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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2023/24 #44

28th December, 2023

Despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Silsden AFC on Boxing Day, Campion's lead at the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division has grown slightly to two points.

Nicky Boshell rescued a point for the hosts with his equaliser in stoppage time after Casey Stewart's first half strike had seemingly been enough to claim a win for the visiting Cobbydalers.

Second-placed Emley AFC, however, missed out on the chance to leapfrog Campion to the summit as they fell to a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Penistone Church.

Nathan Keightley struck the only goal of the game in the 63rd minute to take the points for the away side who climb to tenth.

Thackley drew 1-1 at home to Golcar United, Corey Billy's first half stoppage time leveller cancelling out a fifteenth minute opener for the visitors from George Doyle, and that keeps them eleven points behind Campion in third.

Albion Sports and Rossington Main took advantage of a defeat for Garforth Town to move up into fourth and fifth, respectively.

Robbie Fox, Lewis Waddington and Adam Priestley netted for Sports in their 3-1 win at Eccleshill United after the hosts had taken the lead through an early strike from Brice Ghussein.

And, Rossington were 4-1 victors at Maltby Main, Gregory Young, Bradley Grayson, Farry Shepard and Manasse Kianga with their goals - all in the final half-hour - before Harry Spooner grabbed an injury time consolation for the hosts.

Garforth drop to sixth after a 3-2 home loss to Knaresborough Town, Jason Davis with both of their goals whilst Philip Milsom and Jack Carr, along with an own goal from Harry Viggars, secured the points for the visitors who are now behind their hosts on goal difference in seventh.

Goals in the last ten minutes for Lewis Binns and Keegan Townrow ensured a 3-1 home win for Frickley Athletic over basement side Goole AFC and they move up into ninth.

It was a whirlwind start at the So-Trak Ltd Stadium with six goals in the opening 23 minutes, starting with Nathan Dyer putting the visitors Pickering Town ahead in the first few seconds at Tadcaster Albion.

Oliver Norman levelled the scores before Omar Sanyang restored the Pikes' advantage, Luke Stewart then struck twice to give the Brewers the lead and Joseph Crosby then made it 4-2 midway through the first half.

Conor Qualter added a fifth before the interval before a long wait until Kieran Greenway added to their tally in the 82nd minute and Kieran Stares struck for Pickering as the game entered stoppage time in a match that finished 6-3.

The other two games in the top flight ended all square with no goals between hosts Hallam and their visitors Handsworth whilst it finished 2-2 between Bottesford Town and Barton Town, Reece Moody with an injury-time equaliser for the home side.

Wakefield AFC's advantage at the summit of Division One is now down to one point after their 2-2 draw at Horbury Town.

Ben Gelder had put them ahead on 73 minutes and, just when it looked they would take home the victory, Gibril Bojang pounced in stoppage time to make sure the spoils were shared.

Parkgate have almost closed the gap on the leaders after their 1-0 win at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, Jamie Austin with the breakthrough with twenty minutes remaining.

Third-placed Shirebrook Town also moved to within a point of the leaders with a 6-0 victory over neighbours Ollerton Town, Kieren Watson's hat-trick along with one each for Carlton Carty, Marcus Day and Lewis Macaskill claiming a comfortable win against their bottom-placed hosts in Wednesday night's match.

Wombwell Town, Retford United and Beverley Town continue to complete the top six after they all won on their travels.

Bradley Kerr, Cory Woodward and Kane Reece scored for Wombwell in their 3-0 defeat of hosts Athersley Recreation whilst Retford United won 4-1 at neighbours Retford FC in front of the day's biggest crowd of 1,247.

Jake Chapman scored twice for the Badgers with further goals from Liam Owen and Charlie Baird confirming the win.

And, Beverley were 2-0 victors at Selby Town, courtesy of a goal in each half from James Piercey and Joshua Batty.

Nostell Miners Welfare were also away winners, a 5-2 triumph at Glasshoughton Welfare, thanks to a Thomas Lavin double added to by one each from Jonas Ndombasi, Harry Charlotte and Dylan Drovi, that moves them up to ninth.

Scott Hutchinson scored twice for Brigg Town in their 3-1 home victory over Louth Town and Armthorpe Welfare are now only two points from safety following their 2-1 win at home against Dronfield Town, Ryan Ellison and Charlie Clegg with their goals in the opening period.

Armthorpe are now within touching distance of Yorkshire Amateur who remain just above the relegation trapdoor following their 0-0 draw with visitors Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Meanwhile, one game was postponed on Boxing Day with Clay Cross Town's home clash with Staveley Miners Welfare falling victim to a waterlogged pitch at the Adalynne Haye Stadium.

Photo: Armthorpe Welfare's players celebrate scoring a goal during their 2-1 home win over Dronfield Town in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Boxing Day. (Picture: Steve Pennock)

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