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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2021/22 #2

8th August, 2021

The second weekend of the 2021/22 season saw 21 Toolstation NCEL sides begin on the Road to Wembley in the Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

All of our Premier Division teams, along with North Ferriby from Division One, were involved with seven teams making their way through to the next stage whilst four will replay in midweek.

Eccleshill United, Handsworth, Maltby Main and Winterton Rangers all progressed by defeating league rivals in the round's four all-NCEL ties.

An Arley Barnes own goal gave Eccleshill a breakthrough on 57 minutes at Silsden AFC with Zackary Sangster, Luke Aldrich and Sumaili Cissa wrapping up what was, in the end, a comprehensive 4-0 victory.

A quickfire double around the hour mark, firstly through Andrew Gascogine's penalty and then a Leon Howarth strike, saw Handsworth through with a 2-0 home win over AFC Mansfield who ended the game with ten men.

Maltby prevailed in a dramatic game at Barton Town where the hosts took a 25th minute lead through Benjamin Hinchliffe before Thomas Whiting's equaliser and Grant Tait's own goal meant it was the visitors who had the advantage at the interval.

Jamie Goddard restored parity with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining but Jonathan Hill popped up with the winner in the 82nd minute to see Main through 3-2.

Winterton twice fell behind in the first half to visitors Grimsby Borough, Luke Anderson and Paul Grimes drawing them back level after goals from Richie Burdett and Thomas Hipwell.

The second period, however, saw the home side disappear over the horizon as Josh Walker and William Sutton made it 4-2 before Anderson and Grimes each grabbed their second to claim a 6-2 victory.

Elsewhere, Michael Jones' injury-time decider saw Bottesford Town through 1-0 at home to United Counties League side Eastwood Community.

Knaresborough Town defeated Northern League visitors Northallerton Town 2-1, Mitchell Hamilton getting their winner after Calum Ward's early opener had been cancelled out.

And, in the only Sunday game, Emley AFC progressed with a 3-2 home win over Congleton Town in a rollercoaster tie that saw the Pewits go in behind at half-time despite taking the lead in the 5th minute with a Matthew Sykes penalty.

Oliver Jepson's own goal brought them back level on 54 before George Doyle got what proved to be the winner four minutes later.

North Ferriby will host Northern League opponents Whitley Bay in a replay after a 1-1 draw, Daniel East breaking the deadlock for the Villagers on 25 minutes before their hosts quickly equalised.

Goole AFC were denied victory late on after Joshua Dacre had given them the lead midway through the second period as they shared two goals with visitors Sunderland Ryhope CW, another Northern League side.

Another 1-1 draw featured Sherwood Colliery who took the lead at home to former NCEL side Boston Town courtesy of a 58th minute penalty from Ryan Ingram but an own goal saw the spoils shared and they will play again for a place in the Preliminary Round later this month.

And, there was a goalless draw for Penistone Church at North West Counties League hosts Lower Breck.

Dane Shaw netted for Athersley Recreation but they went down 4-1 at home to old league rivals Campion whilst Albion Sports were beaten 3-0 at Irlam and Hemsworth Miners Welfare fell to a 4-1 loss at Redcar Athletic, Declan Dawson with their goal.

Garforth Town were knocked out by a single goal at Shildon, joined by Staveley Miners Welfare who, despite a 51st minute equaliser from Myron Gibbons, were beaten 2-1 at home by Loughborough University.

And, a brace from Ben Grech-Brooksbank was not enough for Thackley as they went down 3-2 at home by Wythenshawe Town.

Meanwhile, there were six matches in Division One on Saturday following two that took place in midweek.

Glasshoughton Welfare and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic were the Tuesday night winners with Glasshoughton opening their account for the season with a 2-1 victory at home to Hall Road Rangers.

Lewis Stephens and Carl Robinson gave them a two goal cushion in the early part of the second period before David Harrison halved the deficit with four minutes remaining.

Worsbrough Bridge were 5-2 home winners over FC Humber United, Luke Francis and Callum Walton scoring in the first quarter-of-an-hour for the Briggers.

Two Conor Glavin penalties and a Michael Jepps strike secured the victory in the second half, with Louis Blackwell and Brandon Burke also finding the net for the visitors.

Saturday's matches saw Brigg Town join Worsbrough in winning their opening two matches as they beat hosts Ollerton Town 2-1.

Martin Pembleton and Dayle Hutson struck in each half for the Zebras and, although Callum Atkinson pulled one back for Ollerton on 81, they left with all three points.

Selby Town turned their game completely on its head in the final half-hour as they prevailed 4-2 at home to Rossington Main who had stormed into a two goal lead, thanks to Jordan Buckham and Niall Doran, in the opening 21 minutes.

Flynn MacNaughton started the comeback with Sam O'Malley restoring parity on 71 and then a late double from Liam Flanagan saw the Robins snatch the points with a remarkable comeback.

Clipstone kicked off their season with a confidence-boosting 4-1 home win over neighbours Teversal, Joseph Massey, Joshua Pickering, Jack Warwick and Elliott Barnard with their goals, and Cameron Pinnick netting what was an equaliser for the visitors.

Nathan Perks got both of Nostell Miners Welfare's goals in a 2-0 victory at Armthorpe Welfare and Retford FC won by the same scoreline at Dronfield Town, courtesy of Jack Walters and George White.

It was a point apiece for Parkgate and their visitors Harrogate Railway Athletic, Elliot Holmes equalising towards the end of the first half to cancel out Haydn Ward's early strike for the home side.

And, Shirebrook Town's home clash with Swallownest was postponed as a COVID-19 precaution.

Photo: Elliot Holmes (#6) heads home a corner in a goalmouth scramble for Harrogate Railway Athletic's equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Parkgate in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Saturday. (Credit: Craig Dinsdale)

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