Weekend Round up - HUGE wins for Sheffield, Emley and Swallownest
Northern Premier League East
Sheffield 2-1 Hebburn Town Sheffied secured a vital three points against high flying Hebburn Town in front of an impressive crowd of over 500 fans this weekend. Club took the lead after a quarter of an hour through Joshua Burns with Benefit Ndlovu netting in the 86th minute. Hopes of a clean sheet were dashed as Hebburn dispatched a penalty in the final minute of the game. The result leaves Sheffield 3 points above the relegation play-off spots but narrows the gap to just two points between themselves and 11th placed Consett AFC.
Stockton Town 1-0 Stocksbridge Park Steels 0 Hayes scored the only goal of the game in a tight affair between play off hopefuls Stockton and Stocksbridge. After defeat, Stocksbridge are 4 points clear of 6th placed Dunston but have played a game more than them. It appears this race for the play-offs could be going down to the wire!
NCEL Premier Division
Winterton 2-4 Hallam FC
Winterton required a victory to seal their position in second for the season, meaning they would qualify for a promotion play-off game; however, in form Hallam FC were in town and determined to spoil the party.
Winterton extended their 1-0 half time lead with a goal n the 48th minute and from then on it all went downhill for Rangers. Former Sheffield Wednesday defender Daniel Pudil nodded home to begin the fight back. A Fearon equaliser on the 78th minute was music to Emley fans ears and the turnaround was complete with a Kieran Watson brace on the 85th ad 90th minute. Winterton have completed their fixtures for the season and will be hoping Emley AFC do not earn the 4 points needed to knock them off their perch. Emley AFC 3-0 Barton Town Emley AFC knew they would need results to go their way in the Winterton and Hallam encounter to keep their promotion hopes alive this season. They also knew they had to do their bit in what could have been a tough encounter against a 7th placed Barton Town side. In front of a bumper crowd of 346, Emley AFC scored three without reply, the last coming from Rikki Paylor in the 61st minute, in what proved to be a comfortable afternoon for the Pewits. Emley AFC take on Hallam (A) and Barton Town (A) in their final two games of the season and require 4 points to finish in the top two. NCEL Premier Division Results: Frickley Athletic 2-0 Goole AFC
Handsworth 0-4 Thackley
Hemsworth 4-2 Maltby Main Bottesford Town 2-3 Penistone Church NCEL Division One Dronfield Town 0-2 Swallownest A well attended final home game for Dronfield Town left those in attendance thoroughly entertained in this encounter against survival seeking Swallownest. Swallownest realistically needed a win to remain hopeful of not finishing in the relegation zone this season and a positive start meant that Connor Brunt opened the scoring on 7 minutes, sparking scenes of pure jubilation amongst the Swallownest contingent. The Swall goalkeeper was kept busy throughout this pulsating encounter but it was Dronfield who would concede again with Brunt scoring his second goal of the game after tapping home a great ball across the front of goal. Despite this well earned victory, Swallownest will need to win their home game on Wednesday and hope that Parkgate are defeated in their clash the night before in order to avoid the drop.
An exciting end to the season awaits!
NCEL Division One Results:
Parkgate 2-0 Wakefield
Rossington 4-1 Staveley 1
Worsbrough 0-3 Shirebrook
Nostell 0-2 Armthorpe
Brigg Town 7-2 Athersley Recreation