Penistone Church and Skegness Town are the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division and Division One leaders going into the New Year after an almost full compliment of matches brought 2019 to an end on Saturday.
Only one fixture was postponed - Hallam
's home game with North Ferriby
called off due to a waterlogged pitch - on an afternoon that was packed with drama and goals.
Penistone maintain their one point gap at the summit in the top flight as they brushed visitors Knaresborough Town
aside with a 4-0 victory that saw all the goals come in the opening period.
Kieran Ryan's double, added to by a Nathan Keightley strike and a William Lenehan own goal, ensured they kept above second-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare
who had a more difficult afternoon but won 3-2 at home to Silsden
Harry Viggars put Welfare ahead but the visitors went 2-1 up with a Joshua Brown double, the first just prior to the interval and the second near the hour mark, before Viggars' second restored parity and Ryan Carroll netted the winner with fourteen minutes remaining.
Staveley Miners Welfare
lost a little ground in third spot as they were held to a goalless draw by visitors Bridlington Town
who drop to seventh whilst fourth-placed Grimsby Borough
fell to a 5-1 home defeat to Albion Sports
Luke Aldrich scored a ten-minute second-half hat-trick for the Lions who picked up three much-needed points to move them up to thirteenth.
and Yorkshire Amateur
both claimed away wins to climb above Bridlington into fifth and sixth, respectively.
Alfie Raw, Michael Bottomley, Oliver Fearon and Jack Hardacre had Sedge 4-0 up at Bottesford Town
before a late mini-revival by the hosts halved the deficit by the final whistle.
And, the Ammers were made to work hard for their 5-3 victory at bottom side Athersley Recreation
, sealing the deal in the last ten minutes when Stephen Crawford gave them a 4-3 lead and Ashley Flynn's penalty secured the points.
A last-gasp brace from Sean Hunter snatched a point for Garforth Town
in a 2-2 draw at Maltby Main
that keeps them in eighth whilst Main move up into tenth.
In between them is Goole AFC
who, thanks to goals from Reagan Waud, claimed a 2-1 win at Eccleshill United
who fall to sixteenth below Barton Town
who were 3-0 home victors over fellow strugglers AFC Mansfield
Jack Richardson, Taron Hare and Ben Hinchliffe eased the pressure on the Swans at the expense of the Bulls who remain in the bottom two.
are now fourteenth after their single-goal home win at the expense of Thackley
, Joshua Dacre with the vital strike early in the second period.
Division One leaders Skegness Town
were held to a goalless home draw by Selby Town
and their advantage at the top has been cut to five points after Winterton Rangers
picked up a 2-0 victory at Glasshoughton Welfare
The breakthrough came on 50 minutes through Scott Matthews and Paul Grimes added the second late on for Scott Hellewell's side.
go above North Ferriby into third after a second-half Mohammad Qasim hat-trick helped them to a 5-2 home win over next-to-bottom Harrogate Railway Athletic
Glasshoughton are down to fifth whilst Armthorpe Welfare
stay sixth following their 3-3 draw at Parkgate
, Adam Baskerville rescuing a point for them with a penalty, his second goal of the afternoon, in the 71st minute.
Goals in the last ten minutes from Amir Berchil and Kane Reece secured a 3-1 win for Nostell Miners Welfare
to move them up into ninth whilst their hosts Ollerton Town
drop into the bottom three.
Basement side East Hull
went down 2-0 to visitors Brigg Town
, Stephen McCarron and Jake Reed with the Zebras' goals, but there were big wins for Worsbrough Bridge Athletic
and Hall Road Rangers
to move them both further away from drop zone.
Two goals each for Ashley Emmett and Kai Hancock gave Worsbrough a 4-1 victory over Dronfield Town
and they are up to sixteenth, a place above Rangers who, courtesy of goals from Charlie Birley, Conner Harman and Chris Murray, won 3-2 at Swallownest
Meanwhile, Retford FC
are up to seventh following a 3-2 home win against Rossington Main
, Adam Scott's 81st minute winner settling the encounter after a Masassa Kianga double for the visitors had seemingly made it honours even at the Rail.
Photo: All eyes are on the ball as it comes into the penalty area during Winterton Rangers' 2-0 victory at Glasshoughton Welfare in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Saturday. (Picture: Keith A Handley)