Toolstation Northern Counties East League Round-Up

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With Cleethorpes Town in Buildbase FA Vase action on Saturay, their lead at the top of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division was cut to four points as second-placed Pickering Town won 5-1 at home to Bottesford Town.

Nick Thompson’s brace as well as a Lewis Taylor spot-kick and a Joe Danby strike saw them race into a 4-1 lead by the 27th minute before Ryan Blott added the fifth midway through the second period.

Bridlington Town remain six points behind the Pikes in third spot as a Jack Walters penalty and Brett Agnew’s goal helped them win 3-1 at Staveley Miners Welfare after they had been pegged back soon after the interval by an equaliser for the home side.

The division’s top two scorers, Jon Froggatt and Aaron Moxam, netted for Handsworth Parramore as they move up to fourth following a 3-0 victory at Hemsworth Miners Welfare, Joe Thornton with the third goal.

The Amber Parras go above Thackley who drew 1-1 at home with Athersley Recreation as the visitors levelled late on through Declan Welford after Ryan Farrell had given the hosts a 5th minute lead.

The battle to avoid relegation, meanwhile, is growing very tense with Barton Town Old Boys and Parkgate claiming vital wins.

Barton’s was more valuable as it was at the expense of fellow bottom four side Armthorpe Welfare, Tom Waudby and Ed Rogerson scoring for the Swans in a 2-1 victory after the away side had taken the lead through Jack Waldron.

Parkgate go above Armthorpe into twentieth after Steven McDonnell’s opener, an own goal from Sam Chapman and Alex Lill’s strike just before half-time claimed a 3-0 home victory over Harrogate Railway Athletic.

It means basement side Retford United are now eight points from safety with eight games to play as they went down 2-1 at Clipstone, Gareth Curtis and Tim Gregory putting the Cobras in control before a Luke Thomas own goal on 55 minutes brought the away side back into the match.

Steve Smith’s 84th minute winner saw Albion Sports beat hosts Liversedge, 2-1, and they stay sixth just ahead of AFC Mansfield who have climbed to seventh after Matt Plummer and Jimmy Ghaichem helped them to a 2-0 victory at Worksop Town.

And Maltby Main looked dead and buried at Rainworth Miners Welfare before a quickfire double from Josh Nodder and Richard Adams in the final 5 minutes saw them snatch a point in a 2-2 draw at Kirklington Road.

The chase for the Division One title continues to gather pace as leaders Pontefract Collieries could only pick up a point in a 1-1 draw at Dronfield Town, Michael Dunn’s penalty equalising for the Colls after Christian Savage put the hosts ahead on ten minutes.

Second-placed AFC Emley are now only four points behind as they won 3-0 at Yorkshire Amateur, despite being reduced to nine-men for most of the game before Ashley Flynn opened the scoring with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining and Matt Jackson netted twice in quick succession.

Things were less dramatic for Hall Road Rangers as they beat visitors Grimsby Borough, 1-0, James Piercy with a 17th minute header that moves them to six points off the summit with two games in hand.

Borough, meanwhile, stay fifth, three points behind Penistone Church who went down 5-1 at Campion, Eli Hey with a hat-trick and Talent Ndlovu with a brace for the hosts.

Hallam keep hold of sixth spot, despite Calum Ward’s goal condemning them to a 1-0 loss at Selby Town as the side just below them, Knaresborough Town, fell to a 2-1 home defeat to Eccleshill United, Jonathan Irving with the Eagles’ winner.

The outlook is looking increasingly bleak for bottom side Nostell Miners Welfare who were beaten by a late David Dean strike in a single-goal loss at Brigg Town, leaving them twelve points from safety with six matches remaining.

The team they are chasing picked up a massive win in their attempts to avoid the drop, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic edging a 3-2 home defeat of Ollerton Town, Ryan Pleasants with what proved to be a vital third in the 72nd minute.

Elsewhere, Ryan Poskitt struck twice as Glasshoughton Welfare won 3-2 at home to Winterton Rangers and Rossington Main beat visitors Teversal, 3-1, to move up to seventeenth.

(Jason Harrison)

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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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