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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #67

11th April, 2018

Shirebrook Town have become the first Toolstation NCEL Division One side to reach the League Cup Quarter-Finals whilst Knaresborough Town are now just one win away from being crowned Division One champions.

On what was a busy Monday night, Shirebrook were comfortable 5-1 winners at home to Premier Division title chasers Pontefract Collieries in their Fourth Round tie, scoring all of their goals in the first period with two each for Kieran Watson and Matthew Robinson whilst Daniel Williams also got on the scoresheet.

The Colls got a late consolation with Carter Widdowson's own goal but Shirebrook progress and will be one of two Division One representatives in the last eight with Ollerton Town, East Yorkshire Carnegie or Grimsby Borough set to take the final berth.

In the Premier Division, Staveley Miners Welfare moved nine points clear of the drop zone with a 2-1 home win over Thackley, Nicholas Matthews breaking the deadlock for the visitors in the first half before Joseph Pugh equalised early in the second period and Tyla Bell claimed the win on 68 minutes.

Knaresborough are on the verge of lifting the Division One trophy after second-placed Eccleshill United drew 2-2 at home to relegation-threatened Brigg Town, leaving the Eagles fourteen points off the summit with five games to play.

Brigg almost took away a priceless victory, Jonny Nicholls and Cameron Hill helping them to a 2-1 lead, but they were denied by Jonathan Irving's 88th minute equaliser and are four points behind FC Bolsover who are just outside the relegation zone.

A chance for Knaresborough to be crowned at Dronfield Town on Tuesday was scuppered as it was one of seven Toolstation NCEL games to be postponed due to heavy rain.

Elsewhere on Monday, Glasshoughton Welfare tightened their grip on the final play-off spot with a 4-1 win at Ollerton Town, Ryan Ferguson's brace sandwiching goals from Thomas Carr and Andrew Horbury, to move them five points clear of the chasing pack who have games in hand.

Swallownest are up to eleventh after Alex Lill's 27th minute strike earned them a 1-0 victory at AFC Emley with the hosts dropping below their visitors into twelfth.

Daniel Cunningham's early goal for Campion at Armthorpe Welfare was cancelled out by a Gragjan Klimczak injury-time equaliser to dent their play-off hopes in tenth.

And, there was a goalless draw between Nostell Miners Welfare and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, the latter now five points above the bottom two.

In the one game that survived on Tuesday, Hemsworth Miners Welfare have moved up to sixth in the Premier Division after Nash Connolly's hat-trick helped them to a 5-3 home victory over Worksop Town who stay thirteenth.

Photo: An all-too familiar sight across the Toolstation NCEL in recent weeks as East Yorkshire Carnegie is one of a number of matches to fall foul to bad weather, this time heavy rain that hit the whole region on Monday and Tuesday. (Credit: East Yorkshire Carnegie)







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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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