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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #68

13th April, 2018

The race for the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division has moved further in Pontefract Collieries' favour even though they did not take part in matches played on Wednesday or Thursday.

The two other teams in the chase for the title both dropped points with leaders AFC Mansfield going down 3-0 at Albion Sports in a match in which they were reduced to nine men with the second-half dismissals of Matthew Plummer and Liam Marsden.

They were 2-0 down before the red cards were shown with Alex Cusack and Paul Beesley scoring in quick succession midway through the first period and then Cusack's second with twenty minutes remaining ensured the Lions took the victory.

Mansfield remain eight points clear of Pontefract but the Colls now have six games in hand and three more than third-placed Pickering Town who drew 2-2 at Penistone Church to move within two points of the top two.

The Pikes thought all three points were theirs thanks to a Ryan Blott penalty and a goal from Joe Danby but Penistone battled back in the last five minutes to share the spoils with Ashley Ellis and Kieran Ryan getting on the scoresheet.

Meanwhile, there were home wins for the other two sides in the top five as a Jed Phillips double helped Handsworth Parramore to a 3-1 success over Liversedge, Alex Rippon with their other goal and Rhys Davies netting for the visitors.

And, it was a 4-2 victory for Maltby Main against Bottesford Town, Steven Hopewell's brace added to by Cameron Rigby and Ross Duggan with the away side's goals coming from Declan Bacon and Dayle Hutson.

In Division One, Shirebrook Town's fifth win in a row has moved them up into third spot, now just four points away from the automatic promotion places, Daniel Williams' late strike claiming a 1-0 home victory over Nostell Miners Welfare.

Retford United were 3-0 victors in the massive bottom two clash with visitors Brigg Town, Reece Treasure's first-half opener added to after the interval by a double from Kyle Sampor to move them out of the basement and to within three points of safety.

And, Campion kept their outside chances of a play-off spot alive as Daniel Cunningham and Matthias Britton netted in each half for a 2-0 win at AFC Emley that moves them up to eighth, six points away from the top six.








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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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