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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #31

19th November, 2017

Handsworth Parramore maintained a one-point lead at the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division whilst Division One leaders Knaresborough Town saw their advantage cut to just two points after another enthralling day of action on Saturday.

The Amber Parras needed a 3-0 home victory over Garforth Town as their nearest rivals Pontefract Collieries and Pickering Town also won to keep up the pressure.

Joseph Thornton gave Handsworth the perfect start in the opening minute before Adam Johnson's quickfire brace around the hour mark sealed the contest.

Two goals each from Kane Reece and Eli Hey ensured the Colls a 4-2 win at Liversedge to keep them close to the summit as they led 3-0 at the interval and then were given a late scare by a Joseph Walton brace for the hosts before Hey's second of the afternoon calmed the nerves.

Pickering Town remain three points off the top after they won 4-0 at Bottesford Town, a Thomas Johnson own goal, added to by Ryan Blott and Russell Parker, having them three ahead by the 23rd minute and Blott got his second late on to complete the scoring and take himself to the top of the Premier Division goalscoring charts with 24 so far this season.

Fourth placed AFC Mansfield lost a little ground as drew 2-2 at home to neighbours Rainworth Miners Welfare but it could have been worse for the Bulls as they went 2-0 down to a Nathan Modest opener and then a Matthew Sykes penalty.

But, Oliver Fearon converted a spot kick - his 23rd goal of the campaign - and Nicholas Guest grabbed a point with an 88th minute equaliser to deny a victory for the Wrens who are seventh.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare have moved up to fifth, replacing Maltby Main who they beat 3-2 at the Yorkshire NuBuilds Stadium after trailing 2-0 from an early double by Dean Conway.

Nash Connolly struck either side of half-time to restore parity and Richard Collier grabbed a dramatic winner in the 87th minute for the home side.

Daniel Buttle and Brett Agnew netted for Bridlington Town who consolidated ninth spot with a 2-0 home victory over Staveley Miners Welfare, six points clear of Penistone Church who are now tenth following their 4-2 win against visitors Albion Sports.

Nathan Keightley and Andrew Ring confirmed Penistone's victory in the second period after they led 2-1 at the interval.

Harrogate Railway Athletic have moved out of the bottom two after a 5-2 home win against basement side Clipstone, Adam Carter's double helping them on their way to a vital three points against their visitors who, despite spirited displays, are still yet to get off the mark this season.

The Rail go above Parkgate who suffered their eighth straight league defeat, Joseph Hughes scoring two for Thackley in a 6-0 thrashing of their hosts and they climb to thirteenth.

And, there were two each for Lee Garside and Aiden Salmons as Athersley Recreation won 5-1 at Hall Road Rangers to move up to sixteenth and are now only a point behind Rangers who drop to eleventh in what is a very tight mid-table.

The top two in Division One met at the Southerns Stadium and it was second placed Yorkshire Amateur who prevailed thanks to an injury time winner from Daniel Naidole.

Harrison Blakey had put the Ammers ahead on 39 minutes but it looked as though the spoils would be shared when Gregg Anderson equalised midway through the second period.

But, the hosts snatched a 2-1 victory that has almost closed the gap on the leaders who, only a few weeks ago, looked like they were uncatchable at the summit.

Eccleshill United are also only two points away from the top after they won 1-0 at home to Hallam, courtesy of Antony Brown's penalty on 75 minutes, and Grimsby Borough tightened their grip on fourth position with a 4-0 defeat of visitors Swallownest.

Daniel Trott's early opener was added to after the break by a James Wrott double and a Jack Debnam strike and they are now three points clear of Shirebrook Town who stay fifth after a 1-1 draw at home to Winterton Rangers.

Kieran Wressell had given the visitors the lead in the second minute and Shirebrook had to wait until the hour mark for an equaliser, Samuel Dockwray with the leveller for Rob Camm's side.

Selby Town were 3-1 up at home to Ollerton Town but Jordan Buckham struck twice in four minutes midway through the second half to make it a point apiece in a 3-3 draw to keep Selby sixth whilst Ollerton stay fifteenth.

There was no respite for the two bottom three sides who were in action as both Retford United and Nostell Miners Welfare fell to defeats.

Retford were beaten 3-0 at Glasshoughton Welfare with all the goals coming in a five-minute second half period, Conor Glavin setting the ball rolling before Ryan Ferguson struck twice in quick succession.

Nostell, meanwhile, went down 2-0 at home to Rossington Main with Jason Stokes and a Declan Howe penalty claiming the points for Rossington who move up to ninth.

FC Bolsover have dropped into the bottom four after a 2-1 loss at AFC Emley, Adam Wilson's double strike doing the damage in the opening eleven minutes for the hosts to keep them eleventh.

Mark Fereday's brace ensured a 3-1 home victory for Dronfield Town over Campion and Ben Grech-Brooksbank also struck twice for Worsbrough Bridge Athletic as they beat visitors East Yorkshire Carnegie 3-2.

Photo: An aerial challenge for the ball during Saturday's top two Division One clash as hosts Yorkshire Amateur beat leaders Knaresborough Town 2-1. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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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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