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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2023/24 #36

30th November, 2023

Four more Toolstation NCEL sides have made it through to the Third Round of this season's JCP Construction League Cup following victories in midweek.

Louth Town, Rossington Main and Parkgate all progressed on Tuesday night whilst Knaresborough Town joined them at the next stage 24 hours later.

Sam Swinn had given Louth a half-time lead with a late goal at home to Armthorpe Welfare and they pressed on further in the second period as Bailey Wright, Harry Crawford, Reece Southwood and Harry Jacklin all netted in the final twenty minutes to claim a 5-0 victory.

Tyla Bell's opener for Rossington was cancelled out by visitors Retford FC's Liam Frost but Bradley Grayson restored their advantage before the interval and Manasse Kiange made sure there was no upset as he made it 3-1 in the 83rd minute in favour of the Premier Division side over their Division One opponents.

Parkgate were also 3-1 victors, Jamie Austin, Harry Day and Brandon Potts getting on the scoresheet for the Steelmen whilst Tawheed Ahmed scored a consolation for hosts Selby Town towards the start of the second half.

And, in Wednesday's tie, two goals each for Jack Carr and Danny Edwards ensured passage for Knaresborough in a 4-2 win at Albion Sports with Robbie Fox and Aran Basi netting for the home side.

In the Premier Division, second-placed Emley AFC have moved to within a point of leaders Campion as a Ruben Jerome double, sandwiching a Thomas Greaves strike, secured a 2-1 home win over Thackley.

Golcar United and Barton Town move up to twelfth and fourteenth, respectively, after they picked up victories on their travels.

George Doyle converted a couple of penalties and there were also goals for Oliver Russon, Alfie Wilkinson, Malakai Philip and Slater Barkham-Barnes as Golcar beat hosts Hallam 6-1.

And, a Thomas Waudby brace, added to by Craig King, ensured a 3-1 win for Barton at Tadcaster Albion whose goal came from Luke Stewart.

Meanwhile, two of the bottom three sides met as Maltby Main and Bottesford Town played out a dramatic 2-2 draw, a Joshua Gibson own goal in stoppage time rescuing a point for Bottesford, meaning that Maltby move out of the basement, replaced by Goole AFC, whilst Bottesford climb a place to seventeenth.

Division One leaders Wakefield AFC twice had to come from behind to a take a point in a 2-2 home draw with Shirebrook Town who climb to third, Mason Rubie and Oliver Green with the equalisers after Kieren Watson and then Lewis Murr had put their Derbyshire visitors in front.

A Liam Owen double helped Retford United to a 3-0 win at Glasshoughton Welfare that moves them up to fifth, Jake Champion netting their other goal, and Dronfield Town are up to seventh after Charlie Stewart scored the winner in a 1-0 victory at Wombwell Town who drop to fourth.

In the Third Round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup, Staveley Miners Welfare put up a massive fight at home to Derby County's Under-21s side, Kian Tansley's 39th minute strike taking the game to penalties after a 1-1 draw.

However, it was the visiting Rams who moved through to the next stage as they won 10-9 in the shoot-out.

Elsewhere, Garforth Town were 5-3 winners at home against a West Yorkshire League XI in a friendly whilst there were county cup postponements for Nostell Miners Welfare at home to Frickley Athletic and for Harrogate Railway Athletic against visitors FC Halifax Town.

League games that were also called off due to the weather were Penistone Church's home clash with Silsden AFC and Brigg Town's trip to Clay Cross Town.

Photo: Luke Stewart celebrates scoring a first-half injury-time equaliser for Tadcaster Albion but the Brewers would eventually lose 3-1 to visitors Barton Town in their Toolstation NCEL Premier Division encounter. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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