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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #26

2nd November, 2017

It was a relatively quiet midweek in the Toolstation NCEL but there was still County Cup, Premier Division and Division One action to savour on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Thackley were at home to National League side FC Halifax Town in the Second Round of the West Riding County Cup and battled all the way against their opponents who are four divisions above them in the National League System.

Mike Garrod had Thackley ahead from the penalty spot on six minutes and then they showed great resilience to make it 2-2 at the interval with an injury time equaliser from Joseph Hughes after Halifax had struck twice in quick succession.

The visitors then added a third midway through the second period and that is how it finished with Thackley edged out with a narrow 3-2 defeat.

In the Premier Division, Handsworth Parramore have moved up to second spot, behind Pickering Town on goal difference, after a 2-0 home win over Bridlington Town.

Jason Yates broke the deadlock on 70 minutes before Joseph Thornton quickly doubled their lead to move the Amber Parras up two places above Pontefract Collieries and Maltby Main.

AFC Mansfield stay fifth after a thrilling 4-4 draw at Liversedge who climb to fifteenth in a match that was tied at 1-1 at the interval, Tom Jackson's early penalty for the home side cancelled out by Matthew Wilson.

Cameron Dear put the visitors ahead on 57 but Andrew Kennyon, Bradley Riley and Joe Kenny all struck as Sedge raced into a 4-2 lead going into the final quarter-of-an-hour.

Nicholas Guest brought the Bulls back to within a goal and then a Lynton Karkach spot kick on 84 ensured the spoils were shared.

In Division One, Eccleshill United won 2-0 at Armthorpe Welfare, their top scorer Jonathan Irving grabbing both goals and they climb up to fourth whilst Shirebrook Town are now sixth after their sixth straight victory.

They were two goals behind by half-time at Nostell Miners Welfare, Nathan Smith and Carl Heard with the goals, before Joe Cheeseman started the comeback on the hour mark and Kieran Watson struck twice to take his season's tally to 24 to claim a 3-2 win.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic leapfrogged Nostell and out of the bottom three with a 3-1 win at AFC Emley after Jordan Townend had put the hosts ahead in the opening seconds following the interval.

A Bradley Duxbury own goal restored parity before Joshua McKeegan and James Handley earned Worsbrough a vital away victory.

And, four goals were shared between Glasshoughton Welfare and Hallam, Andrew Horbury getting both of Welfare's before Richard Tootle and Mitchell Dunne ensured a 2-2 draw.

Photo: Jordan Townend, scorer of AFC Emley's goal in their 3-1 home defeat to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic on Wednesday night. (Picture: Mark Parsons)

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