Sat 12
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A Seward (28'), J Whitfield (4')
Glapwell lose two-goal lead in game of two halves

Glapwell lose two-goal lead in game of two halves

By Paul Hepworth
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It was a classic case of a game of two halves as despite holding a comfortable2-0 lead at the break, Glapwell were pegged back in the second half as Askern FC rallied to earn a 2-2 draw at Hall Corner.

Glapwell played some great stuff at times in the first half and deservedly went into half-time 2-0 up but the second half was a complete turnaround and Askern fought their way back into proceedings to salvage a point after the break.

Again, though, Glapwell failed to perform for the full 90 minutes as they were forced into three changes from last week’s defeat to Newark Town with Luke Fisher, Carl Vickers and Adam Seward returning to the side in place of the unavailable Tom Robley, Rob Holland and Ash Barber.

But they started this game with great positivity and that was rewarded after only four minutes as they took the lead. Adam Seward headed the ball into the path of James Whitfield who finished emphatically from just outside the area into the top corner for his third goal in three games.

So often of late, Glapwell have found themselves chasing a game after conceding the first goal so this was a very welcome change as they played with more freedom by looking to take the game to the visitors.

Ryan Hopkins had to be alert, though, to keep Glapwell in front when he kept out to deny Michael Attard who had been played in by Austin Henry.

Attard then cut inside from the left before unleashing an effort from 25 yards that flew just inches past the angle of crossbar and post.

But Glapwell continued to create chances and they had a chance to double their lead when Geoffrey Gouveia played in James Whitfield but he fired well over the bar from the edge of the area.

Carl Vickers’ ball through was then missed by Whitfield but retrieved by Gouveia who shot over the bar before Gouveia pulled the ball back from the left to Whitfield who thought he had doubled Glapwell’s lead but he was denied by a fine save by visiting keeper Anthony Sykes.

Glapwell weren’t to be denied much longer, though, as they doubled their lead on 28 minutes when Whitfield’s through ball was missed by Sykes which allowed Adam Seward a simple finish from a couple of yards out.

They were well on top at that stage but couldn’t afford to take their foot off the pedal as they looked to put the game out of reach but half-time came with Glapwell looking comfortable at 2-0 up.

But Glapwell knew from last week that they could not afford to take anything for granted and they could have finished the visitors off four minutes into the second period when Brad Dowdall played a great ball through to Adam Seward who was denied by Sykes in the Askern goal.

That would have finished the game off nicely but just before the hour mark the visitors got themselves back in it as substitute Ben Straw pulled the ball back from the right towards the back post where Michael Attard pulled it back to Charlie McGough who finished from 12 yards.

It was now important that Glapwell regained momentum quickly but they couldn’t do that and just a minute later the visitors could have been level when Alex Rennie’s inswinging free-kick from the right was met by Leon Cusworth but his effort went just past the post.

The visitors were now on top, though, and they really should have equalised on 63 minutes when Michael Attard’s cross from the left was met by Austin Henry who could only head straight at Ryan Hopkins from six yards out.

Just moments later, another big chance fell to Askern as Henry won the ball back before playing in Attard who fired wide from 12 yards but on 65 minutes the visitors did get the equaliser they had been threatening.

A long ball over the top fell for Michael Attard who was awarded far too much space to travel into the area before finishing low into the far corner from just inside the penalty box.

There was no doubt that Askern had deserved it after the break but Glapwell had to raise their game to ensure that all their earlier good work was not ruined by losing the game.

With 15 minutes remaining, Glapwell had a big chance to retake the lead when Craig Humphreys put a great ball over from the right which found James Whitfield in space but he headed over from 12 yards.

Ross Murcott then went close but his effort from 25 yards was well tipped over by Anthony Sykes and that was the final real chance of the game as both sides had to settle for a point.

At the end, both sides will be disappointed to only take a point but the second half was extremely disappointing for Glapwell, although they can take heart from a good first half, but they can also be thankful that they didn’t lose it in the second period.

Glapwell remain in 12th place with five league games remaining and with no game now next Saturday due to Thorne’s cup commitments, they are next in action on Easter Monday (21st) when they host Sherwood Colliery at Hall Corner, kick-off 3pm.

Goals: Whitfield (Glapwell) 4; Seward (Glapwell) 28; McGough (Askern) 57; Attard (Askern) 65

Glapwell: Ryan Hopkins, Luke Fisher, Jake Wharton, Carl Vickers, Ashley Ruse, Peter Hibbard, Andrei Pykett (Ross Murcott 52), Brad Dowdall, Adam Seward, James Whitfield, Geoffrey Gouveia (Craig Humphreys 72)
Glapwell Man of the Match: James Whitfield

Askern: Anthony Sykes, Steven Athey, Danny Jones, Leon Cusworth, Mac Kennedy (John Gaskin 72), Alex Rennie, Danny Mattocks (Ben Straw 33), Jamie Cook, Michael Attard, Austin Henry, Charlie McGough (Arron Rhodes 78)

Yellow Cards: Fisher (Glapwell) 40; Henry (Askern) 40

Referee: Peter Craggs (Mansfield)

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Sat 12, Apr 2014




Black Dragon North Division
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