Glapwell return to the top
Glapwell returned to the top of the table on Easter Saturday as they came from behind to record a 3-1 victory at Retford FC.
The game itself was spoiled as a spectacle by the conditions with an extremely strong cross wind that made it more or less impossible to play any real football.
In the end, though, Glapwell came out on top to avenge Retford's victory at Hall Corner back in August and return back to the top of the league with Phoenix not in action.
Glapwell made two changes to their side from the victory over Ollerton the week previous with the unavailable Derrick Miller and Jake Ballinger replaced in the starting line-up by Adam Barratt and there was a first start for Jake Levers while Lee Naughton returned to the squad for the first time since suffering injury in November.
The first half saw Glapwell playing against an extremely strong wind which made it very difficult at times for them to clear their lines but they had the first chance after only three minutes when Adam Kimberley played in Josh Parfitt down the right whose delivery flashed across the face of goal.
Glapwell nearly fell victim to the conditions on six minutes, though, when a corner from the right was carried by the wind and it got a touch in the middle that needed to be blocked on the line by a Glapwell defender.
But credit to Glapwell they still tried to play football even against the conditions and they had another chance when good link-up play between Daniel Russell and Josh Scully saw the ball laid off to Scully who couldn't direct his shot on target as it flew over the bar from 25 yards.
On 17 minutes, though, Glapwell fell behind as they failed to clear a corner from the left and the ball fell to Tom Gilmore who finished well into the top corner from 15 yards.
It was a blow but given the conditions, Glapwell knew they just needed to stick in there but they were desperately unlucky not to be level just before the half hour mark when Kimberley played in Parfitt who held off a defender before crashing an effort that came back off the inside of the post and bounced out.
That was really unlucky but, nevertheless, Glapwell were on level terms soon after when Josh Scully crossed from the right for Josh Parfitt to touch the ball home from ten yards.
Glapwell managed to see out the remainder of the first period relatively trouble free which could be considered as a job well done given that they would have the advantage of the conditions in the second period.
They took advantage of the conditions as well on 56 minutes when they took a wind-assisted lead. Josh Scully's corner from the left was carried straight into the wind at the near post.
There wasn't anything pretty about it but nevertheless it was an important lead for Glapwell.
In terms of chances and flowing football, in all honesty there wasn't much of either but Glapwell did have a couple of half chances with Josh Parfitt dragging an effort well wide of the post before Luke Tong's snap-shot for the hosts was well wide.
With ten minutes remaining, Scully thought he had repeated his trick from earlier again when his corner from the left was taken by the wind but this time cleared right on the line by a defender at the back post.
On 84 minutes, though, the points were finally wrapped up as Josh Parfitt's strong run resulted in the ball coming to Daniel Russell who finished well with a low shot across the keeper into the far corner.
That was Russell's final activity of the afternoon as he was immediately replaced by Lee Naughton who played the final five minutes for his first action since picking up an injury in the victory at Welbeck that initally looked to have kept him out for the remainder of the season.
The final chance of the game fell for the hosts in stoppage time but an effort was dragged well wide of the far post from just outside the area.
So another important three points for Glapwell who record a fifth straight victory, and 16th consecutive unbeaten league game, as well as extending their already impressive away form this season to 34 points from a possible 36.
They return to the top of the league with Phoenix not in action and now sit a point clear at the top with still the advantage of two games in hand, with eight league games remaining.
The next six of those are scheduled to take place at Hall Corner starting with this weekend's visit of Easington United, which looks set to be their final visit given recent events, kick-off 3pm.
Goals: Gilmore (Retford) 17; Parfitt (Glapwell) 35; Scully (Glapwell) 56; Russell (Glapwell) 84
Retford: Jamie Housley, Tom Gilmore, Jason Swannack, Ben Marro, Nathan Fenn, Joe Knowles, Tom Sowden (Haydon Cross 65), Martin Woodhead (Reece Brett 63), Lee Gallagher, Luke Tong, Sam Hutchinson. Subs not used: Ryan Elkington, Luke Edward, Chris Holmes
Glapwell: Ryan Hopkins, Jordan Jones, Jack Hutchinson, Adam Barratt, Ross Murcott (Sean Gardner 64), Ryan Cancellara, Josh Scully, Adam Kimberley, Josh Parfitt, Daniel Russell (Lee Naughton 85), Jake Levers (Josh Clayton 65). Sub not used: John Styring
Glapwell Man of the Match: Adam Kimberley
Yellow Cards: Swannack (Retford) 22
Referee: Lewis Saunders-Johnson (Nottingham)