Carlton Closing In On Playoffs

Two games in hand, a point off the play-offs, Carlton Town’s season is going to be going the distance as they look to book their place in the end-of-season dance in the Northern Premier League East division.

Hosting Northumberland outfit, Ashington, they sitting in mid-table, the Millers were made to wait until the second half before wrapping up a valuable three points, that seeing them just a point off fifth place Pontefract Collieries, and three behind fourth place Newton Aycliffe, who the Millers have four in hand on.

With seven games remaining for the Millers, they took the lead inside ten minutes of the restart when Niall Davie netted; the hosts were made to wait until deep into stoppage before the second came, a penalty having been awarded, and subsequently despatched by Alex Hardwick.

Carlton Town – Felix Annan, David Adegbola, Lewis Durow, Daniel Brown, Dean Freeman (Mamadoh Sylla-Diallo, 13), Greg Tempest, Lamin Manneh, Khyle Sargent, Nathan Watson (Alex Hardwick, 59), Alex Howes, Niall Davie (Niall Hylton, 72)

In the NPL Premier meanwhile, Worksop Town are three points off the final play-off place, and have two games in hand on Hyde United, after they came from behind to win 2-1 at home to lowly Workington.

The visitors would take the lead inside the opening twenty minutes, Lewis Reilly scoring from the penalty spot, that separating the two side at the break; however, as the game moved into the final twenty minutes, the Tigers had turned the contest on its head.

Liam Hughes, on both 66 and 69 minutes, with a quick-fire brace, afforded the play-off hopefuls the lead with his first being placed into the corner following a Regan Hutchinson cut-back, and his second, minutes later, saw the striker race on to a long through-ball and volleying home.

The hosts had a great chance to further their advantage late on when, with nine minutes remaining, and following great link-up between Hutchinson and Jay Rollins, the latter played in second half substitute, Jordan Burrow, who saw his shot on goal denied by the crossbar.

Worksop Town – Aaron Chapman, Regan Hutchinson, Deegan Atherton, Sam Wedgbury (Jordan Burrow, 61), Hamza Bencherif, George Taft, Terry Hawkridge, Aleks Starcenko (Paul Green, 77), Vaughan Redford (Luke Hall, 61), Liam Hughes, Jay Rollins

In the United Counties League Premier North, champions Sherwood Colliery (see on-site interviews with Wayne Savage and Ewan Robson) celebrated with a final day victory, at home, against local rivals Newark & Sherwood United.

A devastating first half from the hosts had them four goals to the good at the break as Kieran Knight and Jacob Pearce had them two-up in the opening quarter of the contest; William Norcross bagged a third just after the half hour mark and, minutes before the break, Craig Westcarr added another to his impressive tally for the campaign.

Taking their foot off the gas in the second period would see the visitors net a consolation effort, Tom Jones doing so within ten minutes of the restart, however, the damage was already done as the Wood romped to a 4-1 win to close the season in style.

Elsewhere in the Premier North, Tyler Blake bagged a brace for Eastwood CFC as they won 2-1 at Sleaford Town, whilst there was defeats for AFC Mansfield (2-1 at Pinchbeck United), Hucknall Town (1-0 at home to Boston Town), and for Kimberley Miners Welfare (2-0 against visitors Melton Town).

The UCLs Division One has seen the Cobras of Clipstone confirm both runners-up spot, and a play-off place following their 2-1 win away mid-table Birstall United; second half goals from Kieran Coupe and Gareth Curtis wrapped up what was their twenty-eighth win of an impressive league campaign.

Both Radford, on ninth, and Rainworth Miners Welfare, sitting fourth bottom, collected wins, the former 2-1 at Saffron Dynamo, thanks to goals at the end of each half from Kuwsi Ofushine and Jevin Seaton, whilst the latter defeated visitors Asfordby 3-1, goals in the opening fifteen from Thomas Bedford and Samuel Kelly, before a late third by Callum Brooks wrapped up a valuable three points.

Dunkirk were held to a goalless draw with visiting Harrowby United, Gedling Miners Welfare and Selston both suffered 3-1 defeats when home to Kirby Muxloe and Blackstones respectively, and Sandiacre Town lost by the same score, they on the road at Holwell Sports; Clifton All Whites meanwhile were made to suffer when at Bourne Town, the hosts cruising to an 8-0 win which saw William Bird score three and Henry Dunn two in the rout.

In the Northern Counties East Division One, nine goals were scored at Ollerton Town as they hosted Horbury, unfortunately the visitors bagged six of them in a 6-3 win; play-off hopefuls Retford United picked up three points after a 2-1 win at Staveley Miners Welfare as Gregg Smith bagged two, and Retford won 1-0 at home to Brigg Town, Jack Johnson with the only goal early in the second half.

There was little joy for Nottinghamshire clubs in the Central Midlands Alliance, Woodhouse Colts being downed 7-0 at home off Elite FC, and SJR Worksop lost 2-0 at Dearne & District in the North, whilst Arnold Town were edged 2-1 at South Normanton Athletic in the South.

As for the Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division Cotgrave were the only one of the top five in league action, their 3-0 home win over West Bridgford Colts IIs putting further pressure on fourth place Awsworth Villa, Jay Kirby’s brace being added to by a Pat Ferguson effort for the top-five hopefuls.

Other results would see Woodthorpe Park Rangers ease to a 4-0 home win over Gresley Rovers Reserves, and Basford CFC win 2-1 at Southwell City Reserves; meanwhile, the NSL cup competition finals are all but set also.

Collingham reached the final of the Senior Cup after they won 2-1 at home to FC Cavaliers, Tommy Dunderdale’s brace setting up a date with Beeston, who recently edged Wollaton on penalties to reach the league’s showpiece final; as for the other two, the Intermediate Cup final will be contested between Greyfriars, and Stapleford Town Reserves, whilst the Junior Cup sees Arnold Town Reserves facing the winners of the Ravenshead Reds versus Gedling Southbank clash.

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @CTFC1904 Alex Hardwick nets a penalty for Carlton as they beat Ashington at Stoke Lane.

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