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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #25

29th October, 2017

Pickering Town returned to the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division despite only picking up a point in a 1-1 home draw with Hall Road Rangers on Saturday.

The Pikes had taken the lead on 46 minutes through a Daniel Gray goal but Rangers were rewarded for their determination when Christopher Spinks popped up in injury time to grab a dramatic equaliser.

Pontefract Collieries, meanwhile, went in front at home to Handsworth Parramore in the fourth minute thanks to Jack Greenhough's opener but a double from Aaron Moxam, one each side of the interval, saw the visitors take home a 2-1 victory that keeps them fourth whilst the Colls drop to second, a point behind Pickering.

The six sides chasing the top two, including Handsworth, all won to tighten the title chase with Maltby Main's excellent start to the season continuing with a 3-0 home victory over next-to-bottom Harrogate Railway Athletic to keep them third.

Benjamin Thornton struck in the first half whilst the win was sealed in the second period, courtesy of goals for Dean Smith and Ross Duggan.

Fifth placed AFC Mansfield strolled to a 4-0 triumph at neighbours Staveley Miners Welfare, Oliver Fearon's brace making it 22 goals for him this season after Craig Mitchell had opened the scoring and Lynton Karkach got their fourth from the penalty spot midway through the second period.

Alec Denton's winner five minutes from time saw Worksop Town dispatch visitors Parkgate 2-1 and maintain sixth spot after the visitors had levelled on 80 through Joshua Moore.

Rainworth Miners Welfare beat Thackley 2-0 at Kirklington Road, Nathan Modest and Ross Goodwin scoring for the Wrens to keep them seventh, a point ahead of Hemsworth Miners Welfare who were also winners on their own patch.

Richard Collier struck twice to give them a 2-0 lead going into the last twenty minutes against Athersley Recreation but the away side drew level through Kyle Wordsworth and Ben Walker before the hosts claimed a 4-2 win with goals from Bradley Dockerty and Nash Connolly.

Bridlington Town stay ninth after a 0-0 home draw with Albion Sports who climb to tenth, only the Premier Division's third goalless match of the season.

Basement side Clipstone fell to a 1-0 loss to visitors Bottesford Town, Wayne Graves with the 34th minute decider, whilst Barton Town stay twentieth but picked up three priceless points at Garforth Town, Lewis Clarkson with the only goal of the game midway through the first half.

And, Liversedge came from two goals down to take a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Penistone Church, the visitors looking set for victory through Brett Lovell and Bradley Riley but the Sedge fightback began on 69 minutes with Joseph Walton before Bradley Riley getting their second.

Division One leaders Knaresborough Town dropped points for only the third time this season as visitors Hallam twice came from behind after conceding goals by Brad Walker to claim a 2-2 draw, a Mitchell Dunne penalty and then a late own goal by Gregg Anderson ensuring the spoils were shared.

With second placed Grimsby Borough's game at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Yorkshire Amateur took the opportunity to go above them in the table as Harrison Blakey and Ashley Flynn netted in a 2-0 win at bottom side Brigg Town to close the gap to the top to eight points.

Selby Town move up to fourth, leapfrogging Campion who they beat 2-0 on their travels, Joseph Dale and Brett Lucas scoring in the second period.

There were also away wins for Eccleshill United, who are sixth, and Shirebrook Town who increased the gap between themselves in seventh and the rest to six points.

There were two goals each for Luke Harrop and Jonathan Irving before Matthew Mathers also got in on the action as Eccleshill won 5-0 at FC Bolsover whilst Samuel Dockwray and Kieran Watson - his 22nd of the campaign - earned Shirebrook a 2-0 defeat of East Yorkshire Carnegie.

Mark Fereday's brace helped Dronfield Town to a 4-2 win at Retford United, there was also away success for Glasshoughton Welfare who beat hosts Rossington Main 5-4, Ollerton Town defeated visitors Nostell Miners Welfare 2-0 and there was a 2-1 home victory for Winterton Rangers over AFC Emley.

And, all at the NCEL send our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for Swallownest keeper James King who suffered a serious leg injury in the tenth minute of their abandoned home match with Armthorpe Welfare.

Photo: Luke Anderson guides home the winner for Winterton Rangers in their 2-1 home victory over AFC Emley on Saturday. (Picture: Paul Tong)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P Pontefract Collieries 42 102 96
P Pickering Town 42 96 75
P AFC Mansfield 42 96 67
4 Handsworth Parramore 42 85 43
5 Maltby Main 42 75 31
6 Hemsworth Miners Welfare 42 72 27
7 Penistone Church 42 72 27
8 Bottesford Town 42 69 9
9 Bridlington Town 42 64 21
R Rainworth Miners Welfare 42 63 -5
11 Liversedge 42 57 3
12 Hall Road Rangers 42 55 -1
13 Barton Town (-1) 42 55 -12
14 Garforth Town 42 52 -29
15 Albion Sports 42 48 -8
16 Thackley 42 47 -9
17 Staveley Miners Welfare 42 47 -31
18 Athersley Recreation 42 46 -23
19 Worksop Town 42 46 -26
20 Harrogate Railway Athletic 42 31 -62
R Parkgate 42 26 -58
R Clipstone 42 2 -135
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P Knaresborough Town 42 100 61
P Yorkshire Amateur 42 88 77
3 Grimsby Borough 42 85 57
P Eccleshill United 42 85 48
5 Shirebrook Town 42 81 31
6 Glasshoughton Welfare 42 77 31
7 Selby Town 42 75 34
8 Hallam 42 73 42
9 Campion 42 73 30
10 Winterton Rangers 42 61 2
11 Swallownest 42 58 -11
12 AFC Emley 42 57 -5
13 Rossington Main 42 53 -14
14 Dronfield Town 42 52 -13
15 Ollerton Town 42 47 -24
16 Armthorpe Welfare 42 46 -25
17 Nostell Miners Welfare 42 40 -36
18 East Yorkshire Carnegie 42 34 -34
19 Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 42 33 -48
20 FC Bolsover (-6) 42 30 -76
R Brigg Town 42 29 -54
R Retford United 42 24 -73

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