It’s a Shaw thing as Aquaforce close in on the league title

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Shaw Lane Aquaforce are on course to land the Division One championship in their first season in the NCEL after a commanding 4-0 win at Rossington Main.

Shane Kelsey opened the scoring after 12 minutes with a fine curling effort, and Ashley Flynn doubled the advantage two minutes later with a low shot across the ‘keeper.

Danny Frost made it 3-0 just before the half hour mark from the penalty spot after Nathan Fraser had hauled down Lee Swift, and with Frost scoring his second eight minutes into the second half with a neat lob.

Maximum points from home games against Hemsworth tomorrow and Knaresborough Town on Thursday will see them crowned champions.

Brighouse Town were confirmed Premier Division champions following a 2-0 home win over Retford United, while Worksop Parramore kept their hopes alive of grabbing the runners-up spot with a 3-1 win at Maltby Main.

Nathan Forbes-Swindells fired Parramore into a 24th minute lead, but Maltby were level just two minutes later when Brian Cusworth stroked home from the penalty spot after Joe Davies had been pulled down.

Worksop restored their lead a minute from the break with a penalty of their own converted by Sam Smith, who then hit the post with a second spot kick late on before Ryan Johnson sealed the points in the last minute.

Parkgate went down 2-0 at Heanor Town, with goals from Kieran Debrouwer and Jared Holmes. Athersley Recreation had to come from behind twice before beating lowly Nostell MW 6-2.

Staveley MW went down 4-1 at Basford United despite Jonathan Wafula’s first half equaliser, while Hallam slipped up again at home, losing 3-1 against a Selby Town side that had lost five of their last six.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic ended their season with a 3-1 defeat against Hall Road Rangers, while Dronfield Town slumped to a 4-1 defeat at Knaresborough Town where Lewis Naylor netted a late consolation.

AFC Emley maintained their good run of form with a fifth win in an unbeaten six match run, a 3-1 victory at Pontefract Collieries with goals from Max Leonard, Reuben Jerome and Steve Kenworthy.

n Injury-ravaged Dinnington Town were beaten 4-3 at relegated Louth Town despite a second half fight back after being 4-0 down at the break.

But worse was to follow when upon their return to Phoenix Park ground, they found that vandals had struck.

Nets had been ripped down with the goalsposts smashed up and strewn across the pitch. Seats in the stand had been ripped out and waste bins set on fire. A distraught manager Steve Toyne said: “It’s devastating. I could have cried. I’m absolutely lost for words.”

n Fixtures: Today (3pm), Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division: Frickley Athletic v Stocksbridge Park Steels, Ilkeston FC v Worksop Town, Matlock Town v Buxton. Division One: Sheffield FC v Belper Town. NCEL Premier Division: Worksop Parramore v Athersley Recreation.