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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2021/22 #66

17th April, 2022

Harrogate Railway Athletic and North Ferriby will face each other for a place in next season's Toolstation NCEL Premier Division after they won their Division One play-off semi-finals on Saturday.

Ferriby, who will have home advantage in the showdown due to their higher league position, won 2-0 at home to Rossington Main in front of 901 spectators.

The game swung in the hosts' favour in an eight minute spell around the half-hour mark, starting with a red card for Main striker Bradley Grayson after a collision with home keeper Lewis Exall.

Gary Mundy's own goal then gave the Villagers a 35th minute lead that was quickly doubled by Josh Whiteley.

Mundy was dismissed with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining as Rossington ended the game with nine men, bowing out of the play-offs at the end of a season that saw them finish fifth in the table, their highest ever placing.

The Rail were 2-1 winners at Brigg Town to keep their promotion hopes alive with Joseph Crosby's first-half double helping them secure their place in the final.

A crowd of 623 watched on as Nathan Peat pulled one back for the Zebras on the hour but the visitors held on as Harrogate look for a return to the Premier Division after a three year absence.

There will be disappointment for Brigg who accumulated 86 points in an excellent season for them but they, and Rossington, are bound to come back even determined for promotion when the new Division One campaign begins later this year.

Garforth Town are through to the semi-finals of the League Cup after a 4-3 win at Bottesford Town in a newly-arranged quarter-final tie following the removal of Penistone Church from the competition due to an ineligible player.

A Charlie Marshall double, along with goals from Hass Gorji and Alex Zachariou, gave the Miners a seemingly unassailable 4-0 lead going into the last fifteen minutes before a comeback by the home side almost produced a remarkable turnaround.

Liam Watkins netted on 81 minutes before two goals in injury time for Luke Ayris and Jack Cross brought the Poachers back to within one goal of their opponents.

But, they ran out of time to find a fourth and Garforth will now host Grimsby Borough in the final four in midweek.

The last three Premier Division matches were played in midweek with Albion Sports ending the season in the relegation zone after missing out on a chance to move out of the bottom two.

A point at Barton Town would have seen them swap places with Hemsworth Miners Welfare but they went down 5-0 as the Swans secured seventh spot thanks to a Benjamin Hinchliffe hat-trick and a double from Harrison Coley.

Handsworth end in eighth after a 2-1 win at Staveley Miners Welfare, Robert Ludlam and Sam Essien scoring for the Ambers after Jacob Pearce's early opener for the Trojans who finish tenth.

Emley AFC drew 0-0 at Bottesford Town and they conclude their campaigns in ninth and fourteenth, respectively.

And, the two final Division One games were played with Hall Road Rangers taking part in both matches.

Joe McFadyen scored twice to wrap up a 5-0 win at bottom three side FC Humber United in midweek after Henry Curtis, Jacob Galloway and James Piercy had put them in control.

Then, on Saturday, they took the lead at Ollerton Town through Chris Spinks but an own goal and then strikes from Josef Turner, Jacques Etia and Samuel Geeves had the hosts 4-1 up by the 54th minute.

Callum Stone pulled one back for Rangers but Ollerton ran out 4-2 winners to end the season in twelfth whilst Rangers finish in tenth.

Photo: Mike Morris makes a challenge during Harrogate Railway Athletic's 2-1 win at Brigg Town in their Toolstation NCEL Division One Play-Off Semi-Final on Saturday. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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