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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #41

31st December, 2017

AFC Mansfield will see in the New Year eleven points clear at the top of the Premier Division whilst Grimsby Borough will see in 2018 as Division One leaders after Saturday's truncated Toolstation NCEL action.

Only nine matches survived the recent bad weather but there were plenty of goals in another entertaining afternoon of football.

Mansfield were made to work hard for their 3-2 home victory over sixth-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare at the Forest Town Stadium, the Bulls pegged back twice by the visitors before Cameron Dear's injury-time winner snatched all three points in their seventh straight victory.

Earlier, Connor Smythe's free-kick opener in the thirteenth minute was cancelled out by Stefan Holt towards the start of the second period before Nicholas Guest immediately restored the home side's advantage only for Hemsworth to draw level again through Bradley Dockerty.

Maltby Main, who were the only other top five side in action, drew 1-1 at home with Staveley Miners Welfare, Steven McDonnell putting them ahead just after the hour mark with Adam Baskerville's 83rd minute penalty making sure that the spoils were shared.

Bridlington Town climb to ninth following a 2-1 home victory over Thackley but they had to come from behind after Mike Garrod's 52nd minute strike for the visitors, Joel Sutton and Paul Robson with the goals that ensured a winning end to 2017 for the Seasiders.

Curtis Woodhouse's side leapfrog the two teams who faced each other in a 1-1 draw, Lee Hill opening the scoring for visitors Worksop Town before hosts Penistone Church restored parity on the half hour through Nathan Keightley.

Grimby Borough head Division One after a 7-1 defeat of visitors FC Bolsover in a game where the Wilderness Boys led 2-0 at the interval through strikes from Jack Bradbury and Ben Sibbick.

Ainsley Finney brought the away side back into the game in the opening minute of the second half but after that it was all Borough with Lee Briggs, Joshua Venney, Daniel Trott, Jack Debnam and James Wroot all adding their names to the scoresheet.

They go above Knaresborough on goal difference whilst Eccleshill United stay a point behind in third after their 2-1 win at Nostell Miners Welfare, a late Luke Harrop penalty taking the points after Matthew Mathers had restored parity following Jack Owen's first half strike for the hosts.

Shirebrook Town remain fifth after a 3-3 home draw with next-to-bottom Retford United in a match that saw the visitors take the lead on three occasions, twice through Leon Larcombe-Loftus penalties and then from a Callum Littlejohn strike.

But, this hosts kept fighting back through Joe Naylor, Kieran Watson and Nathan Clarke, the final leveller coming eight minutes from time.

Connor Chapell's early goal for Hallam could only ultimately get them a point in a 1-1 draw at Armthorpe Welfare, William Ramsery with an equaliser as the game moved towards stoppage time.

And, AFC Emley jumped into the top half of the table as a Lewis Dickinson brace secured a 2-1 home victory over Glasshoughton Welfare after Andrew Horbury had given the away side a ninth minute lead.

Photo: Jack Owen fires Nostell Miners Welfare into a 39th minute lead but visitors Eccleshill United took the points in a 2-1 victory on Saturday. (Credit: Andrew Gallon, Feversham Media)




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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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