Leading pair still perfect at top

Albion Sports and Thackley both maintained their maximum-point starts to remain in the top three of the Premier Division after four Toolstation Northern Counties East League games.

Albion won 2-0 at Maltby Main following a goalless first half. Danny Facey finally broke the deadlock when he headed home Karl Hall’s 80th-minute cross and minutes later Maltby’s Joe Austin sliced an attempted clearance past his own keeper.

Thackley had to bounce back from two goals down to win 4-2 at fellow early pacesetters Athersley Recreation.

Joe Thornton and Jamie Sutton had put the home side in front but Nicky Matthews pulled one back for the Dennyboys before the interval.

Early second-half goals from Lewis Morgan and Matty Hall turned the match on its head and a late Matt Mathers penalty put the gloss on the win.

Eighth-placed Brighouse Town also picked up three points following a 2-1 home win over Basford United.

Tom Matthews netted the only goal of the first half and Luke Gibson added on the hour, while Martin Carruthers got the visitors’ reply.

Liversedge’s woes continued with another defeat to leave them in the bottom three.

Bridlington Town came to Clayborn and bagged three second-half strikes, with Ben Kingsley and a late Scott Phillips double doing the damage.

Eccleshill United striker Marcus Edwards continued his red-hot streak with both the goals in a 2-0 home win over Dronfield Town that lifted his side top of Division One.

Edwards was on target in each half as the Eagles stretched their points tally into double figures from five games.

Eccleshill will be defending their number one status when they travel to Teversal tomorrow, while all four of the area’s Premier clubs are also in Bank Holiday action.

Of the two sides looking to extend their 100 per cent starts, Thackley are at home to Heanor Town while Albion must travel to Doncaster to face Armthorpe Welfare.

Brighouse are also on the road as they head to Staveley MW, while Liversedge – who have taken just one point from four games to date – host fellow poor starters Lincoln Moorlands Railway.

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