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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2022/23 #66

9th April, 2023

Horbury Town have claimed the last Division One play-off spot whilst Shirebrook Town and Athersley Recreation are confirmed in the relegation zone after Saturday's final full round of matches in the 2022/23 Toolstation NCEL season.

Champions Campion were presented with the Division One trophy after their scintillating match with Retford FC whilst, in the Premier Division, the Inter-Step Play-Off berth is yet to be decided.

Winterton Rangers would have sealed second spot with a victory in their final game and were 2-0 up by the 48th minute at home to Hallam thanks to goals from Ryan Douglas and Josh Walker.

But, the game swung fully in the visitors' favour with Daniel Pudil, Oliver Fearon and Kieren Watson twice scoring in the final half-hour to claim a 4-2 victory for the Countrymen.

Third-placed Emley AFC, meanwhile, sealed a 3-0 home win over Barton Town, Paul Walker, Jacob Kelly and Rikki Paylor with the goals for the Pewits.

That result means that Emley will grab the play-off spot away from Winterton should they pick up four points in their remaining two games.

In the race to avoid a relegation zone finish, both Goole AFC and Bottesford Town tasted defeat with Kelan Swales and Wade Ripley netting for hosts Frickley Athletic in a 2-0 win over Goole.

Luke Ayris and Dayle Hutson scored for Bottesford but they were beaten 3-2 at home by Penistone Church after Thomas Charlesworth's double and a Kieran Ryan strike had put the visitors three goals up.

With one game remaining, Goole are virtually, if not mathematically, certain of finishing in the bottom two as they are three points away from Bottesford but with a vastly inferior goal difference.

Champions North Ferriby concluded their season in appropriate fashion with a 5-2 win at Golcar United, a Danny Emerton brace adding to earlier strikes from Joshua Morrall, Danny Earl and Thomas Corner for the Villagers.

Slater Barham-Barnes and Leon Henry got on the scoresheet for the hosts who drop to tenth in the table.

Basement side Yorkshire Amateur are aiming to end their campaign on a high, their 2-1 home victory over Eccleshill United giving them back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Jonas Badibalowa and Dyllan Drovi secured the win for the Ammers whilst Jack Cairney found the net for the visiting Eagles.

A five-minute hat-trick for Andrew Horbury ensured a 4-2 home win for Hemsworth Miners Welfare against Maltby Main whilst Dominic Creamer scored twice for Knaresborough Town in their 2-1 defeat of hosts Albion Sports.

There were also two goals for Ben Grech-Brooksbank as Thackley won 4-0 at Handsworth and Sam Barker was the matchwinner as Garforth Town beat Silsden AFC 1-0 at the Office Interiors Stadium.

In Division One, two sides were still able to claim the remaining play-off spot to join Rossington Main, Harrogate Railway Athletic and Wakefield AFC in a chance of promotion to Step 5 alongside Campion.

Horbury, who knew they needed a victory to have any chance of grabbing it, went ahead at Beverley Town through a Lawrence Heward own goal but were pegged back in the eighth minute by Scott Phillips.

However, Luke Playford quickly restored their lead in a breathtaking start before Jak Kelly secured a 3-1 win early in the second half.

Horbury then had to wait to see whether Retford FC had won at Campion and, in a roller-coaster game, the Choughs were beaten 4-3 to mean they miss out on the play-offs by one point.

Campion twice led in the first half through Patrick Sykes and Samuel Bradley only for Alex Wonham to level on both occasions.

Sykes' second restored the hosts' advantage after the hour mark and Jack Johnson's goal saw Retford equalise for the third time before Nicky Boshell's injury-time strike saw the hosts sneak the win to spark off their trophy celebrations.

Rossington won 4-1 at home to Staveley Miners Welfare, Jack Watson, Ross Hannah, Jordan Buckham and Bradley Grayson with the goals that sees them up to second above Harrogate Railway Athletic who drew 0-0 at Glasshoughton Welfare.

Both Rossington and the Rail are guaranteed home ties in the Semi-Finals of the Play-Offs but it will not be known who each side will face until Athletic have played their final game in midweek.

The other play-off side, Wakefield, were beaten in a game that could have a huge bearing on the relegation fight as they went down 2-0 at Parkgate.

Joshua Nodder and Ahmed Tahar scored for the Steelmen that keeps them just above the trapdoor whilst condemning Shirebrook and Athersley to a certain finish in the bottom three.

Shirebrook won 3-0 at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, courtesy of Lewis Murr, Jake Squires and Kiyani Clayton, but knew that their fate was not in their hands in their last game of the campaign.

The Rec, meanwhile, led but were ultimately beaten 7-2 at Brigg Town, the Zebras' scorers including two each for Joseph Pugh and Joshua Batty, to leave the Penguins seven points away from safety with one match to play.

Swallownest were also winners, 2-0 at Dronfield Town with both goals coming from Conner Brunt, but they remain in the drop zone.

We now wait to see what happens in midweek in the final matches for Parkgate and Swallownest to see who escapes and who finishes below the dotted line with Swallownest looking to overturn a two point deficit.

Elsewhere, Armthorpe Welfare kept on course for a top eight finish as Jack Mawson and Cian Guest secured a 2-0 win at Nostell Miners Welfare.

And, Selby Town confirmed tenth spot with a 13-0 win at Ollerton Town, their tally including hat-tricks for Harry Clapham, Connor Qualter and Liam Flanagan.

Photo: Campion celebrate being presented with the Toolstation NCEL Division One title trophy after their 4-3 home win over Retford FC on Saturday.

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
P 1 North Ferriby 38 95 55
P 2 Winterton Rangers 38 81 40
3 Emley AFC 38 77 43
4 Garforth Town 38 70 36
5 Penistone Church 38 68 19
6 Hallam 38 67 21
7 Barton Town 38 64 21
R 8 Hemsworth MW 38 55 8
9 Golcar United 38 54 13
10 Knaresborough 38 53 -2
11 Silsden AFC 38 51 -4
12 Albion Sports 38 51 -4
13 Maltby Main 38 48 -15
14 Thackley 38 46 -4
15 Eccleshill United 38 43 -11
16 Handsworth 38 42 -13
17 Frickley Athletic 38 36 -20
18 Bottesford Town 38 29 -37
19 Goole AFC 38 25 -66
R 20 Yorkshire Amateur 38 15 -80
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
P 1 Campion 38 98 102
2 Harrogate Railway 38 86 51
P 3 Rossington Main 38 84 57
4 Wakefield AFC 38 70 34
5 Staveley MW 38 63 22
6 Horbury Town 38 60 28
7 Retford FC 38 59 3
8 Armthorpe Welfare 38 58 -5
9 Brigg Town 38 55 8
10 Selby Town 38 52 -9
11 Beverley Town 38 51 -1
12 Nostell MW 38 44 -14
13 Ollerton Town 38 41 -72
14 Parkgate 38 40 -15
15 Worsbrough Bridge 38 40 -19
16 Dronfield Town 38 40 -25
17 Glasshoughton Welf 38 40 -31
18 Shirebrook Town 38 36 -32
19 Swallownest 38 36 -35
20 Athersley Rec 38 30 -47

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