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Staveley Miners Welfare 2-1 Retford United – NCEL Premier Division

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Daniel Fletcher’s 78th minute goal earned Staveley Miners Welfare a 2-1 victory over Retford United in my first ever match at their Inkersall Road ground.

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Dronfield Town 2-2 Rossington Main – NCEL Division 1

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Goalscoring goalkeeper Lewis Naylor helped Dronfield Town to a 2-2 draw with Rossington Main on my first ever visit to Stonelow.

Home debutant Tom Fairweather also got on the score-sheet, levelling with a header twelve minutes after Liam Cooper had put the visitors in front.

The hosts then moved ahead with 15 minutes to play, goalkeeper Naylor converting from the spot after a soft penalty decision. The lead lasted just two minutes however, before Marcel Chipamaunga poked home to set up a dramatic conclusion.

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Hallam 5-1 Rossington Main – NCEL Division 1

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Michael Blythen’s hat-trick helped Hallam to a 5-1 victory over Rossington Main on Wednesday night as manager Ryan Hindley celebrated one year at the helm in style.

The visitors, who were reduced to ten men in the second half, had started stronglyand took an early lead when Ben Hunter converted from the spot after being tripped in the area.

However, Josh Statham restored parity before the break and a Hallam victory rarely looked in doubt as Blythen scored three times in 21 minutes before Brodie Cooper completed the rout late on.

The result was a fitting way to celebrate a year under the management of Hindley, who has transformed the club’s fortunes, and sets up an exciting game between second-placed Hallam and 3rd-placed Hemsworth Miners Welfare on Non-League Day at the weekend.

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Hallam 2-2 AFC Emley – North Counties East League Division 1

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Michael Blythen’s double earned Hallam a draw in an action-packed and entertaining game with AFC Emley at Sandygate.

In-form Emley, who put ten goals past Winterton Rangers at the weekend, led twice through Sam Jerome and Alex Slack goals either side of half time.

But Blythen was the hero for the hosts and capitalised on a terrible defensive mix-up to salvage an important point late in the day.

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Hallam 1-1 Shirebrook Town – North Counties East League Division 1

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Hallam moved to second in the NCEL first division table after a hard fought 1-1 draw with Shirebrook Town at the world’s oldest football ground.

The home side were looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season last Tuesday and looked well on their way to doing so when Shirebrook defender Ryan Lawty directed Scott Preece’s cross into his own net in the 18th minute.

But resilient and hard-working visitors fought back to earn themselves an important away point, courtesy of Ash Rawson’s goal shortly after the hour.

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