Strong second half sees Glapwell home
A strong second-half performance increased Glapwell’s winning streak as they overcame fourth-placed Harworth Colliery 3-0 at Scrooby Road.
This was an impressive result against a Harworth side that had only been beaten once in 11 league matches (at Hall Corner in September) and it increases Glapwell’s winning run to nine matches as they go four points clear at the top of the table.
In far from ideal conditions, Glapwell used the advantage of the conditions in the second period to produce almost a perfect 45 minutes to storm to another victory on the road after a somewhat drab first half in which Glapwell battled well against the conditions.
Glapwell made three changes from the victory at Welbeck with keeper Ryan Hopkins returning to the side, as did Ryan Duffy-McGirr, while there was also a welcome return, and man of the match performance, for Ryan Cancellara after more than three months out with injury. After a similarly lengthy period on the sidelines, Josh Thomas also returned to the squad with a place on the bench.
The first half started with Glapwell battling against the windy conditions and the first 45 minutes weren’t really anything to write home about due to this.
But Glapwell felt hard done by on 20 minutes when Josh Parfitt raced into the area before being brought down, the assistant referee who was only yards from the incident immediately flagged for the penalty, only to be overruled by the referee who was over 30 yards away.
Parfitt then went down again in the area and despite this one looking an even more clear-cut one than the previous one the officials were unmoved.
Glapwell did manage to create a couple of half chances in the first period, though, with Parfitt playing a clever reverse ball into the path of Daniel Russell whose shot was well blocked by a defender.
The home side, for their part, looked dangerous at times going forwards but they were lacking in the final third as despite creating a couple of half chances for themselves they failed to properly test Ryan Hopkins over the course of the 90 minutes.
A final chance of the first half fell to Glapwell, though, and it was a big chance as Adam Barratt picked out Tom Norris who blazed a shot well over the bar from 15 yards before the hosts had valid appeals for a penalty of their own refused by the referee.
The first half certainly hadn’t been a classic but Glapwell would have been more than happy with it especially seeing as they would have the advantage of the conditions in the second period.
And, on 51 minutes, they went into the lead when Ryan Cancellara’s low shot from 25 yards out couldn’t be kept out by home keeper Steve Wibberley who could only get hands on it to push it further into the corner.
It was a fitting return for Cancellara who hadn’t featured since being injured in the third game of the season back on August 22nd and Glapwell made an instant change by replacing Adam Barratt, who picked up a slight knock in the first half, with Adam Kimberley who had arrived during the first period from work.
Glapwell’s lead was nearly doubled just after the hour when good footwork by Daniel Russell inside the area saw him beat a defender before his low effort brought a great save out of Wibberley in the Harworth goal.
From the resulting Tom Norris corner, Russell headed just over the bar from 12 yards.
The next Glapwell change saw another player return from a lengthy lay-off as Ryan Duffy-McGirr was replaced by Josh Thomas, who was taking part for the first time since the defeat by Retford at the end of August.
With 20 minutes remaining, Jack Hutchinson played a clever one-two on the edge of the area before his low shot took a slight deflection behind for a corner from which Glapwell did extend their advantage.
Tom Norris’ set-piece from the right was flicked on the near post and was then, in turn, sliced into his own net by Harworth captain Martyn Gee from six yards.
That was the killer moment in the game and for the remaining 15 minutes or so, Glapwell were comfortable and had further chances to extend their advantage with Sam Bartram’s strong run down the right past two defenders seeing him unleash a powerful effort that looked destined for the far corner but for another fine save by Steve Wibberley.
Glapwell couldn’t be denied a third, though, with eight minutes remaining when Josh Parfitt won the ball back and played in Daniel Russell who played the ball out right to the overlapping Adam Kimberley who slotted the ball inside the near post from ten yards.
That capped a fine afternoon for Glapwell who recorded a fine result against a side that will be right up there come the end of the season.
It also marks the first ‘double’ of the season for Glapwell by following up the 8-3 win over Harworth at Hall Corner back in September and it is also the first time in five visits that they have recorded a victory away at Harworth.
It also represents a ninth straight league victory which is a fantastic achievement by the whole squad, as well as maintaining the 100% away record in the league this campaign with eight victories from eight away matches as well as seeing back-to-back league clean sheets achieved for the first time since January.
Glapwell now sit four points clear of Phoenix in second, although they do have a game in hand, and face another tough game this weekend when third-placed Appleby Frodingham visit Hall Corner, kick-off 2pm for the first of four successive home games in December.
(all Glapwell) Cancellara 51; Gee (own goal) 71; Kimberley 82
Steve Wibberley, Martyn Gee, Connor Brown, James Woodward, Leigh Warriner, Josh Davis, Louis Reed, Kenzie Tomlinson, Josh Dickinson, Lee Edmondson, Blake Freeman. Subs Ross Wicks, Marley Alder, Tom Hawkridge, Nathan Millington, Dylan Sisman
Ryan Hopkins, Sam Bartram, Jack Hutchinson, Ryan Cancellara, Jonathan Heston, Ross Murcott, Tom Norris, Adam Barratt (Adam Kimberley 51), Josh Parfitt (Josh Clayton 85), Daniel Russell, Ryan Duffy-McGirr (Josh Thomas 70). Unused Sean Gardner
Glapwell Man of the Match
: Ryan Cancellara
Brown (Harworth) 43
: Duncan Robertson (Lincoln)