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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #60

18th March, 2018

It was another day of frustration for the majority of Toolstation NCEL clubs as continuing bad weather put paid to all but four matches on Saturday due to a mixture of snow and waterlogged or frozen pitches.

In the games that survived, top faced bottom in the Premier Division as leaders AFC Mansfield welcomed next door neighbours Clipstone to the Forest Town Stadium for the Clipstone derby.

And, form prevailed as the hosts broke their record for most goals scored in a home game, strolling to a 9-0 victory to extend their lead at the summit to ten points.

Oliver Fearon opened the scoring on 22 minutes and it quickly turned to 4-0 with Matthew Wilson, Connor Smythe and Fearon again adding to their tally before the half-hour mark.

Craig Mitchell claimed their fifth soon after the interval and then, in the final twenty minutes, two goals from Philip Buxton, one more for Mitchell and one for Lynton Karkach completed the rout in an afternoon that saw crazy conditions with sunny spells mixed in with heavy blizzards.

Things were a little calmer on the coast as Bridlington Town moved up to seventh spot with a 1-0 home victory over fifth-placed Maltby Main.

Jake Day grabbed the only goal of the game for the Seasiders in the sixteenth minute as Curtis Woodhouse's side eye a top six finish.

In Division One, Shirebrook Town tightened their grip on a play-off place as they won 2-1 at home to Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

Kieran Watson struck twice, once from the penalty spot, sandwiching an equaliser from Ben Grech-Brooksbank in a game that was stopped for around fifteen minutes in the first half so that snow could be cleared.

The Briggers stay nervously looking over their shoulder as they are five points away from the drop zone but they have matches in hand of the two sides who are in the relegation places.

Nostell Miners Welfare can surely now consider themselves safe after their 3-1 home victory over East Yorkshire Carnegie in another game played through a mixture of sunshine and heavy snow.

Jack Owen netted their opener in the eighth minute and Liam Radford doubled their advantage just before the hour mark.

A penalty from Daniel Walker threatened a comeback from the visitors but Owen made sure of the victory with his second in stoppage time to move Nostell level with Carnegie, fourteen points above the bottom two.

Photo: Nostell Miners Welfare and East Yorkshire Carnegie play through a blizzard, one of only four Toolstation NCEL games to survive the bad weather on Saturday. (Picture: Darren Thompson)

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