Glapwell will have taken a great amount of confidence from the weekend victory at Easington United and they continued in the same vein with another good performance against a side that had won their previous five matches.
Only Ash Barber was missing from that game and he was replaced by Adam Seward who made his debut while there was a surprise in Harworth’s squad in the shape of ex-Glapwell favourite Gary Page who was a regular in the NCEL days of the late 1990’s.
It was Harworth that started the game brighter and they had the first chance of the game after only three minutes but Tom Walker hit a shot straight at Ryan Hopkins from the edge of the area.
Glapwell had their first chance on 11 minutes when Jack Weaver made a good run at the Harworth defence before hitting a decent effort from 20 yards that was well held by home keeper Mark Latham.
Five minutes later, Glapwell were desperately unlucky not to find themselves in front as Geoffrey Gouveia’s free-kick from 25 yards bounced back out off the underside of the crossbar with Latham a mere spectator.
Harworth looked a threat as an attacking force at times but great credit should go to the Glapwell back four who dealt with just about everything although Gregg Archer should have done better for the hosts when he volleyed well wide before Gouveia tried a speculative effort from 25 yards for Glapwell but it was never troubling Latham.
However, ten minutes before the break, the home side really should have gone in front as Ryan Paczkowski swung in a harshly awarded free-kick from the right hand side which was met by Archer who had a free header eight yards out but he headed wide when he really should have scored.
But just as looked like the sides would go in at the break all square, Glapwell took the lead on 40 minutes. Jack Weaver played a fantastic ball through to Adam Seward who kept his composure well to finish past Latham from just inside the area for a debut goal.
Glapwell would have been delighted with how the first half had gone but they would have expected to come under pressure in the second but their lead really should have been doubled just three minutes after the interval but Ross Murcott could only volley wide from 12 yards from Andrei Pykett’s cross.
And with the next chance of the game, Harworth were level. A cross from the right was misjudged by Ryan Hopkins and the loose ball was gratefully headed into the net by Lee Edmondson from a yard out.
They weren’t level for long, though, as Glapwell regained the lead just seconds later as straight from the kick-off, Harworth skipper James Woodward headed past his own keeper after an almighty miscommunication although credit should go to Jack Weaver whose closing down put the home defence under pressure in the first place.
So, after two extremely cheap goals in a matter of seconds, Glapwell were still in front and five minutes later it could have been even better as a quick counter-attack saw Weaver flick the ball up to Adam Seward who carried it down the left flank before crossing towards the back post but the ball was just inches past Weaver who had continued his run into the middle.
For a spell, there was very little action in either side’s areas although Glapwell stood up brilliantly to everything that the home side could throw at them although they could have levelled but a free header was put wide from a corner from the left.
As the game entered the final ten minutes, Harworth put a lot of pressure on but it looked like Glapwell might hold out after Jonny Bownes fired an ambitious effort well over the bar from 35 yards but they snatched a point with five minutes left.
A cross from the right seemed to have too much on it but it was retrieved, and kept alive, at the back post by Matt Smith who pulled the ball back to Ryan Paczkowski with his effort finding the far corner via a deflection.
That was cruel on Glapwell who had defended manfully up to that point but they survived to the end without further alarm to record a fine point against the side third in the league after five successive victories.
Glapwell can take further confidence from this fine display and will take that into Friday night’s clash with leaders and title favourites AFC Mansfield at Forest Town Welfare, kick-off 7.45pm.
Goals: Seward (Glapwell) 40; Edmondson (Harworth) 54; Woodward (Harworth) OG 54; Paczkowski (Harworth) 85
Harworth: Mark Latham, Jordan Hardman, Simon Brewster (Matt Smith 79), James Woodward, Jonny Bownes, Gareth Sides (Lewis Hilton 69), Dean Bonser, Gregg Archer, Thomas Walker, Ryan Paczkowski, Lee Edmondson (Gary Page 63). Subs not used: Makenzie Tomlinson, Steve Wibberley
Glapwell: Ryan Hopkins, Andrei Pykett, Tim Grundy, Rob Holland, Sean Gardner, Jake Wharton, Adam Barratt, Ross Murcott, Geoffrey Gouveia (Ashley Ruse 77), Adam Seward (Toby Birch 72), Jack Weaver. Subs not used: Ainsley Finney, Cameron Lunn
Glapwell Man of the Match: Rob Holland
Referee: Duncan Robertson (Lincoln)