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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #24

26th October, 2017

Staveley Miners Welfare and Liversedge were hoping to join the five other Toolstation NCEL sides in the FA Vase Second Round as they took part in their First Round ties in midweek.

Staveley's match at Wolverhampton SC at the weekend had been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch so they travelled to Staffordshire to face the West Midlands Regional League side on Wednesday.

And, Brett Marshall's team led 2-1 going into the last ten minutes thanks to goals in the second period from Adam Baskerville and Adam Lee but the hosts finished strongly netting three times, including one from the penalty spot, to win 4-2.

On Thursday, Liversedge made the trip to Ashton Athletic given a second chance after their game at the weekend was abandoned on 70 minutes due to terrible weather conditions with Sedge trailing 3-0.

However, they were not able to take advantage as they went down 4-2 to the Greater Manchester side from the Hallmark Security League.

In the NCEL League Cup First Round, AFC Emley bowed out of the competition with a 2-0 home defeat to Eccleshill United, the Eagles in each half from the penalty spot through Luke Harrop and Antony Brown.

The other tie due to have been played, Campion versus Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, fell victim to a waterlogged pitch.

Premier Division leaders Pontefract Collieries kept themselves at the summit, ahead on goal difference, after they ended visitors AFC Mansfield's unbeaten start to the league season.

In what was a very dramatic game, Andrew Seed put the Colls ahead on 24 minutes only for Oliver Fearon to cancel it out with his twentieth goal of the campaign in first half stoppage time.

Glyn Cotton restored the home side's advantage on the hour mark and then Mansfield were reduced to ten men when Fearon was given his second yellow card.

Despite that, the Bulls levelled things up once again in injury time through Craig Mitchell only for Cotton to grab his second of the evening to claim a 3-2 win even though the Colls also ended with ten men with a late sending off.

Pontefract stay just ahead of Pickering Town who thrashed next-to-bottom hosts Harrogate Railway Athletic, 9-2, Ryan Blott scoring four to join Fearon at the top of the Premier Division scoring charts.

Other Pikes players to get on the scoresheet were Eddy Birch, Daniel Gray (2), Ged Dalton and Joe Danby whilst Kieran Thompson and George Eustance netted for the home side, the latter from the penalty spot.

Rainworth Miners Welfare climb to seventh after Matthew Sykes grabbed the Wrens a 2-1 win at Albion Sports on 81 minutes, just seconds after Daniel Facey had brought the Lions back level following an opener from Max Pemberton.

And, Penistone Church were 3-1 home victors over Barton Town to climb two places to sixteenth, Nathan Keightley, Jordan Coduri and Tom Brennan with the goals as the hosts came from behind to grab three vital points.

In Division One, Knaresborough Town's lead at the top has grown to nine points after they edged a 1-0 victory at next-to-bottom Retford United, William Lenehan heading home the winner sixteen minutes from time to keep his side unbeaten in the league.

Grimsby Borough have climbed back up into second spot following a 4-0 win at home to Glasshoughton Welfare, Daniel Trott broke the deadlock, Adam Drury scored twice and Josh Morrall concluded the scoring on 75 minutes.

And, two more from Kieran Watson, taking his tally for the season to 21 goals, helped Shirebrook Town to a 3-1 victory at Rossington Main, and they climb above Main into seventh place.

Hallam's home clash with FC Bolsover, meanwhile, was another victim of the bad weather.

Photo: William Lenehan heads home the winner for Division One leaders Knaresborough Town in their 1-0 victory at Retford United. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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