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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2021/22 #65

10th April, 2022

Eccleshill United confirmed second place on the final Saturday of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division season as Sumaili Cissa's hat-trick helped them to a 6-0 win at bottom side Athersley Recreation.

Luke Aldrich netted twice, one either side of the interval, and Kelvin Bleau converted a penalty on a comfortable afternoon for the Eagles who are now expected to take on a Step 4 side in a play-off for promotion at the end of the month.

The two other teams who had a chance of claiming the runners-up position also both won with Garforth Town and Winterton Rangers ending the campaign in third and fourth, respectively.

Hass Gorji's double secured a 2-1 win for Garforth at AFC Mansfield, Kacper Rajter with a late consolation for the Bulls who finish sixteenth, whilst Josh Walker, Daniel Walker and William Sutton scored in Rangers' 3-0 victory at Maltby Main.

Sherwood Colliery finish fifth in their first NCEL season after Ryan Ingram's early opener for them was cancelled out by Benjamin Hinchliffe in a 1-1 draw at Barton Town whilst sixth-placed Penistone Church were beaten 1-0 at home by Staveley Miners Welfare, Declan Howe with the decider.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare climbed out of the relegation zone with a 3-0 home victory over Thackley, Charlie Barks' strike added to by a brace from Nash Connolly, moving above Albion Sports, who play their final game in midweek, on goal difference.

Leon Howarth was the match winner for Handsworth as they beat hosts Goole AFC 1-0, Joseph Navier grabbed a couple as Knaresborough Town secured a 4-0 win against visitors Bottesford Town, and Emley AFC played out a goalless draw at home to champions Grimsby Borough.

Penalties from Liam Royles and Iren Wilson earned Division One champions Hallam a 2-1 win at Teversal in their final game of the campaign, becoming the first ever NCEL side to finish a season with both a points tally and goal difference of over a hundred.

Teversal's relegation as bottom side seems certain whilst the other two sides finishing in the relegation zone, Clipstone and FC Humber United, will face an anxious wait to see if they also drop from Step 6.

Humber have a better chance of staying up after both their 5-1 home win over Parkgate and Clipstone's 4-1 home loss to Armthorpe Welfare mean they will finish above the Cobras.

There were two goals each for George Green and Adam Baskerville in their victory whilst Noel Burdett and Jamie Austin both scored twice for Armthorpe at the Lido Ground.

North Ferriby and Rossington Main prepared for their promotion play-off semi-final next weekend with victories, Josh Whiteley, Danny Emerton, Joel Shortland, Harvey Carew and Danny Buttle sharing the goals as Ferriby prevailed 5-0 at Nostell Miners Welfare.

Bradley Grayson, meanwhile, grabbed a hat-trick for Rossington as they triumphed 4-1 at home to Glasshoughton Welfare to keep their winning run going, a fifth straight victory whilst Ferriby go into their showdown on the back of six consecutive wins.

Only a thirty goal loss in their final league game would have prevented Brigg Town from having home advantage in their play-off with Harrogate Railway Athletic, Scott Phillips bagging the only goal of the game as they beat visitors Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.

There were away wins for Dronfield Town who, aided by two goals from Daniel Wood, beat Hall Road Rangers 3-0 and Adam Scott also got twice on the scoresheet in Retford FC's 4-1 victory at Swallownest.

Rainworth Miners Welfare defeated neighbours Ollerton Town 3-0 at Kirklington Road, Nathan Benger with a couple of second half strikes.

And, it was 2-2 between Shirebrook Town and Selby Town at Langwith Road with Joshua Parfitt and Nathan Jessop sandwiching a double for the Robins from Liam Flanagan.

Photo: George Green, scorer of two of FC Humber United's goals in their 5-1 home win over Parkgate on Saturday, celebrates the victory that gives them a better chance of reprieve from relegation from Toolstation NCEL Division One. (Picture: Danny Lydiate)

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