NCEL round-up: Ryan Hindley’s Hallam come from behind to keep play-off push alive

Hallam manager Ryan Hindley points the way
Hallam manager Ryan Hindley points the way
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Hallam kept their Division One play-off push on track after coming from behind to beat Knaresborough Town 4-2 in a cracking game at Sandygate Road.

The visitors grabbed the lead on 19 minutes when sloppy defending gifted the ball to Paul Atkinson to fire home from 16 yards.

Ryan Hindley’s men hit back to equalise seven minutes later. James Reed was tripped inside the area leaving Steve Brammer to nonchalantly send the keeper the wrong way from the penalty.

Hallam had turned it around just past the half hour mark with a stunning volley from Janni Lipka.

And six minutes after the break, Hallam extended their lead, Blythen poking the ball over the advancing ‘keeper.

Knaresborough, who needed to win to keep their feint play-off hopes alive, pulled one back on 63 minutes through Fraser Lancaster.

But Hallam wrapped up the points with 15 minutes remaining, James Reed scoring with a well placed shot from the edge of the box. The result leaves Hallam just a point outside the top six, with two games in hand.

Penistone Church booked their place in the play-offs after coming from behind to beat champions Hemsworth MW 4-1.

The visitors edged in front on 42 minutes but the goal was quickly cancelled out through Andy Ring’s smart turn and finish on the stroke of half-time. Tom Cadzow’s diving header put the hosts in front six minutes into the second half.

Danny Joynes soon added a third following a poor clearance from the Hemsworth ‘keeper before Ring’s close range finish 13 minutes from time wrapped up the points shortly after the visitors had been reduced to ten men.

Parkgate are potentially one point away from securing their Premier Division safety after a 1-0 win at ten-man Clipstone.

The Steelmen looked to have blown thier chance of three points when Ross Skelton saw his penalty well saved by Steve Hernandez.

However, Parkgate were not to be denied a deserved winner as Jake Ashton steered home from close range with just seven minutes remaining.

At the other end of the table Handsworth Parramore remain top following a 5-0 home win over Armthorpe Welfare with four of the goals coming in the last 14 minutes.

Will Eades nodded the Ambers in front at a corner seven minutes from the break, and it wasn’t until the 76th minute that Danny Buttle added the second at the far post.

Keiran Wells, Harry Groombridge and Buttle’s second rounded off the scoring.

Josh Nodder’s 15th goal of the season saw Maltby Main beat Barton Town OB 1-0 at Muglet Lane. Worksop Town went down 3-0 at Cleethorpes Town, while a McCaualey Shilito goal inside the first minute was enough to give Athersley Rec a 1-0 win at Staveley MW.

Rossington Main slumped to a 14th home defeat of the season losing out 2-1 against Selby Town.

n Fixtures, today: League Cup Fifth Round: Handsworth Parramore v Cleethorpes Town.

Division One: Dronfield Town v Hull United, Hallam v Selby Town, Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v AFC Emley.

Tomorrow: Tinsley Trophy Final Brinsworth Whitehill U21 v Millmoor Juniors U21 (at Stocksbridge PS FC) 7.30

Premier Division: Liversedge v Retford United.

Division One: Worsbrough Bridge Athletic v AFC Mansfield.

Wednesday: Premier Division: Albion Sports v Staveley MW, Maltby Main v Tadcaster Albion, Worksop Town v Armthorpe Welfare.

Division One: AFC Emley v Bottesford Town, Hallam v Dronfield Town (at Dronfield FC).