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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2021/22 #59

20th March, 2022

Grimsby Borough are now just a point away from deservedly lifting the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division title after a 5-0 win at AFC Mansfield on Saturday.

The Wilderness Boys struck three times in eight minutes towards the end of the first period at the Forest Town Arena to take the game by the scruff of the neck, Tom Sawyer and a Lewis Bemrose brace setting them on their way to an eleventh away victory of the season.

Jack Debnam added a fourth early in the second half and substitute Daniel Trott concluded the scoring in stoppage time.

Borough would have been crowned champions if both Winterton Rangers and Eccleshill United had failed to win but they each picked up three points to keep their own promotion challenges going.

Eccleshill left it late, though, to snatch a 2-1 home win over Staveley Miners Welfare, Jordan Emery and Luke Aldrich netting in the final five minutes after Declan Howe had given the Trojans the lead.

Daniel Walker was the matchwinner, meanwhile, as Winterton defeated hosts and promotion rivals Penistone Church 2-1 after James Young had cancelled out their opener from Jaime Ture.

Rangers and Eccleshill move up above Penistone into fourth and fifth spot, respectively, two points behind Sherwood Colliery who keep hold of the second promotion place with a 3-0 win at Bottesford Town.

Gareth Curtis' early brace was added to by Lewis Belgrave in the opening half-hour to wrestle second spot back from Garforth Town who took it on Friday night with an 8-0 win at Athersley Recreation.

James Burgess scored a hat-trick for the Miners with two each for Charlie Marshall and Hass Gorji along with one for Kevin Terhardt as the defeat, and a win for Hemsworth Miners Welfare, confirmed a finish at the bottom of the table for the Rec.

Hemsworth were 2-0 winners at Albion Sports in a vital encounter in the race to avoid relegation, Nash Connolly and Jason Davis with goals either side of half-time to move them to two points behind Sports who are just outside the drop zone.

Elsewhere, there were away victories for Emley AFC who won 2-0 at Goole AFC and for Handsworth who went one better as they beat hosts Knaresborough Town 3-0.

And, the spoils were shared at Muglet Lane as Maltby Main were held 1-1 by their visitors Silsden AFC.

All of the top five sides in Division One were victorious with leaders Hallam remaining six points clear of the only side who can now stop them from winning the title, North Ferriby.

Hallam were at home to bottom side Teversal who threatened an upset when Lewis Macaskill put the Tevie Boys ahead but four goals from Liam Royles, two from Christopher Wood, and one from Iren Wilson secured a 7-2 victory for the Countrymen.

Ferriby won 4-0 at home to Armthorpe Welfare, Daniel East's opener added to by a couple from Josh Whiteley and a late fourth from Jamie Forrester whilst third-placed Harrogate Railway Athletic are two points away from securing a play-off spot after their victory.

An Aidan Smith own goal put the Rail ahead on 38 minutes before Marcus Day made sure of the win late in the second period as they beat visitors Hall Road Rangers 2-0.

Brigg Town are also almost assured a play-off place in fourth after Stephen McCarron, Martin Pembleton and Dayle Hutson secured a 3-0 win at Swallownest.

And, Rossington Main's 1-0 victory at Parkgate moves them seven points clear in the final play-off position, Tyla Bell with the decider just after the half-hour mark.

Two goals from Harry Clapham helped Selby Town to a 4-1 win at home to Clipstone to move the Robins up into sixth whilst the visiting Cobras stay in the relegation zone, three points away from Swallownest and safety.

Next-to-bottom FC Humber United picked up a point in a 2-2 draw at Retford FC who drop to seventh, Louis Blackwell and Brandon Burke scoring in the last twenty minutes for the away side after Liam White and Graeme Severn had seemingly put the Choughs in control.

Dronfield Town were 2-0 home victors over Rainworth Miners Welfare, Shirebrook Town are almost mathematically safe after their 2-1 win at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, and there was a 1-1 draw between Glasshoughton Welfare and Nostell Miners Welfare.

Photo: Winterton Rangers' Jaime Ture celebrates scoring his side's first in their 2-1 win over promotion rivals Penistone Church in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division on Saturday, leapfrogging their opponents to fourth in the table. (Picture: Paul Tong)

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