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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2023/24 #61

1st March, 2024

Penistone Church are through to the final of this season's Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup after a penalty shoot-out victory at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels in midweek.

The game finished goalless after ninety minutes and the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side prevailed 5-4 on spot kicks over their higher-ranked visitors.

The prospect of an all-NCEL final was thwarted, however, even though Parkgate went ahead through a Ross Duggan penalty in their semi-final at home to Worksop Town as the Tigers turned the game around to win 3-1.

Elsewhere, Wakefield AFC beat hosts and NCEL rivals Tadcaster Albion in the quarter-finals of the West Riding County Cup.

Daniel Thirkell had given the hosting Brewers a first half lead but, after the interval, Callum Charlton, Oliver Green and Sebastian Losa secured a deserved 3-1 win for the Division One side over their Premier Division opponents.

Patrick Sykes and Nathan Cartman netted for Campion giving them a 2-0 advantage in their tie at Pontefract Collieries but the hosts fought back to go through 3-2 with an 86th minute winner.

And, in Thursday night's game, Harrogate Railway Athletic produced a shock as they were comfortable winners in their Second Round tie, Harry Bandeira, Nathan Merchant twice, and Joseph Navier all scoring in the first half to win 4-0 at home to FC Halifax Town.

In the Premier Division, two goals each for Sam Barker and Charlie Marshall helped Garforth Town to consolidate third spot in the table.

That was after Samuel Cable had given them a nineteenth minute lead in a 5-0 home victory over Bottesford Town, one of four matches played in the division on Tuesday.

Golcar United, Silden AFC and Knaresborough Town all won to keep themselves eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

Oliver Russon netted twice for Golcar as they beat visitors Goole AFC 5-1 with George Doyle, Adam Field and Buddy Cox also getting on the scoresheet.

Goole, who had taken the lead in the fifth minute through Sam Thompson, remain next-to-bottom, two points above basement side Maltby Main.

An Ellis Hudson penalty set Silsden off on their way to a 4-0 defeat of Handsworth, Jake Maltby, Adam Clayton and Jake Cassidy making sure of the victory in the second half.

Lewis Stephens' hat-trick ensured a 4-3 win for Knaresborough Town over Barton Town although the visitors threatened a late comeback with two goals near the end from Thomas Waudby.

And, there was a 1-0 victory for Hallam at Eccleshill United on Wednesday night, Oliver Fearon breaking the deadlock in the 85th minute in a tight affair at the Servo Group Stadium.

Beverley Town moved to the top of Division One as a Benjamin Hinchliffe brace, added to by Joshua Batty and Joe McFadyen, claimed 4-2 win at Glasshoughton Welfare.

Sean Hunter and Thomas Alngohuro were the scorers for the home side who fall into the relegation zone after Yorkshire Amateur's 4-0 home victory over Worsbrough Bridge Athletic moved the Ammers out of the bottom three.

Ralph Bertrand Nkomba struck in first half stoppage time with Bruce Fernando and Marcel Chigumira putting the hosts three goals up by the hour mark and the vital win was capped by a stoppage time penalty converted by Wilfred Frimpong.

Armthorpe Welfare pulled themselves further away from danger as they won 2-1 at home to Staveley Miners Welfare, Jack Varley and Harley McCormack with the goals in a vital victory that moves them to six points clear of the trapdoor.

A Nathan Perks brace and a second half strike from Ethan Hargreaves also eased Athersley Recreation's relegation fears as they secured a 3-2 home win over play-off hopefuls Retford United.

Francis Finneran converted a couple of penalties as next-to-bottom Swallownest picked up a morale-boosting 2-1 victory at Nostell Miners Welfare.

Harry Clapham was another hat-trick hero as his three goals helped Selby Town to a 6-3 win against visitors Harrogate Railway Athletic.

And, there were two goals for Luke Mascall as Brigg Town won 4-2 against Clay Cross Town in a game that was switched to their ground as their opponents' pitch was waterlogged.

Photo: Knaresborough Town's players celebrate a hat-trick for Lewis Stephens in the opening half-hour of their 4-3 home victory over Barton Town in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division. (Picture: Graham Finney Photography)

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