Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 6
26/08/23 - Wombwell Town vs Glasshoughton Welfare
If you can play poorly and take three points it might show the character and determination of the team who takes them.
Wombwell Town will definitely feel lucky after taking the points at the death against a Glasshoughton team who will be scratching their head as to how they didn't get at least a point at the Recreation Ground.
It felt as though the Wellers were going to press on after captain Eddie Agnew headed home Callum Walton's corner after just three minutes.
There was an almost scary moment ten minutes into the game as Jono Davis tracked the flight of a cross, and as he stepped backwards making sure the ball went over and out he clattered into the right hand post and to the floor. Thankfully though the keeper was able to continue for the remainder of the match.
The first half saw few chances after the goal, the best of which came from set pieces for the home side. Owen Birks headed wide after a quarter of an hour and Walton's free kick with four minutes to go forced a save from Alfie Hayes-Daubney.
Half Time: WTFC 1, GWFC 0.
The second half was a much livelier encounter with the away team stepping up the pressure and getting their rewards just eight minutes in. A switch from left back to right wing saw Bolton Makwedza race down the line and deliver the ball over Davis to Harrison Rowley who headed in from close range.
It took just four minutes for the Wellers to regain the lead courtesy of debutante Gavin Allott. Agnew's lofted pass across the box found Walton free. The winger's shot was blocked by Hayes-Daubney but fell to the onrushing Allott who was never going to miss from four yards.
Glasshoughton continued to apply pressure on the defence and equalised with their own rebounded effort with 12 minutes remaining. A long throw from the right was directed towards goal and the quick reactions of Davis kept the ball out, only for it to fall to Rowley who put in the rebound.
With five minutes remaining substitute Will Harling went down in the area and there were cries for a penalty. It took Harling a minute to get back to his feet, but as soon as the ball went out of play over came the ref to deliver a harsh yellow card for simulation.
There was no doubt three minutes later though as playmaker Gadhafi Kiwanuka found himself taking the ball into the area, only to have his foot taken away by the keeper for a certain penalty.
Gav Allott used his experience and cool head to slot home the penalty a minute later and there was no coming back for Glasshoughton in added time.
Wombwell Town - 3
Eddie Agnew 3
Gavin Allott 57, 89 (pen)
Glasshoughton Welfare - 2
Harrison Rowley 53, 78
Player of the Match