Marchant spot-on to help Nostell MW into cup semi-finals thanks to Tadcaster Albion victory

CUP JOY: Action from Nostell's Good Friday clash at Glasshoughton Welfare
CUP JOY: Action from Nostell's Good Friday clash at Glasshoughton Welfare

Nostell MW booked a semi-final date with Louth Town in the Northern Counties East League (NCEL) Cup thanks to a slender 1-0 success at Tadcaster Albion on Tuesday night.

Graham Marchant’s penalty just after half-time gave Welfare a big win against a side flying high in the NCEL Premier Division.

Welfare worked hard for their victory and started the game well with Josh Hope heading an early effort over the bar.

Albion worked their way back into the clash after Nostell had the better of the opening ten minutes and Terry Taylor had Tadcaster’s best chance to level.

Taylor was a threat again just minutes before the interval but Welfare’s well-organised defence managed to keep their hosts out.

The winner came three minutes after the restart when Warren Redford was felled inside the box and Marchant stepped up to calmly slot in the decisive goal.

Darren Rushton had a great chance to extend Nostell’s lead soon after but Welfare were dealt a blow when Ryan Waugh went off with a head injury.

Glen O’Gara replaced the 17-year-old and slotted seamlessly into Nostell’s stubborn defence, which continued to frustrate the Tadcaster attackers.

The hosts pushed for a leveller but Nostell’s defence held firm and Matthew Sparks missed a great late chance to add a second deep into stoppage time.

It did not matter as Nostell clung on to progress to the semi-finals and set-up a clash with Louth, with a date to be arranged.

Welfare host Heanor Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) and then visit Hall Road Rangers next Wednesday (kick-off 7.45pm).