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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2023/24 #53

1st February, 2024

Emley AFC have moved to the top of the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division following their 1-1 draw at Hallam in midweek.

The Pewits leap above Campion on goal difference with three games in hand after picking up a point through Ruben Jerome's second-half equaliser after Joe Lumsden had put the hosting Countrymen ahead in the 37th minute.

In Tuesday night's other Premier Division game, Thackley tightened their grip on third place as Finn Donovan and Thomas Greaves struck in a 2-0 home victory over Silsden AFC who stay eleventh, one position above Hallam.

The Dennyboys have extended their lead over fourth-placed Rossington Main to six points whilst they close the gap to the summit to eight points.

And, on Wednesday evening, Matthew Broadley's goal on 20 minutes was enough for a vital away victory for Bottesford Town, their 1-0 win at Albion Sports keeps them in sixteenth but they are now eight points clear of basement side Maltby Main in the race to avoid relegation.

Beverley Town climb to third in Division One after a Joe McFadyen brace, added to by James Piercy, in their 3-1 win over visitors Dronfield Town, the away side's consolation coming in the 67th minute through Nicolas Benson.

A Thomas Brook hat-trick helped Horbury Town to a 5-0 home defeat of Athersley Recreation with Joseph Angell and James Cusworth also getting on the scoresheet to further cement seventh spot.

And, Armthorpe Welfare have moved to seven points away from the drop zone following their 3-1 victory at Nostell Miners Welfare.

Jack Varley's opening minute strike was cancelled out by the hosts' Harvey Booth before Charlie Clegg's double, including one from the penalty spot, secured another big victory for Welfare.

In County Cup action, there was a hat-trick for Ross Duggan as Division One leaders Parkgate won 5-2 at home to Premier Division mid-table side Handsworth in the Quarter-Finals of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup.

Brandon Whitfield and Silas Valladolid-Collins also got their names on the scoresheet for the Steelmen whilst Alfie Dodsworth and Craig Mitchell netted for the visiting Ambers.

And, Pickering Town bowed out of the North Riding Senior Cup at the Quarter-Finals stage, losing 1-0 in a tight game at Boro Rangers.

The bad weather, meanwhile, led to the postponement of Harrogate Railway Athletic's West Riding County Cup game with FC Halifax Town and, in the same competition, Tadcaster Albion's all-NCEL clash with visitors Wakefield AFC was also called off.

Barton Town at home to Goole AFC and Eccleshill United versus Penistone Church in the Premier Division, along with Worsbrough Bridge Athletic's trip to Wombwell Town in Division One, also fell victim to a waterlogged pitch whilst Ollerton Town's home match with Brigg Town was postponed due to floodlight issues.

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