Golcar United manager Ash Connor is expecting a tough Yorkshire Trophy semi-final against Penistone on Wednesday night – but in Buddy Cox he has a striker in form.

United had to wait until Monday night to find out their semi-final opponents as the last of the group games were played. Nostell went down 2-1 to Liversedge meaning Golcar had a better goal difference. 

The other semi-final is Brighouse Town v Liversedge FC at the Yorkshire Payments Stadium. 

Golcar, who have home advantage, have never faced Penistone in a fixture and so boss Connor is looking forward to testing his team against an unknown quantity. 

Gavin Connor and Ash Connor, joint managers at Golcar United – picture by SEAN DOYLE

He said: “We have never played Penistone so we are facing the unknown really. 

“It didn’t really matter who we played, both Penistone or Brighouse would have been tough games. However now we know it’s Penistone it means we’ll once again get a good crowd down at the stadium hopefully.”

READ MORE: Golcar United will never stop moving forward

The match will be played at the Skye Direct Stadium with a 7.45pm kick off on Wednesday. Tickets for the game can be bought HERE.

Golcar United – ready for the semi-final – Picture by SEAN DOYLE

In their final group game of the competition United ran out 5-2 winners against Nostell Miners Welfare FC with Buddy Cox and Alex Hallam both grabbing a brace each. The game was a fundraiser for utility player Josh Lang who will be out for a year with a broken leg.

On that win Connor said: “We didn’t start too well but we showed lots of character to battle back. We played some fantastic football and scored some great goals.”

Striker Cox has been in great form so far. He has grabbed a brace in both fixtures Golcar have played. 

“I’m pleased for Buddy,” said Connor. “He’s had to overcome a few injuries. He’s got back fit and is showing why he’s an important player for us.”