The field of contenders in the race for promotion has narrowed in Toolstation NCEL Division One after several big wins.
Leaders Winterton Rangers, Selby Town, title favourites Skegness Town, North Ferriby and Campion are definitely going to be in it right to the wire. Outside the top five, only Hallam appear to be able to have a say – but their hopes hinge on their games-in-hand.
After damaging defeats, hopes of a top four finish for Glasshoughton Welfare and Swallownest are not over, but they are fading.
A devastating last gasp strike from Tom Corner broke Glasshoughton hearts as ten man North Ferriby snatched a fortunate 2-1 win to pull away from their rivals.
Mark Ferguson’s 70th minute equaliser had cancelled out magic man Joe Dale’s opener for Ferriby. Ferriby’s Joel Shortland was then sent off, giving Welfare major hope.
Unfortunately for Darren Holmes and Lee Vigars’ side, the former Ossett United striker Corner had the last word.
Swallownest had a nightmare day in the 5-1 defeat at Christian Fox’s Selby Town. Their recent form was not on show as swash-buckling Selby carved them apart. Casey Stewart, Sam Cable and Josh Rogerson struck as Selby sauntered to a 3-0 lead after just 35 minutes.
Alfie Smith’s scrappy goal was the only blott on the landscape for Selby. Selby dominated the second half and with Swallownest unable to defend from corners, the score-line could have easily been greater. But Liam Flanagan’s superb strike and Rogerson’s late goal completed the rout in front of 355 people – 12 more than the amount who watched North Ferriby’s victory over Glasshoughton.
East Hull may as well not bothered going to Campion after their latest 10-0 battering. It was 7-0 at half-time, with Mohammed Qasim (3), Andy McCreadie, Ben Bodle (2), and Aidan Kirby scored. Luke Harrop and Danny Facey (2) struck in the second half.
A second half comeback kept Hallam’s hopes alive with the 3-1 win over Brigg Town. After trailing at the break, Micah Bishop, Tom Roebuck and Sam Fewkes safely guided Hallam to victory.
Rhys Meynell’s penalty for Nostell Miners Welfare was cancelled out in the 1-1 draw with Dronfield Town.
Armthorpe Welfare battled out a goal-less draw with Retford FC.
Rossington Main’s good form continued with the dramatic 4-2 win over Hall Road Rangers. Rossington were trailing 2-1 going into the last minute, but a last minute equaliser rescued them and somehow Ben Hunter’s men were able to win it. An own goal gave Rossington the lead early on and it was 90th minute strikes from Conner Williamson and Alfie Dodsworth (2) that won it. Danny North and Richard Medcalf got Hall Road’s goals.
Worsbrough Bridge were beaten 3-0 at Skegness
Out of luck Harrogate Railway were unable to close the gap on Worsbrough as they were beaten 2-1 by Parkgate at Station View. It was going so well for new manager Mick O’Connell as Dan McDaid had given them a first half lead.
But the tide turned when Simon Harrison equalised from a rebound from a penalty saved by Railway goalkeeper Jack Rushworth. Zac Khalifa scored the late winner for Parkgate.