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Goals galore as Albion Sports lead way
Four games averaged above eight goals apiece as local clubs in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League packed their shooting boots on Saturday.
The big derby saw Albion Sports edge a nine-goal thriller at Clayborn as they beat hosts Liversedge 5-4.
Albion romped to a 5-1 half-time lead but Sedge mounted a spirited fightback after the interval.
The home side actually opened the scoring, with Ben Grech-Brooksbank netting a first-minute header. But Albion soon hit back as skipper Asif Hussain netted a tenth-minute penalty following a handball offence.
The Facey brothers were both on target for the second game on the trot, with Danny netting either side of a Delroy strike as the visitors raced into a 4-1 lead before the midway point of the first half, Tom Dugdale adding a 36th-minute screamer.
But the second half was all Sedge, with Gibril Bojang scoring from a tight angle, Wes Milnes firing in from the edge of the area and Grech-Brooksbank adding his second in the last minute.
There was a shock for second-placed Thackley as they were hammered 7-2 at mid-table Pickering Town.
The Dennyboys were well off the pace even though they, like neighbours Liversedge, took a first-minute lead.
Nicky Matthews opened the scoring but he was carried off with what looked like a bad injury on the stroke of half-time.
Pickering were 5-1 up at that point and soon made it six. And although David Brown added a late goal for Thackley, the home side banged in another in the last minute.
Joe Danby and Josh Greening both hit hat-tricks for Pickering and Tom Adams was also on target.
Third-placed Brighouse Town put in a five-star performance at fellow high-fliers Retford United to move within three points of Thackley.
Town took a three-goal lead into the half-time break on their way to a 5-2 win.
Tom Matthews scored first before Danny Naidole, who it was announced on the morning of the game has signed dual registration forms with Park Avenue, bagged a brace.
Retford’s Jack Cross made it 3-1 but strikes from Adam Wilson and Ryan Hall re-established Town’s dominance, before Lee Holmes netted the home side’s second.
Eccleshill United banked a point from a 4-4 draw at home to struggling Hallam in Division One.
The visitors were 2-0 up at the interval after Sam Eckhardt had netted two penalties.
But just five minutes into the second half the Eagles were a goal to the good after a quickfire brace from Viktor Balis and a Connor Shefte strike.
Eckhardt scored from open play to level the scores again before Jake Bradbury put Hallam back in front. But the Eagles bagged a point courtesy of Tyler Tarango’s last-minute equaliser.