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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2021/22 #68

4th May, 2022

Barton Town lifted the Toolstation NCEL League Cup trophy for the first time after a thrilling final played at Doncaster Rovers' Eco-Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Swans, who finished the Premier Division season in seventh spot, took on a Garforth Town side who had just missed out on the promotion play-offs and the game was a worthy end to an enthralling season.

Barton took the tie by the scruff of the neck as they raced into a two goal lead by the quarter-of-an-hour mark, Benjamin Hinchliffe and William Waudby with the goals, and that is how it stayed until the Miners staged a dramatic comeback in the final ten minutes.

Karl Fitzgerald gave Garforth hope on 84 before Hass Gorji's equaliser made sure of a further half-hour in front of a crowd of 718.

Thomas Waudby, though, would prove to be the hero as he netted towards the end of the first period of extra time to confirm that Barton's name would be etched on the trophy.

Saturday saw disappointment for Eccleshill United in their bid for promotion whilst Maltby Main were beaten in their Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Final that was also played at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Eccleshill travelled down to Bedfordshire to take on Pitching In Southern Football League side Kempston Rovers in an Inter-Step Play-Off to see who would be playing Step 4 football next season.

In another exciting match, the Eagles trailed 1-0 at the break but two quick goals towards the start of the second period from Sam Bradley and Sumaili Cissa turned the game in their favour.

Rovers, however, equalised on 68 minutes and, with no further score in normal and then extra time, the tie went to spot kicks that were won 5-4 by the Step 4 hosts.

Maltby, meanwhile, faced former NCEL side Worksop Town in their County Cup Final with 1044 watching on at the game on Saturday evening.

The Miners gave an excellent account of themselves against their higher-ranked opposition but Worksop prevailed 3-0 with all of the goals coming in the final half-hour.

The three matches brought the curtain down on the 2021/22 season, the first to be completed in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and all at the Toolstation NCEL would like to thank everyone who helped make it such a memorable campaign.

Photo: A 3-2 extra-time victory saw Barton Town become Toolstation NCEL League Cup winners for the first time as they beat Garforth Town at Doncaster Rovers' Eco-Power Stadium. (Picture: Barton Town FC)

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