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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2016/17 #69

9th April, 2017

Westella & Willerby have joined Nostell Miners Welfare in being relegated from the Toolstation NCEL on Saturday after a 4-0 loss at Hallam condemned them to a bottom two finish in Division One.

Two goals from Scott Bates as well as strikes from Michael Blythen and Kieran Watson earned their hosts a comfortable win as they continue their preparations for the play-offs.

Westella's demotion was confirmed as the team just outside the play-offs, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, secured their survival with a 3-0 home victory over Teversal, Lee Morris, Innocent Ituly and Christopher White with the goals that extended the gap with Westella to an unassailable eleven points.

Nineteenth-placed Dronfield Town have also been assured NCEL football next season even though they went down to a single goal loss at Rossington Main, Jason Stokes with the vital strike on 40 minutes.

At the top of the table, AFC Emley remain leaders but a 0-0 draw at Selby Town means the race for the title is no longer in their hands.

They have only one game left whilst Hall Road Rangers moved up into second, two points behind with two matches to play, with an 8-0 home win over Nostell.

Joe Cooper's hat-trick came in a first-half where Rangers struck six times with Ashley Dexter, Jamie Coulson and Craig Muirhead also finding the net whilst, after the interval, Coulson claimed his second and Christopher Spinks got on to the scoresheet.

Pontefract Collieries drop to third but are also still in with a shout of the title despite a 2-1 loss at Yorkshire Amateur, Glynn Cotton's penalty for them sandwiched by a T'nique Fishley double for the hosts.

Rangers' victory also means that fourth-placed Grimsby Borough, who were without a game, can no longer gain automatic promotion but their play-off spot has been confirmed.

One of the sides they could face, Penistone Church, stay fifth after Andrew Ring and James Stafford netted in a 2-0 victory at Shirebrook Town.

Elsewhere, Campion and Eccleshill United kept themselves eighth and ninth, respectively, with victories as Jason Davis' hat-trick saw Campion win 3-0 at home to Brigg Town whilst Marcus Edwards struck twice in the Eagles' 3-1 defeat of hosts Glasshoughton Welfare.

And, Matthew Crane got both of Winterton Rangers' goals in a 2-0 home win over Ollerton Town to move his side up into tenth spot.

The top three sides in the Premier Division all won as Cleethorpes Town remain the favourites to lift the trophy as they thumped visitors Harrogate Railway Athletic, 10-1.

Andrew Taylor's hat-trick was added to by braces from Liam Davis and Alexander Flett whilst Gary King, Jack Richardson and Matthew Coleman also got in on the action before a late consolation from Roy Fogarty for the away side.

It means that Cleethorpes need just eight points from their final six games to be certain of the title as they are two points ahead of Pickering Town with three matches in hand.

But, the Pikes are making sure the Owls will have to earn becoming champions as they won 3-1 at home to Liversedge, Nicholas Thompson, Samuel Denton and George Bissett scoring after Alfie Raw had given Sedge a half-time lead.

And, third-placed Bridlington Town can still mathematically be title-winners as Chris Adams, Jake Day and Brett Agnew twice scored in their 4-1 win at Worksop Town but their chances are slim as they trail Cleethorpes by eight points with four to play.

Three of the bottom four sides were without a game so could only watch as rivals Parkgate boosted their own survival hopes with a 1-0 home win over Staveley Miners Welfare, Nicholas Senior with the goal on 75 minutes.

That moves the Green Lane side out of the relegation zone, two points ahead of Barton Town Old Boys, whilst Retford United and Armthorpe Welfare are all-but condemned to the drop as both need to win all of their remaining matches to have any chance of escaping.

Elsewhere, Handsworth Parramore climbed to fourth with a 4-1 victory at Bottesford Town, Elliot Broughton putting the hosts ahead on three minutes before Alex Rippon's double and then Aaron Moxam and Jack McCarthy's goals ensured a winning end to Mick Godber's reign as Ambers boss.

And, there were 1-1 draws for AFC Mansfield at home to Hemsworth Miners Welfare and for Clipstone at Athersley Recreation.

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Season 2016/17 Tables

NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Cleethorpes Town 42 108 99
2 Pickering Town 42 97 72
3 Bridlington Town 42 88 53
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 83 75
5 Thackley 42 78 35
6 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 69 36
7 AFC Mansfield 42 66 24
8 Albion Sports 42 66 1
9 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 65 12
10 Athersley Recreation 42 62 -8
11 Liversedge 42 59 26
12 Bottesford Town 42 56 -1
13 Worksop Town 42 55 -6
14 Maltby Main 42 54 -16
15 Garforth Town 42 53 -19
16 Clipstone 42 49 -22
17 Parkgate 42 41 -30
18 Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 38 -36
19 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 38 -70
20 Barton Town Old Boys 42 34 -75
R Armthorpe Welfare 42 24 -68
R Retford United (-3) 42 24 -82
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Hall Road Rangers 42 96 62
P Pontefract Collieries 42 95 75
3 AFC Emley 42 95 72
4 Grimsby Borough 42 89 46
5 Hallam 42 82 59
P Penistone Church 42 82 38
7 Knaresborough Town 42 70 19
8 Campion 42 68 28
9 Eccleshill United 42 66 15
10 Selby Town 42 61 -2
11 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 59 9
12 Winterton Rangers 42 59 8
13 Yorkshire Amateur 42 53 -4
14 Brigg Town 42 49 -42
15 Rossington Main 42 45 -17
16 Teversal 42 45 -27
17 Ollerton Town 42 43 -29
18 Shirebrook Town 42 39 -47
19 Dronfield Town 42 35 -44
20 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 35 -75
R Westella & Willerby 42 27 -59
22 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 15 -85

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