NCEL Match Review #62
29th March, 2009
A dramatic winner two minutes from time saw Bridlington Town climb to second in the KoolSport NCEL Premier Division.
The Seasiders are now eight points behind Mickleover Sports who did not play with seven games remaining.
Phil Harrison grabbed them the three points in a 3-2 victory at Pickering Town by scoring directly from a corner.
Brid had twice come from behind earlier in the game with Chibuzor Chilaka grabbing both of those goals.
His first came immediately after Lee Pallender had opened the scoring on ten minutes and then he levelled matters again in the second half after Liam Salt's strike.
It gave Bridlington their sixth successive victory whilst it was Pickering's eighth consecutive defeat, a run that has seen the Pikes drop to seventh in the table.
Bridlington go above Selby Town whose title aspirations took a knock with a 2-1 defeat at Nostell Miners Welfare.
Sean Gorman had put them ahead on 51 minutes but Craig Stephens equalised on the hour and Matthew Denton claimed the hosts' winner in the last quarter-of-an-hour.
Long Eaton United are now a point behind Selby in fourth after they won 4-1 at home to Thackley.
They were three-up by the 25th minute thanks to goals from Jamie Eaton, Paolo Piliero and Kevin Mabon.
Mabon then added his second and Long Eaton's fourth soon after the interval and Nicky Boshell claimed a late consolation for the visitors.
Only one point now separates the bottom three of the Premier Division after another dramatic day at the foot of the table.
Eccleshill United are back in last place having lost 6-0 at home to Lincoln Moorlands Railway, the side who were twentieth at the start of play.
Ben Garrick got a hat-trick for Railway whilst Scott Coupland, Luke Boyce and Simon Clifford made it a glorious afternoon for the visitors and a thoroughly miserable one for their hosts.
Brodsworth Welfare stay looking nervously over their shoulder at the trapdoor after their 2-1 loss at home to Shirebrook Town.
A penalty eight minutes from time from Martin Rowbottom gave Shirebrook their third successive victory against fellow strugglers and now means they are eight points clear in seventeenth place.
Liam Wilkin had brought Brodsworth back into the game in the second half after an early opener from Callum Wilkinson for Shirebrook.
Three of the remaining four Premier Division ties saw home victories.
Hallam were the most comprehensive winners with a 3-0 scoreline at the expense of Liversedge.
But, two of those goals came in the last two minutes from Liam Allott to perhaps make it an unfair result for the visitors.
Scott Bates had earlier put Hallam in the lead on 36 minutes.
Mark Brewster set Arnold Town on their way to a 3-1 win at home to Hall Road Rangers.
He struck on thirteen minutes to break the deadlock for the Eagles only for Phil Jackman to level matters on 54.
But, Dennis Simms and Martin Carruthers struck in the last fifteen minutes to claim the victory that keeps them in fifth.
Daniel Payne scored just before the hour mark for the only goal of the game in Parkgate's win at home to Armthorpe Welfare.
And, Maltby Main won 2-0 Winterton Rangers with Gary Hibbert and Neil Longhurst scoring in each half.
Scarborough Athletic may have secured promotion and the Division One title but there was no sign of letting up on the opposition as they cantered to a 6-0 win at home to Yorkshire Amateur.
Rob Hoyle opened the scoring on 41 minutes from the penalty spot before the game turned completely in the Seadogs' favour after half-time.
Ryan Blott struck twice to take his season's tally in all competitions to 42 goals whilst Scott Phillips, Paul Routledge and David Kemp also found the net.
The chase for second place took another turn as the current occupants, Askern Villa, dropped points.
They drew 2-2 at home to Rossington Main to give Rainworth Miners Welfare a chance to catch them.
Curtis Walker had put Villa ahead on 21 minutes but the lead did not last long before Jason Stokes and Matthew Lodge gave Main a half-time lead.
But, Villa rescued a point with a Mark Vickerage penalty twenty minutes from time.
Rainworth took full advantage with a 4-2 victory at home to Leeds Carnegie.
Ant Lynam broke the deadlock on thirteen minutes only for Leeds to level matters seven minutes later through Chris Thackray.
But, after that, it was all Rainworth as Lynam completed his hat-trick and Brendan Sweeney also got on the scoresheet to make it 4-1 before a late consolation from Kyle Hawthorne.
The Wrens, who are third, are now six points behind Villa with two games in hand and a superior goal difference in a chase that is sure to go down to the wire.
AFC Emley are ten points behind Rainworth in fourth place despite a fine 4-2 win at home to Teversal.
But, they were 2-0 down in the opening fifteen minutes with Dave Cockerill and Michael Lyall seemingly putting the visitors on the way to an easy victory.
It stayed that way until the 50th minute when Andy Farrell struck twice before the hour mark and, in the final quarter of the game, Steven Kenworthy and Oliver Banks made sure of a complete turnaround in fortune.
And, Staveley Miners Welfare's remarkable run of form continued with a 2-0 win at Barton Town Old Boys to replace their opposition in fifth place.
Both goals came in a two minute spell around the hour mark with a Lee Gregory penalty quickly followed up by a Jamie Smith strike.
Staveley have now won their last six and are unbeaten in seventeen matches but their run has seemingly come too late to press for promotion.
There were goals aplenty in the final two Division One games.
Craig Wilkinson struck twice to claim a point for Worsbrough Bridge Athletic in a 3-3 draw at Appleby Frodingham.
And, Bottesford Town snatched a 3-2 victory at Grimsby Borough, courtesy of a winner from the penalty spot three minutes from time.
Craig Mitchell converted it as the visitors came from behind in the final ten minutes.