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Toolstation Northern Counties East League Round-Up

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Two long-standing unbeaten runs in the Premier Division both came to an end on another unpredictable weekend of Toolstation Northern Counties East League action.

Leaders AFC Mansfield went into their home clash with Liversedge without a defeat in their last eighteen league games but fell behind to a 16th minute opener from Joe Walton.

Ollie Fearon quickly levelled but it was to be the visitors’ afternoon as they stormed to a 5-1 victory with Walton grabbing his second before the interval and then Brandon Kane, Jacob Buchanan and Rhys Davies confirmed the result of the day in the second period.

Second-placed Handsworth Parramore could only cut the Bulls’ advantage at the summit to thirteen points, however, as they drew 0-0 at Bridlington Town who climb to eleventh.

Pontefract Collieries have moved up into third after two goals each from Vaughan Redford and Aaron Moxam helped them to a 6-2 win at next-to-bottom Parkgate and, although the Colls are sixteen points off the top, they do have eight games in hand of AFC Mansfield.

A stoppage time winner from Matt Turnbull saw Pickering Town snatch a 3-2 victory at fellow top six side Hemsworth Miners Welfare and they are up into fourth, leap-frogging Maltby Main whose match at Hall Road Rangers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Pikes are also sixteen points away from AFC Mansfield and have played five matches fewer than the Bulls so they can also consider themselves as title contenders.

Anyone who arrived late for Rainworth Miners Welfare home match with Garforth Town would have missed all four goals as it was 2-2 by the eighteenth minute, Ross Goodwin’s brace for the Wrens sandwiched by strikes from Mark Simpson and Daniel Coupland, in a draw that keeps the hosts two places above their opponents in seventh.

Penistone Church, like AFC Mansfield, saw a long unbeaten run come to an end as they were beaten 3-0 at Barton Town, their first defeat in thirteen matches with a Tom Waudby brace and a goal from Will Waudby moving the Swans further away from the relegation zone in eighteenth.

The remaining four top flight games saw home victories for Athersley Recreation, Bottesford Town, Thackley and Worksop Town.

Worksop’s win was the biggest as two goals from Igor Mlynarski helped them to a 5-0 defeat over Staveley Miners Welfare whilst Athersley beat basement side Clipstone 3-0 with James Eyles also netting a double.

Ben Johnson struck a late winner as Bottesford overcame Harrogate Railway Athletic 3-2 and Luke Robinson scored the only goal in Thackley’s victory over Albion Sports.

Division One table-toppers Knaresborough Town saw their lead cut to six points with a late equaliser from visitors Winterton Rangers, Luke Anderson making it 1-1 after Brad Walker had given the hosts an 18th minute advantage.

Knaresborough were the only side in the top four to drop points as second-placed Eccleshill United won 1-0 at home to East Yorkshire Carnegie but the Eagles had to wait until the 88th minute for their goal from new signing Aran Basi.

Jack Debnam made sure it was a 2-1 home victory over AFC Emley for Grimsby Borough, so they stay three points ahead of Yorkshire Amateur, who are fourth and who also won 2-1 at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic with both of their goals coming in the last quarter of the game from Adam Shaw.

A 4-1 win at Armthorpe Welfare sees Shirebrook Town climb back into the top five with top scorer Kieran Watson grabbing two and they go above Selby Town who were beaten by the same scoreline at Nostell Miners Welfare on Friday night.

A hat-trick for Jack Owen helped Nostell to a vital win that moves them eight points clear of the bottom two.

Retford United stay in the basement after a 1-1 draw at Ollerton Town, Callum Littlejohn with their 55th minute equaliser after Gavin King had struck very early for the hosts.

The Badgers are now two points away from next-to-bottom Brigg Town who went down 1-0 at FC Bolsover, a massive win for the hosts who climb out of the bottom three, thanks to James Munson’s strike midway through the first half.

Elsewhere, two late goals from Mitch Dunne rubberstamped Hallam’s home victory over Swallownest, the 3-0 triumph moving them up to tenth, whilst it was a point apiece for Dronfield Town and Rossington Main who shared four goals, Jamie Willis with a 79th minute equaliser for the hosts to share the spoils.

Meanwhile, as in the Premier Division, one match fell victim to a waterlogged pitch with Glasshoughton Welfare’s home clash with Campion now to be played at a later date.

Jason Harrison


About Author

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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