NCEL: Harworth Colliery slip into Division One drop zone, Rossington Main stun high fliers

Harworth's Matthew Robinson challenges for the ball against Parkgate.
Harworth's Matthew Robinson challenges for the ball against Parkgate.

Harworth Colliery slipped into the Division One drop zone after losing 3-1 at home to fellow strugglers Parkgate. 

The result saw the teams swap places at the foot of the table and was a fourth defeat on the spin for newly-promoted Harworth.

Harworth's Jay Bownes and Parkgate's Sam Ackroyd battle for the ball.

Harworth's Jay Bownes and Parkgate's Sam Ackroyd battle for the ball.

Zak Khalifa gave the Steelmen a 36th minute lead with a fine left foot strike into the bottom corner.

Nathan Forbes-Swindells added the second six minutes later with a good turn and finish.

Parkgate wrapped up the points with the third two minutes into the second half through Mark Collinson after Colliery goalkeeper Samuel Jepson had only half punched clear.

Josh Davies got one back for Harworth by curling in a fine free-kick from 20 yards just before the hour mark but it proved no more than a consolation effort.

Harworth Colliery manager Lee Needham, left.

Harworth Colliery manager Lee Needham, left.

Rossington Main extended their unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions after coming from a goal down to win 2-1 at Nostell Miners Welfare, who had started the day second in Division One.

Rossington were almost gifted the lead when a poor clearance from the goalkeeper fell to Jordan Turner but his effort flew just over the crossbar.

Lee Holmes had a great chance to give Main the lead on 18 minutes but fired over after Declan Howe had pulled the ball back.

However, it was Nostell who grabbed the lead five minutes before the interval. Joe Wood cut in from the left and fired home.

Rossington levelled just past the hour mark when Brad Billam’s cross found Howe whose well struck shot went in with the aid of a deflection.

Ryan Hindley’s side were now looking the most likely winners and, after Holmes had forced another excellent save from the home goalkeeper, Main grabbed the decisive goal with five minutes remaining. Holmes got it, prodding home from close range following a corner and a scramble.