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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2018/19 #50

10th March, 2019

For the first time this season, Worksop Town are top of the Premier Division and FC Bolsover are off the bottom of Division One after another dramatic Saturday afternoon of Toolstation NCEL football.

Both took advantage of matches postponed elsewhere with Worksop replacing Penistone Church whose match at Eccleshill United was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

And, Harworth Colliery now have the unenviable label of the league's basement side after their trip to Campion also fell foul of overnight torrential rain.

Worksop's tenth straight win, however, did not come easily as they found themselves 2-0 down at Bottesford Town after just twenty minutes, Martin Pembleton and Lewis Bemrose putting the Poachers in control.

The Tigers had to wait until the hour mark to get themselves back into the game as Matthew Sykes halved the deficit and it was only in the last five minutes that they turned the game around in their favour.

Sykes grabbed his second to bring the scores level and, with the last kick of the match, Steven Wankiewicz snatched a 3-2 victory that puts Worksop top, three points clear of Penistone, following their tenth straight win.

Bridlington Town keep up their title chase in third as they beat fifth-placed Yorkshire Amateur 3-0 at the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Stadium.

Joe McFadyen and Jake Day gave the Seasiders a two-goal cushion by the interval with the third coming from Nathan Modest to confirm the victory in the 81st minute.

Bridlington stay five points away from the top, but with a game in hand, whilst the Ammers now find themselves nine points off the pace.

Staveley Miners Welfare's fourth win in a row tightens their grip on sixth spot as Robson Doolan, Adam Baskerville and Tomas Poole netted in a 3-1 home defeat of Garforth Town who drop to seventeenth.

A hat-trick from Aaron Moxam, the first coming from the penalty spot, helped Maltby Main to a 4-1 victory over visitors Thackley and they climb up into seventh above Knaresborough Town who went down 2-1 at Hall Road Rangers.

Brad Walker scored for Knaresborough, in between a double from Kent Bannister that gave Rangers three vital points to move them off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone ahead of Harrogate Railway Athletic who were beaten 2-1 at Albion Sports.

Luke McCrum found the net for the Rail but not before Lamin Janneh's opener and an own goal from Matthew Duerden had given the hosting Lions what turned out to be an unassailable lead.

One other Premier Division game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch with Barton Town's trip to Liversedge unable to go ahead.

In Division One, the pack chasing leaders Grimsby Borough were given a great chance to keep the pressure on the table-toppers who were without a game.

Nostell Miners Welfare and Hallam took the opportunity with both hands as 3-0 victories saw them move three points closer to the summit.

Kane Reece, Andrew Horbury and Billy Mole were the heroes for Nostell in their win at Skegness Town and they are now third, level on points with Campion who stay second despite the postponement of their match.

Hallam climb to fourth with a Kieran Watson brace and Niall Smith's strike securing a comfortable triumph over visitors Swallownest.

The Sandygate side are four points behind Borough but with three games in hand.

A 2-1 loss at AFC Emley sees Winterton Rangers drop to fifth, Callum Foster's opener for Rangers matched by Daniel Naidole early in the second period and then an injury-time winner for Shane Hamilton gave the points to Pewits.

The biggest story in Division One, however, was FC Bolsover's third win in a row to climb out of the basement, a position they had occupied since the opening day of the season.

Their 3-2 home victory over Armthorpe Welfare was a roller-coaster affair with the visitors taking the lead through Liam Radford before Adam Lee quickly cancelled it out and then Cameron Hough gave the home side a 2-1 half-time advantage.

Jacob France scored their third and, although Joshua Dodd reduced the deficit on 72 minutes, Bolsover got the victory as they keep battling for their NCEL survival but only time will tell whether their late run will be in vain.

They remain eight points away from safety with seven games left to play as East Yorkshire Carnegie picked up three priceless points in a 2-1 home win over Dronfield Town.

Josh Walker got both of their goals and Carnegie move up a place to seventeenth, swapping positions with Skegness.

Elsewhere, a Kyle Wordsworth hat-trick helped Worsbrough Bridge Athletic to a 5-1 victory at home to Selby Town and they climb above their visitors into sixth.

There were two goals for Alex Rippon, one at each end of the game, as Parkgate were 4-1 winners over Shirebrook Town at Green Lane and Glasshoughton Welfare are up into the top-half of the table following their 4-2 defeat of visitors Rossington Main.

Photo: Celebrations after Steven Wankiewicz's injury-time winner at Bottesford Town that moved Worksop Town, who have now won their last ten matches, to the top of the Premier Division. (Picture: Robert Barraclough)

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