Pontefract Collieries hit back to claim points

Pontefract Collieries' Liam Radford celebrates his goal with Aaron Moxam
Pontefract Collieries' Liam Radford celebrates his goal with Aaron Moxam

Despite having to play a number of players out of position Pontefract Collieries came back with all three points from a 2-1 win at Pickering Town in the Premier Division of the Toolstation NCE League.

Craig Rouse, back at the club as a player-coach, was asked to stand-in at centre-back rather than his usual target man position while Mark Whitehouse dropped back to take the left-back role. Jack Mawson came in at left attacking midfield with the rest of the side the same as had played in the 2-1 midweek win over Liversedge.

Pickering were first to score with a controversial goal on 15 minutes. The assistant referee missed what looked an obvious offside decision and the ball was played across for Ged Dalton to score.

Ponte hit back and were level within six minutes as a Liam Radford shot took a wicked deflection and looped over the Pickering keeper into his net.

Both sides probed for the remainder of the first half, but neither were able to convert the chances they created.

The second half started with both sides committed to attack. It looked as though that would be Pickering but they found Ellis Halpine in the Ponte net on top form as he pulled off two magnificent saves to deny the hosts.

It was Colls who came up with a winner on 67 minutes when top scorer Aaron Moxam gathered the ball in the Pickering area. His first shot was well saved by the Pikes keeper but he collected the rebound, pulled out from the six yard box and spun round to smash the ball home .

The win moved Ponte into 13th place in the table with 13 points from their first 10 matches.

This Saturday Colls are in League Cup action away to Liversedge and they are also away to Bridlington Town in the league next Tuesday (7.45pm).