Ponte Colls’ relegation fight goes on

Phil Lindley.
Phil Lindley.

Pontefract Collieries live to fight another day in their bid to avoid the drop from the Toolstation NCE Premier Division.

With two games left their fate is still in their own hands, but they face difficult tasks as they take on second-placed Handsworth Parramore in their last home game tonight and are away to eighth-placed Staveley MW on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

But Craig Parry’s men showed they were up for the fight as they kept a rare clean sheet and beat Clipstone 1-0 at home last Saturday.

Defender Phil Lindley scored the vital goal on 63 minutes and keeper Liam Corbett also emerged as a hero with a last minute penalty save to deny Liam Royles.

Despite the points Ponte were still second from bottom after the weekend, but just three points separated five clubs with the relegation scrap going down to the final day.

Colls will be hoping to finish ahead of Brigg Town, who are just one point in front and finish at Thackley, and can overhaul Parkgate, who are three ahead of them but are away to fifth-placed Bridlington Town.