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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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