Saturday Match Review
31st March, 2008
Dinnington Town claimed the Division One title whilst Winterton Rangers moved a step closer to winning the Premier Division crown.
Steve Toyne's side won 2-0 at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic to claim the three points they needed to take the Division One trophy.
In appalling conditions, they had to battle hard against their hosts and it was an edgy game until Grant Allott settled their nerves a minute before the interval.
Ant Lynam grabbed his fourtieth goal of the season five minutes from time to send the visitors into wild celebration.
It has been a much deserved title win for Dinnington in their second season in the NCEL as they have lost only once all season, their fourth game of the campaign at Staveley Miners Welfare.
Winterton Rangers won 4-2 at home to Long Eaton United to move fifteen points clear at the helm of the Premier Division with seven games left to play.
A Josh Watson own goal after two minutes set them on their way before Andy Holt doubled their advantage on the hour mark.
Long Eaton, however, staged a remarkable comeback with two quick goals from Mark Strzyzewski drawing them level.
But, David Ricardo grabbed the third to regain the lead for Rangers and Holt made sure of the points in injury time.
They stretched their lead over second-placed Glapwell who were surprise 2-0 losers at home to Maltby Main.
Second-half strikes from Daniel Payne and Jovan Maric helped Main to three vital points in their survival battle.
The defeat cut Glapwell's lead over Liversedge to two points after Sedge, thanks to goals from Chris Woods and Brook Newton, won 2-1 at Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
Pickering's goalless draw at Mickleover Sports meant they were a further two points back in fourth.
Bottom side Glasshoughton Welfare were not in action but the side just above them, South Normanton Athletic, could not stretch the gap as they were beaten 2-1 at home to Selby Town.
Steve Lyon and Gary Collier struck in quick succession around the hour mark to condemn the Shiners although they pulled one back towards the end through Lee Sutton.
Maltby's win moved them into sixteenth, above Lincoln Moorlands and Thackley who were beaten 1-0 at Armthorpe Welfare by a Jammal Shahin goal in the 31st minute.
Shirebrook Town continued to have the threat of relegation tapping at their shoulder as they were beaten 5-1 at Parkgate to remain four points away from the bottom two.
It was a game that was, perhaps, less one-sided than the scoreline would suggest as Caine Cheetham claimed a nine-minute hat-trick late on in the match, with one of the goals coming from the penalty spot.
A James Tevendale brace earned Hallam a 2-0 victory at Arnold Town to keep them in fifth place.
And, a goal two minutes from time snatched a point for Eccleshill United at home to Brodsworth Welfare.
Chris Cookson got the vital strike after Ryan Malee had put the visitors ahead on 61 minutes.
With Dinnington Town miles away at the top of Division One, the chase for second place continued to hot up.
Rainworth Miners Welfare had two late Danny Naylor goals to thank for their victory at home to Staveley Miners Welfare that helped the gap grow between them and their nearest rivals to three points.
Third-placed Bottesford Town had to come from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Rossington Main.
William McGhie and Andrew Culshaw had put Main in command after 25 minutes before Phil Jackman and Craig Lill rescued a point.
Goals from Mike Gibson and Adam Walker kept Hall Road Rangers in the hunt as their 2-0 home victory over Tadcaster Albion kept them in fourth spot on goal difference.
Fifth-placed Gedling Town saw their challenge virtually ended with a 1-0 loss at Yorkshire Amateur as Daryl Brown grabbed the only goal of the game with five minutes remaining.
And, a late flurry of goals saw Scarborough Athletic held to a 2-2 draw at home to Teversal to all-but finish their chances.
Ryan Blott had put them ahead on 62 minutes before Marc Scott and Andy Woodcock turned the game in the visitors' favour.
But, a Scott Phillips penalty four minutes from time made it a draw ? the eleventh draw that Teversal have notched up this season.
Borrowash Victoria were 2-1 winners at home to Barton Town Old Boys whilst Pontefract Collieries picked up a point in a 1-1 draw at AFC Emley.