NCEL Match Review #67
17th April, 2009
A 5-0 home victory over Hallam has swung the KoolSport NCEL Premier Division title chase back in Mickleover Sports' favour.
They picked up the valuable win whilst their two closest rivals, Selby Town and Bridlington Town, both dropped points.
Mickleover were a goal up by the break thanks to a Ricky Law strike just before half-time.
The second period fully belonged to the home side as Dave Middleditch grabbed two goals whilst Liam Walshe and Martin Smythe also found the net.
Sports are now five points clear of second-placed Selby with a game in hand after the Robins lost 2-0 at Winterton Rangers.
Ryan Paczkowski scored in the opening seconds of the game and Callum Render grabbed the decisive second on 77 minutes.
Selby now only have three games left to claw back the deficit with Mickleover.
Bridlington drop to fourth and are virtually out of the championship race as they drew 1-1 at home to Nostell Miners Welfare.
It could have been worse as Darren Rushton put the visitors ahead on 82 minutes but the Seasiders rescued a point through a Mally Osindeinde strike as the game was going into injury time.
They are now seven points behind Mickleover with three games remaining.
Long Eaton United climb above them into third and may feel they still have a chance of the title after Jared Holmes' goal on the hour mark claimed a 1-0 win at Armthorpe Welfare.
The gap between themselves and the top is six points but, unlike Selby and Bridlington, they have four games left - the same as Mickleover.
Bottom side Eccleshill United's woes continued as they lost 4-1 at Liversedge.
Luke Sherman, Chris Hanney and Liam Roche had given the hosts a three-goal cushion before Tom Didd got the Eagles on the scoresheet on 56 minutes.
Sherman grabbed his second and Sedge's fourth soon after to stop any thoughts of a comeback.
And, Lincoln Moorlands Railway missed out on a chance to confirm a finish outside of the bottom two as they were beaten 2-1 at home to Dinnington Town.
They had gone ahead on 21 minutes through Ben Garrick but Michael Blythen and Jon Somerset made sure of the away victory early in the second period to move Dinnington up to fifth.
Railway stay eighteenth but it's now almost certain that the side five points below them with two to play, Brodsworth Welfare, will remain in the bottom two alongside Eccleshill.
Rainworth Miners Welfare have now got one foot firmly planted in the Premier Division as their grasp on second place in Division One tightened without them even playing.
Third-placed Askern Villa lost 1-0 at Grimsby Borough, Luke Fanthorpe with the 28th minute goal, and they are now three points behind with just one game left.
It means that a draw at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic on Saturday will confirm promotion for Rainworth.
A last-minute Ben Roffe equaliser saw Yorkshire Amateur claim a 2-2 draw at home to Brighouse Town, a result that keeps the Ammers in the bottom two.
The first legs of both the Presidents Cup and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy Finals have left it all to play for in the reverse fixtures on the 28th of April.
Nostell Miners Welfare and Scarborough Athletic drew 1-1 on Thursday night, the Division One champions taking a 31st minute lead through Daniel Gray before a James Waltham own goal quickly restored parity.
And, it was the same scoreline on Tuesday night in the Wilkinson Sword Trophy as Pontefract Collieries and Staveley Miners Welfare met at the K Profiles Stadium.
Craig Rouse had the hosts ahead on three minutes before Lee Gregory levelled just after the hour mark.
Long Eaton United are through to the League Cup Final after a 5-1 win at Mickleover Sports on Thursday evening.
Four goals in thirteen first-half minutes saw the visitors take a stranglehold on the tie with Alex Steadman scoring twice, Paul Gamble netting a penalty and Kevin Mabon also getting on the scoresheet.
Dave Middleditch pulled one back from the spot on 38 minutes but Steadman completed his hat-trick with a late fifth for the visitors.
Long Eaton will now face either Winterton Rangers or Selby Town for the trophy at Staveley Miners Welfare's Inkersall Road ground on the 4th of May.
Finally, congratulations to Brodsworth Welfare whose disappointing season is set to finish on a high with a trip to Hillsborough in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Final.
They beat NCEL rivals Hemsworth Miners Welfare to set up a clash with Stocksbridge Park Steels.
Liam Wilkin had put them ahead on twelve minutes before the visitors equalised through Paul Banton on 26.
The game went into extra time with Hemsworth immediately taking the lead through Scott Collins.
But, Brodsworth fought back and two goals in a minute halfway through the first period sent them through.
Josh Wright levelled from the penalty spot before Wilkin made it 3-2.