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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2023/24 #3

6th August, 2023

The Emirates FA Cup for the 2023/24 season got underway at the weekend with all twenty Toolstation NCEL Premier Division sides involved at the Extra Preliminary Round stage.

Two of our teams have to wait until midweek to play their tie after Barton Town's home clash with Grimsby Borough and Campion's trip to Wythenshawe were postponed following heavy rain and five others will be involved in replays after their initial matches ended honours even.

Knaresborough Town and Goole AFC were the victors in the all-NCEL clashes with an early Danny Edwards double and a Cameron Bedford strike earning Knaresborough a 3-1 home win over Frickley Athletic, Rieves Boocock with an injury-time consolation for the visitors.

And, Callum Petch's goal ten minutes into stoppage time saw Goole progress in a 3-2 thriller at Thackley, the hosts twice leading through an Aidan Chippendale spot kick and a Daniel Claridge strike but they were pegged back by Romeo Madhamu and Alex Washington.

Bottesford Town also progress to the Preliminary Round after their 3-1 win at GNG Oadby Town, Jack Griffin, Joe Wood and Joe Simpson with the goals for the Poachers.

Ross Hannah's hat-trick helped Rossington Main to a 4-1 home victory over Leicester Nirvana, with Manasse Kiange also getting on the scoresheet, whilst Daniel McDaid's first-half free-kick saw Tadcaster Albion through 1-0 over visitors Redcar Athletic.

Leon Hurles-Brook scored both of Penistone Church's goals in a 2-2 draw at City of Liverpool, the hosts netting in stoppage time to snatch a midweek replay.

It was goalless between Golcar United and Trafford so they will meet again whilst Matthew Ord netted for Maltby Main in a 1-1 home draw with Pinchbeck United.

And, two of the three ties played on Sunday ended level, with both NCEL sides forcing replays with injury time goals.

Albion Sports drew 2-2 with visitors Chadderton as Robbie Fox grabbed a last gasp equaliser to restore parity for a second time.

Hallam, meanwhile, were 3-1 down going into stoppage time against visitors Irlam but Oliver Fearon's penalty gave them hope and then Kieren Watson grabbed them a dramatic leveller to finish the game at 3-3.

There was disappointment on their travels for Handsworth and Silsden AFC as they were beaten 3-1 and 3-0 at Barnoldswick Town and Padiham, respectively.

There were also away woes for Eccleshill United, Pickering Town and Garforth Town as they bowed out of the competition at the first stage.

Eccleshill were beaten 2-0 at Prescot Cables, Pickering went down to a single goal at Seaham Red Star, and Tabish Hussain scored for Garforth in their 2-1 loss at Whitley Bay.

And, on Sunday, Emley AFC saw their participation end as they were beaten 2-0 by visitors Avro.

In Division One, Retford United and Harrogate Railway Athletic move into the top two of the table after their 3-3 draw at Cannon Park.

The hosts are on the summit on goal difference after goals from Mark West, Nicholas Guest and Joshua Scully, with Harry Lynn, Nathan Merchant and Harry Croft netting for the Rail.

Nostell Miners Welfare climb to fourth in the early standings thanks to a 5-2 home victory over Yorkshire Amateur, Joe Wood's brace added to by Liam Owen, Thomas Lavin and Louis Penny-Larter before Josh Boast and Ousainey Juwara Kora scored for the away side in the final ten minutes.

A Liam Bennett double, along with strikes from William Tomlinson and Zach Casburn, earned Retford FC a 4-0 win at Swallownest to move the Choughs up to fifth.

Shirebrook Town ran out 5-1 winners at home to neighbours Clay Cross Town, Kiyani Clayton's opener for the home side cancelled out by Gracjan Klimczak before the interval but Shirebrook dominated the second half with a goal each from Nathan Watson and Sam Geeves plus two for Liam Hardy.

Joshua Pickering, Mackenzie Ross and James Gregory ensured a 3-1 home win for Staveley Miners Welfare at home to Dronfield Town whilst Jordan Smith's late equaliser for Louth Town made it honours even in a 1-1 draw with visitors Armthorpe Welfare.

And, in Friday night's game, Brigg Town were comfortable 4-0 victors at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Declan Bacon's double coming between goals from Owen Vincent and Jacob Norburn for the Zebras.

Three Division One matches succumbed to the wet weather on Saturday at Ollerton Town, Parkgate and Wombwell Town.

Photo: Tadcaster Albion players celebrate with Daniel McDaid after he scored the free-kick that secured the Brewers a 1-0 home win over Redcar Athletic in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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