Perks drives Welfare to victory

Nathan Perks scored twice for Glasshoughton

Striker Nathan Perks scored twice and missed a penalty as Glasshoughton Welfare won 2-1 against Rothwell Town in their opening friendly.

The former Pontefract Collieries frontman looked sharp and struck in both halves for his local side. The only downer was the penalty fail which meant he was unable to add the match-ball to his shelve of football memorabilia.

He was one of several faces from last season in the Welfare squad. Craig Tonkinson, stalwart Adam Walsh, Reece Horn, Matt Cunliffe and Ollie Maude all turned out, along with new signing Aiden Tyas.

The opening goal was quite majestic as Perks lobbed the Rothwell goalkeeper.

The visitors to Leeds Road equalised straight after half-time after Ben Andrew capitalised on poor defending.

Glasshoughton ended the clash strongly, with Perks always looking likely to score. 

In the space of six late second half minutes, the forward was at the centre of everything. 

Not long after hitting the post, Perks was given the chance of scoring from the penalty spot. He will be hoping that no-one was filming as his attempt went disastrously wrong as it went miles wide of the post.

Fortunately he was able to redeem himself with the winner when presented with a easy finish from just inside the penalty area.

Rothwell almost equalised a few minutes later, but Tyas defied physics to make a superb stop.

In the dying seconds, Perks almost sealed his hat-trick. After the Rothwell goalkeeper came racing out of his box, Perks took the ball past him, cut inside after being forced wide and looked set to score. However, the goalkeeper got back in time and made a fantastic save.

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