NCEL Match Review #64
6th April, 2009
Mickleover Sports maintained their six-point gap at the top of the KoolSport NCEL Premier Division with a 6-2 thrashing of hosts Shirebrook Town.
It proved a vital win as the two sides chasing them for the title, Bridlington Town and Selby Town, also won handsomely.
Sports went behind at Langwith Road to a fifth-minute opener from Marc Sherlock but were 4-1 up by the break thanks to Ricky Law, Karl Ashton, Kieran O'Connell and an own goal from Phil Austin.
Law got his second and Mickleover's fifth on 72 minutes before Adam Kirkwood pulled one back for Shirebrook.
Martin Smythe completed the scoring as the game went into injury time.
Selby defeated bottom side Eccleshill United 3-0 at the Selby Times Stadium with second half goals from Luke Ibbetson, Scott Pickles and Steven Jeff.
And, Bridlington were 6-1 winners at home to Hallam to keep themselves in the title race.
Chibuzor Chilaka opened the scoring with his 37th goal of the season in the fourth minute but Paul Whalley levelled matters soon after.
However, from then on it was all the home side as Craig Palmer gave them a slight advantage before the interval, Nathan Hotte struck early on in the second period, Damien Fearn scored twice with one a penalty and Ashley Allanson grabbed their sixth in injury time.
Fourth-placed Long Eaton United may still feel they have a slim chance of lifting the Premier Division trophy despite drawing 1-1 at home to Nostell Miners Welfare.
David Wilkins rescued them a point as he cancelled out Tom Thornton's goal late on.
Lincoln Moorlands Railway gave themselves some breathing space in the roller-coaster battle to avoid the bottom two.
They moved out of the danger zone with a 2-0 win at home over the side that replaces them in it, Brodsworth Welfare.
Luke Boyce grabbed both Railway's goals, one in each half.
Pickering Town move up one place to sixth in a congested lower top-half of the table.
They won 2-1 at Armthorpe Welfare with goals in the last eight minutes from Darren Clough and Chris Dempsey after James Walker had given the hosts the lead halfway through the second period.
Goals from Gavin Allott and Liam Cartledge helped Dinnington Town follow them up to seventh with a 2-0 win at home to Arnold Town.
An Andy Holt hat-trick helped Winterton Rangers to a 5-1 victory over visitors Parkgate whilst Hall Road Rangers won 2-1 at home to Maltby Main and Thackley beat Liversedge by the same scoreline at Dennyfield.
The Division One promotion race has taken a new twist as second-placed Askern Villa were beaten 3-1 by in-form Staveley Miners Welfare.
Lee Gregory scored a second-half hat-trick after Villa had taken a 33rd-minute lead with a Danny Robinson own goal.
Third-placed Rainworth Miners Welfare took full advantage with a 4-2 victory at Rossington Main that moves them to within three points of Askern with two games in hand.
Mark Smith put the Wrens ahead on eight minutes before Bradley Billiam restored parity before the half-hour.
That lasted barely sixty seconds as Ant Lynam put Rainworth into the lead once more but back came Main in the 52nd minute with a goal from Jason Stokes.
The final half-hour, though, belonged to the away side with an own goal from David Holvey and a Jake Williams strike ensuring a vital victory.
Champions Scarborough Athletic notched up their 28th win of the Division One campaign but it was a tight affair at Pontefract Collieries.
Mark Griffin grabbed the only goal of the game on seventeen minutes, the Seadogs' 50th on their travels in the league this season.
Barton Town Old Boys stay fifth after a 3-0 win at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
Gareth Barlow struck twice after Tom Lee had opened the scoring for the visitors.
Barton are now three points clear of AFC Emley who drew 1-1 at Yorkshire Amateur.
Bottesford Town won 3-0 at home to Brighouse Town to move up to seventh whilst Leeds Carnegie climb to eighth after a 2-1 victory at Throstle Nest over Grimsby Borough with their winner coming ten minutes from time.
Gary Atkins was Teversal's hat-trick hero as they sneaked home with a dramatic 4-3 win over visitors Appleby Frodingham.
His third and the winner came on 85 minutes after the away side had twice led.
Hemsworth Miners Welfare and Tadcaster Albion shared the spoils with a 2-2 draw at the Fitzwilliam Stadium.