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Top spot teasingly out of Tadcaster Albion's reach
TADCASTER Albion were just four minutes away from a second ascent to the top of the Northern Counties East League premier division.
Albion led visitors Staveley Miners Welfare with a 58th-minute strike from their prolific and much-travelled marksman Carl Stewart.
With the final whistle approaching and Albion on the brink of going back to the top to pip current pace-setters Thackley United on goal difference – a feat the Brewers achieved earlier this month for the first time in the club’s history – Staveley’s Pat Lindley struck.
The 86th-minute leveller means Albion will have to try again tomorrow night to regain the summit when they travel to Worskop Parramore.
The hosts were 4-0 down soon after Kieran Debrouer completed a hat-trick before Ged Dalton bagged the Pikes’ first goal. Soon after, Heanor nabbed a fifth before a 77th-minute strike from Josh Greening proved nought but a consolation.
Pickering will again have to rally their composure ahead of Wednesday’s top-flight trip to Barton Town Old Boys.
Selby Town improved their NCEL first division placing with a 2-0 win at Bottesford Town, where goals were struck either side of half-time by Tom Owen and Daniel Gray.
But the first division plaudits belonged to Knaresborough Town, who trailed 1-0 at home to Appleby Frodingham after just two minutes before setting off on a rampage that brought nine goals without reply.
Josh Garbutt led the way with a hat-trick with a brace from Danny Wright and solo efforts by Matthew Duerden, Blaine Hobson, Don Clayton and Ben Clayton.
Harrogate Railway Athletic suffered a thud in the Evo-Stik League first division north routed 4-0 at home by Ramsbottom.
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