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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)