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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #43

11th January, 2018

A quickfire first half brace from Richard Williams saw Swallownest cause an upset in the Second Round of the Toolstation NCEL League Cup in midweek.

His opener on 27 minutes at Thackley on Tuesday night was followed by a second just before the half-hour mark as the Division One side beat their Premier Division hosts 2-0 to book a home tie against Dronfield Town in the Third Round later this month.

In the Premier Division, Athersley Recreation have climbed up three places to fourteenth following a 2-1 win at nineteenth-placed Barton Town, James Eyles with a 66th minute winner after Lee Garside's early strike had been cancelled out midway through the first period by Gareth Barlow for the home side.

Hallam are up into the top eight of Division One after a comfortable 5-1 home win over FC Bolsover in a game the Sandygate side led 1-0 at the interval through a Matthew Ord strike.

A Mark West penalty and Ord's second made it 3-0 by the 68th minute and, although Ainsley Finney found the net for the visitors, Hallam completed the victory with a Reece Twell penalty and a fifth from Thomas Roebuck.

The night's other action took place in the Notts Senior Cup where Clipstone bowed out of the Notts Senior Cup on penalties at East Midlands Counties League side Dunkirk in a game that finished 3-3 after extra time.

The Cobras had been leading 3-1 going into the last ten minutes of normal time thanks to a Thomas Blaney double and a Keenan Leeds spot kick but the hosts struck twice late on to force a further goalless half-hour before winning 4-3 in the shootout.

Wednesday night saw the biggest crowd in midweek with 532 at the Bradley Football Development Centre as the two sides based there met in the Semi-Finals of the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy.

Grimsby Borough battled hard against Evo-Stik League side and last year's NCEL Premier Division champions Cleethorpes Town in the El Haddocko derby but it was the higher-ranked team that went through with a narrow 1-0 victory.

Retford United were also knocked out of the Notts Senior Cup by a former NCEL side as, despite goals from Curtis Birchall and Joshua Parfitt twice putting them ahead, they went down 3-2 at home to East Midlands Counties League leaders Teversal.

And, in the Quarter-Finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup, an eleven minute first half hat-trick from Ryan Smith saw Penistone Church progress at the expense of league rivals AFC Emley, the Premier Division hosts going through 3-0 against their Division One visitors.

Meanwhile, two Premier Division matches fell foul of waterlogged pitches with Hall Road Rangers' home encounter with Parkgate and Liversedge's trip to Harrogate Railway Athletic postponed.

Photo: Action from Barton Town's 2-1 home defeat to Athersley Recreation on Tuesday night in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division. (Picture: Jim Nichol)








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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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