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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2017/18 #69

15th April, 2018

AFC Mansfield's lead at the top of the Premier Division is now eleven points whilst the title celebrations were delayed for Division One leaders Knaresborough Town in Saturday's Toolstation NCEL action.

The Bulls extended their advantage by winning 3-1 at home to neighbours Worksop Town after they went behind to a Charlie Baird goal early in the second period, Oliver Fearon netting his 44th of the season to restore parity before a Matthew Plummer double ensured the three points were theirs.

Second-placed Pontefract Collieries went down 1-0 at Penistone Church who stay seventh after stretching their unbeaten run to eight matches, Jordan Coduri with the goal to keep their target of a top-six finish in their sights.

Pickering Town remain two points behind the Colls in third after their match at Barton Town was called off due to a waterlogged pitch, one of two matches to be postponed, and they are joined on 79 points by Handsworth Parramore who won 6-1 at home to relegated Clipstone.

There was a goal each for Jonathan Hill, Jed Phillips, Parirs Dixon, Bradley Nicholson, Alex Rippon and Jamie Green for the Amber Parras who raced into a 4-0 half-time lead whilst Blessing Adeleye found the net for the Cobras.

A hat-trick for Aaron Fell helped condemn fifth-placed Maltby Main to a 6-3 defeat at Liversedge, a victory that tightens the home side's grip on eleventh spot.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Bridlington Town consolidated their positions in the top eight as Harry Viggars and Lloyd Henderson netted for Welfare's 2-0 home win over Thackley whilst the Seasiders were 5-0 victors over visitors Garforth Town with Jake Day reaching the 40-goal mark for the season as he twice put his name on the scoresheet.

In the battle to avoid joining Clipstone in the drop, next-to-bottom Parkgate suffered a blow as they went down 1-0 at home to Athersley Recreation, James Eyles' first-half strike meaning they are now seven points away from safety.

Hall Road Rangers move out of the relegation zone thanks to a 3-0 win at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare, a Fraser Hansen brace added to by Christopher Spinks, and they climb above Harrogate Railway Athletic whose goalless home draw with Albion Sports sees them drop below the dotted line on goal difference.

And, Staveley Miners Welfare kept a nine point gap between themselves and danger as Joseph Pugh's 40th minute goal gave the eighteenth-placed side a priceless 1-0 victory at Bottesford Town.

Division One table-toppers Knaresborough led 2-1 at play-off chasing Glasshoughton Welfare in a match where victory would crown them champions, Daniel Thirkell and William Lenehan with their goals, but a Conor Glavin penalty ten minutes from time made it 2-2 and a point apiece.

Knaresborough need one more point to secure the title whilst Glasshoughton saw their cushion in the top six cut to three points as Hallam claimed their eighth straight victory to keep their play-off push going in seventh, Sam Fewkes and Mitchell Dunne scoring in their 2-0 defeat of hosts Dronfield Town.

The chase for the second automatic promotion spot saw home wins for Eccleshill United, Shirebrook Town and Yorkshire Amateur with Eccleshill maintaining a four point advantage over third-placed Shirebrook as Luke Harrop, Antony Brown and Jonathan Irving claimed a 3-0 victory over relegation-threatened Retford United.

Kieran Watson's 48th goal of the season earned Shirebrook a 2-1 win at home to local rivals Ollerton Town after Gavin King had cancelled out Christopher Timons' early opener for the hosts.

And, Ashley Flynn's hat-trick helped to ensure a 4-0 defeat of FC Bolsover to move the Ammers up into fourth, six points behind Eccleshill, whilst Bolsover have been dragged further into the relegation dogfight.

Retford's defeat has seen them return to the basement, leapfrogged by Brigg Town who, thanks to two goals from Jonny Nicholls, picked up a vital 3-2 victory at Nostell Miners Welfare and they are now only a point behind Bolsover and safety.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic's 2-1 home defeat to Campion, Piteu Crouz with the 85th minute winner, means they are just two points above Brigg in nineteenth whilst their opponents continue to keep their play-off hopes alive in eighth.

Elsewhere, Luke Williams' hat-trick helped Armthorpe Welfare secure a 5-3 home victory over Winterton Rangers and the spoils were shared at AFC Emley where a 75th minute equaliser from Craig Aspinall saw Rossington Main take a 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, Selby Town's home clash with Swallownest was the day's other match to be postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

In the League Cup, Grimsby Borough booked their place in the Fourth Round as their match at East Yorkshire Carnegie finally went ahead after being postponed six times, James Wroot and Daniel Trott scoring towards the end of each half for a 2-0 victory that sets up a trip to Ollerton in the last sixteen.

Photo: The ball is cleared by Grimsby Borough during their 2-0 League Cup Third Round victory at East Yorkshire Carnegie in a match that finally went ahead at the seventh attempt on Saturday. (Picture: Darren Thompson)

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 Pontefract Collieries 42 102 96
P 2 Pickering Town 42 96 75
P 3 AFC Mansfield 42 96 67
4 Handsworth Parr 42 85 43
5 Maltby Main 42 75 31
6 Hemsworth MW 42 72 27
7 Penistone Church 42 72 27
8 Bottesford Town 42 69 9
9 Bridlington Town 42 64 21
R 10 Rainworth MW 42 63 -5
11 Liversedge 42 57 3
12 Barton Town (-1) 42 55 -12
13 Garforth Town 42 52 -29
14 Albion Sports 42 48 -8
15 Thackley 42 47 -9
16 Staveley MW 42 47 -31
17 Athersley Rec 42 46 -23
18 Worksop Town 42 46 -26
19 Hall Road Rangers (-12) 42 43 -1
20 Harrogate Railway 42 31 -62
R 21 Parkgate 42 26 -58
R 22 Clipstone 42 2 -135
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Knaresborough 42 100 61
P 2 Yorkshire Amateur 42 88 77
3 Grimsby Borough 42 85 57
P 4 Eccleshill United 42 85 48
5 Shirebrook Town 42 81 31
6 Glasshoughton Welf 42 77 31
7 Selby Town 42 75 34
8 Hallam 42 73 42
9 Campion 42 73 30
10 Winterton Rangers 42 61 2
11 Swallownest 42 58 -11
12 AFC Emley 42 57 -5
13 Rossington Main 42 53 -14
14 Dronfield Town 42 52 -13
15 Ollerton Town 42 47 -24
16 Armthorpe Welfare 42 46 -25
17 Nostell MW 42 40 -36
18 East Yorks Carnegie 42 34 -34
19 Worsbrough Bridge 42 33 -48
20 FC Bolsover (-6) 42 30 -76
R 21 Brigg Town 42 29 -54
R 22 Retford United 42 24 -73

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