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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2021/22 #41

6th January, 2022

Grimsby Borough returned to the summit of the Premier Division whilst the top four sides in Division One all won in the New Year fixtures in the Toolstation NCEL.

The matches were stretched over a five day period starting on New Year's Day where a 3-1 win for Borough saw them catapult above Eccleshill United who were without a game.

Caine Winfarrah gave Borough an early lead at Knaresborough Town, Colin Heath levelled just before the hour mark but Richie Burdett and Reece York sealed the victory with goals before the interval to put their side two points ahead in pole position.

Garforth Town stay third but are now thirteen points away from the top after their 1-0 loss at Bottesford Town who climb to twelfth after Mason Ellender's 75th minute penalty secured the Poachers the victory.

Fourth-placed Sherwood Colliery found themselves three goals down at home to Goole AFC, Ryan Noon's opener added to by a double from Samuel Cable.

But, they rallied in the last quarter of the game with Garth Curtis netting twice and Ryan Ingram stabbing home a dramatic injury-time equaliser to share the spoils in a 3-3 draw.

A first-half hat-trick from Nathan Keightley ensured a 3-1 home win for Penistone Church who climb to fifth whilst their visitors Emley AFC, whose goal came from James Eyles, stay seventeenth.

Penistone broke their attendance record with 825 watching the game at the DSM Memorial Ground on Sunday, the division's highest crowd of the season so far.

Staveley Miners Welfare are up to sixth following their 4-0 home victory over Thackley, Tyler Dunn's brace adding to goals from Ewan Catt and Jack Dillingham.

Meanwhile, there were goals from Reagan Waud and Johnathan Williams as Maltby Main move up to seventh with a 2-0 defeat of hosts AFC Mansfield.

And, Lewis Gardner scored in the opening minute for Silsden AFC as they drew 1-1 at Hemsworth Miners Welfare, Andrew Higgins with an equaliser midway through the second period for the next-to-bottom hosts.

With the leading quartet in Division One all picking up maximum points, Hallam remain at the summit by a point thanks to a 2-0 win at Hall Road Rangers, Kieran Watson and Iren Wilson with the Countrymen's goals.

Daniel East's spot kick claimed a 2-1 win for second-placed North Ferriby at FC Humber United after Brandon Burke had cancelled out their opener from Josh Whiteley.

457, the week's highest attendance in the division, saw Alfie Usher snatch a last gasp 2-1 victory for Brigg Town who stay third after their win over Armthorpe Welfare, Dayle Hutson netting on his return to the Zebras after Rhys Plater had given the away side an early lead.

And, Harrogate Railway Athletic's 3-0 triumph over visitors Ollerton Town, courtesy of a Daniel Thirkell penalty and a Marcus Day double, means they tighten their grip on fourth spot.

Luke Balderson equalised with two minutes remaining to make it honours even in a 2-2 draw for fifth-placed Selby Town at Retford FC who remain seventh.

Rossington Main move to within a point of the top five between those two sides after their 3-0 home victory over Clipstone, Tyla Bell's first half braced added to twelve minutes from time by Reiss Harrison.

Alexander Hutchinson's strike early in the second half in Worsbrough Bridge Athletic's 2-1 win at Parkgate sees them up into eighth as their hunt for a play-off place continues.

There were two goals for Nathan Jessop as Shirebrook Town won 4-1 at home to Nostell Miners Welfare whilst Samuel Nelson netted twice in Glasshoughton Welfare's 3-0 victory at Swallownest.

And, Alexander Hardman, Nathan Benger and Joshua Smith all got on the scoresheet for Rainworth Miners Welfare in their 3-1 home win over basement side and neighbours Teversal.

Elsewhere, there was a 2-2 friendly draw for Eccleshill United at North West Counties League side Steeton and a West Riding County Cup Quarter-Final for Albion Sports at home to Guiseley was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Photo: A challenge for the ball during North Ferriby's 2-1 win at FC Humber United on Monday, a victory that keeps the Villagers a point off the top of Toolstation NCEL Division One. (Picture: Danny Lydiate)

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