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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2023/24 #71

4th April, 2024

Rossington Main secured their place in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division play-offs with a 1-0 win at champions Emley AFC in midweek.

Gregory Young's 22nd minute strike ensured the victory that means they join Garforth Town and Campion in the end-of-season showdown to see who will join the Pewits in promotion to Step 4.

Garforth, meanwhile, moved up to second for a brief spell as Samuel Cable and Steven Jeff netted in a 2-1 home victory over Handsworth who had taken the lead through a nineteenth minute Alfie Dodsworth strike.

But, in Wednesday night's Premier Division game, Campion regained second spot as a Patrick Sykes hat-trick and a Nicky Boshell goal secured a 4-1 win at Albion Sports.

The hosting Lions could have virtually sealed the final play-off place with a victory but went down to the defeat despite going ahead through Ashley Flynn.

Sadly, at the other end of the table, Maltby Main's season will end with the Miners in bottom spot and the relegation position, confirmed by their 3-2 loss at Tadcaster Albion.

They fought hard to the end with Oliver Currie dragging them back to within a goal of their hosts in the 89th minute but the defeat leaves them four points adrift of safety with one game remaining.

Jordan Hines, Mason Wilson and Oliver Norman got the goals for Tadcaster whilst Marc Newsham was also on the scoresheet for the visitors.

And, Kayle Price grabbed his second hat-trick in successive games as he helped Silsden AFC to a 4-2 home win over Bottesford Town.

In Division One, the much-anticipated clash between title rivals Shirebrook Town and Parkgate was one of three of Tuesday's NCEL games called off due to a waterlogged pitch - the others were the Premier Division match between Barton Town and Penistone Church as well as Knaresborough Town's trip to Hallam.

Third-placed Beverley Town missed out on a chance of moving to within a point of leaders Shirebrook as they went down 3-0 at Wombwell Town.

Rhy Plater struck twice for the hosts and Owen Sykes also netted for Wombwell who move up to sixth spot but are nine points away from Retford United who occupy the final play-off spot after they won 2-0 at Harrogate Railway Athletic.

Alister Haydock and Mark West were the scorers for the Badgers who are also still in the title race, nine points off the summit with two games in hand of the Shirebrook.

Glasshoughton Welfare kept themselves in with a mathematical chance of escaping the relegation zone as they won 3-2 at home to bottom side Ollerton Town.

Joe Rawcliffe's brace and a Thomas Palmer strike secured victory whilst Ras Diamond Jr and Malachi-Ethan Bailey ensured the away side were always in the game.

Jack Johnson's injury-time winner snatched a dramatic 3-2 win for Retford FC at Armthorpe Welfare, a result that keeps the hosts still looking nervously over their shoulder at the bottom three but they should be safe.

A hat-trick for Thomas Parkinson, meanwhile, helped Selby Town to a 4-0 home victory over Swallownest and Jordan Smith grabbed both of Louth Town's goals as they beat visitors Nostell Miners Welfare 2-0.

And, in Wednesday night's Division One game, Max Rhodes' 78th minute decider earned Dronfield Town a 1-0 win at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic and they climb up to ninth.

Meanwhile, three further games were called off due to waterlogged pitches, including Eccleshill United at home to Frickley Athletic and Yorkshire Amateur at home to Horbury Town on Wednesday.

And, Barton Town's second scheduled midweek match, this time at home to Goole AFC, was postponed on Thursday.

Photo: Jordan Hines opens the scoring for Tadcaster Albion in their 3-2 home victory over Maltby Main in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division on Tuesday. (Picture: Keith Handley)

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