Golcar United’s Yorkshire Trophy clash with Nostell Miners Welfare will be a fundraiser for long-serving utility player Josh Lang.
Lang suffered a badly broken leg in a behind-closed-doors friendly between the two clubs a few weeks ago.
Gate receipts from the game at Golcar’s Syke Direct Stadium at 3pm today (Saturday May 22) will go to help Josh who will have to take time off work because of the injury.
Golcar had a record crowd for Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Liversedge and hope for another big turnout for Lang.
Versatile Lang, who can play in several different positions, has been at the club ever since brothers Ash and Gavin Connor took charge as joint managers seven years ago.
On the fundraising effort Ash Connor said: “We played Nostell recently and were 1-0 up in what was a tight game. It eventually got abandoned due to Langy breaking his leg.
“Nostell have been great with us and have said the gate money can go to the fundraiser. He’ll be out for 12 months as it’s a serious injury and he’s having to take some time off work.
“He’s a great lad and is only one of two players who still remain at the club from when me and Gavin first joined seven years back.”
Golcar got off to a good start in the new Yorkshire Trophy on Tuesday coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2.
The tournament was set up in response to the regular season being cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It consists of six teams split into two groups of three. Group B has Golcar, Nostell and Liversedge in it. Group A has Brighouse Town, Penistone Church and Wakefield.
The top two in each group qualify for the semi-final stage with the winners progressing into the final.
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On the Liversedge result Connor said: “We started the game pretty well but then they scored two goals. A miskick from their keeper let them in and then we didn’t defend a corner well enough. They were disappointing goals to concede. However, all the boys showed great character to come back.”
Both Golcar’s goals came from Buddy Cox – and both came from corners.
Connor added: “Buddy took both goals really well. We got the second goal in the 44th minute. We did have another corner right on half-time but the ref didn’t let us take it which was disappointing.
“Liversedge are a very good team. Both sets of players tried to get the winner but we came away happy with a point.”
Victory over Nostell will put Golcar into the semi-finals and Connor said: “Nostell are a good side and we’ll do everything to win it because we want to go as far as we can.
“The main thing though on Saturday is raising money for Josh Lang.”
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