10th win sets new club record for Glapwell

Dronfield beat Winterton Rangers 4-3
Dronfield beat Winterton Rangers 4-3

Glapwell created club history on Saturday as they increased their winning run in the Central Midlands League North to 10 matches with a 2-0 victory over third-placed Appleby Frodingham at Hall Corner.

After equalling their previous record of nine straight victories last weekend at Harworth, a record which had stood since 2007 when the club won nine straight NCEL matches on their way to promotion to the Evo-Stik League, they went one better this weekend to mark the longest winning run in the league for any Glapwell FC side since its transformation from the Young Vanish FC in the late 1980s.

The visitors went close early on, though, when Nathan Watson’s good work inside the area saw him get a shot away that brought a fine low save out of Ryan Hopkins at the near post.

Glapwell, playing with the advantage of the wind in the first period, had a couple of half chances through Daniel Russell who was denied by visiting keeper Patrick Shaw on both occasions.

But they took the lead on the half hour when Josh Thomas raced through before rounding the stranded Shaw and rolling the ball into the empty net.

The lead was nearly very short-lived, though, as Danny Boulton flicked a corner on at the near post that needed to be cleared off the line by Jack Hutchinson on the back post.

Daniel Russell nearly doubled Glapwell’s lead inside the first 40 seconds of the second period, but he drilled an effort from a tight angle into the sidenetting.

After Adam Kimberley had gone close with a free-kick from the right hand side, Glapwell made the points safe on 72 minutes when Mitchell Mullins teed up Tom Norris, who emphatically half volleyed the ball into the corner from just outside the area.

Jake Ballinger was close to adding Glapwell’s third but his low shot was pushed away by Shaw in the Appleby goal before Ryan Hopkins made a fine save right at the death to tip over Appleby captain Matthew Oates’ rising free-kick from 25 yards as Glapwell motored on to increase their lead at the top of the league.