Ponte Colls in seventh heaven

Andy Catton, scorer in Pontefract Collieries' win at Penistone Church.
Andy Catton, scorer in Pontefract Collieries' win at Penistone Church.

Pontefract Collieries are now in pole position for promotion to the top flight of the Toolstation NCE League after a terrific display gave them a 7-0 win away at Penistone Church in their latest first division game on Saturday.

The commanding victory against a side that had recently beaten Ponte’s title rivals, Clipstone, and drawn with another of them, Hemsworth MW, took them three points clear on Saturday night with AFC Emley losing 3-0 at home to Hemsworth.

Ponte were in great form from the start playing in front of a bigger crowd than they are used to with it being part of the NCE’s Ground Hop Day.

They were soon into their stride and ahead from the 15th minute as defender Luke Danville headed home from a Josh Corbett corner.

Liam Radford doubled the advantage just past the half-hour mark after being set up by recent signing Lee Bennett, who is looking for another promotion having done it with Glasshoughton Welfare.

Two minutes later Bennett saw his shot saved by home keeper Joe Green, but the ball ran loose and top scorer Aaron Moxam nipped in to score from the rebound.

It stayed 3-0 up to half-time, but Colls were quick out of the blocks after the break and were on target again when Moxam added his second goal within nine minutes of the restart.

Penistone’s frustrations showed and they went down to 10 when Danny Howes was ordered off for an aerial challenge on winger Andy Catton.

Catton was able to carry on before going off later and was next to score for Ponte with a well delivered low shot that beat the Penistone keeper.

Colls kept going and added two more in the final three minutes with Phil Lindley coming forward from the back to score and substitute wide player Mark Whitehouse rounding off a 7-0 thrashing that further improved Colls’ goal difference as well as giving them more valuable points.

Pontefract Collieries: Parry, Heeley, Corbett, Lindley, Danville (captain), Forgione, Catton (Marsden 76), Hayton, Radford, Moxam (Rouse 70), Bennett (Whitehouse 60).

Ponte now know that if they win four out of their last five matches they will be promoted and they will be looking to maintain their excellent form on the run-in when they host mid-table Knaresborough Town this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

They then face a real six-pointer away to Hemsworth MW next Tuesday at the MDC Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm). This is potentially the toughest game Colls have left this season as they take on a team that beat them at Pontefract back in November and still harbour hopes of promotion after a much improved campaign this time.