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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2021/22 #15

23rd September, 2021

An 81st minute goal for Thomas Cropper earned AFC Mansfield their first home league win of the season as they defeated Handsworth 1-0 in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division on Tuesday night.

It was one of two games played in the division in midweek and the three points move AFC Mansfield up into the top half of the table, just behind their visitors, who are ninth, on goal difference.

The other match saw Winterton Rangers pick up a 1-1 draw at home to neighbours Barton Town despite ending the game with nine men.

Thomas Waudby gave the visiting Swans a 22nd minute lead and the hosts were then rocked by the dismissal of Jaime Ture just before the interval.

Ryan Douglas, however, drew them back level early in the second period but Rangers suffered a second red card when Lee Ridley was dismissed with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining and had to produce a fantastic defensive display to hold on to a point in front of a big crowd of 430.

Elsewhere, Brigg Town have moved three points clear at the top of Division One, taking full advantage of second-placed Rossington Main's free midweek, with a 5-0 home win over Rainworth Miners Welfare.

The Wrens held their hosts until the 51st minute where Finley O'Sullivan broke the deadlock and, from thereon, the Zebras took control with Alfie Usher, Oliver Fisher, Andrew Taylor and Scott Phillips netting the remaining goals, the final three coming in the last ten minutes.

Selby Town, who started in third place, saw their game at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic abandoned after 35 minutes due to floodlight failure and the Robins drop to fifth behind the victorious Nostell Miners Welfare and North Ferriby.

Nostell were 5-1 winners at FC Humber United, Joe Kenny and Anees Younis helping them to a 2-1 lead by the interval before Joe Wood, Nathan Perks and Anees Younis with his second, this time from the penalty spot, keeping them within three points of the summit.

Ferriby, meanwhile, came from behind to defeat hosts Dronfield Town who took the lead in the fourth minute through James Bennion with Harvey Carew equalising halfway through the first period and Niall Tilsley bagging the winner on the hour mark.

Hallam consolidated sixth spot ahead of Worsbrough with a 3-0 win at Parkgate, Iren Wilson's hat-trick making it a very productive night at Green Lane for the Countrymen.

Armthorpe Welfare and Retford FC are up to eighth and ninth, respectively, after wins with goals in the final quarter from Jack Wilson and James Bytheway earning Welfare a 2-0 victory at Swallownest.

And, second half goals from Jake Scott, Jack Walter and Shaun Mundy secured Retford a 5-1 scoreline at home to Teversal who remain next-to-bottom ahead of basement side Shirebrook Town who were beaten 3-2 at Hall Road Rangers.

Sam Allcock had brought Shirebrook back level on 48 minutes after a first half Sam Robinson brace had put the hosts 2-1 up at the interval but Bailey Smith grabbed the winner near the hour to get a win that moves Rangers up to thirteenth.

Ollerton Town are just above them in twelfth after George Slack's opener and a Jacques Etia penalty in a 2-0 defeat of hosts Glasshoughton Welfare and Clipstone were 3-1 winners at Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Joseph Crosby had opened the scoring for the Rail but Jack Warwick restored parity and Joshua Pickering's 36th minute strike had the Cobras in front and they doubled their advantage through Declan Sorrell with a late penalty.

Meanwhile, the midweek's sole County Cup game was postponed with Hemsworth Miners Welfare's Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup First Round tie called off due to unforeseen circumstances and will now be played at a later date.

Photo: Ryan Douglas scores Winterton Rangers' equaliser at home to neighbours Barton Town as his side claim a 1-1 draw despite having two players sent off in their Toolstation NCEL Premier Division match on Wednesday night. (Picture: Paul Tong)

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