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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #35
3rd December, 2017
Pontefract Collieries won Saturday's all-Toolstation NCEL Third Round match in the Buildbase FA Vase to be the league's sole representatives in the last 32 of this season's competition.
The Colls won 3-0 at home to fellow Premier Division side Worksop Town with Michael Dunn scoring either side of half-time before Vaughan Redford made sure of the victory in the 68th minute.
This is the furthest that they have got in their thirty years of taking part in the FA Vase and they will be hoping to emulate Cleethorpes Town who represented us in the Final at Wembley in May.
Meanwhile, the rest of the day's focus was on the league programme which, despite poor weather, only lost three matches to waterlogged pitches, Barton Town's home game against Athersley Recreation and Parkgate's trip to Hall Road Rangers in the Premier Division whilst Selby Town at home to Brigg Town was also cancelled in Division One.
Only two points now separate the top four in the Premier Division after leaders Handsworth Parramore were beaten and second placed Pontefract's thoughts were elsewhere.
The Amber Parras saw a six match winning streak end as they went down 3-1 at home to Pickering Town, Ryan Blott with a brace and Ged Dalton wrapping up the victory after Adam Johnson had given the hosts an early lead.
That has put the Pikes, who are fourth, back within touching distance of the top whilst AFC Mansfield are a point behind in third after an injury-time strike from Phillip Buxton gave the Bulls a 2-1 home win over Thackley.
Rainworth Miners Welfare drop out of the top five after they were beaten 2-1 at Bottesford Town, Matthew Sykes with the opener for the Wrens before Dayle Huston equalised in first half stoppage time and Lee Ridley headed home the winner with fifteen minutes remaining.
Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Maltby Main go above Rainworth after Adam Hayton's hat-trick helped Hemsworth to a 4-2 win at Bridlington Town and goals from Ross Duggan and Joshua Nodder secured a 2-0 home victory for Main at the expense of Albion Sports.
Bottesford move up to eighth over Bridlington and Worksop whilst Penistone Church complete the top half after their 3-2 defeat of visitors Garforth Town, racing into a 3-0 lead by the early part of the second half through Brett Lovell, Kieran Ryan and Nathan Keightley.
Mark Simpson and Jack McMurrough gave the hosts a late scare but Penistone held on to their advantage and kept themselves in eleventh.
The two bottom three teams who played were both beaten with basement side Clipstone still drawing a blank from their 21 games so far as, despite being level at 2-2 after 65 minutes, they went down 4-2 at Liversedge with Bradley Riley and Jake Thompson sealing the win for the hosts.
And, Harrogate Railway Athletic fell victim to an Adam Baskerville hat-trick as visitors Staveley Miners Welfare won 3-0 to climb into fifteenth.
Normal service has been resumed in Division One with Knaresborough Town, who have been leaders for most of the season but were toppled in midweek, back at the summit with a two-point advantage.
Daniel Thirkell's brace of penalties ensured the victory after Stephen Bromley had given them a nineteenth minute lead as they beat hosts Nostell Miners Welfare, 3-0.
Eccleshill United drop a position to second as goals from Andrew Horbury and Ryan Poskitt saw them beaten 2-0 at Glasshoughton Welfare and third-placed Yorkshire Amateur will be disappointed not to capitalise themselves as they only picked up a point in a 1-1 home draw with Hallam.
It was also a goal apiece between Grimsby Borough, who stay fourth, and Winterton Rangers, who climb to tenth, Luke Anderson giving the away side the lead before Jack Debnam salvaged something from the game for Borough with only a few minutes remaining.
Shirebrook Town have returned to the top five after Kieran Watson's hat-trick helped his side to a 4-3 home victory although visitors Rossington Main almost made the perfect fightback with Andrew McCreadie and Jason Stokes scoring in the last quarter to make things tighter.
One of the sides that Shirebrook have leapfrogged are Campion who, thanks to goals from Alex Lill and Mitchell Ward-Cupitt, were defeated 2-0 by away side Swallownest.
Retford United moved off the foot of the table as they won 3-2 at AFC Emley, the Badgers twice pegged back by their hosts before Reece Treasure's 63rd minute strike claimed all three points.
Goals in the last eight minutes from Joshua Bowkett and Sean Dickinson grabbed Ollerton Town a 4-2 victory at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Callam Lytham got the only goal as FC Bolsover triumphed at Armthorpe Welfare and Dronfield Town won 3-0 at home to East Yorkshire Carnegie with Ryan Ruddiforth, Ryan Baxter and Thomas Fairweather all finding the net in a twelve minute period in the second half.
Photo: Bottesford Town captain Lee Ridley celebrates heading home the winner in a 2-1 home victory over Rainworth Miners Welfare on Saturday. (Credit: Rob Barraclough)