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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #44

14th January, 2018

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division leaders AFC Mansfield notched up their ninth successive league win to maintain an eleven point lead at the top of the table on Saturday.

It was a tighter game than the 4-1 scoreline at Bottesford Town would suggest even though Matthew Plummer gave the Bulls a third minute lead as they had to wait until the hour mark for a second from James Ghaichem and, even then, the hosts replied immediately with a goal from Declan Becon.

The win was only assured in the final five minutes through Philip Buxton and Plummer's second as Rudy Funk's side kept their gap to second placed Handsworth Parramore in double figures.

The Amber Parras were 3-0 home victors over next-to-bottom Parkgate with Jonathan Froggatt opening the scoring on 63 minutes before his second and an Aaron Moxam strike late on ensured the three points.

Pickering Town move up to third with a 3-2 win at home to the side who held that position at the start of play, Pontefract Collieries, as the Pikes came from 2-1 down in the last ten minutes to take the victory with goals from George Bissett and Billy Logan.

The Colls drop to fifth with Maltby Main now fourth after their 1-1 home draw with Worksop Town, the Miners pegged back by a Lee Hill equaliser on 85 minutes for the Tigers after Ryan Carroll had given the hosts a first half lead.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare stay sixth despite a 2-1 loss at Barton Town, Thomas Waudby and Gareth Barlow earning the Swans a vital victory in their battle to avoid relegation before a late consolation from Bradley Dockerty.

Rainworth Miners Welfare close the gap to Hemsworth to just goal difference after a fine 3-1 win at Liversedge, thanks to goals in the last twenty minutes by Matthew Sykes and Tomas Poole.

The Wrens stay eight points above eighth placed Penistone Church who were 4-0 home victors over Athersley Recreation, courtesy of Andrew Ring, Jordan Coduri, Nathan Keightley and Kieran Ryan.

Jake Day struck four goals - including three in three devastating minutes towards the end of the first period - as Bridlington Town ran riot with a 6-1 defeat of visitors Hall Road Rangers and the Seasiders go up to ninth above Workop and Bottesford who now complete the top half of the table.

At the foot, bottom side Clipstone could not get a victory in Jamie Hardwick's first match as boss as they went down 4-0 at home to Garforth Town, Callum Ward scoring a couple of goals for the visitors.

Harrogate Railway Athletic, like Barton Town, picked up a big victory as they look to escape the drop with a dramatic 4-3 home win over Thackley.

The hosts led 3-1 going into the last five minutes but goals from Mike Garrod and Jordan Hines drew the scores level as the match went into stoppage time only for the Rail to then be awarded a penalty that was converted by Lincoln Adams to take the points.

And, two spot kicks for Adam Baskerville were not enough for Staveley Miners Welfare as they were beaten 3-2 at Albion Sports in a mid-table clash with Lamin Janneh, Samuel Denton and Sumaili Cissa netting for the Lions.

The top two in Division One, Knaresborough Town and Eccleshill United both won on their travels to open up the gap between themselves and the chasing pack as Grimsby Borough and Yorkshire Amateur dropped points against sides battling to avoid relegation.

Brad Walker's first half stoppage time opener for Knaresborough was added to in the second period by Robert Youhill and Benjamin Cohen as they beat hosts Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 3-0 to keep themselves a point ahead of Eccleshill who, thanks to goals from Charlie Flaherty and Jonathan Irving, beat Shirebrook Town 2-1 at Langwith Road.

Grimsby Borough are four points behind Eccleshill in third as they drew 3-3 at home with bottom side Retford United having trailed 2-1 at the break and then being on the verge of victory thanks to a second half brace from James Wroot.

Joshua Scully grabbed his second of the game in stoppage time for the visitors to ensure they got a point but Retford stay in the basement as their nearest rivals Brigg Town won 1-0 at Swallownest, Jonny Nicholls with the goal twenty minutes from time.

Fourth placed Yorkshire Amateur were beaten 2-1 at Nostell Miners Welfare, Jack Owen's penalty for the hosts cancelled out on the half hour by Ashley Flynn but Liam Owen grabbed the winner for the hosts on 72 to keep his side in twentieth but now level on points with Worsbrough and FC Bolsover who were thrashed 11-1 at Campion.

There were hat-tricks for Thomas Robinson and Devonte Morton and two each for Aidan Day and Danny Stocker in the biggest scoreline in the NCEL this season as Campion stay seventh whilst Bolsover now find themselves in a relegation battle with only five points separating the bottom five teams.

Selby Town took advantage of Shirebrook's defeat to leapfrog them into fifth spot with a 2-1 home win over Hallam who drop to ninth, Ryan Gothard's goal on 70 minutes taking the points.

A double from Robert Oldham helped to earn Glasshoughton Welfare a 3-0 win at Armthorpe Welfare and they climb to eighth whilst there was also an away victory for Rossington Main, Callam Lytham scoring the 80th minute winner as they beat hosts East Yorkshire Carnegie 2-1.

Joe Jackson scored late on to earn AFC Emley a win by the same scoreline at home to Dronfield Main whilst it was 1-1 between Ollerton Town and Winterton Rangers at Walesby Lane, Tom Moody's equaliser for the hosts sharing the spoils after Lewis Bemrose had given the visitors a first half lead.

Photo: Bridlington Town goalkeeper Jody Barford rises highest to clear the ball in his side's 6-1 home win over Hall Road Rangers on Saturday. (Picture: Lee Myers Photography)

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