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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2021/22 #63

3rd April, 2022

Hallam were crowned Toolstation NCEL Division One champions on the penultimate weekend of the regular season as a 2-1 home win over Clipstone secured them the trophy.

It was another thrilling Saturday that means the race for second spot in the Premier Division goes to the wire and we now know who will face each other in the Division One play-offs.

Premier Division title winners Grimsby Borough were 3-2 victors at home to Albion Sports to end their home league season undefeated, Jack Debnam, Lewis Bemrose and Daniel Trott with their goals.

Sports, whose both strikes came from Amir Berchil, however drop into the bottom two, replacing Hemsworth Miners Welfare in the relegation zone after their 4-0 home victory over Bottesford Town.

Jakub Hebda's brace was added to by Nash Connolly and Joshua Haigh as Hemsworth climb into safety only by goals scored with a game to play whilst Sports have two matches remaining to escape.

Meanwhile, the chase for runners-up is still undecided as second-placed Eccleshill United were held to a 2-2 draw at sixth-placed Penistone Church.

Alexander Laird and Zackary Sangster put the Eagles, who knew a victory would secure them the possible promotion place, two-up by the interval but the hosts restored parity in the second half through Brett Lovell and Bradley Kemp.

Despite their 2-0 win at basement side Athersley Recreation, William Norcross with both of their goals, Sherwood Colliery stay fifth and now cannot claim second spot, meaning Garforth Town and Winterton Rangers are the only ones who could snatch it from Eccleshill next weekend.

Three late goals - a double from James Burgess and the other from Hass Gorji - saw Garforth take a 5-2 win at Maltby Main to move them up to third, two points behind the Eagles with a better goal difference.

Rangers, meanwhile, drew 3-3 at Emley AFC and are three points away from second spot but they also have a better goal difference than Eccleshill, making it a fascinating last round of matches for the hopeful trio.

Walker grabbed two of Winterton's goals to take his season's tally to 42 in all competitions whilst George Doyle also netted twice as the Pewits climb to ninth as they look to end their first Premier Division campaign in the top half of the table.

Elsewhere, Declan Howe grabbed a late equaliser for Staveley Miners Welfare in a 2-2 draw at AFC Mansfield.

And, Danny Edwards and Samuel Cable were the matchwinners in 1-0 wins for Knaresborough Town at home to Barton Town and for Goole AFC at Silsden AFC, respectively.

Hallam were already virtually assured the Division One title but they made sure that second-placed North Ferriby could no longer catch them despite going behind to an early Francis Finneran strike.

Bradley Morton levelled on 24 minutes and Christopher Wood made sure of the points with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining to spark the celebrations in front of the season's biggest crowd of 1,179.

Massive congratulations to Hallam for their much deserved title success on a day that saw Clipstone have their relegation zone position confirmed and will now be hoping for events elsewhere to give them a reprieve.

Thomas Corner scored five as Ferriby thrashed bottom side Teversal 8-1 at the Dransfield Stadium and, having already secured second spot, they now know they will host Rossington Main in the play-off semi-finals.

Main secured the final berth with a 3-1 win at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Declan Slater with a hat-trick, as they celebrate their highest ever finish in the NCEL.

The other semi-final will be between Brigg Town and Harrogate Railway Athletic, almost definitely hosted in Lincolnshire unless Brigg suffer a freak thirty-goal defeat in their final match.

Andrew Taylor, Joshua Batty and Scott Phillips scored in Brigg's 3-1 win at Dronfield Town to keep them third whilst the Rail ended their league season with a 4-1 home victory over Retford FC.

Daniel Thirkell's early penalty was added to by Jacob Robertson, Joseph Crosby and Rob Youhill in the second period.

Swallownest gave themselves a massive boost to avoid joining Teversal and Clipstone in the relegation zone as they won 4-3 in a thriller at home to the other side currently in the bottom three, FC Humber United.

Jack Haslam and James Woodhouse got two each as they led 4-2 at the interval, Red Bates and George Green keeping the visitors' hopes alive before Edward Wileman reduced the deficit to one with fifteen minutes remaining.

Swallownest, however, held on to almost secure safety as they move seven points clear of Humber who have three matches left to play.

In the day's other three games, a Sam Robinson brace helped Hall Road Rangers to a 4-1 win at Parkgate, Selby Town will finish sixth after their 3-0 home win over Nostell Miners Welfare, and it was honours even as neighbours Ollerton Town and Shirebrook Town played out a 1-1 draw.

Photo: Bradley Kemp celebrates scoring the equaliser for Penistone Church in Saturday's 2-2 home draw with visitors Eccleshill United who missed out on a chance of sealing second place in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division. (Picture: mm10_sports_photo)

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