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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #48
28th January, 2018
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division runaway leaders AFC Mansfield made it eleven straight victories as they beat second-placed Handsworth Parramore 3-0 in Saturday's match of the day.
The Bulls made the short trip up the A60 to the King of Soho Stadium and were ahead after just two minutes through Connor Smythe.
They then repeated that feat in the second half as Matthew Plummer netted before Smythe's second on 69 saw Rudy Funk's side extend their lead at the top of the table to a massive seventeen points.
The Amber Parras drop to third, replaced in second by Maltby Main who are now seven games unbeaten following their 3-1 home win over Athersley Recreation.
Joshua Nodder gave them a 43rd minute lead and Ben Walker levelled early in the second period before the hosts quickly regained their lead with a Steven Hopewell strike and Jed McGowan made sure of the victory in stoppage time.
Pontefract Collieries stay fourth after goals from Jack Greenhough, Luke Jeffs, Vaughan Redford and Kane Reece earned them a 4-0 victory over visitors Rainworth Miners Welfare and, even though the Colls are eighteen points behind AFC Mansfield, they do have seven games in hand.
Fifth-placed Pickering Town were also 4-0 home winners as two goals each from Ryan Blott and Billy Logan condemned bottom side Clipstone to their 25th league defeat of the campaign.
The Pikes remain just behind Pontefract on goal difference and four points ahead of Hemsworth Miners Welfare who won 3-0 at Bottesford Town who finished the game with nine men, Bradley Dockerty, Adam Hayton and Luke Hogg with the goals.
Penistone Church move to within four points of Rainworth who are seventh after a 4-2 win at home to Parkgate, Andrew Ring with a late double to narrowly beat the visitors who had played the whole second half with ten men.
Bridlington Town went behind in the opening minute to visitors Barton Town through William Waudby's strike but Joel Sutton equalised in first half stoppage time and Jake Day claimed the winner as the Seasiders beat the Swans 2-1 to keep themselves in ninth.
Garforth Town climb two places to tenth after surviving a scare at home to Staveley Miners Welfare having seen the visitors reduced to nine men in the opening 21 minutes and then opening up a 3-0 lead through a Lee Turner penalty and goals from Mark Simpson and Mitchell Hamilton by the hour mark.
Staveley then pulled one back through Jack Turnbull before Adam Baskerville added their second in injury time but they could not complete what would have been an astonishing fightback as the hosts claimed a 3-2 victory.
Conner Harman's last minute goal grabbed Hall Road Rangers a 2-1 win at Harrogate Railway Athletic whilst Worksop Town also struck late to take a point with a 1-1 draw at Albion Sports, Charlie Baird with the leveller for the Tigers.
There was one game postponed in the Premier Division due to a waterlogged pitch at Liversedge's home clash with Thackley.
Knaresborough Town maintained their two point advantage at the top of Division One with a 4-1 victory at East Yorkshire Carnegie, the Manse Lane side racing into a 3-0 lead by the break, Robert Youhill's double added to by Benjamin Cohen before Stephen Bromley added a fourth and Jordan Denby got a consolation for the hosts.
Second placed Eccleshill United won 3-2 at Grimsby Borough to open the gap between themselves and their hosts who are third to seven points.
The Eagles were two up through Andrew Cooper and Antony Brown only for Borough to restore parity thanks to goals from Ben Sibbick and Daniel Trott but the visitors took the points with a dramatic injury time strike from Matthew Mathers.
Yorkshire Amateur could not leapfrog Borough into third, meanwhile, as they lost 3-2 at Shirebrook Town who move up into fifth.
The Ammers were two goals down through Kieran Watson and Joe Naylor but, like Borough, brought their game back to 2-2 with Harrison Blakey and Ashley Flynn netting but the home side found an 85th minute winner from Jordan Claxton.
Shirebrook climb above Selby Town who, despite an early goal from Joseph Dale, went down 2-1 at Glasshoughton Welfare whose goals from Andrew Horbury and Ryan Ferguson sees them move up into seventh.
The three bottom four sides who played all tasted defeat as the battle to avoid relegation continues to prove an intriguing one.
Brigg Town were beaten 3-0 at Winterton Rangers whilst FC Bolsover fell to a 4-0 defeat at Swallownest and Nostell Miners Welfare lost 1-0 at home to Dronfield Town.
Rossington Main claimed a late 1-0 victory at Ollerton Town whilst there were draws in the day's two remaining matches as Armthorpe Welfare were held 1-1 by visitors AFC Emley and Hallam shared four goals with hosts Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
Photo: Luke Anderson on a run for Winterton Rangers in his side's 3-0 home victory over Brigg Town in Division One on Saturday. (Credit: Paul Tong)
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