Mid-season update

Mid-season update

By Paul Hepworth
18 January 2016
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With an enforced ‘winter break’ now in place, this is a quick look at how the season has panned out so far.

And what a first half of the season it has been with Glapwell in astonishing form and finding themselves four points clear at the top of the league after a club record run of form.

Between September and December, they won all ten of their league matches and their form has been unbelievable at times, with an incredible 56 goals notched up in that run with just seven goals conceded.

On the road, Glapwell have also been ruthless, winning all eight league matches played to date, scoring 37 goals and conceding only five, that run including a club record away league victory.

In Josh Parfitt, they have the current top scorer in the Central Midlands League after his 22 goals in 15 matches in all competitions this season, including four hat-tricks and three of those in successive matches throughout October and November.

He has been ably assisted, though, by Jake Ballinger and Daniel Russell who have both also bagged crucial goals and have nine each to their name with 40 goals scored between the three of them so far in the league.

At the other end, though, Glapwell have been equally as impressive with just 17 goals conceded in their 14 league games, eight of which came in their only two league defeats to date this campaign.

They have kept three consecutive league clean sheets and have conceded only once in their previous five league matches and haven’t conceded more than one in a league match since early September when Harworth scored three times at Hall Corner.

The only lapses so far in the league came in successive home matches at the end of August when Phoenix and Retford both left Hall Corner with three points, although they were matches which certainly didn’t deserve to be lost.

But quite a few records have already been shattered over the first half of the season, a club record league away victory was achieved back in September with a 9-1 victory at Dinnington Town. That result is made all the more incredible given that Glapwell went into half-time a goal behind!

The reverse fixture saw the highest league victory for a Glapwell FC side as Dinnington were again put to the sword, Glapwell this time romping home 10-0 at Hall Corner on Halloween.

Other notable results have seen fellow title challengers Harworth Colliery and Appleby Frodingham beaten emphatically home and away, a 8-3 home win over Harworth was followed by a 3-0 win on the road. Appleby, meanwhile, were beaten 4-0 and 2-0 over the course of the last ten matches.

Again, there was disappointments in the cup as Blidworth Welfare progressed in the League Cup in September before East Midlands Counties League side Stapenhill came from behind to book themselves a place in the next round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup in October.

At present, the top of the league looks like this;

1. Glapwell P 14 PTS 36 GD +48
2. Harworth Colliery P 14 PTS 32 GD +29
3. Phoenix FC P 15 PTS 32 GD +29
4. Retford FC P 17 PTS 30 GD +12
5. Dronfield Town Reserves P 18 PTS 29 GD +9
6. Appleby Frodingham P 14 PTS 28 GD +40

The course of the top of the league has been reshaped, somewhat, by the unfortunate resignation from the league of Bentley Colliery at Christmas with their record being expunged.

That meant that Appleby lost six points whilst Phoenix lost three but also eight goals after they recorded a resounding 8-0 victory at the Avenue back in November.

Perhaps, fortunately, Glapwell hadn’t played Bentley yet this campaign so their record was left unaffected.

In the rest of the league, Welbeck are again left propping up the table sitting on two points from their 15 matches, although they have won this season, against Dinnington in December. They were, however, deducted two points for failing to fulfil their opening game of the season against Bilsthorpe.

Dinnington also had to wait a while for their first victory of the campaign, which came at the end of December as they ran out 3-1 winners against Thorne Colliery who started the season very well but have plummeted down the table after winning only once since August (against bottom side Welbeck).

Ollerton, on the other hand, are starting to pick up and they sit only eight points behind Glapwell in seventh place having played the same amount of games after eight league wins from their last nine stretching back to October.

Last season’s champions Bilsthorpe are down in 12th having lost all of last season’s squad and having to rebuild whilst Easington are, again, holding their own in mid-table and they have only two defeats in their league eight matches which is highly credible given the tragic loss of their player/coach Andy Martin aged 34 back in November.

Many people’s favourites for this season, Newark Town, are third from bottom after a torrid pre-season which saw their management team and nearly all their players leave on the eve of the season.

With the last six league matches falling victim to the weather, some of Glapwell’s momentum will have been stalled but the whole squad is raring to go again and relish the prospect of a genuine title race over the course of the season.

They are, of course, in pole position in that race but there are still three or four genuine contenders in that and with most of the sides still to face each other over the second half of the season there could still be a few twists and turns.

But, it is many years since Glapwell have found themselves in a position as strong as this and their fate is in their own hands now, they know they simply need to keep winning.

Hopefully, a return to action will come this Saturday with a trip to a Thorne Colliery side that are desperately out-of-form but always pose a threat to Glapwell with still no league victory over Thorne in the last eight league meetings, hopefully a record that will come to an end this weekend!

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