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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2023/24 #2

3rd August, 2023

Six Premier Division sides maintained their winning starts to the 2023/24 Toolstation NCEL season with victories in their second matches of the campaign in midweek.

Promoted Campion top the pack on goal difference after a 6-2 home win over Bottesford Town with Marcus Day's hat-trick added to by Nicky Boshell, Michael O'Brien and Junayd Cassius-Gill.

Jonathan Nyantou netted for the Poachers whilst Karl Fitzgerald's own goal gave them a late second.

The other teams on six points are Hallam, Albion Sports, Penistone Church, Barton Town and Knaresborough Town.

Oliver Fearon converted two penalties for Hallam as they won 4-1 at home to Eccleshill United, Kieren Watson and Brandon Bradbury also getting on the scoresheet after Talent Ndlovu had given the visiting Eagles a thirteenth minute lead.

Sports beat Goole AFC 3-0 at the Horsfall Community Stadium, Robbie Fox's brace added to by Eivind Johnsen in stoppage time.

There were two goals for Antony Brown and strikes for Jordan Coduri and Josh Brown in Penistone's 4-1 home victory over Maltby Main, with Khalid Suleiman getting on the scoresheet for the Miners.

Daniel North struck a last gasp penalty for Barton Town in a 1-0 defeat of visitors Thackley and Knaresborough were 3-2 victors at Silsden AFC.

A Cameron Bedford goal was sandwiched by two from Danny Edwards for the away side with an Isaac Baldwin opener and a Harry Lee own goal for the hosts' tally.

Emley AFC drew 1-1 with visitors Garforth Town, Iyrwah Gooden's twelfth minute strike for the Pewits cancelled out with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining by Matthew Antcliff.

Jordan Buckham grabbed the only goal of the game as Rossington Main won at Pickering Town and a Lloyd Smith double helped Frickley Athletic to a 4-2 win at Tadcaster Albion.

Meanwhile, Golcar United were 3-2 victors in an enthralling game at Handsworth, Daniel Naidole with the 72nd minute winner in a match in which both sides had led.

In Division One, three of the promoted sides are amongst the six to have taken maximum points from their opening two games.

An early decider from Gadhafi Kiwanuka saw Wombwell Town take home a 1-0 victory from Armthorpe Welfare to put them at the summit ahead of another new club, Clay Cross Town.

Michael Williams' hat-trick and an Andrew Glossop goal earned Clay Cross a comfortable 4-0 home win over Swallownest.

Retford United's return to the NCEL also continues to be successful as James Eyles and Mark West netted in their 2-1 victory at Dronfield Town.

Parkgate, Harrogate Railway Athletic and Selby Town are also two wins out of two to start the season.

Ross Duggan's 58th minute winner saw Parkgate beat hosts Horbury Town 2-1 whilst Sean Hunter grabbed the three points for the Rail in stoppage time as they defeated visitors Nostell Miners Welfare by the same scoreline.

Selby were also 2-1 victors, Harry Clapham and Ryan Gothard on the scoresheet for the Robins as they won at home to Shirebrook Town.

Elsewhere, Luke Francis struck a hat-trick as Worsbrough Bridge Athletic got their season underway with a 3-0 win at Glasshoughton Welfare.

Goals in the last quarter-of-an-hour from Haydn Goddard and Jack Johnson secured a 3-1 home victory for Retford FC over Ollerton Town and Wakefield AFC were 2-1 winners over visitors Staveley Miners Welfare, Billy Mole and Jock Curran their scorers.

Declan Bacon struck a hat-trick for Brigg Town but his side were beaten 5-3 by visitors Athersley Recreation with Oliver McQuillin amongst the scorers for the away side as he netted twice.

And, Yorkshire Amateur rescued a point in a 1-1 home draw with Louth Town, Benjamin Quartey with the equaliser after Jack Bradbury's strike for the White Wolves.

Meanwhile, in a friendly, Scott Phillips scored for Beverley Town as they were beaten 2-1 by Sheffield Wednesday U21s at Norwood Park.

Photo: Tadcaster Albion celebrate their opening goal scored by Lewis Stephens but the Brewers were beaten 4-2 by visitors Frickley Athletic in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division. (Picture: Keith Handley)

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