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Saturday Match Review
27th April, 2008
The battle for second place in the NCEL Premier Division will go to the final weekend as Glapwell missed out on a chance to seal the runners-up spot.
They were held 1-1 at home to Selby Town that allowed third-placed Pickering Town to close the gap to two points with one game to play with a 3-2 win at Parkgate.
The Pikes had seemingly cantered to the victory after a first-half goal from Jamie Williamson and early second-half strikes from Steve Baxter and Danny Gildea had given them a comfortable lead.
However, Ryan Johnson and Grant Allott struck back in the last ten minutes for Parkgate to make it a nervy end for the visitors but Pickering held on.
Lincoln Moorlands Railway are now favourites to finish in the bottom two alongside basement side Glasshoughton Welfare.
Without a game, they had to watch and hope for the best from the sidelines but their closest rivals South Normanton Athletic gave themselves a major lifeline with a 2-1 win at home to Arnold Town.
A Rohan Hines own goal on nine minutes put them ahead before Craig Mitchell levelled matters from the penalty spot soon after.
Lee Sutton, though, was on hand to get the winner that means that, going into the last game, there is a three-point gap between them and Railway with the Shiners enjoying a six better goal difference.
Maltby Main are also not mathematically safe of the bottom two after their 6-1 defeat at champions Winterton Rangers.
An Andy Holt hat-trick helped the hosts to the easy win whilst Daniel Reilly grabbed the consolation for Main.
There were home victories meanwhile for Armthorpe Welfare, Eccleshill United and Liversedge.
Armthorpe won 3-1 against Mickleover Sports whilst Eccleshill claimed a 4-1 win over Hallam and Liversedge were 2-0 victors against Brodsworth Welfare.
Nostell Miners Welfare won 3-0 at Long Eaton United whilst Glasshoughton Welfare's season to forget ended with a 4-1 home loss to Thackley on Friday night.
Dinnington Town's championship season in Division One ended in fine fashion with a 5-1 home win over Teversal.
Ant Lynam and Michael Blythen grabbed two each whilst Ben Rosser got the fifth, Marc Scott grabbed Teversal's consolation.
Hall Road Rangers finished the season in second place, five points ahead of Bottesford Town in third, after a 2-1 win at Rainworth Miners Welfare thanks to two late Callum Dransfield goals.
Bottesford were 3-1 home winners over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic whilst a William McGhie brace meant that next-to-bottom Rossington Main ended with a 2-0 home win to Borrowash Victoria.
And, Scarborough Athletic look certain for top five finish after Graham Botham and Ryan Blott earned them a 2-1 victory against visitors Staveley Miners Welfare.
Gedling Town were held to a 1-1 draw at home to AFC Emley whilst Yorkshire Amateur and Barton Town Old Boys failed to find the net in their match.