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Toolstation NCEL Match Review 2019/20 #51

16th February, 2020

Only five matches escaped the clutches of Storm Dennis in the Toolstation NCEL on Saturday as torrential rain and gale force winds battered the region once more.

Pitches that had not recovered from Storm Ciara the previous weekend became waterlogged again, causing frustration to all but a handful of hosting clubs.

Of those that went ahead, the game of the day was Bridlington Town's home clash with Yorkshire Amateur, a fixture that pitted two of the Premier Division's top five sides against each other.

The visiting Ammers took the lead midway through the first half through Aiden Savory but Brett Agnew's side fought back in the second period with Matthew Broadley's equaliser followed by what proved to be the winner on 68 minutes by Billy Logan.

Bridlington stay fifth but are now only behind third-placed Amateur on goal difference and they are both five points away from table-toppers Staveley Miners Welfare.

There was also a massive game at the bottom of the table as basement side Athersley Recreation travelled to AFC Mansfield knowing a win would cut the gap between the two teams to six points in the battle to avoid the drop.

Conversely, a victory for the Bulls would put much more daylight between themselves and danger and, in the end, a 2-1 victory for the hosts means that they are twelve points above the drop zone and have climbed to fifteenth.

The Rec are now ten points away from safety after Bottesford Town's 3-2 home win over Thackley lifted them to eighteenth.

Dayle Hutson, Kieran McCaffrey and Jack Cross put the Poachers 3-0 up by the 50th minute before the visitors threatened a comeback with goals from Owen Murphy and Ben Grech-Brooksbank.

That made for a very nervy final few minutes for Bottesford but they held on for a big win that leapfrogs them over Albion Sports.

Goole AFC led 2-0 at home to Handsworth, John Lock and Archie Brown giving them the advantage by the interval, but their visitors battled back in the second period.

Luke Rawson's brace was added to by an injury-time winner from Harry Mitchell for Handsworth who are up to fourteenth whilst Goole drop to sixteenth.

Meanwhile, there was only one game in Division One as Parkgate rallied to beat hosts Brigg Town 2-1.

Martin Pembleton gave the Zebras a fifteenth minute lead but Simon Harrison restored parity with under a quarter of the game remaining and Zak Khalifa made sure the points went back to South Yorkshire with his winner on 82.

The victory moves the Steelmen up to eleventh whilst Brigg stay in seventeenth.

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