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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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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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