Glapwell finally lose the Thorn-e in their side
Glapwell's title challenge marched on last Saturday as they created a new club record with a 12-0 demolition of Thorne Colliery at Hall Corner.
This game was exactly how the final score would have it to look, Glapwell absolutely dominated from start to finish and played some of the best football seen at Hall Corner for a long time; and in the end created a new club record for the highest ever league victory beating the 10-0 thrashing of Dinnington at Hall Corner back in October.
To Thorne's side, though, it is difficult not to feel some admiration to their players who were depleted, and had to play the entire second half with only ten men, for not throwing in the towel on what was undoubtedly a difficult afternoon for them.
The 12 goals were shared out amongst four different scorers but the main headlines will go to Jake Ballinger who helped himself to five goals having only played the final 34 minutes as a substitute.
Something that could potentially get lost in this scoreline is that this was Glapwell's first ever victory over Thorne over the last five seasons.
There was only one change to the Glapwell side from the victory over Easington the week previous with Adam Kimberley returning to the side in place of Ross Murcott who had work commitments.
Glapwell made a strong, and quick start, again as they looked to take the game to their visitors and after only seven minutes they were in front when Mitchell Mullins found space down the right and pulled the ball back to Josh Parfitt who didn't strike his shot cleanly but it had enough on it to beat visiting keeper Mike Teale.
Parfitt could then have doubled his tally, and Glapwell's lead, just two minutes later when he stole the ball off a defender on the halfway line and found himself clean through on goal but he could only fire his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.
As massive as the final winning advantage was, it is, perhaps, easy to forget that Ryan Hopkins had to pull off a decent save to keep Glapwell in front on 11 minutes when he kept out Austin Hallam's effort at the near post.
Just minutes later, as well, Glapwell's lead was doubled in fine style as Joshua Scully raced on to a ball down the right and brilliantly dinked the ball over Mike Teale into the top corner from the edge of the area.
It was a brilliant finish and the two scorers were involved in the next chance as Scully played in Parfitt who could only drag his shot wide of the far post.
On 19 minutes, there was a strange incident as Jordan Jones' cross for Daniel Russell in the middle looked certain to lead to number three but Russell's goalbound effort was guided over the bar by the arm of a Thorne defender with the officials only giving a corner.
Some of Glapwell's play throughout the first period, though, was a pleasure to watch and chances seemed to be created almost at will with firstly Parfitt wasting another good chance when he blazed over from eight yards.
Captain Ryan Cancellara then had two goalbound headers, the first of which he couldn't generate any power on and was straight at the keeper before the second, from a Jack Hutchinson corner, came crashing back off the post.
Just before the interval, though, the game was over as a fantastic team move resulted in Daniel Russell smashing in an effort off the underside of the bar.
The football which led up to the goal was as good as any seen certainly this season and it gave Glapwell a three-goal advantage in which to take into half-time.
If the first half had been a tricky one for the visitors, the second was bound to be much worse as they had to play the entire second period with only 10 men after one of their players left at half-time with no substitutes available to them.
Just 45 seconds into the second half, Glapwell scored number four as Parfitt got his second of the afternoon when he rounded the keeper and smashed the ball home from Daniel Russell's pull-back from the right.
Indeed, the start of the second period proved to be quite the purple patch for Glapwell with four goals in the opening 13 minutes and Josh Scully was the next to score his second as his low effort from 25 yards had far too much on it to beat Teale in the Thorne goal.
Three minutes later, Scully completed his first Glapwell hat-trick, in only his fourth appearance, as a quickly taken free-kick from 25 yards flew into the top corner like a rocket.
In fact, it was that precise that even if the keeper had been expecting it he would have stood little chance of getting to it.
What may not originally sound like a key incident, Adam Barratt was replaced by Jake Ballinger on 56 minutes and two minutes later it was 7-0 as Adam Kimberley was desperately unlucky as his effort from 25 yards bounced back out off the underside of the crossbar with Daniel Russell on hand to tap in the rebound.
From this point in, there would have been genuine concern amongst the visitors to exactly how bad the final half an hour could be for them and they were let-off just after the hour when Glapwell had the ball in the net again but Josh Parfitt was denied his hat-trick by a dubious looking offside flag.
On 64 minutes, though, Glapwell scored their eighth as good work by Jack Hutchinson and Josh Parfitt down the left saw Parfitt round the keeper and pull the ball back to Jake Ballinger who had a simple tap-in.
Just a minute later, though, the visitors had the ball in the net but they were denied after an earlier foul on Ryan Hopkins while up the other end Parfitt had two chances for his hat-trick with one-on-one opportunities but he put the first one well over the bar before the second was tamely struck straight into the grateful hands of Teale in the visitors goal.
With still just under 20 minutes to go, Glapwell added their ninth of the afternoon as Sam Bartram made a great overlapping run down the right and pulled the ball back to Jake Ballinger who swept the ball into the far corner.
Glapwell, and Ballinger, still weren't finished there, though, as they got their tenth and Ballinger completed his hat-trick with a quick breakaway move, Ballinger and Daniel Russell played a clever one-two on the halfway line before Ballinger broke clear and clinically finished the ball into the corner.
Glapwell had now equalled their highest ever league victory with still 15 minutes remaining but they didn't have to wait long to surpass it, Ballinger adding his fourth on 78 minutes when he finished at the second time of asking after Mike Teale had made a smart save at the near post to deny his original effort.
Jack Hutchinson then had a good chance but he blazed a shot high over the bar before Ballinger had the chance for his fifth of the afternoon after good work by Josh Parfitt but he poked an effort wide.
With three minutes to go, though, the scoring was finally completed as a great ball by Daniel Russell to the back post found Ballinger who had a simple finish after finding himself in acres of space inside the penalty area.
So, a convincing afternoon for Glapwell who broke the club record for a league victory in some style and with the chances that did go begging as well it could have been much better.
But, a perfect afternoon for Glapwell who remain top and have increased their already impressive goal difference over their rivals, they remain one point clear of Phoenix with still two games in hand.
it does, however, appear to be no more than a two-horse race now for the title after third-placed Harworth fell to defeat at Brodsworth.
Glapwell know, though, that should they win their next four league games they will be crowned champions with two games remaining.
This is their seventh successive league victory and extends their unbeaten league run to 18 games, a stunning stretch of form which includes 17 league victories and only one draw.
Goals: (all Glapwell) Parfitt 7; 46; Scully 16; 51; 54; Russell 43; 58; Ballinger 64; 72; 75; 78; 87
Glapwell: Ryan Hopkins, Mitchell Mullins (Sam Bartram 61), Jack Hutchinson, Adam Barratt (Jake Ballinger 56), Ryan Cancellara, Derrick Miller, Adam Kimberley (Lee Naughton 76), Joshua Scully, Josh Parfitt, Daniel Russell, Jordan Jones. Subs not used: Jake Levers, Josh Clayton
Glapwell Man of the Match: Joshua Scully
Thorne: Mike Teale, Jermaine Green, Josh Copeland, Mark Sneap, Jonathan Weton, Kevin Lynch, Kyle Downing, Jack Steadman, Austin Hallam, Lee Winterman, Glynn Powell
Referee: Scott Spering (Pilsley)