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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2019/20 #27

10th November, 2019

A minute's silence was observed before all Toolstation NCEL matches on Saturday ahead of Remembrance Sunday as we remembered all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

After another couple of days of very heavy rain and flooding in the region in midweek, it was feared that the fixture list would be badly disrupted for the third weekend running but it was a delight to see that only three matches fell victim to waterlogged pitches.

That came as a result of the hard work by volunteers at all clubs who did their utmost to make sure matches could go ahead and is greatly appreciated by the league.

The reward was an afternoon of drama as Premier Division leaders Penistone Church left it late to take a point from next-to-bottom AFC Mansfield who thought that Ross Duggan's 38th minute goal, his 22nd of the season, had given them a much-needed three points.

The Bulls, who played the whole of the second period with ten men following Jamie McGuire's dismissal before the interval, held out until the 85th minute when Danny Howes levelled to make it 1-1 and move Penistone four points clear of second-placed Staveley Miners Welfare whose trip to Handsworth fell victim to the weather.

Grimsby Borough are up to third, replacing Liversedge who they beat 3-2 at the Clayborn Ground with a last-gasp penalty from James Petronzio settling the encounter.

Earlier, James Dean-Atkinson had put the visitors ahead in the 21st minute but an Alfie Raw spot kick and a Joe Walton strike had Sedge 2-1 up early in the second half before parity was quickly restored by Jack Bradbury in a breathless four minutes.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Yorkshire Amateur also go above Liversedge into fourth and fifth, respectively, following victories.

A Nash Connolly double, added to Matthew Hughes' opener, saw Hemsworth prevail 3-1 at Knaresborough Town, the hosts getting a late consolation through Brad Walker.

And, the Ammers defeated their guests Eccleshill United 2-0, courtesy of a tenth minute Fernando Moke penalty and a goal midway through the second period from Ashley Flynn.

Bridlington Town remain seventh after a 4-2 home win over Goole AFC, an Adama Ambo own goal followed by a Chris Adams strike and a double from Billy Logan had the Seasiders four goals up within 53 minutes before Reagan Waud struck twice for the visiting Vikings.

Staying just behind Bridlington on goal difference are Garforth Town who won 2-1 at home to Bottesford Town, Daniel Coupland and Lee Turner netting for the Miners in the first half-hour with Kieran McCaffrey halving the deficit in the final quarter of the game.

Simon Poole's 77th minute winner at Maltby Main saw Thackley take the points in a 2-1 victory that sees them climb to ninth above Albion Sports who drew 1-1 at Silsden, Jordan Chippendale's late equaliser rescuing the Lions after Jake Taylor-Mountford had put the hosts ahead.

Basement side Athersley Recreation's trip to Barton Town, meanwhile, was postponed.

Division One leaders Skegness Town suffered their first league defeat since the middle of August and have seen their lead at the top cut to three points after a 4-2 loss at Nostell Miners Welfare who move up to fifth.

Liam Parker had them ahead after eleven minutes but the hosts stormed into a 4-1 lead going into the last quarter-of-an-hour through Calum Ward, a Rhys Meynell penalty, Luke McCrum and Jack Owen with Gary King grabbing the Lilywhites' second late on.

That allowed second-placed Campion to close the gap a little with a 5-2 home victory over Hallam, Mohammad Qasim's hat-trick coming in between goals from Jason Carney and Daniel Facey whilst Tyler Bradley and Samuel Smith's penalty had twice brought the visiting side back level.

Selby Town's home clash with Rossington Main was called off but the Robins stay third ahead of Winterton Rangers who went down 2-0 to visitors Dronfield Town, Tawanda Rupere and Stuart Hill with the goals either side of the interval.

Mark Ferguson was another hat-trick hero as Glasshoughton Welfare defeated hosts Brigg Town 4-1 whilst Adam Baskerville scored all of Armthorpe Welfare's goals in a 3-1 victory at Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Hall Road Rangers move out of the bottom two after their 3-1 home win against Retford FC, Charlie Birley with a couple of goals for Leon Sewell's side.

And, courtesy of Alfie Smith and Nathan Morritt, Swallownest beat visitors Worsbrough Bridge Athletic 2-1 with Jack Burton pulling one back for the away side in the 81st minute.

Meanwhile, for the second game running North Ferriby were involved in a match abandoned due to floodlight failure, this time at Ollerton Town where the Villagers were leading 3-1 when the game was cut short in second half stoppage time.

Photo: Ahead of Remembrance Sunday, a minute's silence is observed before the Toolstation NCEL Division One game between Harrogate Railway Athletic and Armthorpe Welfare. (Picture: Steve Pennock)

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