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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #42
7th January, 2018
Pontefract Collieries' run as the final Toolstation NCEL representatives in this season's Buildbase FA Vase sadly came to an end on Sunday at the Fourth Round stage.
They were beaten 3-1 by Hallmark Security League side 1874 Northwich in a game played at Witton Albion's Wincham Park ground.
Despite a good first half display, the Colls found themselves behind at the interval after the hosts scored in stoppage time but pulled back level on 69 through a fantastic free-kick by Mark Whitehouse.
However, the home side struck twice in the last twelve minutes to bring Ponte's record-breaking run in the competition to an end.
In Saturday's action, AFC Mansfield maintained their eleven point gap at the top of the Premier Division after they came from behind to beat Barton Town 2-1 at the Forest Town Stadium.
The Bulls conceded a 26th minute goal from Benjamin Flowerdew and then saw influential player Nicholas Guest stretchered off.
But, they were back level midway through the second half thanks to a Fraser Papprill own goal and then Cameron Dear made sure it was an eighth successive win for Rudy Funk's side.
Second-placed Handsworth Parramore ensured the leaders' advantage did not grow further with a 2-0 victory at Thackley, Jamie Green and Alex Rippon with their first half goals.
With the Colls in Vase action, the other two top five sides faced each other and it was visitors Maltby Main who prevailed in a dramatic 3-2 win to move to within goal difference of hosts Pickering Town.
It was 1-1 at the interval with Main's Steven McDonnell opening the scoring on two minutes before it was quickly cancelled out by George Bissett and it was not until the final quarter-of-an-hour that the game burst into life.
Steven Hopewell gave Main a 2-1 lead, Lewis Taylor's penalty restored parity once again and then Joshua Nodder got the 84th minute winner for the away side.
Hemsworth Miners Welfare stay sixth despite a 3-1 home victory over bottom side Clipstone, Bradley Dockerty, Nash Connolly and Christopher Ovington with their goals whilst Ben Rodgers struck for the Cobras.
A 2-1 home defeat for seventh-placed Rainworth Miners Welfare means their opponents Penistone Church who are eighth have closed the gap between the two teams to eight points, Kieran Ryan with the winner nine minutes from time.
Penistone move up to eighth, going above Bottesford Town whose match at Hall Road Rangers was called off due to a waterlogged pitch and Bridlington Town who, despite a Jake Day brace, went down 3-2 at Parkgate.
The Seasiders' goals came in the opening period before the home side produced a fine second half performance, Christopher Wood and Andrew Fox levelling the scores by the 70th minute with their winner coming on 85 from Zak Khalifa.
Parkgate, however, remain in the bottom two as the team just above them, Harrogate Railway Athletic, also picked up a priceless victory, Jamie Bairstow and Fraser Lancaster netting in the final twenty minutes to claim a 4-2 win at Athersley Recreation.
A Mark Simpson hat-trick helped Garforth Town to a 4-3 home win over Albion Sports but Worksop Town's match with visitors Liversedge was the highest scoring match of the day as they shared eight goals in a thrilling game.
Rhys Davies and Joseph Walton nabbed two each for Sedge with the latter getting his second in stoppage time after Mitcham Husbands, Micah Bishop and Ashley Burbeary, along with an own goal, had seemingly given the Tigers the victory.
The match of the day in Division One was undoubtedly at Manse Lane where the top two met and the scoreline ended up far more one-sided than anyone anticipated with hosts Knaresborough Town running out 5-0 winners against Grimsby Borough.
Knaresborough were two up within the opening four minutes through Brad Walker and Daniel Thirkell before Borough's Luke Mascall was sent off after the visitors had a goal disallowed.
In the second period, Thirkell's long range free-kick made it 3-0 and Robert Youhill further extended their lead on 70, Borough were then reduced to nine men with a red card for keeper Scott Drury and the hosts added their fifth in stoppage time with Walker's second.
Knaresborough replace Borough at the top of the table with Eccleshill United climbing into second, a point off the summit, after their 6-2 defeat of Armthorpe Welfare at Mitton Group Stadium.
There were two goals each for Antony Brown and Jonathan Irving for the Eagles who were 3-0 up by the break and then doubled that lead before Welfare struck twice in the final five minutes.
Yorkshire Amateur ensured it remains a four-team chase for the title as they won 4-1 at home to AFC Emley to keep themselves six points behind Knaresborough, Ashley Flynn striking twice against his former club whilst there were also goals from Harrison Blakey and Brice Tiani in a dominant first half performance.
Seventh-placed Campion needed an 88th minute equaliser from Benjamin Kendall to secure a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Rossington Main whilst Glasshoughton Welfare now complete the top eight after their 4-1 victory over visitors Nostell Miners Welfare that included a first half double from Thomas Carr.
Brigg Town are off the bottom of the table after an injury-time winner from Charlie Dolling clinched a 2-1 home win against East Yorkshire Carnegie.
They go above Retford United whose home game with Selby Town was one of three Division One games called off due to waterlogged pitches - the others being Dronfield Town's match at home to Ollerton Town and Shirebrook Town's visit to Hallam.
In the day's other two games, Nathan Morritt's 66th minute strike proved the winner for Swallownest as they won 2-1 at Winterton Rangers and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic are out of the bottom three following a 3-0 victory at FC Bolsover, Joe Dungworth wrapping up their victory with their third in stoppage time.
Photo: Action from Eccleshill United's 6-2 win at home to Armthorpe Welfare in Division One on Saturday afternoon. (Picture: Steve Pennock)