Saturday Match Review
14th April, 2008
Winterton Rangers confirmed what many had been expected for several weeks as they claimed the Premier Division crown.
Needing three points to be uncatchable, any early nerves at Brodsworth Welfare were quickly extinguished as a double strike in the opening four minutes from Andy Holt put Rangers well on their way.
Holt then grabbed his and Winterton's third on 47 minutes before Sean Gorman pulled one back for the hosts soon after.
David Ricardo's goal four minutes from time sealed the 4-1 victory to pick up their first Premier Division title.
Glapwell stayed fourteen points behind in second place with a win that boosted their chances of promotion to the UniBond League.
They were 3-1 victors at home to fifth-placed Hallam to increase the gap to third to three points.
All four goals came in a twelve minute spell towards the end of the first half in a game that saw both sides reduced to ten men.
Jonathan Pickess broke the deadlock on 31 minutes before Michael Fox added a second soon after.
The deficit was immediately halved through James Tevendale before Fox grabbed his second and Glapwell's third on 43.
Gavin Hunter was red carded for Hallam after a tussle with Matt Varley whilst Pickess was also given his marching orders for two bookable offences.
Liversedge moved up into third with a 3-0 win at home to Long Eaton United. Nicky Boshell's brace, including an 88th minute penalty, and Brook Newton's strike on the half-hour set up the straightforward win.
Sedge climbed over Pickering Town who were held 0-0 at Armthorpe Welfare.
The battle to avoid being in the bottom two with basement side Glasshoughton Welfare also reached a frenzy with three points separating the five sides involved.
Shirebrook Town and South Normanton Athletic made moves up the table with vital victories.
Shirebrook climbed to fifteenth with a 2-0 win at Glasshoughton with goals from Adam Yates and Jamie Smith.
And, a Lee Sutton double moved South Normanton out of the bottom two as they won 2-1 at home to Mickleover Sports with Dave Middleditch getting the visitors' consolation.
They were replaced by Lincoln Moorlands Railway who lost 1-0 at home to Nostell Miners Welfare.
Neil Beardsmore struck on the stroke of full-time to give the away side all three points.
And, Thackley dropped to sixteenth as they were comprehensively beaten 4-1 at Parkgate.
Caine Cheetham and Matt Roney had put the hosts two-up before Ian Horrocks pulled one back for Thackley.
But, second half goals from Gavin Allott and Roney made sure of the victory.
All the action in the 1-1 draw between Arnold Town and Selby Town came in the first fifteen minutes.
The Eagles, playing their last game at Gedling Road before the summer move to their new ground, went ahead through Craig Mitchell.
But, Steve Lyon made sure it was not a winning end to fifty years of football at the ground as he levelled matters for Selby.
Hall Road Rangers are now overwhelming favourites to take second spot in Division One after a commanding 5-1 home win over AFC Emley.
With two games to play, they moved five points clear of Rainworth Miners Welfare whose game was called off.
Goals from Martin Thacker, Andrew Haywood, Jamie Barnwell and two from Paul Palmer, with one from the penalty spot, secured the victory.
Lee Hill got the consolation, also a spot kick, for Emley.
With Hall Road and Rainworth still to face each other, fourth-placed Bottesford Town could still have an outside chance of finishing second despite being held to a 4-4 draw at Teversal.
The first-half at Carnarvon Street was a remarkable affair with seven goals coming before the interval.
Phil Cutler and John Baross had put Bottesford two goals ahead in the opening fourteen minutes before Steven Edwards dragged one back for Teversal.
Two goals for Steve Harrod around the half-hour mark gave the away side a seemingly unassailable 4-1 lead.
But, Jamie Hudson and a second from Edwards brought it back to a one-goal lead before the break.
And, Marc Scott grabbed the equaliser with fifteen minutes remaining, making it a vital two points dropped by the visitors.
Champions Dinnington Town, meanwhile, kept their eleven point gap at the top of the table with a 4-2 win at Borrowash Victoria.
Two goals from Ant Lynam, making it 42 in all competitions for the Dinnington frontman, plus one each from Grant Allott and Michael Blythen earned them the victory.
Phil Summerfield and Rob Spencer found the back of the net for the Vics.
Scarborough Athletic stayed fifth with a 2-1 win at bottom side Pontefract Collieries with early goals from Scott Phillips and Ryan Blott.
The only movement in the table came with Yorkshire Amateur's 2-0 win at Tadcaster Albion thanks to late goals from Dempsey Smith and Scott Smith.
The Ammas climbed one place to fourteenth with that win.
Meanwhile, Leeds Met Carnegie and Gedling Town were 2-1 home winners over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and Rossington Main, respectively.