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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #76

2nd May, 2018

Pontefract Collieries were crowned Premier Division champions and Yorkshire Amateur claimed the second of the two automatic promotions spots in Division One as fifteen matches were played in the Toolstation NCEL at the start of the week.

The Colls, who had secured a move up into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League at the weekend, moved to within a point of the title when Jack Greenough, Vaughan Redford and Michael Dunn netted in a 3-1 victory at fourth-placed Handsworth Parramore on Monday.

That meant that Pickering Town had to get maximum points from their three remaining games to have a chance of snatching the trophy from Ponte but a 0-0 draw for the Pikes at Staveley Miners Welfare on Tuesday meant the Colls could celebrate what was a well-deserved championship win.

Pickering's eyes are now on second spot and they know that four points from the six left available to them will be enough to replace AFC Mansfield in the race for possible promotion.

Elsewhere in the division, the three relegated sides were all in action with the bottom two facing each other at Green Lane, Parkgate dispatching visitors Clipstone 4-0 with a Brandon Bagley brace helping the Steelmen on their way.

And, Harrogate Railway Athletic went down 1-0 at home to Worksop Town, the Tigers ending an eleven-match losing streak courtesy of a Michael Trench penalty late in the first half.

Garforth Town picked up three points in their two away games in two nights, a dramatic 5-4 victory at Hall Road Rangers on Monday was followed by a 4-1 defeat at Barton Town the following night whilst Rangers also played on consecutive evenings with a 3-1 home loss to Albion Sports on Tuesday.

Liversedge's league match on Tuesday was abandoned on 75 minutes with hosts Bottesford Town leading 5-0 due to a shortage of players for the away side who, the previous evening, had progressed to the Semi-Finals of the League Cup with an extra-time win at Rainworth Miners Welfare.

Joseph Walton's brace saw Sedge through to a home tie against either Handsworth Parramore or Ollerton Town in a 3-2 victory after the game had finished 1-1 after ninety minutes.

Monday night was a dramatic one in Division One with three sides battling it out for second place, two of them facing each other as Eccleshill United and Yorkshire Amateur squared up knowing the winner would take promotion.

And, the Ammers stormed into a 3-0 lead by the 33rd minute thanks to quickfire goals from Fernando Moke, Ashley Flynn and Jason St Juste before Antony Brown brought Eccleshill back into the game before the interval with a penalty.

But, Moke's second restored the away side's three-goal advantage on 76 and then Brown's second penalty of the evening was just a footnote as Amateur claimed a 4-2 victory that ends their 27-year stay in Division One.

Grimsby Borough could have also claimed second if Eccleshill and Yorkshire Amateur played out a draw and they won at home to East Yorkshire Carnegie but, in the end, a 2-2 draw means they settle for third place and the play-offs.

Daniel Walker struck twice for the visitors whilst Caine Winfarrah and James Petronzio netted for Borough who will take on Glasshoughton Welfare who secured the final play-off spot with a 2-0 victory at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

James Dyson and Andrew Horbury got the goals that meant they could no longer be caught by the chasing pack.

Hallam's play-off hopes were dashed by that result and a 3-2 home defeat to champions Knaresborough Town, Colin Heath's 87th minute winner meaning the visitors broke through the hundred-point barrier, just like Pontefract had done the same evening in the Premier Division.

Selby Town were the other side who could have denied Glasshoughton but, despite two home wins in two days, they can no longer finish in the top six.

Liam Flanagan netted five times in an 8-0 defeat of FC Bolsover on Monday before Sam Cable got both of their goals as they dispatched Dronfield Town 2-1 on Tuesday.

Photo: Daniel Walker, scorer of both of East Yorkshire Carnegie's goals, on the ball during his side's 2-2 draw at Grimsby Borough on Monday evening. (Picture: Darren Thompson)

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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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