Hallowe'en horror show for struggling Ollerton Town
It might have been Hallowe'en weekend -- but Ollerton Town's latest match in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League's First Division was anything but a trick-or-treating thriller.
Instead they fell to a 2-1 defeat away to West Yorkshire outfit Glasshoughton Welfare and remain in the bottom four of the table, badly in need of a lift.
Ollerton thought their season was about to take a turn for the better after their best performance so far the previous Saturday in a 4-0 win over Selby Town. But Dave Winter’s side were beaten 2-0 by high-flying AFC Emley in midweek, and they paid the price against resolute mid-tablers Glasshoughton for failing to make early dominance count.
Both Sam Dockwray and Sam Stretton wasted presentable chances before the hosts took advantage by snatching the lead themselves in the 22nd minute. The referee pointed to the spot as Greg Hunter was fouled in the area, and up stepped Adam Hayton to dispatch his fourth penalty of the season.
Ollerton levelled just past the half-hour mark. Glasshoughton failed to clear a corner and after Brandon Shaw had headed the ball back into the danger zone, man-in-form Mark Carter was on hand to stab home.
The visitors kept pressing and almost went in front either side of the break when Lewis Bingham’s shot was saved, Josh Bowkett just failed to steer in the rebound and then Bingham went close with a curler. But it was Glasshoughton who came up with what proved to be the winner in the 55th minute when Conor Glavin ghosted into space and headed a Nathan Keightley corner past ‘keeper Scott Gretton.
The home team had other chances, which brought impressive saves from Gretton. But Ollerton also created opportunities for a second equaliser. Carter went close, Shaw saw a dipping drive fly wide and Bingham bent a late effort just off target.