Match Report: Glasshoughton Welfare 1-3 Eccleshill United FC
Eccleshill got back to winning ways againt Glasshoughton, after a confident and assured performance saw them run out 3-1 winners.
The Eagles got back to winning ways on a sunny Saturday afternoon, coming out 3-1 winners in their final away trip of the season to Glasshoughton Welfare.
Sean Regan's side were eager to put the home loss to Selby behind them, and their fast start to the game helped them do just that, with Marcus Edwards scoring the opener inside two minutes.
Jonny Irving did well to get his head up and find Edwards with a perfectly weighted through ball, which Marcus latched onto and managed to poke around the onrushing keeper to give the away side an early lead.
The lead wouldn't last long however, with Glasshoughton pulling one back from the penalty spot in the 9th minute.
It was an incident to forget for skipper Sam Bradley, who tried to head a long ball back to goalkeeper Mark Bower, unaware of the Glasshoughton striker behind him. The striker latched onto the loose ball and rounded Bower only to be brought down.
The number four stepped up and slotted the resulting spot kick into the bottom left corner to level the scores.
Glasshoughton grew into the game following the equalizer, but there weren't many major chances to talk about after a high octane start.
Chris Lever was the next player to go close, as he headed a back post corner goalwards in the 25th minute, but his header deflected off a Glasshoughton defender and went out for another corner.
Four minutes later the big striker was involved again, after Irving did well to ride a couple of challenges on the right flank before finding Lever with a low cross. His left footed instinct strike was sliced wide of the far post however.
A few minutes later Glasshoughton were awarded their second penalty of the game, and it was more dubious than the first.
Matt Stor was getting across to challenge for a loose ball in the box when there was a slight coming together with the Glasshoughton striker, which the referee deemed a foul.
The number four stepped up again and went more central this time, which Bower read and managed to keep out, The Eagles had to make a few solid challenges as the rebound bounced around the box, before it was eventually cleared.
Bower's penalty save seemed to galvanize Eccleshill, and they almost retook the lead through Stor in the 44th minute. Mathers did well to pick him out with a raking crossfield ball which Stor brought down well on the right hand side of the box, but his half volley was wild and curled away from goal.
A minute later Bower was needed again, this time making a smart save with his feet in a one on one situation, as Eccleshill were caught on the break.
Similarly to the first half, Eccleshill made a flying start to the second, retaking the lead within three minutes of the restart through Charlie Flaherty.
Andy Cooper put in a deep ball from the left wing to the back post which was headed back across the box by Lever, and Flaherty was there to volley it in and give the away side the lead again.
It was almost two goals in a minute, with Flaherty almost turning provider in the 49th minute. His through ball found Edwards ahead of the last man, but the ball took a few bobbles and forced Marcus to slow down, in the end he took the shot early from outside the box and it curled wide of the target.
The hosts then had a period of pressure, going close twice within a couple of minutes. First in the 59th when their number 10 broke through and hit a half volley from the edge of the box, which Bower did extremely well to tip over the bar.
Then their number seven received the ball on the right hand side of the box in space, Bower committed and he poked it around him but the ball hit the side netting and was a huge let off for Eccleshill.
Glasshoughton's slight revival was halted in the 65th minute, when they were reduced to 10 men after their midfielder went in high and late on Liam Bartle to get his second yellow of the game.
The Eagles were looking to capitalise on their man advantage, and almost did so in the 69th minute from a corner, but the Glasshoughton centre back did well to clear a powerful downwards header off the line to keep the deficit to just one goal.
Up the other end a minute later, Bower continued his fine afternoon with another solid save, this time tipping a fierce near post strike away for a corner.
In the 74th minute the referee had to stop the game as Marcus was involved in an off the ball scuffle with a Glasshoughton defender, the incident took a few minutes to sort out and Eccleshill were awarded a free kick.
Edwards would get the last laugh however. Mathers headed the resulting free kick across the box, and Marcus was there to slam the loose ball high into the net to round off his brace, and make it 3-1.
Eccleshill had to battle hard to see out the result, and Flaherty showed his commitment to the cause in the 81st minute.
The ball was squared from the left flank to the Glasshoughton winger who looked set to tap in from six yards out, but Flaherty threw his body in the way of the shot and managed to block it away.
The rest of the match went by without any major incident, with Eccleshill looking comfortable and meriting the three points with a classy and solid performance for the whole 90 minutes.
The Eagles now move onto next weeks crucial mid-table clash against Winterton Rangers, hoping to see a similar performance and outcome.
FULL TIME: Glasshoughton Welfare 1-3 Eccleshill United FC