A brace from Alex Hallam – one a screamer from 25 yards – helped send Golcar United through to the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Trophy.

Buddy Cox also scored twice as Golcar demolished Nostell Miners Welfare 5-2 at the Syke Direct Stadium on Saturday.

Golcar will find out their opponents on Monday night when Liversedge play Nostell in the final group game.

United had already gained a point from a 2-2 draw against Liversedge when they battled back from 2-0 down.

They cemented their place in the next stage of the new competition after another gutsy come-from-behind fight-back against the Miners.

Golcar went 1-0 down as early as the 3rd minute following a well-worked goal by the visitors.

Danny Edwards fed Joe Wood who put the ball into the path of Anees Younis who tapped the ball into the net.

Golcar fought back, however, and levelled in the 35th minute through Hallam’s super strike from outside the box. He connected perfectly, lashing a shot into the top corner.

The final 10 minutes of the half were frantic with both sides scoring goals. Nostell retook the lead in the 38th minute when Younis once again found his magic touch to score his second of the game.

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Three minutes later Golcar equalised again with a left-foot finish from Cox.

Fans may have thought that might have been it for an action-packed first half but Golcar weren’t done and went ahead for the first time in the 45th minute.

The goal came from the left boot of Ryan Wadsworth who finished into the bottom corner with half-time looming.

Golcar went into the second half with a 3-2 lead. Just after the re-start Nostell keeper Lee Kelsey pulled off a great save to deny the home side but Golcar were soon further ahead.

They made it 4-2 with Hallam’s second of the game, another left-footed strike low to Kelsey’s right. Mike Fish was the provider.

Cox rounded off an emphatic victory in the 68th minute when he struck again sliding the ball past the goalkeeper for a simple finish.

The victory means Golcar are now just two games away from lifting the inaugural Yorkshire Trophy.

Joint Golcar managers Gavin Connor (left) and Ash Connor with Josh Lang. Pic by: SEAN DOYLE

The match was a fundraiser for Golcar utility player Josh Lang who broke his leg during a previous game between the two sides.

The attendance was 452 and proceeds from the gate receipts will go to Josh, who has been forced to miss work because of the injury. He faces 12 months on the sidelines.