NCEL: Rossington stun promotion chasing Pontefract

Rossington's Shaun Pendleton found the net against Pontefract.
Rossington's Shaun Pendleton found the net against Pontefract.

Rossington Main’s remarkable run continued as they came from behind to beat promotion hopefuls Pontefract Collieries 3-2 at Oxford Street.

Main have now won eight of their last nine, and their latest victory ended the visitors’ 17-match unbeaten run.

Pontefract were gifted the lead on 22 minutes when a misplaced pass was seized upon by Gareth Grant who beat Adam Stevens from the edge of the area.

However, Rossington turned the game on its head with goals either side of the interval.

On the stroke of half time Willie McGhie, making his debut after resigning from Shaw Lane Aquaforce, sent over a free-kick. which saw Lee Holmes’ header cleared of the line and then Steve Etherington’s follow up blocked by the legs of the keeper, before Shaun Pendleton fired home.

Three minutes into the second half and Rossington had the lead.

A corner was only half cleared as far as Etherington on the edge of the box to score with a neat lob over the keeper.

Stevens made two smart saves to keep Rossington’s lead intact before Steve Brennan’s side grabbed the all important third with two minutes remaining. McGhie sent Holmes clear to score with a fine finish into the roof of the net.

Pontefract pulled one back in stoppage time through Michael Staley after a defensive mix-up, but it was too little too late as Rossington marched on and up to 13th in Division One.

Armthorpe Welfare were unfortunate to come away from Long Eaton United on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.

The only goal of the game came seven minutes into the second half when Adam Burton’s 22-yard strike took a deflection to leave keeper Will Biggs wrong footed.

Welfare threw everything at United in the last 20 minutes but were thwarted in their attempts for an equaliser by some last ditch defending as Brian Johnston’s side slipped to a third defeat on the spin.

Maltby Main suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Premier Division leaders Tadcaster Albion.

It was a smash and grab affair with Albion scoring with their only two efforts on target, and a gritty performance from the Miners deserved better.

After taking the game to Tadcaster the visitors suddenly opened the scoring against the run of play through Danny Critchlow’s 20-yard effort.

Mick Norbury’s men deservedly drew level on 29 minutes with a fine Michael Cookson volley from distance.

However, despite making all the early running at the start of the second half it was Tadcaster that went ahead again on 55 minutes for what proved to be the winner when Callum Ward pounced on a loose ball in the area.