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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #78

6th May, 2018

Congratulations to Pickering Town whose 2-1 victory at Hall Road Rangers on Saturday means they take the second promotion spot in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division.

The Pikes join champions Pontefract Collieries, both of whom have been in the NCEL since its inception in 1982, in making the move up into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

Paul Marshall's side needed a victory at Hall Road Rangers to pip AFC Mansfield to the coveted prize on goal difference and it was an anxious wait for everyone as the game was goalless until the 56th minute when Joe Danby put Pickering ahead.

There was then hope for Mansfield when Dane Mortimer levelled on 73 to put the Bulls back in the driving seat but the day would ultimately belong to the Pikes with Casey Stewart getting the winner eight minutes later for a 2-1 victory.

That was one of seven Premier Division games to take place as the league campaign came almost to a close with Ponte ending their title-winning campaign on 102 points with a 1-1 draw at Athersley Recreation, Jamie Williams' late equaliser for the Colls shared the spoils after Lee Garside had given the hosts a 48th minute lead.

Maltby Main made sure they finished in fifth spot as a Ross Duggan brace earned them a 2-1 win at Barton Town, Gareth Barlow with a consolation for the Swans with ten minutes remaining, and Bottesford Town will complete their season in eighth after a 3-1 home victory over bottom side Clipstone.

Dayle Hutson, Declan Bacon and Craig Bridge netted for the hosts before Michael Ball's injury-time strike for the Cobras was the final actrion on what had been a difficult but dignified campaign for the Nottinghamshire side.

Parkgate's disappointing campaign that has ended in relegation finished on a victory as they beat visitors Worksop Town 3-1 after Charlie Baird had given the away side a first-half lead.

Daniel Flynn, Brandon Bagley and Martin Brissett scored for the Steelmen who are now preparing for life at Step 6 whilst there will be inquests at Worksop after they finished their season in seventeenth spot.

There were two goals each for Thackley's Luke Robinson and Rainworth Miners Welfare's Gareth Curtis as they played out a 4-3 scoreline at the Mitton Group Stadium at Dennyfield with hosts Thackley narrow victors to move up into eighteenth place.

And, Albion Sports finish fourteenth after a 5-1 victory at Liversedge with Sedge having one more game to play at home to Thackley whilst the other match still outstanding is Barton Town's home clash with Bottesford Town.

Photo: Congratulations to Pickering Town whose 2-1 win at Hall Road Rangers on Saturday means they take the second promotion spot up into the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. (Picture: Pickering Town)




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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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