Glapwell hit Dronfield for six
Glapwell marked their first home game for 14 weeks in style as they eased to a 6-0 victory over Dronfield Town Reserves at Hall Corner.
Two goals each from their three starting strikers, Daniel Russell, Josh Parfitt and Jake Ballinger, secured another three points for Glapwell who climb back into second place as a result of this victory.
They made only one change from their victory at Easington a fortnight ago with leading scorer Parfitt returning to the starting line-up with Jake Ballinger dropping down to the bench. There was a return to the squad for Sam Bartram, though, for the first time since November after a broken metatarsal.
Glapwell started the game strongly and were in front with their first real attack after four minutes when Jordan Jones' through ball found Daniel Russell, who beat the offside trap, and he slotted the ball home from 12 yards out.
They were looking very accomplished very early on as they looked to take the game to the visitors who harshly found their skipper Tom Gladwin in the referee's book inside the opening ten minutes.
On 16 minutes, though, Glapwell doubled their advantage as build-up play down the left by Jack Hutchinson and Josh Parfitt saw the latter pull the ball back into the middle to Daniel Russell who brilliantly beat a defender inside the area before neatly finishing from 12 yards for his second of the afternoon.
From this point, it looked almost like game over even at such an early stage with the visitors only really reduced to half chances and Glapwell could have been out of sight inside half an hour when a free-kick from halfway found Russell who again showed great footwork inside the area but this time he was denied by visiting keeper Chris Conroy.
After three more first half bookings, one of which for Derrick Miller was especially harsh, the referee pointed to the spot for Glapwell just before half-time when Jordan Jones was fouled inside the area.
Josh Parfitt stepped up but his spot-kick was extremely weak and was straight at Conroy in the Dronfield goal who probably didn't have to make an easier save all afternoon.
A good one-two then by Jones and Russell saw Russell bring a good save out of Conroy before on the stroke of half-time a good move saw Jordan Jones in down the right but he pulled the ball back towards Josh Parfitt but the ball hit him on the knee and went away from goal.
Overall, it was a good first half for Glapwell who should have been out of sight but just three minutes after the interval the advantage was extended again as Dronfield keeper Chris Conroy made a real mess of his attempted clearance, only slicing it straight to Parfitt who gratefully tucked the ball into the empty net.
Another chance soon after could have seen number four when Mitchell Mullins' dangerous cross from the right fell to Ross Murcott at the back post but he put his effort well over the bar.
Glapwell then introduced Sam Bartram who played for the first time in over three months after a broken foot and less than three minutes later, Parfitt added his second and Glapwell's fourth.
More defensive hesitation on the visitors behalf saw Parfitt again one-on-one with Conroy and this time he rounded the keeper before slotting the ball home from the edge of the area for his 25th goal of the season.
The visitors were now in danger of being totally brushed aside in the last half an hour or so but to their credit they did at least create chances of their own, after the ball bounced around inside the area Will Earl laid the ball off to Alex Jones whose shot was just past the post before Charles Bradwell flashed a shot wide from outside the area.
Just after the hour, though, Parfitt could have completed his hat-trick when he beat the offside trap from Jordan Jones' through ball but this time he couldn't beat the keeper as Conroy denied him with a good save.
A corner from the right was then headed back into the danger zone by Parfitt at the back post with Jordan Jones finding Josh Clayton who turned and hit a rising shot that was deflected just over the bar.
A ball down the left flank by Jack Hutchinson then found Daniel Russell who had a chance to complete a hat-trick of his own but he got into the area and fired his shot well over the bar when he should have hit the target.
On 70 minutes, though, Glapwell finally added their fifth of the afternoon when good play by Jake Ballinger saw him play the ball to Josh Parfitt who chested the ball back down to Ballinger on the edge of the area and he took a touch before unleashing an effort that flew into the net for his 10th goal of the season.
Glapwell's tempo wasn't quite as high for the remaining stages, but then again it didn't need to be as they had more than done enough to earn a well deserved victory but the visitors had a couple of chances for a consolation, the first of which required a goal line clearance from Derrick Miller before from a free-kick visiting skipper Tom Gladwin saw his deflected effort come back off the post.
Before the end, though, there was still time for Glapwell to add their sixth as a quick breakaway saw them have a four on three advantage and Daniel Russell squared the ball to the back post to Josh Parfitt who held off a challenge before pulling the ball back where Jack Hutchinson couldnt quite finish but Jake Ballinger was on hand to at the back post for his second of the afternoon.
The final chance of the afternoon saw Jordan Jones cut inside from the right but his rising effort from just outside the area brought a good save out of Chris Conroy who tipped the effort over the bar.
But another important victory for Glapwell, who climb back into the second place above Harworth and are just a point behind leaders Phoenix with two games in hand.
This also marks another league double for Glapwell after their 3-1 victory at Dronfield back in November and marks their fifth such milestone so far this season.
It also extends Glapwell's unbeaten league run to 14 games, a remarkable run of form that includes 13 victories and only one draw with the latest clean sheet meaning that only two goals have been scored against them in the last eight matches.
There are now just ten league games remaining this season, seven of which are at Hall Corner, starting with a big game next weekend against fifth-placed Ollerton Town who have revived their own title challenge with a strong run of league form of late, kick-off 3pm.
Goals: (all Glapwell) Russell 4, 16, Parfitt 48, 55, Ballinger 70, 88
Glapwell: Ryan Hopkins, Mitchell Mullins (Sam Bartram 52), Jack Hutchinson, Ryan Cancellara, Derrick Miller, Ross Murcott, Adam Kimberley (Jake Ballinger 58), Jordan Jones, Josh Parfitt, Daniel Russell, Josh Clayton (Sean Gardner 68). Subs not used: Josh Thomas, Adam Barratt
Glapwell Man of the Match: Daniel Russell
Dronfield: Chris Conroy, James Savage, Sam Fisher, Tom Gladwin, Chris Gambles, Alex Jones, Aaron Gordon (Zuzu Tshuma 57), Ash Rycroft, Billy Bennett, Charles Bradwell, Will Earl. Sub not used: Dan Hamilton
Yellow Cards: Gladwin (Dronfield) 9; Jones (Dronfield) 24; Rycroft (Dronfield) 36; Miller (Glapwell) 38; Bartram (Glapwell) 85
Referee: Andrew Harland (Nottingham)