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Midweek Step 5 & 6 Review…..

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West Auckland Town produced an excellent performance to beat promotion chasing Marske United 3-1 in the Ebac Northern League First Division.

West took the lead after 2 minutes when Aaron Wearmouth was brought down by Marske defender Josh Rowbotham, and Nathan Fisher scored his 40th league goal of the season.

Marske keeper Robbie Dean pulled off a good save from an Adam Mitchell free-kick, while Mitchell also fired just wide.

Dean made another good stop from another Mitchell free-kick, but he had no chance from another penalty on the hour-mark, again taken by Anthony Bell after the Fisher was pulled down.

Fisher then showed his quality again 3 minutes when he turned quickly in the box and fired past Dean for the third.

Mikey Roberts pulled a goal back with a shot into the top corner.

Marske remain twelve points behind leaders Morpeth with seven games in hand.

Crook Town are still in relegation trouble in the second division after they lost 4-2 at home to Easington Colliery, after pulling back to level at 2-2 with 12 minutes left.

Two Monday night matches in the South West Peninsula League saw drama and plenty of goals!

At Priory Park Saltash United came back from 0-1 down to inflict just a fourth defeat of the season on hosts Bodmin Town.

The Ashes climbed three places to second place in the table, although they have played more games than Tavistock who had been in that place.

Camelford brought their game forward with Newquay 24 hours and were able to collect three much-needed points with a 7-4 thriller which gave fans at Trefrew Park value for money.

Four games were played on Tuesday night, but one of them was not even scheduled!

Falmouth Town and St Austell had seen their away matches postponed and they quickly agreed to play each other at Bickland Park.

Falmouth were rewarded for the move by winning 3-0 and climbing three places to second in the league table.

At the opposite end of the table, Callington Town collected a first win since last August as they won 3-1 away at Sticker and pulled eleven points clear of bottom side Witheridge.

Elsewhere, Helston Athletic climbed a place to tenth with a 3-1 victory away at Godolphin Atlantic and Ivybridge Town are up two places to fourteenth after a 3-0 win away at Torpoint Athletic.

Only one Wednesday night Premier game but it was another big one with leaders Plymouth Parkway away at Bodmin.

The two heavy-weights shared the spoils from a 1-1 draw which inches Parkway a little closer to the title although they still need another thirteen points to be sure.

Two of the four Thursday night games were played but the matches at both Callington Town and Camelford again fell victim to waterlogged pitches.

Bottom side Witheridge caught up on games with those two clubs as they hosted Launceston but they fell to a 2-1 defeat which keeps them adrift at the foot of the table.

Ivybridge Town came from behind to beat Sticker 2-1 at Erme Valley with the Ivy’s climbing a place to 13th with the victory.

The race for the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division has moved further in Pontefract Collieries’ favour even though they did not take part in matches played on Wednesday or Thursday.

The two other teams in the chase for the title both dropped points with leaders AFC Mansfield going down 3-0 at Albion Sports in a match in which they were reduced to nine-men with the second half dismissals of Matt Plummer and Liam Marsden.

They were 2-0 down before the red cards were shown with Alex Cusack and Paul Beesley scoring in quick succession midway through the first period and then Cusack’s second with 20 minutes remaining ensured the Lions took the victory.

Mansfield remain eight points clear of Pontefract, but the Colls now have six games in hand and three more than third-placed Pickering Town, who drew 2-2 at Penistone Church to move within two points of the top two.

The Pikes thought all three points were theirs thanks to a Ryan Blott penalty and a goal from Joe Danby, but Penistone battled back in the last 5 minutes to share the spoils with Ashley Ellis and Kieran Ryan getting on the scoresheet.

Meanwhile, there were home wins for the other two sides in the top five as a Jed Phillips double helped Handsworth Parramore to a 3-1 success over Liversedge, Alex Rippon with their other goal and Rhys Davies netting for the visitors.

And, it was a 4-2 victory for Maltby Main against Bottesford Town, Steve Hopewell’s brace added to by Cameron Rigby and Ross Duggan with the away side’s goals coming from Declan Bacon and Dayle Hutson.

In Division One, Shirebrook Town’s fifth win in a row has moved them up into third spot, now just four points away from the automatic promotion places, Daniel Williams’ late strike claiming a 1-0 home victory over Nostell Miners Welfare.

Retford United were 3-0 victors` in the massive bottom two clash with visitors Brigg Town, Reece Treasure’s first half opener added to after the interval by a double from Kyle Sampor to move them out of the basement and to within three points of safety.

And, Campion kept their outside chances of a play-off spot alive as Danny Cunningham and Matthias Britton netted in each half for a 2-0 win at AFC Emley that moves them up to eighth, six points away from the top six.

The weather once again contrived to mess up the midweek fixtures in the East Midlands Counties League, but HOLBROOK SPORTS were pleased to get Monday evening’s game against GRAHAM STREET PRIMS out of the way, despite the heavy rain during the game.

Both sides provided excellent entertainment with no quarter asked or give in a game most sensibly refereed.

The Brookies had to come from behind though to secure all the points after Jack Havron’s drilled opener from a partly cleared corner on 7 minutes.

Four minutes later Niall Mather headed the leveller following a Holbrook free kick. Chances were spurned at both ends until Sebastian Szondi cut inside to hit a sizzler on 71 minutes.

Mather’s second of the game ten minutes later and Isaac Minott’s solo goal in stoppage time gave Holbrook a 4-1 win but credit to both sides for the entertainment and great spirit they provided for the crowd, which included a number of groundhoppers taking advantage of a Monday evening game.

Tuesday evening saw a penalty from Simon Hore 4 minutes before the break open the scoring for RADFORD against GEDLING MINERS WELFARE.

Conor Moore added a second 6 minutes into the second half and Ryan Smith completed a 3-0 win for the home side on 76 minutes.

No goals in the first half at BIRSTALL UNITED but the home side breezed ahead through Ryan Foster early in the second half.

Mark Tinsley levelled for visitors HOLWELL SPORTS on 71 minutes, but parity only lasted 7 minutes before Dan Jelley scored the goal which gave United all three points.

Nothing is going right for BORROWASH VICTORIA at the moment and their young side just can’t turn their season around.

A goal or two would certainly help but they couldn’t find the mark at the Riverside and went down 4-0 to BARROW TOWN for whom Ndouma Chilaka registered a hat-trick.

He opened the scoring after 10 minutes, got a second from the penalty spot 8 minutes later, and completed his threesome on the hour-mark.

Chris Davies got their fourth goal as the game went into stoppage time at the end.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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