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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2018/19 #54

24th March, 2019

A record-breaking crowd of 1,628 saw Worksop Town take a major step towards lifting the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division title with a 2-1 home win over second-placed Penistone Church on Saturday.

The highest attendance since figures began being regularly recorded on the league's website in 2004 witnessed a quickfire brace in the opening quarter-of-an-hour to put the Tigers comfortably in the lead.

Craig Mitchell's opener was added to by Matthew Sykes as Worksop extended their advantage over Penistone, whose consolation on 79 minutes came from Andrew Ring, to nine points with their twelfth straight victory.

Bridlington Town missed out on a chance to go above Penistone into second as they drew 2-2 at Albion Sports, the Seasiders having to come from 2-0 down following first half goals from Alhassan Keita and Lamin Janneh.

Jake Day struck twice, once at each end of the second period, to rescue something from the game but his side now find themselves ten points off the summit.

Staveley Miners Welfare drop out of the top four as their long unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-1 loss at Maltby Main, Tomas Poole's injury-time consolation coming after two goals in a minute midway through the first half from William Eades and Aaron Moxam secured the points for the hosts.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Yorkshire Amateur climb above the Trojans into fourth and fifth, respectively, after home wins.

Hemsworth dispatched Eccleshill United 5-1 as Seon Ripley, Richard Colier, Sam Jones, Nash Connolly and Sidney Santos struck for Welfare with Adam Shaw netting an equaliser for the Eagles before their opponents took full control of the encounter.

And, Ashley Flynn's double, making it 34 league goals this season for the Ammers striker, ensured a 2-0 victory for his side at the expense of Athersley Recreation.

Things continue to look perilous for those occupying the relegation zone with the bottom two sides, Harrogate Railway Athletic and Goole AFC, falling to defeats.

Goole remain in the basement and are three points from safety after a 4-1 loss at Thackley, Carl Stewart's penalty putting the Vikings ahead before the hosts dominated through goals for Kieran Thompson and Daniel Broadbent with a Luke Robinson brace sealing the win for the Dennyboys.

The Rail, meanwhile, succumbed to a single goal to visitors Liversedge, Joe Walton grabbing the vital strike on 27 minutes, and they are two points behind Hall Road Rangers who are just above the trapdoor.

Rangers drew 2-2 at home to Bottesford Town despite leading 2-0 at half-time through Reagan Waud and Conner Harman as Jack McMenemy struck twice in the second period to make sure it was honours even.

There was a single-goal victory for Garforth Town at home to Barton Town, Mark Simpson's penalty separating the sides, but the match was overshadowed by a bad injury to Swans midfielder Thomas Waudby who suffered a suspected broken ankle.

And, Handsworth Parramore are up to eighth following a 3-2 win at Knaresborough Town, a Waide Fairhurst double helping them to leapfrog their hosts in the table.

Division One leaders Grimsby Borough had a free weekend and second-placed Campion closed the gap to three points with two games in hand with a 4-0 win at Rossington Main.

Leon Hurles-Brook broke the deadlock early on and a Joshua Gibbons own goal gave them a 2-0 interval lead that they doubled in the second period, thanks to Marcus Day and Jason Carney.

Third-placed Nostell Miners Welfare drew 1-1 at home to Glasshoughton Welfare in the one game played on Friday night, James Eyles' injury-time equaliser saving them a point after Sam Pashley had given the visitors the lead at the end of the first period.

Hallam and Winterton Rangers also failed to take full advantage of the leaders' inactivity as they both drew 1-1 in their respective matches.

Michah Bishop put Hallam ahead at Skegness Town on 72 minutes but they were pegged back by Gary King and Winterton fell behind to a fourth minute Bruno Holden strike at home to Parkgate but Liam Nelthorpe's leveller on the half-hour made it a point apiece.

Next-to-bottom Harworth Colliery won 3-1 at home to Shirebrook Town to keep their bid for survival alive.

Matthew Booth, Thomas Mullen and Mason Barlow helped them earn a vital victory that moves them to within five points of safety with seven games to play and the seven sides above them will all be peering nervously over their shoulder as the gap continues to close.

East Yorkshire Carnegie eased their worries a little with a 2-1 win at sixth-placed Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Josh Walker's second-half brace moving them up four positions to fourteenth and keeping them seven points clear of danger.

Ollerton Town's single-goal loss at home to Dronfield Town, courtesy of an injury-time winner from Stuart Hill, means the North Nottinghamshire side are one of those still at risk of being dragged into the relegation dogfight.

And, Alex Lill's early strike for Swallownest was the only goal of the game at home to AFC Emley as they climb to tenth whilst Emley remain in twelfth spot.

Photo: A goalmouth scramble for Shirebrook Town during their 3-1 defeat at Harworth Colliery in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Saturday. (Picture: Steve Pennock)

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