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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #46

21st January, 2018

AFC Mansfield's apparent surge to the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division title continued on Saturday as a tenth straight victory opened up a fourteen point gap at the summit.

Philip Buxton's second minute opener was added to by Connor Smythe near the hour mark as the Bulls won 2-0 at home to Bridlington Town whilst second placed Handsworth Parramore's match at Hall Road Rangers was one of three games in the division to be cancelled due to bad weather.

Maltby Main and Pontefract Collieries climb to third and fourth, respectively, overtaking Pickering Town whose home clash with Albion Sports was another to succumb to a waterlogged pitch.

Main were 2-0 victors at fellow top seven side Rainworth Miners Welfare, Samuel Forster and Ryan Carroll taking the points with goals in the last quarter-of-an-hour.

And, the Colls beat managerless hosts Worksop Town 4-0 after racing into a three goal lead by the fourteenth minute through Eli Hey, Jack Greenhough and Vaughan Redford before Hey's second, this time from the penalty spot, finished the scoring in stoppage time.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare stay sixth following their 1-1 home draw with twelfth placed Garforth Town, Richard Collier's fourteenth minute strike for the hosts cancelled out in the second period by Mark Simpson.

Jordan Coduri's equaliser ensured Penistone Church's unbeaten league run stretches to eleven matches as they drew 1-1 at Thackley to tighten their grip on eighth spot.

Thackley, whose new management team of Mike Garrod and Pat McGuire also played in the game, had taken the lead early in the second half through Luke Robinson only for their advantage to last five minutes.

A goalless draw is usually unremarkable but it was a massive result for bottom side Clipstone as their 0-0 scoreline at Staveley Miners Welfare represented their first point and clean sheet of the campaign, hopefully pointing to better days ahead for the Cobras.

And, Harrogate Railway Athletic were big winners as the other two sides in the bottom three met at Parkgate as two goals each from Sheiden Rodgers and Adam Carter, added to by Nathan Merchant and Daniel O'Donnell, earned them a 6-2 victory to move seven points clear of their hosts.

The day's other postponed Premier Division match was Bottesford Town's trip to Barton Town.

It was a difficult afternoon for Division One's top two sides as both Knaresborough Town and Eccleshill United dropped points at home.

Knaresborough's advantage, though, extends to two points after their goalless draw with Campion as Eccleshill were beaten 3-2 by fellow promotion chasers Selby Town.

Twice, Sam Bradley levelled matters for the home side after Joseph Dale and Liam Flanagan had put the Robins in front but it was the visitors who would take the points thanks to Gary Collier's 89th minute winner.

An Adam Shaw hat-trick helped fourth placed Yorkshire Amateur close the gap on the top two to five points as they won 5-1 at home to Armthorpe Welfare with T'nique Fishley and an Ashley Flynn penalty making it a comfortable afternoon before an injury time consolation from Alan Jackson.

Glasshoughton Welfare who are eighth moved to within a point of the team two positions above them Shirebrook Town by beating them 4-1 at home, Ryan Ferguson with a couple of goals.

Elliott Broughton and James Atkinson netted for Winterton Rangers who climb to ninth following their 2-1 victory at Dronfield Town whilst there were also away wins for Ollerton Town, East Yorkshire Carnegie and Swallownest.

There were two goals each for Kyle Ludlow and Gavin King as Ollerton prevailed 5-1 at next-to-bottom Brigg Town whilst Carnegie's 3-0 victory at FC Bolsover, thanks to goals from Daniel Walker, Thomas Whiting and Jordan Denby, saw their hosts drop into the bottom three.

And, Adam Daughtrey got both of Swallownest's goals in a 2-0 triumph at Rossington Main to keep themselves in fifteenth, one point ahead of Carnegie.

Two Division One games fell victim to the weather with AFC Emley's home match with Nostell Miners Welfare and Retford United's trip to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic postponed.

Photo: A battle for supremacy in the penalty area during Swallownest's 2-0 victory at Rossington Main in their Division One encounter on Saturday. (Credit: Justin Parker)

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