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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2020/21 #4

24th September, 2020

AFC Mansfield moved into Second Round Qualifying for this season's Emirates FA Cup with a fantastic victory over a side two tiers above them in English football on Tuesday night.

The Bulls thoroughly deserved their 3-0 home win over Northern Premier League side Gainsborough Trinity to keep Toolstation NCEL interest in the competition going.

Ross Duggan gave Matt Chatfield's side a 17th minute advantage and fans began to believe that an upset was on the cards when Philip Buxton doubled their advantage early in the second period.

Benjamin Algar's injury-time third was the icing on the cake and the Forest Town Arena outfit now wait to see who they face at the next stage.

Elsewhere, it was the first round of midweek matches of the 2020/21 season in the Premier Division and Division One, and it was packed full of high-scoring drama.

Yorkshire Amateur made it two wins out of two for the start of their league campaign as they thrashed hosts Bottesford Town 7-1, Dayle Hutson's 47th minute penalty the only moment of joy for the Poachers.

By that point, however, they were four goals adrift as Daniel Naidole, Roy Fogarty, Fernando Moke and Casey Stewart all netted for the visitors in the opening period with the tally added to in the final half-hour with a second for Stewart and a late double for substitute Ashley Flynn.

An Adam Drury hat-trick, one from the penalty spot, helped Grimsby Borough to their first win as they strolled to a 6-0 home win over Barton Town, Brody Robertson, Jack Bradbury and Reece York with the other goals.

But, Bridlington Town could not build on their winning start at the weekend as they went down 2-1 at Knaresborough Town, Billy Logan's equaliser sandwiched by Jack Carr's opener for the home side and Daniel Thirkell's 70th minute penalty that proved to be the winner.

There were home victories for Garforth Town, Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Handsworth with Jack Lazenby grabbing all three points for Garforth with an 83rd minute decider at home to Silsden AFC.

Hemsworth beat Staveley Miners Welfare by the same scoreline, Layton Swaine with the 33rd minute winner, and Handsworth, in their first game back at Olivers Mount, defeated Athersley Recreation 5-1, thanks to goals from Marley Grant, Samuel Smith, Bailey Hobson, Leon Howarth and a penalty from Callum Walton.

Goole AFC and Liversedge picked up victories on their travels with Nathan Keightley and Anees Younis netting in the last twenty minutes of the Vikings' 2-0 win at Eccleshill United.

Sedge, meanwhile, came from behind to beat hosts Maltby Main 2-1, Joseph Gaughan and Joe Walton with their goals after Johnathan Williams had put Main ahead on 25 minutes from the penalty spot.

And, in the only goalless draw of midweek, Albion Sports took a point away from a hard fought game at Thackley.

In Division One, Campion added to their weekend victory with a 4-1 win at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Sean Hunter with a couple of their goals whilst Patrick Sykes and Graham Hall added to their tally.

Emley AFC were also 4-1 victors on their travels, James Eyles' brace helping them to three points at Selby Town and Swallownest saw off their hosts Dronfield Town, Joshua Statham, Alfie Smith and Tyler Bradley's penalty securing a 3-0 triumph.

The most remarkable start came at the EC Surfacing Stadium with five goals in the opening quarter-of-an-hour, hosts Brigg Town racing into a 2-0 lead by the fourth minute through Jack Tierney and Andrew Taylor before Brett Smith's penalty brought the visitors back into the game.

Jack Bowskin, though, quickly restored the Zebras' two goal advantage only for it to be halved again by Nathan Hawkead whereupon the match settled down and the scoreline increased only once more, James Osborne on 56 minutes making sure of a 4-2 home win for Brigg.

In their first match of the league season, East Hull managed to do something that they could not do during the truncated 2019/20 campaign, and that was pick up a victory as Samuel Scott's 12th minute strike earned them a 1-0 win over visitors Armthorpe Welfare.

Two goals in the last twelve minutes ensured a 3-1 win for Winterton Rangers at the expense of their guests Rossington Main, Daniel Walker and Ryan Thompson with the vital strikes, whilst the remaining three games all ended in draws.

Hall Road Rangers needed a 61st minute Richard Medcalf penalty to rescue a point at home to Parkgate after Bruno Holden had broken the deadlock, Jamie Forrester's early strike for North Ferriby was cancelled out by Kieran Greenaway as hosts Harrogate Railway Athletic also claimed a 1-1 draw.

And, an Alex Varley own goal three minutes from time saw the spoils shared at Hallam with Retford FC taking a point away from Sandygate in a 2-2 scoreline.

Photo: Knaresborough Town goalscorer Daniel Thirkell gracefully controls the ball during his side's 2-1 home victory over Bridlington Town in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division in midweek. (Credit: Graham Finney Photography)

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