NCEL Round-Up: Hallam get back to winning ways to end run of seven defeats in a row

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Hallam are back in the winning grove, after they ended a run of seven defeats on the spin by beating promotion hopefuls Hemsworth Miners Welfare 3-1 on Tuesday evening.

Ryan Hindley’s side made a bright start, forcing a string of early corners. But it was the visitors that went in front on nine minutes against the run of play when Nash Connolly scored.

The goal sparked a spell of pressure from Hemsworth but Hallam were level on 22 minutes through Michael Blythen. The game then swung the home side’s way five minutes before the break when Hemsworth’s Lee Swift was given a straight red for kicking out at Danny Flynn.

After a bright start to the second half, Hallam deservedly took the lead on 68 minutes as Flynn got in on the right side of the box to smash a superb shot into the top corner.

The points were wrapped up with the third nine minutes from time, as Blythen scored his 12th of the season.

Shaw Lane Aquaforce closed the gap on Premier Division leaders Worksop Town to three points - with two games in hand - after twice coming from behind to beat Garforth Town 3-2.

Tawanda Rupere gave the visitors a 22nd minute lead and although Sam Denton bagged his sixth of the season to put the home side back on level terms on 34 minutes, just two minutes later Luke Mangham had restored Garforth’s lead.

Danny Frost then showed great perseverance to restore parity eight minutes after the break then capitalised on a defensive error to score what proved to be winner with 20 minutes remaining.

Armthorpe Welfare were well beaten 5-0 at Bridlington Town. Brian Johnston’s side went into the game however knowing that their Premier Division status was secure following Retford United’s 1-0 home reversal against Pickering Town on Easter Monday, a result that confirmed the Badgers relegation.

AFC Emley’s Division One promotion hopes have been left dangling by a thread following a second successive defeat in midweek.

Darren Hepworth’s side were beaten 2-1 at in-form Louth Town - a result that saw Emley slip to third. The NCE League’s leading scorer Jamie Coulson did the damage with two goals - either side of a Max Leonard equaliser - to take his tally to 40 for the season.

Worsbrough Bridge Athletic’s poor run continued with a 5-2 defeat at rock bottom Grimsby Borough, which left the Briggers with just one win from six. Jack Gilchrist’s effort on the half hour mark cancelled out the hosts’ 15th minute lead. That, though, was as good as it got for Worsbrough as Grimsby went 5-1 ahead, leaving Rob Adgie’s effort five minutes from time as no more than a consolation effort.

Maltby Main’s season is fizzling out as the Miners went down to a third defeat in four, losing 1-0 at Albion Sports

Staveley Miners Welfare went out of the League Cup beaten 1-0 by Division One AFC Mansfield in the quarter finals at Inkersall Road.

Mansfield will now face Handsworth Parrmaore at home in the semi-finals on Wednesday, April 22. In the second semi-final, Tadcaster Albion take on either Cleethorpes Town or Clipstone.