Sunday, 8 September 2013

NCEL Round-up: Garforth Town storm into the Premier Division top five

Josh Greenhalgh
By James Grayson (Twitter: @jamesAgrayson)
Garforth Town stormed into the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division top five, but Graham Nicholas’ men had to work for their 6-2 victory over crisis club Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
Andy Hawksworth gave Garforth the lead on six minutes before two quick-fire goals from Luke Forbes and Kevin Lusamba put Lincoln in front.
But, Josh Greenhalgh, who scored a hat-trick when the two sides met last week, equalised and Josh Cartman, C J Lyle (2) and Alex Booker ensured Garforth recorded their third consecutive league victory.
Garforth now hold fifth position and it highlights the progress that Nicholas has made since taking charge at the end of June.
The Miners could go as high as second if they win at Barton Town Old Boys and results go their way on Wednesday night.
Bridlington Town are sixth after Gary Allanson’s men drew 0-0 at home with Parkgate.
In the FA Vase, Calum Ward maintained his rich vein of scoring with four goals as Glasshoughton Welfare cruised to a 7-2 First Qualifying Round victory at Askern Villa.
Former Tadcaster Albion forward Ward scored for the sixth consecutive game to take his season tally to 12. Joel Freeston, Kieran Corley and Dan Clayton made the result more resounding.
Welfare will play Armthorpe Welfare at Leeds Road on the 21st September in the next round after Brian Johnston’s men saw off AFC Liverpool.
Tadcaster Albion’s bad luck continued as Paul Marshall’s side lost 4-1 at Birtley Town – ex Glasshoughton midfielder Richard Batley added a consolation in the last minute.
Yorkshire Amateur also crashed out as Phil Harding’s team were heavily beaten 7-1 at Penrith.
Albion Sports made the next round with a 3-2 victory at Alnwick Town – Karl Hall got two, while David Brown’s hot-streak continued with a solitary goal.
Thackley dramatically won 2-1 at Whitehaven with Mike Garrod scoring twice – his second was the winner with seven minutes remaining.
There were also wins for Liversedge, Knaresborough Town and Pontefract Colleries – Nostell Miners Welfare were knocked out at Glossop North End.

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