Dramatic turn round earns a point for Ponte Colls

Andy Catton
Andy Catton

Pontefract Collieries slipped two places down to sixth in Division One of the Toolstation NCE League after dropping points in a 2-2 draw at Eccleshill United on Saturday.

Colls were up against a side in seventh place so always knew they were in for a tricky game, but after their two defeats last month they were playing catch up and were in need of all three points to stay in touch with the top three.

With top of the table Bottesford Town winning again, 2-1 at Rossington Main, they are now 16 points behind them, ahead of the midweek matches, with just two games in hand, although Ponte did not lose ground on second-placed Cleethorpes Town as they could only draw 1-1 at Hallam to stay 11 points ahead of Collieries from one game more.

Colls host Cleethorpes in a real six-pointer at the White Rose Stadium tonight before they take on third-placed Shaw Lane Aquaforce – now managed by former Glasshoughton Welfare boss Craig Elliott – in another massive home match on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

A hectic period sees Pontefract also in action next Tuesday when they are away to Hall Road Rangers (7.45pm).

Last Saturday’s game at Eccleshill saw Ponte come from behind after they looked in distinct danger of defeat early on.

Two goals from Logan McDaniel on five and 26 minutes had the hosts 2-0 up before a dramatic turn round just before half-time saw Colls go in level.

Andy Catton began the revival when on target on 40 minutes then three minutes later Kingsley Wetherald maintained his recent scoring run with his sixth goal in eight matches to make it 2-2 at the break.

Surprisingly there were no further goals in the second period with both teams having to settle for a point.