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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #72

22nd April, 2018

Pontefract Collieries returned to winning ways to move within five points of Premier Division leaders AFC Mansfield whilst Knaresborough Town celebrated lifting the Division One title on another enthralling Saturday of Toolstation NCEL action.

Mansfield's lead was cut as they were the only top five top flight side to drop points, the Bulls held to a 1-1 draw at neighbours Rainworth Miners Welfare who climb to eighth.

Cameron Dear had given the visitors a 27th minute lead only for a second half spot-kick from Kyle Jordan to share the spoils with the Wrens who had been reduced to ten men.

The Colls, meanwhile, were ruthless from kick-off at home to Liversedge with Eli Hey and Jack Greenhough putting them 2-0 up within the opening four minutes before goals after the interval from Spencer Clarke, Aaron Moxam and another from Hey sealed a 5-0 victory that closes the gap to the top with four games in hand.

Pickering Town and Handsworth Parramore kept up their challenge for a top two finish with 4-0 victories, the Pikes home winners over Bottesford Town, a Ryan Blott brace added to by strikes from Ryan Cooper and Billy Logan, to keep them third and three points behind Pontefract.

And, there were two goals each for Jonathan Hill and Jordan Turner as the Amber Parras cantered past hosts Garforth Town to stay six points off second spot.

Ross Duggan's double for Maltby Main moved his side a step closer to a top five finish as they beat visitors Hemsworth Miners Welfare 3-1 and Penistone Church leapfrog Hemsworth into sixth after their 3-1 victory at Albion Sports.

Lewis Dickinson, Duncan Richards and Danny Howes netted for Penistone in the first 32 minutes before Kesiolu Omolkum got a late consolation for the Lions who drop to fifteenth.

At the other end of the table, Parkgate's position is looking increasingly precarious after late goals from Nicholas Matthews and Matthew Broadley condemned them to a 2-1 loss at Thackley whilst the two sides above them both won.

Hall Road Rangers picked up a vital win at Athersley Recreation, 16-year-old Reagan Waud with his first senior goal sealing a 1-0 victory, but they remain in the drop zone by a point after Harrogate Railway Athletic beat basement hosts Clipstone.

The hosts took a sixth minute lead with a Jermaine Jatau penalty but Lincoln Adams equalised almost straightaway and Josh Underwood's strike just past the hour mark keeps the Rail just outside the drop zone.

Elsewhere, away from the relegation battle, Gareth Barlow's 300th goal for Barton Town set the Swans on their way to a 3-0 win at Worksop Town with Bill Law scoring the other two whilst Joseph Pugh's 51st minute goal claimed a 1-0 home victory for Staveley Miners Welfare over Bridlington Town who fall to ninth.

In Division One, the champions Knaresborough Town were crowned and not even their first home defeat of the league campaign could dent their celebrations as they were presented with the trophy at the full-time whistle.

Daniel Clayton and Stephen Bromley had them 2-0 up against Yorkshire Amateur but the visitors, who are in the hunt for automatic promotion themselves, fought back to level by the break through Fernando Moke and Jason St Juste before Ashley Flynn and Moke's second grabbed the victory in the final ten minutes.

The Ammers stay fourth but are now just three points away from second-placed Eccleshill United as a defeat for the Eagles means the chase to join the promotion party has become even closer.

Luke Harrop's goal for Eccleshill was just a consolation as they went down 3-1 at Hallam who, thanks to a Benjamin Thornton brace sandwiching a Samuel Smith goal, are lurking just outside the play-off zone.

Eccleshill have played a game more than the Ammers and Grimsby Borough who must now be considered favourites to take second spot as they are two points behind the Eagles after second half goals from Joshua Sunter, Jack Bradbury and Scott Drury earned them a 3-1 victory at Swallownest.

Fifth-placed Shirebrook Town's automatic promotion hopes have all-but evaporated after a 2-2 draw at Winterton Rangers, Alex Varley and Kieran Watson netting for ten-man Shirebrook before Elliot Broughton and then a Luke Anderson penalty in the final five minutes saw it end a point apiece.

James Dyson and Ryan Ferguson got on the scoresheet to keep Glasshoughton Welfare's four-point cushion in the play-off zone intact with a 2-0 victory at relegated Retford United who, like Winterton, have now completed their season.

Piteu Crouz's injury-time strike gave eighth-placed Campion a 2-1 home victory over Dronfield Town but they can no longer reach the top six whilst Selby Town drop below Winterton into tenth after a 3-2 loss at Ollerton Town knocked their play-off ambitions.

A Gavin King double added to by Callum Atkinson put the hosts in control and, even though Gary Collier and Jordan Snodin found the net in the last ten minutes, the Robins find themselves fourteen points behind Glasshoughton but they still have six games to play.

Next-to-bottom Brigg Town closed the gap to FC Bolsover to two points as Jake Crossland's 42nd minute equaliser earned them a 1-1 draw at home to Armthorpe Welfare whilst Bolsover remain just above the relegation trapdoor after a 2-0 loss to visitors AFC Emley.

Lee Morris and Joe Dungworth struck to earn Worsbrough Bridge Athletic what could be an important 2-1 win at East Yorkshire Carnegie to go above Bolsover and four points clear of the drop zone.

And, in the day's other Division One clash, Nostell Miners Welfare made themselves mathematically safe with their final game of the season as Liam Owen's brace helped them to a 5-1 win at Rossington Main.

Photo: 16-year-old Reagan Waud scored his first senior goal for Hall Road Rangers to earn a vital 1-0 win at Athersley Recreation in his side's battle to avoid relegation. (Picture: Lee Myers Photography)

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Season 2017/18 Tables

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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