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NCEL Match Review #40
28th December, 2008
Mickleover Sports and Scarborough Athletic are the KoolSport Northern Counties East League table-toppers going into 2009.
Sports stretched their lead at the top of the Premier Division to three points with a 6-0 home thrashing of bottom side, Eccleshill United.
The visitors held out until the 40th minute and then conceded three times before the interval with goals from Dan Martin, Kieran O'Connell and Dave Middleditch.
And, Mickleover added the other three goals before the hour mark with Liam Walshe grabbing the fourth before O'Connell struck again and Gavin Wilson completed the rout.
Second-placed Pickering Town lost ground as an 83rd-minute equaliser saw visitors next-to-bottom Lincoln Moorlands Railway take a 1-1 draw away from Mill Lane.
Jack McGovern got the vital goal for Railway after Luke Ibbetson had given the Pikes a 23rd-minute lead from the penalty spot.
Selby Town and Arnold Town took advantage of Pickering's slip-up as both posted 3-0 victories to now be just behind them on goal difference.
Tom Matthews, Andrew Dawson and Tom Reid got the goals for Selby at Parkgate whilst Arnold stretched their unbeaten run to ten games with their win over visitors Nostell Miners Welfare at Dunkirk FC's ground with strikes from Mark Clarke, Chris Freestone and Martin Carruthers.
Bridlington Town moved up to fifth and are five points behind following a 4-0 home win over Hall Road Rangers.
Nathan Hotte's early strike was added to in the second half by a Craig Palmer brace around a 51st-minute goal from Frank Belt.
Thackley's late late show saw them stay in eighth place as they beat Brodsworth Welfare 3-0 at Dennyfield.
The deadlock wasn't broken until the 75th minute when Craig Williamson put through his own net and then Chris Coy struck twice in quick succession to ensure the victory.
A Gavin Hunter brace helped Hallam to a 3-1 home win against Shirebrook Town to move them up into ninth place.
And, Maltby Main played out a 3-3 draw at home to Long Eaton United in what was easily the most dramatic of the Premier Division action.
Both sides took the lead during the match but it was Matt Wragg who rescued a point for Main in the 85th minute after Kevin Mabon had thought he'd given Long Eaton the win ten minutes earlier.
Wragg almost snatched victory as well as the game went towards injury-time but his shot came off the inside off the post.
Scarborough Athletic are now seven points clear at the top of Division One with two games in hand on their closest rivals after a 3-0 win at second-placed Askern Villa.
The game was tightly balanced until Villa were reduced to nine men and the Seadogs capitalised with a Ryan Blott brace, taking his season's tally to 31, and a Scott Phillips penalty in the last twenty minutes.
Pontefract Collieries, who are third, lost ground on Athletic with a 1-1 draw at fifth-placed Rainworth Miners Welfare.
Craig Rouse levelled the scores for them on 62 minutes after James Whitehead had put the Wrens ahead at the start of the second period.
AFC Emley climbed to fourth as Sean Hazelden's first-half strike gave them a 1-0 win at home to Barton Town Old Boys who fall to seventh.
A double from Damion Liddle helped Hemsworth Miners Welfare to come from behind and record a 3-1 home victory over Rossington Main to move them up into sixth.
Edwin Turay's last-gasp equaliser saw Bottesford Town draw 2-2 at home to Leeds Carnegie whilst Andy Sunley struck twelve minutes from time to give Tadcaster Albion a 2-1 victory at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
Staveley Miners Welfare were 5-2 victors at bottom side Glasshoughton Welfare whilst Brighouse Town climbed to eleventh after their 4-2 win at home to Teversal.