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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2021/22 #36

5th December, 2021

Grimsby Borough's lead at the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division has been reduced to five points after their 2-0 defeat at fifth-placed Handsworth on a wet and windy Saturday.

Anthony Mackie broke the deadlock for the Ambers just after the interval and Mitchell Dunne made sure of the victory with their second twenty minutes from time to keep themselves well within the promotion hunt.

Borough were the only top five side to taste defeat with Eccleshill United moving up to second following a 3-1 home win over AFC Mansfield.

Jonny Irving gave the Eagles the lead in the opening minute before a brace from Luke Aldrich, one goal in each half, secured them the win with Thomas Cropper getting a late consolation for the travelling Bulls.

Eccleshill go above Garforth Town who drew 2-2 at home with Emley AFC, Hass Gorji rescuing a point for the Miners on 71 minutes after Lewis Whitham and Max Tweddle had given the Pewits the lead following an opener for the hosts from Samuel Leach.

Fourth-placed Sherwood Colliery were 5-3 home victors over Knaresborough Town, Gareth Curtis, Ryan Ingram, Kieran Wells, Charlie Taylor and Carter Widdowson with their goals whilst the visitors' came from Jack Carr and a Mitchell Hamilton double.

Winterton Rangers drop five places to eleventh as they went down to a 3-1 loss at Albion Sports, Daniel Facey's double ensuring the win for the Lions who stay eighteenth but are now six points clear of the drop zone.

Bottesford Town, Penistone Church, Barton Town, Maltby Main and Thackley all move above Rangers with victories.

Jack Cross struck the only goal of the game in Bottesford's home win over Goole AFC whilst a brace for Nathan Keightley helped Penistone Church to a 4-2 victory at basement side Athersley Recreation in Friday night's game.

A goal each from Thomas Waudby, Benjamin Hinchliffe and Mitchell Levi-Lewis saw Barton prevail in a 3-1 win after going behind to visitors Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

Connor Cutts grabbed an 80th minute winner for Maltby as they defeated hosts Staveley Miners Welfare 2-1 and Thackley were 4-0 winners over Silsden AFC at Dennyfield with Ben Grech-Brooksbank getting two of their goals.

North Ferriby stay five points clear at the summit of Division One and remain unbeaten in the league after a 4-0 win at Rainworth Miners Welfare.

Louis Kirk struck early for the Villagers before a quickfire double from Niall Tilsley and a Joshua Smith own goal cemented their advantage and Tilsley's second sealed the deal further in stoppage time.

Second-placed Hallam kept themselves within touching distance of pole position as Kieran Watson and Iren Wilson netted in a 2-0 victory at Shirebrook Town.

But, Brigg Town lost ground in third as they went down 2-1 at home to Ollerton Town, Joseph Bayne and Benjamin Partridge with the goals for the away side before Stephen McCarron halved the deficit with twenty minutes remaining.

The match between fourth-placed Rossington Main and Selby Town in fifth was abandoned at half-time due to poor weather conditions.

Harrogate Railway Athletic and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic have kept themselves sixth and seventh, respectively, with victories.

The Rail were a goal down at home to Parkgate, courtesy of Brandon Bagley's opener, but they dramatically turned the game around in the last three minutes, firstly through a Daniel Thirkell penalty and then a winner from Joseph Crosby.

Worsbrough went behind at FC Humber United but eventually ran out 5-1 victors with two each from Harley Holt and Luke Francis helping them to the three points.

Retford FC stay eighth despite a 3-2 home loss to Dronfield Town, Thomas Gladwin, Billy Wright and Samuel Bebbington putting the visitors well in control before their hosts staged a mini-comeback in the last quarter-of-an-hour through Jack Johnson and Matthew Parkin.

A 2-1 home loss to Armthorpe Welfare means Nostell Miners Welfare miss out on a chance to leapfrog Retford, Charlie Shelley converting the winner for Armthorpe on 63 minutes.

Lewis Stephens struck twice in Glasshoughton Welfare's 5-2 win at Hall Road Rangers and Clipstone grabbed an injury-time winner at neighbours and bottom side Teversal, Sam O'Malley with the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory for the Cobras.

Photo: Substitute Joseph Crosby rounds the keeper and fires home Harrogate Railway Athletic's 89th minute winner in a 2-1 home victory over Parkgate in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Saturday. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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