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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #8

31st August, 2017

Pontefract Collieries and Hemsworth Miners Welfare kept their places at the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division with wins in midweek whilst Division One leaders Knaresborough Town made it a remarkable seven victories out of seven.

The Colls stay a point ahead of Hemsworth thanks to a 5-1 home victory over Worksop Town, Ashley Emmett's double setting them on their way before Jack Greenhough, Mark Whitehouse and Michael Dunn made sure of the points - all after Alec Denton had given the Tigers a thirteenth minute lead.

Nash Connolly and Bill Law netted for Hemsworth as they beat visitors Bridlington Town, 2-1, their goals coming at the start of the second period with Brett Agnew halving the deficit for the Seasiders with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

AFC Mansfield are up to third after their 5-0 defeat of Penistone Church at the Forest Town Stadium, an own goal added to by a brace from Oliver Fearon and then second half strikes from Matthew Wilson and James Cullingworth.

The Bulls go ahead of Maltby Main on goal difference after Main won 2-1 at Parkgate, Ross Duggan snatching an injury-time victory with the winner after Liam Flint had cancelled out Bradley Kerr's opener for the hosts.

Handsworth Parramore now complete the top five as they were 4-2 victors at Bottesford Town, Aaron Moxam returning to the top of the Premier Division scorers chart with two to take his tally to nine alongside goals from Jonathan Hill and Jonathan Froggatt whilst John Leonard and Craig Bridge got on the scoresheet for Bottesford.

Four goals from Joseph Walton heaped misery on hosts Barton Town who went down 6-0 at the expense of Liversedge, the visitors moving up to eighth whilst the Swans remain next-to-bottom with one point from their opening five matches.

And, Lee Garside got both of Athersley Recreation's goals in a 2-0 home victory over Albion Sports that sees them move up to fourteenth.

In Division One, there seems no sign of anyone stopping Knaresborough who are now four points clear after a 2-1 win at home to fourth-placed Shirebrook Town, Gregg Anderson and Blaine Hobson scoring in the opening eighteen minutes even though the away side did give them a late scare when Joe Naylor pulled one back.

Second-placed Yorkshire Amateur lost a little ground as they drew 2-2 at Grimsby Borough but they were ultimately thankful of a point that was rescued by an 89th minute leveller from Matthew Dalton.

It was a disappointing midweek for the chasing pack with the other top six sides in action, Campion and Rossington Main, both tasting defeat.

Campion took the lead through Thomas Robinson at Eccleshill United but a Chris Lever brace and an 86th minute strike from Ben Hardy saw their hosts win 3-1.

Rossington, meanwhile, were beaten 2-1 at Selby Town, Charlie Clamp getting the vital goal in stoppage time to give all three points to the Robins who move up to seventh.

Nostell Miners Welfare climbed off the bottom of the table with their first points of the campaign, winning 4-0 at Retford United, Billy Mole with two of their goals whilst Jamie Miller and Nathan Smith also got in on the act.

There was also a first victory for Hallam, Nathan Forbes and Daniel State scoring in a 2-1 win after Jordan Harrison had given hosts East Yorkshire Carnegie a second minute lead.

Liam Radford claimed a hat-trick as Armthorpe Welfare beat hosts AFC Emley, 4-0, with the home side falling to next-to-bottom in the table.

And, Winterton Rangers were 2-0 victors over visitors Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Luke Anderson getting both of their goals.

Photo: Blaine Hobson (red) strikes home Knaresborough Town's second goal in their 2-1 home win over Shirebrook Town to make it seven victories out of seven in Division One. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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