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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2019/20 #9

8th September, 2019

The Toolstation NCEL's participation in this season's Emirates FA Cup ended on Saturday as our remaining four sides bowed out of the competition at the First Round Qualifying stage.

Ross Duggan netted a penalty for AFC Mansfield but they were beaten 4-1 at Barwell, a side two steps above the Bulls in the National League System, whilst Staveley Miners Welfare and Maltby Main went out to teams a level above them in the Northern Premier League.

Staveley lost by a single goal at Chasetown and Maltby took the lead at home to Ramsbottom United through an eighth-minute strike from Anthony Wilson but they would eventually be beaten 5-1.

Liversedge were also eliminated as they fell to a 2-0 defeat, beaten by fellow Step 5 sides Stockton Town at the Clayborn Ground with the goals coming in the final quarter-of-an-hour.

There were six matches in the Premier Division, with Thackley becoming the latest table-toppers with a 2-1 home victory over the side who were at the summit at the start of the day, Grimsby Borough.

The hosts took the lead on eighteen minutes through a Liam Higton own goal but had to wait until deep into the second period to double their advantage with a Jack Normanton strike before Jack Bradbury pulled one back for Borough as the game went towards stoppage time.

Silsden and Bridlington Town are up to fifth and sixth, respectively, following victories with Silsden notching up a 7-1 home defeat of Garforth Town.

There was a hat-trick for Aidan Kirby, Jake Taylor-Mountford struck twice, and there was one each for Daniel Illingworth and Jay Benn with Adam Priestley converting a late penalty to get the Miners on the scoresheet.

Bridlington, meanwhile, were 2-0 victors at next-to-bottom Barton Town with Billy Logan and Joe McFadyen scoring, one in each half.

Basement side Athersley Recreation's tough start to the season continued with an 8-0 home loss to Eccleshill United with the Eagles racing into a four goal lead by the 17th minute.

Jonathan Irving, Dominic Staunton, Aran Basi and Lewis Sugden gave the visitors the ideal start before Staunton added his second to make it 5-0 by the interval, and then Matthew Stor and a late double from Antony Brown completed the rout.

Penistone Church were 3-1 home winners over Albion Sports with Jordan Coduri, Nathan Keightley and Elliott Firth netting for the hosts and there was a goalless draw between Bottesford Town and Knaresborough Town.

In Division One, Skegness Town continue to be the early pacesetters as a Brad McGowan own goal and a Leigh Hutchinson strike earned them a 2-0 victory at Parkgate.

Two of the three other sides who were behind Skegness on goal difference at the start of the day met in a 0-0 draw with Retford FC taking a point from North Ferriby.

And, Selby Town let a 2-0 first-half lead slip as they went down 3-2 at Nostell Miners Welfare, Christopher Jackson and Liam Flanagan putting them ahead before a Danny Edwards double and Rhys Meynell's winner took the points for the hosts who move up to sixth.

Winterton Rangers, therefore, climb up into second, a point off the summit, with a 3-1 victory at Hall Road Rangers, Oliver Fisher's brace added to by Luke Anderson.

Lewis Moseley scored the only goal of the game as Armthorpe Welfare beat visitors Worsbrough Bridge Athletic to jump up into eighth and they are joined in the top ten by Campion and Dronfield Town who also won.

Campion went behind early on at Swallownest but an Omar Habeeb penalty and a Myles Foley goal earned them a 2-1 victory whilst Dronfield won by the same scoreline at Harrogate Railway Athletic, Matthew Ord getting the decisive strike with eleven minutes remaining.

Bottom side East Hull were denied their first point of the season by an injury time Conor Higginson penalty as hosts Ollerton Town picked up their first victory with a 2-1 win.

And, it was a point apiece for Rossington Main and their hosts Brigg Town as Main, who led 2-0 through Thomas Foltyn-Brown and Ben Clarke, were pegged back in the second half by a Jake Reed penalty and a Stephen McCarron equaliser.

Photo: Josh Shields strikes home an equaliser for Harrogate Railway Athletic but they would ultimately go down 2-1 at home to Dronfield Town in Toolstation NCEL Division One on Saturday. (Picture: Craig Dinsdale)

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