Whitkirk Wanderers 2-0 Glasshoughton Welfare
Two late goals enabled West Yorkshire League Premier Division new-boys Whitkirk Wanderers to defeat Glasshoughton Welfare in East Leeds.
Most of the squad that guided Glasshoughton into the play-offs appeared in front of a large crowd, due to it being the only game in town as Selby Town’s titanic battle with Hemingbrough United was postponed due to administrative issues.. A lot of the second half team were trialists.
Deadly Tom Carr hit the crossbar twice with the same free kick in the opening minute. His thunderbolt hit the underside of the bar, bounced down and up again – hitting the bar for second time before Whitkirk somehow scrambled to clear.
Glasshoughton were on top for 20 minutes before the game tightened up. Andy Horbury went close, so did captain braveheart Gareth Hunter with an audacious effort.
The second half was a dour affair, with little happening.
Returning forward Del Pollock was presented with Welfare’s best chance. His close range strike was inch perfect, but the Whitkirk goalkeeper made a smart save.
Mat Zaniewski found himself the most busiest late-on. He was left exposed for the opener which saw Sallu Dawe score.
He then put his life on-the-line for Glasshoughton as play carried on in the Whitkirk half as two escaped small dogs penetrated his six-yard-box. The terriers were causing mayhem and creating a lot of space for themselves, but Zaniewski was brave by making himself big. He then showed excellent handling and reflex skills to divert the dogs away to safety.
That was minutes before former Garforth Town defender Glenn Wood superbly struck a free kick home from some distance with almost the last kick of the game.