Saturday Match Review
21st April, 2008
Hall Road Rangers secured second spot in Division One with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Dinnington Town.
Martin Thacker sent them on their way in the 27th minute before second-half goals from Paul Palmer, Lee Shillito and Callum Dransfield made sure of the runners-up position for Steve Richards' side.
Meanwhile, the battle for second in the Premier Division continues to be on a knife's edge.
Matt Varley and Ian Brown struck after the hour mark and with five minutes remaining respectively to earn Glapwell the three points they needed to stay there with a 2-0 win at home to Eccleshill United.
But, Pickering Town remained a point behind with a 3-0 win over managerless visitors Long Eaton United.
Fourth-placed Liversedge are the only side who can catch them up despite a 3-1 loss at Nostell Miners Welfare.
Paul Bedford and Neil Beardsmore had given the hosts a two-goal advantage before Luke Sherman pulled one back before the half-hour mark.
Francis Johnson's 52nd minute strike, though, ensured the victory for Nostell.
Lincoln Moorlands Railway now look favourites to finish next-to-bottom in the Premier Division after a 4-2 defeat at Brodsworth Welfare.
They took the lead through a seventh minute goal from Dean Dye but David Jones, Sean Gorman and Darren Fell made sure the home side had a two-goal lead going into the interval.
Jake Keyworth pulled one back late on but Moorlands' revival was short-lived as the home side restored their unassailable advantage through Gorman's second less than a minute later.
Moorlands stayed in nineteenth with one game to play on goal difference with South Normanton Athletic who have a match in hand.
Maltby Main put a three point gap between themselves and those two sides as Daniel Payne and Paul Staniforth struck in a 2-0 home win over bottom side Glasshoughton Welfare.
Thackley assured their Premier Division status with a 1-0 home win over Arnold Town, Matthew Mathers with the goal on 53 minutes.
And, Shirebrook Town could also breathe easily as an Adam Moran brace saw them win 2-1 at home to champions Winterton Rangers which meant they would stay in the top flight.
Top scorers in the Premier Division were Parkgate who won 5-0 at Hallam whilst Armthorpe Welfare were 2-0 winners at Selby Town.
Meanwhile, back in Division One, Bottesford Town moved up to third with a 5-1 win at home to AFC Emley.
A Phil Jackman double plus one each from Craig Lill, Steve Harrod and Craig Mitchell made it an easy afternoon whilst Jez Illingworth got Emley's solitary strike.
Gedling Town climbed to fifth after winning 2-1 at Staveley Miners Welfare, despite not having their keeper Scott Miles for the first fifteen minutes after he got stuck in traffic.
Kyle Fores-Chambers put the hosts ahead early on whilst Lee Soar stood in for him before Dennis Simms and Matthew Roche turned the game around in Gedling's favour.
All four goals at the Robinson Construction Bowl came in the first period as Borrowash Victoria and Scarborough Athletic shared a 2-2 draw.
The hosts went two-up in the opening thirteen minutes thanks to a John Guy penalty and then a Rob Spencer strike.
But, the Seadogs responded with goals from Gary Hepples and Ryan Blott before half-time.
And, a Gareth Barlow hat-trick helped Barton Town Old Boys to a 5-0 win at Rossington Main to move up into ninth.
Matty McKay and Tom Lee also found the net for the Swans.