Just four games survived the wind and rain in both Divisions of the Toolstation NCEL last Saturday, so this week’s Bootiful Rundown is a little run down itself. Of the four games played, however, each had its own significance, as our writer Colin Muncie explains.
Congratulations to the ground staff and volunteers at the Easy Buy Stadium (and every other set of volunteers who tried) for getting their Premier League game on at the weekend. The visitors, third-placed Bridlington Town will have been hoping to capitalise on their game in hand and move into second with a win at twelfth-placed Barton Town; but the Swans have been showing signs of getting back on the winning trail recently, and took the three points with a Will Waudby goal midway through the first half. A super crowd of 195 watched the clash.
In Division One, leaders Grimsby Borough may have played four games more than nearest challengers Campion, but established a daunting nine-point advantage – and did wonders for their goal difference at the same time – with a 6-0 win over 14th-placed Shirebrook Town at Langwith Road. Borough led 3-0 at the break in front of the 111 paying customers, and Danny Trott completed a hat trick with two more in the second half. Adam Drury and Peter Winn were also on the mark for the Wilderness Boys, and not for the first time this season, Town ‘keeper Levi Owen took the plaudits for another fine game, including a penalty save.
At the other end of the table, our heroic storm-chasing reporter Steve Hewitt made for the usual warm welcome at Harworth Colliery and saw the home side off the bottom with a 2-0 win over tenth-placed Glasshoughton Welfare. After a goalless first half in front of another bumper crowd of 154, goals from Chris Lovett [49 minutes] and a 55th-minute penalty from Mason Barlow kept a vital three points in Bircotes.
After eight games without a win, it was a good day for Nathan Collins’ Skegness Town who moved up to thirteenth after an impressive 3-0 win at Ollerton Town. As usual, there was a King on the score sheet, but this time it was the Lilywhites’ Gary King who opened the scoring right on half-time. Jordan Smith and Josh Morrall completed the scoring with goals in the last five minutes in front of a crowd of 72 at the Fast Frame on Walesby Lane.
What’s to come this week? On Tuesday evening, there’s the minor matter of a Premier Division blockbuster when Craig Denton takes his table-topping Worksop Town steamroller to face fourth-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare at the Distant Futures Stadium. Both sides are in fine form for what should be a tremendous contest, and TBG will be there.
Meanwhile, at the Fairfax Plant Hire Stadium, Selby Town and Swallownest will try again to get their NCEL League Cup Quarter Final tie under way, with some big names already into the Semis.
On Wednesday, Staveley Miners Welfare can go fifth – at least – in the Premier Division with a home win over tenth-placed, but inconsistent, Bottesford Town at Inkersall Road. In Division One, Campion will set about reducing the gap to leaders Grimsby Borough when they entertain Shirebrook Town at the Kay and Lane Insurance Stadium; and Worsborough Bridge Athletic will look to home in on the top five when Ollerton Town (16th) make for Park Road. A win for the Town, however, could propel them to thirteenth.
Finally, on Friday, Nostell Miners Welfare [ third] will want to maintain the pressure on the top two in Division One when they welcome tenth-placed Glasshoughton Welfare to New Crofton. Credit to the Nostell Committee – these Friday night fixtures are being rewarded with good crowds, and this Friday should be no exception.
Keep checking TBG – or your own club’s Twitter feeds – for the latest news, views and interviews; and if you’re off to a game this week, safe travels and enjoy your evening.