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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #61

23rd March, 2018

Hat-tricks from Joel Sutton and Jake Day eased Bridlington Town through to the Final of the East Riding Senior Cup as they beat Dunnington 6-1 in midweek.

The Seasiders, who are looking to lift the trophy for the fourth season in a row, started their Semi-Final at Hull's Roy West Centre at breakneck speed with Sutton netting twice in the first five minutes before Day opened his account around the half-hour mark.

Their York Football League opponents pulled a goal back before the interval through Angus Richardson but Bridlington added to their tally twice more from Day and once from Sutton to set up a final with either Beverley Town or Hull City.

In the Toolstation NCEL League Cup, Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Rainworth Miners Welfare became the latest sides to book their place in the last eight of this year's competition.

Hemsworth went behind to an Ashley Flynn goal at Division One hosts Yorkshire Amateur but the Premier Division side quickly levelled through Samuel Leach before Bradley Dockerty gave them the lead before half-time and, in the second half, Richard Collier's strike and an own goal from Graham McLachlan ensured a 4-1 victory.

Rainworth were 3-0 winners at Premier Division rivals Parkgate, Matthew Sykes with the early breakthrough before Kyle Jordan made sure of the Wrens' progression by scoring either side of the interval.

In the Premier Division, Pontefract Collieries moved to within seven points of leaders AFC Mansfield with five games in hand as they won 3-1 at next-to-bottom Hall Road Rangers.

The hosts took the lead on 26 minutes, Gareth Owen with the goal, before the Colls took control in the second period with Aaron Moxam levelling with a penalty, Jack Greenhough giving them a 70th minute lead and Moxam's second of the evening securing their ninth straight win.

Rangers stay five points away for safety after the side just outside the relegation zone, Harrogate Railway Athletic, were also beaten as goals from Bradley Davies, Rhys Davies and Joseph Walton saw them go down 3-0 to visitors Liversedge.

Bottesford Town, Thackley and Staveley Miners Welfare all climbed up the table with midweek wins with Bottesford taking home a 6-0 victory from their trip to Albion Sports.

Alex Holden and Declan Bacon struck twice whilst Lee Ridley and Craig Bridge also netted to move the Poachers up to tenth whilst Thackley are now fourteenth after Mike Garrod's hat-trick helped them to a 4-2 home defeat of Garforth Town who drop to eleventh.

And, Staveley won 3-1 at Athersley Recreation, Adam Baskerville, Kurtis Morley and Joseph Pugh scoring to send the Trojans up one place to seventeenth.

Knaresborough Town now have one hand on the Division One trophy after another victory in midweek whilst both of their closest rivals dropped points.

Benjamin Cohen and Nicholas Black netted in their 2-0 home win over Rossington Main, both goals coming in the opening eight minutes, to extend their lead at the top to fifteen points after second-placed Grimsby Borough went down 1-0 at home to Campion.

Lee Bradshaw scored the decisive goal for Campion with thirteen minutes remaining to keep them still in with a shout of the play-offs.

Eccleshill United are seventeen points off the summit in third after Liam Hudson's late equaliser grabbed them a 2-2 draw at AFC Emley after Alex Slack had seemingly given the home side the victory with their second in stoppage time.

In the chase for play-off places, Shirebrook Town beat fellow promotion rivals Selby Town 2-0 at Langwith Road, top scorer Kieran Watson with both of their goals, to give themselves an eight-point cushion in fifth.

The two sides just outside the play-off zone, Winterton Rangers and Glasshoughton Welfare, drew 0-0 at the TJs Travel Arena to edge slightly closer to sixth-placed Selby whilst Hallam have moved to within three points of the Robins.

A first-half Mitchell Dunne hat-trick was the highlight of a convincing 5-1 victory for the Countrymen at Nostell Miners Welfare.

And, the battle to avoid relegation has become a lot tighter after Retford United won at fellow bottom three side Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

Joshua Dacre's own goal had Retford ahead at the interval before Kyle Sambor's hat-trick and a double from Qunio de Ataide Dias gave the Badgers a vital victory.

Retford have climbed out of the basement, replaced by Brigg Town, and are now just three points behind Worsbrough who are outside of the drop zone but the Briggers have four games more to play.

Photo: Nicholas Black fires home his first goal for the club as early goals earn Division One runaway leaders Knaresborough Town a 2-0 home win over Rossington Main. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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