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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2018/19 #17

4th October, 2018

Knaresborough Town are the new leaders of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division after a last-gasp winner sealed all three points from their trip to Thackley in midweek.

It looked as though the match at the Mitton Group Stadium at Dennyfield on Tuesday night was going to end in a goalless stalemate until Daniel Thirkell's injury-time header snatched the victory to move Knaresborough, who were promoted as Division One champions in the summer, to the summit in the top flight.

Penistone Church also join them in the top three after a 6-1 home victory over Bridlington Town on Wednesday night as Andrew Ring, Sam Scrivens and Jordan Coduri gave them a 3-0 lead by the interval.

The game turned slightly more in the Seasiders' favour early in the second half as Nathan Modest netted for the visitors but normal service was soon resumed as Ashley Ellis, Scrivens' second and Brett Lovell's strike eleven minutes from time completed a comfortable win for Penistone.

Both Knaresborough and Penistone go above Yorkshire Amateur who drop to fourth after a 5-4 home loss to Albion Sports despite leading 2-1 at the break, Ashley Flynn and T'nique Fishley giving them the advantage after Joe Barden had opened the scoring for the Lions.

Sports then made it 3-2 through Barden again and Joshua McKiernon, Flynn got his second to level the scores once again and then Ombeni Ruhanduka struck twice to put the visitors 5-3 up before Flynn completed his hat-trick in stoppage time but ended up on the losing side.

The win was a priceless one for Sports as they move out of the bottom two whilst Athersley Recreation also won to improve on their disappointing start, a 2-1 home victory over Bottesford Town keeping them one place above the Lions in fifteenth.

Jack McMenemy had put Bottesford in front on three minutes but new signings Chris Wood and Chris Walton made an immediate impact, netting the goals that gave the Rec a vital three points.

Staveley Miners Welfare led 2-0 with seven minutes to go at Eccleshill United, Joe Pugh and Matthew Davies netting each side of half-time, but a fantastic fightback by the hosts saw Jake Thompson and Sam Bradley score to share the points in a 2-2 draw between two mid-table sides.

And, there were no goals in Handsworth Parramore's trip to Liversedge so they stay sixth and fourteenth, respectively.

There were also two Derbyshire Senior Cup First Round ties involving NCEL sides with the two teams based at Langwith Road competing against each other in a five-goal clash.

Callum Riley put home side FC Bolsover ahead in the fourth minute, Kieran Darby's brace then gave Shirebrook Town the lead but it was tied at 2-2 going into half-time due to Daniel Mason's strike.

But, Carter Widdowson made sure it was Shirebrook who progressed as his goal in the 56th minute ensured a 3-2 victory for Rob Camm's men.

They will be joined in the Second Round by Dronfield Town who went through 5-4 on penalties at East Midlands Counties League and former NCEL side Borrowash Victoria after the game ended goalless after ninety minutes.

Photo: Celebrations after Daniel Thirkell's injury-time header snatches a 1-0 victory for Knaresborough Town at Thackley, a win that sends them top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division table. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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