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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2019/20 #38

22nd December, 2019

The last round of Toolstation NCEL matches before Christmas was badly affected with only seven of the twenty scheduled fixtures going ahead as the wet weather continued to cause disruption as it has done for the past two months.

Penistone Church remain at the top of the Premier Division despite dropping points at home in a 2-2 draw with sixth-placed Liversedge in one of five games played in the top flight.

The league leaders had to come from behind twice to cancel out goals from Alfie Raw with Kieran Ryan and Nathan Keightley, the latter coming on 88 minutes, making it a point apiece at the DSM Memorial Ground.

Penistone remain a point ahead of Hemsworth Miners Welfare who drew 0-0 at home for the second successive match, this time against Albion Sports who stay fourteenth.

Staveley Miners Welfare climb to third, three points off the summit but with five games in hand, courtesy of a 3-1 home win against the side they leapfrog over, Grimsby Borough.

Daniel Trott gave the visiting Wilderness Boys a sixth minute lead but Staveley turned the match around in the second period, Joseph Pugh's equaliser followed by strikes from Michael Pugh and Patrick Lindley that claimed the victory in the final quarter-of-an-hour.

A 6-1 win at Maltby Main sees Yorkshire Amateur move up into seventh with the away side racing into a 4-0 lead by the interval through goals from Adam Priestley, Niall Heaton, Stephen Crawford and Matthew Sykes.

Crawford and Sykes then both bagged their second of the afternoon to further stretch the Ammers' lead before a 67th minute consolation from Robbie Foster for Main who drop to eleventh.

Thackley and Silsden go above Maltby into tenth and ninth, respectively, after a 2-2 draw at Dennyfield that saw the hosts twice trail from goals by Laurence Surhaindo and Matthias Britton.

Ryan Basi and then Asa Mitchell restored parity for Thackley to make it three draws in a row for Pat McGuire's side.

The Premier Division matches called off due to waterlogged pitches were Athersley Recreation v Bridlington Town, Barton Town v Handsworth, Bottesford Town v Goole AFC, Eccleshill United v AFC Mansfield and Garforth Town v Knaresborough Town.

Two Division One games survived the heavy rain, including the much-anticipated top-two clash between Winterton Rangers and leaders Skegness Town.

Skegness now go into the festive period with a seven point lead over their nearest rivals after a 1-0 win at the Hammond Homes Stadium, Gary King with the vital strike early in the second period of a match that saw both sides reduced to ten men.

And, Rossington Main go up to fourteenth following their 2-0 win at home over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Adam Watson and Masassa Kianga's goals claiming an important victory that moves them to five points clear of the bottom two.

The Division One games that were unable to go ahead were Campion v Glasshoughton Welfare, Dronfield Town v North Ferriby, East Hull v Harrogate Railway Athletic, Hall Road Rangers v Armthorpe Welfare, Hallam v Parkgate, Ollerton Town v Brigg Town, Selby Town v Retford FC and Swallownest v Nostell Miners Welfare.

Photo: Winterton Rangers' Paul Grimes holds off Skegness Town's Kieran Wressell in Saturday's top-two Division One clash that saw Skegness move seven points clear at the summit with a 1-0 victory. (Picture: Paul Tong)

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