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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #70

18th April, 2018

Despite a good performance, Toolstation NCEL Division One side Selby Town were unable to perform a giantkilling act as they were beaten in the Final of this season's West Riding County Cup.

The Robins were up against former NCEL team Farsley Celtic who are three divisions further up the National League System in the Evo-Stik League Premier Division in the match that was played at West Riding FA headquarters.

Liam Flanagan got them a consolation with six minutes remaining as they went down 4-1 but Selby will be pleased to have reached the Final, the first time they have achieved this whilst being an NCEL club.

Elsewhere, Monday and Tuesday saw seven games each in the Premier Division and Division One as the hectic end to the season got into full swing.

Pontefract Collieries regained second spot in the top flight, 24 hours after it was taken off them by Pickering Town who, thanks to goals at the beginning and the end of their match by Billy Logan, beat visitors Athersley Recreation 2-0.

The Colls moved back above them thanks to a 5-0 home victory over Garforth Town, Mark Whitehouse, Michael Dunn and Jack Greenhough netting in the first half before an Aaron Moxam double completed the scoring in the final quarter of the encounter.

Ponte are eight points away from leaders AFC Mansfield with five games in hand and have two matches more than Pickering who are two points behind them.

Harrogate Railway Athletic climbed out of the relegation zone as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at home to fifth-placed Maltby Main, Declan Greene and Taylor Foley cancelling out strikes from Ross Duggan and Bradley Morton.

They go a point ahead of Hall Road Rangers who were beaten 2-1 at home to Bottesford Town whilst next-to-bottom Parkgate are now eight points away from safety with eight games to play after Kurtis Morley's goal condemned them to a 1-0 home loss to Staveley Miners Welfare.

Back in the top half, Bridlington Town took a 2-0 lead at Liversedge, courtesy of Jake Day and Joel Sutton, but the home side turned the game around to win 3-2 with Conner Beaumont, Rhys Davies and Jordan Windass getting on the scoresheet for the hosts.

And, Barton Town leapfrog Thackley into fifteenth after beating them 1-0 at home, Gareth Barlow with the sole strike of the evening early in the second period.

In Division One, Eccleshill United took a tighter grip on the second automatic spot as Antony Brown's 80th minute winner secured a 2-1 victory at Campion whose play-off hopes were virtually ended by their defeat.

The Eagles are now six points clear of the chasing pack after Shirebrook Town drew 1-1 at seventh-placed Hallam, Alex Varley putting the Derbyshire side ahead before Jake Currie levelled late on for the hosts with a spectacular overhead kick.

Yorkshire Amateur go above Shirebrook into third after an Ashley Flynn hat-trick and a Fernando Moke brace helped them to a 6-1 home defeat of Ollerton Town whilst Grimsby Borough are fifth after a double from Jack Debnam and a James Wroot goal secured a 3-0 win over visitors Dronfield Town.

Ryan Ferguson's strike early in the second half gave sixth-placed Glasshoughton Welfare a single-goal victory at home to Swallownest, opening up a five point gap between themselves and Hallam who are just outside the play-off zone.

Retford United's relegation from the NCEL was almost certainly confirmed as they were beaten 3-1 at home by fellow strugglers FC Bolsover, Matthew Parkin giving the Badgers a thirteenth-minute lead before Callam Lytham restored parity by the interval.

Then, an Oliver Perry penalty and a third from James Manson got the visitors a priceless win that moves them four points clear of the drop zone.

Retford, however, remain at the foot of the table and must win their final two matches of the season to have any chance of finishing outside of the bottom two.

Bolsover go above Worsbrough Bridge Athletic who are now twentieth after drawing 2-2 at home to Armthorpe Welfare in a game where they led 2-0 through a Lee Morris penalty and a Kieran Hirst strike.

Josh Bucknall brought the visitors back into the game before an 86th minute spot kick from Joshua Dodd made it a point apiece and Worsbrough will wait to see whether it will ultimately be a vital point gained or two dropped in their battle to avoid relegation.

Photo: Action from Barton Town's 1-0 home victory over Thackley in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division on Tuesday night. (Credit: Jim Nichol)

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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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