Na na na na na na, Colls are going up

Toolstation NCEL Division One

Worsbrough Bridge 0-2 Pontefract Collieries

Heroes Mikey Dunn and Chris Jackson celebrate Pontefract’s promotion

Pontefract Collieries had to sail over choppy water to win promotion on a thrilling final day after goalkeeper Ben Saynor was sent off during the first half.

Key defender Jimmy Williams had to go between the sticks for 50 minutes as the battle for the top two threw up numerous twists on the day of reckoning.

Goals from Chris Wood and Mikey Dunn either side of the red card propelled the Colls above AFC Emley above in the table on goal difference and back into the NCEL top flight at the first attempt.

There was even more high drama late-on as Dunn also missed a penalty which would have sealed promotion.

Fingers were probably chewed off by their huge following of supporters, officials, junior team managers, junior team players, disability team managers, disability team players. Overall though, the Colls’ second half display was one of discipline as Worsbrough rarely threatened despite their man advantage.

Hall Road Rangers won the title with their win at Campion, consigning Emley to the play-offs after what has been the best Division One promotion race in recent memory.

The Colls literally clinched second place thanks to having a three-goal better goal difference over Emley.

Pontefract Collieries, the Toolstation NCEL Division One 2016/17 runners-up

Pontefract Collieries, the Toolstation NCEL Division One 2016/17 runners-up

Jimmy Williams had to go in for Pontefract Collieries after Ben Saynor was sent off

Chris Wood turns away to celebrate after scoring the opener

Some of the Colls fans celebrate

Superb Worsbrough defender Simon Chadburn tackles Mikey Dunn

Mikey Dunn prepares to score the second goal, 60 seconds after Ben Saynor was sent off

Dunn gets his shot away

Worsbrough scramble to clear

Dunn appeals for a goal

So do the Pontefract fans before the goal is given

Pontefract had a win-or-bust attitude at Worsbrough. A point would only be good enough for promotion if Campion beat Hall Road.

The Colls attacked from the off. Offside flags and fouls littered the opening 25 minutes before Wood pounced on the rebound from a fine Kane Reece strike to start Pontefract’s promotion engine.

Then came the dramatic moment. The Colls defence switched off, allowing former player Jack Mawson to break clear. Saynor came racing out of his box and wiped the attacker out. Referee Ellis Mills was Johnny on the spot and sent him off for a reckless challenge, rather than denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.

Many expected Worsbrough to equalise. Instead, Bridge failed to test makeshift goalkeeper Williams from the free kick and the Colls went down the other end and got the promotion-sealing goal.

It was local lad Dunn, who carved out a path himself down the left before cutting inside to slot home, despite some desperate defending from Worsbrough, whose defenders thought they had cleared the ball off-the-line.

The second half saw one of Pontefract’s most compact and bravest performances of the season. Despite Worsbrough attacking downhill in the second half, most of the 45 minutes was spent in the other half. Williams did not have a shot to save.

But instead of killing Worsbrough off, the Colls gave their supporters one of the nervous halves of their lives.

They wasted good territory. Even when Bridge captain Connor Rollinson brought down Dunn in the penalty area, the spot kick was missed as the attacker put it high and wide.

As the final ten minutes approached, there was a growing feeling, the Colls had done enough. There was emotion for Worsbrough when young Matty Pinder made his return to action, six months from being diagnosed with a serious illness.

His first act was to dispossess Dunn, a key lynchpin in Pontefract’s successful promotion bid.

Once the final whistle sounded on a terrific season, there were plenty of reasons to celebrate for both teams.

Worsbrough captain Connor Rollinson brings down Dunn for the penalty

Dunn fired his spot kick high and wide

Matty Pinder came on for the last ten minutes for Worsbrough

Pontefract physio and community officer Charlie Fletcher celebrates promotion

What They Said

Worsbrough Bridge player/manager Josh Wright

Pontefract Collieries manager Craig Parry

The Teams

Worsbrough Bridge: Herring, Connor Rollinson (captain) (Wiltshire 77), Thompson (Gill HT) (Pinder 80), Calan Rollinson, Singleton, Chadburn, Enos, White, Guest, Mawson, Pleasants. Subs unused: Long, Wright.

Pontefract Collieries: Saynor, Greenhough, Jeffs, Seed (captain), Williams, Clarke, Cotton (Whitehouse 87), Reece, Wood (Stapleton 61), Jackson, Dunn. Sub unused: Rouse.

Man of the Match

Kane Reece (Pontefract Collieries)

Kane Reece strikes for goal for Pontefract. Chris Wood would score the rebound

Following the dismissal of Ben Saynor, the superb attacker was forced to go in the unfamiliar right-back position where he was put in a tremendous shift.

4 thoughts on “Na na na na na na, Colls are going up

  1. Great set of lads, no prima donnas, goals all over the team, eg Knaresborough last week. The nine goals against Emley counted at the end. Enjoy yer sens in Benidorm!!

  2. it’s nice to hear, my team is getting promoted, a fantastic achievement, now is the main strategy is, how to keep, away from relegation, going back down to none league.

    I said for my team is I was under Dave Griffies, management, when I first got involve with Ponte Coll’s, for u16’s, and half way through 17’s, but it was too much for me to handle, I had College in Leeds, work, and college, it was just too much for me,

    And when I was 18, I had a car accident, with black ice, which has left me to disable, I’m now 26, so I play for Ponte Collieries disable team, Ponte Pirates, I need to thank the manager, Trevor Waddington, to put that much effect in me, from walking to running, but I still need to sprint!

    Thank you Trev

  3. Great season for pontefract collieries and hall road rangers best two teams going up well deserved. Been a pleasure to watch my beloved pontefract collieries throughout this season. I love playing for the pontefract pirates dfc disability team. I currently play in league three and I am our top scorer in that league for my team anyway with 20+ goals even play as goalkeeper if needed. Thanks Trevor Waddington top gaffer. Can’t wait for special Olympics in August to represent Yorkshire and Humberside.

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