NCEL Match Review #59
20th March, 2009
A last-minute winner ensured that Mickleover Sports maintained their nine point lead at the top of the KoolSport NCEL Premier Division.
Corin Hoyle got the vital goal in a 3-2 win at Pickering Town after Sports had squandered a two-goal lead.
Karl Ashton had struck twice in the last five minutes of the first half, once from the penalty spot.
But, Liam Salt pulled one back before Chris Batchelor had seemingly claimed a point for the Pikes from twelve yards on 86 minutes.
However, Hoyle popped up to snatch the victory.
Selby Town, however, remain in touch in second place with two games in hand after their 3-0 home win over Arnold Town.
The Robins blew away the Eagles in the first five minutes with goals from Steve Lyon and Brenton Leister.
Arnold came back into the game but could not find a way to close the gap and the match was over when Leister got his second and Selby's third on 68 minutes.
Third-placed Long Eaton United lost ground as they were beaten 1-0 at Nostell Miners Welfare, Craig Stephens with the goal on 35 minutes.
Bridlington Town are now one point behind them in fourth after they won 3-0 at home to Shirebrook Town.
Lee Naughton's 40th-minute own goal was added to by Chibuzor Chilaka three minutes later and Ashley Allanson's late strike made sure of the victory.
Shirebrook are now only out of the bottom two by virtue of goal difference as Eccleshill United's remarkable turn of form continued with a 3-2 win at Thackley.
They had taken the lead through Andy Howland in the opening minute at Dennyfield before a Dean Walters penalty and a Darryll Leach goal put their hosts ahead.
But, Howland popped up again on the hour mark to restore parity and Tom Didd got what proved to be the winner ten minutes later.
A massive week is coming up in the relegation battle with four teams now fighting it out for Premier Division survival.
Eccleshill go to Shirebrook and then host bottom side Lincoln Moorlands Railway over the next two weekends.
And, Shirebrook have a double header next Tuesday and Saturday with the side just one point ahead of them, Brodsworth Welfare, who lost 3-0 at Hallam on Wednesday.
Richard Patterson, Gareth Clayton and James Tevendale got the goals that move the Sheffield side up to eighth.
Elsewhere, Dinnington Town are seventh after their 3-1 win at Armthorpe Welfare, thanks to goals in the last quarter-of-an-hour from Michael Blythen and Jon Somerset.
And, Jermaine Moyce's 66th-minute goal earned Liversedge a 1-0 victory at Winterton Rangers.
Scarborough Athletic's promotion celebrations were once again put on hold as they were beaten 2-1 at Barton Town Old Boys, their first defeat since August.
Craig Suddaby gave the hosts a 52nd-minute lead before Gareth Barlow grabbed the vital second as the game entered injury time.
David Hartas pulled one back for the Seadogs but they could not find an equaliser in time.
Second-placed Askern Villa cut the gap to nine points with a 1-0 victory at Appleby Frodingham, Curtis Walker with the goal early in the second half.
And, Rainworth Miners Welfare kept their promotion hopes going as they beat Yorkshire Amateur 4-1 at the Welfare Ground.
But, they needed to come from behind in the last 23 minutes to secure the victory after Nathan Thomas had given the Ammers a first-half advantage.
Phil Bignall struck twice whilst Julian McDonald and Matt Draper also found the net late on.
Goals either side of the interval from Matt Chilton and Kyle Hawthorn earned Leeds Carnegie a 2-0 win at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
Rossington Main were 4-0 victors over visitors Teversal whilst Bottesford Town won 2-1 at home to Pontefract Collieries and a last minute equaliser from Ben Philips saw Hemsworth Miners Welfare draw 1-1 at Grimsby Borough.
Hall Road Rangers are through to the Semi-Finals of the Presidents Cup after a 4-1 win at home to Parkgate.
They were three-up by the break with goals from Steve Graham, Paul Morril and Jamie Barnwell.
Daniel Payne gave the away side some hope with a penalty early in the second half but Adam Walker grabbed Rangers' fourth in injury time.
They now go to Scarborough Athletic in the last four.