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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #23

22nd October, 2017

Focus returned to the Buildbase FA Vase on Saturday and it proved to be a tough First Round as only four Toolstation NCEL sides booked their place at the next stage of this season's competition.

Liversedge and Staveley Miners Welfare, though, could bolster the numbers as their games fell foul to bad weather.

Sedge will be thankful that terrible conditions saw their game at Ashton Athletic abandoned after 70 minutes with them trailing 3-0 whilst Staveley's game at Wolverhampton SC had been called off earlier in the day due to a waterlogged pitch.

Knaresborough Town won the round's all-NCEL clash at Garforth Town in a dramatic game that went into extra-time after the Premier Division hosts had clawed back a 2-0 deficit, Daniel Coupland and Jamie Reeson netting in the last twenty minutes after Benjamin Cohen and Blaine Hobson had given the Division One leaders a comfortable first-half lead.

Gregg Anderson then got the vital goal in the 98th minute to give Knaresborough a 3-2 victory.

Worksop Town, Hall Road Rangers and Pontefract Collieries join them in the hat for Monday's draw with Worksop winning 2-1 at Haughmond, Kyle Jordan's 83rd minute winner sending them through after Jordan Turner's opener for the Tigers had been cancelled out by a Jed Phillips own goal.

Rangers won by the same scoreline at Ashington whilst two goals from Eli Hey - one from the penalty spot - helped the Colls defeat visitors Litherland Remyca 3-1, Vaughan Redford netting in between before the visitors scored a late consolation.

There was extra-time misery for Pickering Town who were beaten 4-3 at home by Newcastle Benfield and Rossington Main who went down to the same scoreline to visitors Bootle but Main showed great determination as they were reduced to nine men but were only beaten by a goal in the 120th minute.

There were home defeats for AFC Emley and FC Bolsover whilst Bridlington Town, Clipstone, Dronfield Town, Handsworth Parramore, Harrogate Railway Athletic and Shirebrook Town bowed out on their travels.

In league action, Maltby Main missed out on a chance to go top of the Premier Division as they drew 2-2 at Thackley and stay third.

Mike Garrod put the hosts ahead with a 20th minute penalty before Main replied in kind soon after through Daniel Patterson, Ross Duggan gave the visitors the lead and Garrod levelled things up again with his second towards the end of a breathless first half.

AFC Mansfield strengthened their grip on fifth and are now just three points off the summit as they won 2-0 at third-from-bottom Barton Town but they had to wait until the last ten minutes to take the victory with goals from Connor Smythe and Lynton Karkach.

Nash Connolly scored both of Hemsworth Miners Welfare's goals in their 2-0 win at home to Penistone Church to keep hold of seventh spot just ahead of Rainworth Miners Welfare who beat hosts Athersley Recreation 3-1.

The Wrens were behind at half-time through a Ben Walker strike but Tomas Poole quickly restored parity and a Matthew Sykes brace ensured the victory.

Bottesford Town's Declan Bacon has taken his season's tally to eighteen after his hat-trick helped his side to a 4-2 home win over Albion Sports and they climb to sixteenth whilst the Lions stay eleventh.

In Division One, Yorkshire Amateur regained second spot as Fernando Moke's brace, and one each for Frank Zola and Harrison Blakey, saw them triumph 4-1 at home to Winterton Rangers.

They leapfrog Grimsby Borough who fought back from 2-0 at Hallam but eventually went down 3-2, Patrick Carrig and James Reed giving the hosts a perfect start before Borough struck twice around the hour mark through Adam Drury and Daniel Trott.

However, the hosts were to have the last laugh as Gareth Griffiths netted what proved to be the winner nine minutes from time.

Brighton Mugadza and Thomas Robinson got on the scoresheet for fourth-placed Campion in a 2-1 home victory over Retford United and they are two points ahead of Selby Town who are now fifth following their 4-1 defeat of visitors Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, two goals each for Joseph Dale and Liam Flanagan.

The remaining three matches all ended in draws with a 1-1 scoreline for bottom side Brigg Town at Glasshoughton Welfare and for Nostell Miners Welfare's home clash with Swallownest.

And, six goals were shared between hosts Armthorpe Welfare and East Yorkshire Carnegie with Gary Collier striking twice for the home side.

The game between Eccleshill United and Ollerton Town was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Photo: A chase for the ball during Rossington Main's 4-3 extra-time FA Vase defeat at home to Bootle on Saturday. (Picture: Justin Parker)

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