GREAT Harwood made it into the Division Two Trophy semi-finals and now face a local two-legged derby against Darwen in January.
Harwood defeated Winsford 3-1 on Tuesday night in the quarter-finals to set up the first leg at the Anchor Ground on January 14. Paul Goldthorpe and Neil Baron were on target before James Dean made it safe in the 87th minute.
"It is disappointing that is two-legged as it means more games for us but, with it being a derby, it means we have the chance of gate money and bar money twice over which is the bonus," said boss John Hughes.
The Harwood chief did rest some players for the Winsford clash most noticeably striker Paul Mashiter who had scored five goals in the three games prior to Tuesday night.
"I just decided to give the others a chance. Adam Douglas, who has been at Preston, really rattled them and had a good game. He is quality."
And Hughes has signed 16-year-old former Bury striker Shaun Smith and Canadian winger Frederick Taylor as his side play catch-up.
Meanwhile, Harwood are looking to move up the NWCL Division Two table, boosted by a 4-0 win over Eccleshall on Saturday. Mashiter scored twice and Darren Rogers chipped in with two and they will be hoping for more of the same when they visit struggling Daisy this Saturday (ko 2pm).
"This is a potential banana skin for us and we have got to make sure we perform to the best of our ability," added Hughes.