Critchlow hat-trick fires Nostell through to League Cup quarter-finals

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Danny Critchlow fired Nostell MW into the quarter-finals of the Northern Counties East League Cup with a hat-trick in Welfare’s 3-2 win over Dinnington Town on Tuesday night.

Welfare booked a last-eight date at Tadcaster Albion thanks to their come-from-behind win, inspired by their talented young attacker.

He opened the scoring in the 18th minute but Dinnington gradually worked their way into the game and, after Matt Smith saw his deflected shot loop on to the top of the net, levelled just before half-time when a misunderstanding in the Nostell defence allowed Lanzel Reid to score.

Welfare started the second half well and Darren Rushton fired a shot just wide before the hosts regained their lead when Critchlow scored from the penalty spot.

The visitors continued to battle away and Matthew Lapianka got them on level terms for a second time in the 66th minute.

It ensured a tense finish but Critchlow won it with a fine free-kick five minutes from time to see Welfare visit Tadcaster in the quarter-finals on Tuesday, April 2.

Welfare visit Long Eaton United on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) before they make the trip to Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm) for a ‘six pointer’.

They will be without the services of hat-trick hero Critchlow, however, as he starts a three-match suspension.

Welfare’s scheduled home game against Worksop Parramore was postponed on Saturday and has yet to be rearranged.