Rossington to just a couple of chances and kept the ball well in the right areas and were well worth our 2-0 half-time lead.”
“The second-half was a different matter. Rossington made it very difficult for us, pushing us back and we made hard work of things. Credit to them they kept pushing and forced a couple of errors that resulted in goals. Thankfully we continued to create chances and scored two more very good goals in the second-half.”
“All in all we are very pleased with the 3 points and it’s now 10 from 15 so the little run continues and we take that to Harworth next Saturday.”
Lastly, we heard from Adam Walsh, who netted his seventh of the season for Welfare. “First half I thought we played well and controlled the game even before they went down to 10 men. We could have had another goal or so which would have reflected how much possession we had.”
“I thought the second-half we were poor; at times it looked like we had the 10 men rather than the other way round and credit to Rossington they kept going until the end and pushed us all the way. If their penalty had gone in (good save by our keeper on his debut) then they looked the most likely to go on and win.”
“Saying that, we held out and managed to put the game to bed in the last 10 minutes or so. I suppose the positive to come out of today is that we can play an under-par second-half and still grind out a win in windy conditions.”