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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2023/24 #64

10th March, 2024

Emley AFC's adventure in this season's Isuzu FA Vase sadly came to an end on Saturday as they bowed out of the competition at the Quarter-Finals stage at Worcester City.

The Pewits were beaten 4-0, trailing 2-0 at the interval until the final quarter-of-an-hour saw two further goals that sealed victory for their Uhlsport Hellenic League hosts.

It was a disappointing end to a fantastic run in the competition but Emley have still plenty to look forward to this season, currently topping the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division table and still in the JCP Construction League Cup at the Quarter-Finals stage.

In the league, Garforth Town missed out on a chance to close the gap on the top two as they went down 3-2 at Golcar United in the Premier Division's Friday night game.

The hosts were three goals up by the hour mark thanks to George Doyle, Lee Bradshaw and Nicholas Clee but Matthew Antcliff pulled one back for Garforth on 71 minutes and Lee Turner narrowed the gap even further in stoppage time.

But, Golcar held on to the victory that means they are seven points away from the play-off zone in seventh spot.

Rossington Main move up to fourth after they won 2-0 at home to fellow top six side Thackley, Manasse Kiange and Liam Hardy with the goals in the final quarter of the game.

Main go above Albion Sports who drop to fifth after their 3-1 loss at Hallam, Robbie Fox with the Lions' strike after Scott Ruthven and Jack Brownell had put the hosts 2-0 up whilst Sam Eckhardt added their third to seal the win in injury time.

Early goals from Bradley Walker and Danny Edwards ensured a 2-0 home victory for Knaresborough Town who climb to eighth following their success over Frickley Athletic.

Maltby Main remain at the foot of the table following their 4-0 defeat at Bottesford Town, Finley Pulford, Jack Griffin, Charlie Dunkerley and Danny Walker with the goals that lift the Poachers to fifteenth and now twelve points away from danger.

Goole AFC stay next-to-bottom, two points above Maltby, as they were beaten 2-0 at the side just above them Eccleshill United in a big game in the race to avoid relegation.

Cole Roberts and Matthias Britton struck for the Eagles to give them a six point buffer zone between themselves and bottom spot.

Oliver Norman struck twice as Tadcaster Albion came from behind to win 2-1 at Handsworth whilst Penistone Church led 3-1 at home to Barton Town by half-time, helped by an Antony Brown brace.

But, Reece Moody and Clark Greaves netted in the second period for the Swans to ensure the spoils were shared in a 3-3 draw.

The title chase continues to hot up in Division One with the top two facing off against each other, Shirebrook Town prevailing 3-0 at Beverley Town to leapfrog their hosts to the summit.

Nathan Watson gave the visitors a first-half lead before two late goals from Travis Munn and Bradley Kerr confirmed the victory for the Derbyshire side.

Wakefield AFC climb above Beverley into second, a point off the top, after two goals each from Slater Barkham-Barnes and Lewis Stephens, along with one apiece for Oliver Green and Jack Cairney, claimed a 6-0 home win for them over next-to-bottom Swallownest.

Fourth-placed Parkgate were 3-1 victors at Staveley Miners Welfare, Brandon Whitfield, Silas Valladolid-Collins and Ross Duggan getting on the scoresheet for the Steelmen who are four points behind Shirebrook but with seven games in hand.

Retford United kept themselves within the play-off zone in fifth as they drew 0-0 at home to the side just below them Wombwell Town.

There were also no goals in the game between Harrogate Railway Athletic and their visitors Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, who climb to twelfth and stay sixteenth, respectively.

Horbury Town keep their play-off ambitions going after a James Cusworth double, added to by Gibril Bojang, secured a 3-1 home win over Glasshoughton Welfare in Friday night's game.

Glasshoughton remain two points from safety in the relegation zone as the team just above the trapdoor, Yorkshire Amateur, were beaten 2-1 by visitors Athersley Recreation, Nathan Perks and Fraser Hartley with the away side's goals in the second half after Freddie Swales had given the hosts an early lead.

Luke Mascall struck twice as Brigg Town won 3-2 at Armthorpe Welfare whilst there were also away victories for Louth Town, Dronfield Town and Retford FC.

Jordan Smith's brace helped Louth to a 5-1 defeat of hosts Nostell Miners Welfare, there was a hat-trick for Max Rhodes in Dronfield's 4-1 triumph at basement side Ollerton Town, and there were two goals for Declan Bacon in Retford FC's 4-0 win at Selby Town.

Photo: Emley AFC's players applaud their supporters after their Isuzu FA Vase adventure came to an end with defeat at Worcester City in the Quarter-Finals on Saturday. (Picture: Mark Parsons)

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