Non-League Football: Albion take point on day of mass disruption

Scarborough Athletic celebrate.
Scarborough Athletic celebrate.
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OSSETT Albion bagged a 1-1 draw at Clitheroe in the EvoStik League First Division North as part of a programme again hit hard by the weather.

Guiseley, Harrogate Town and Bradford Park Avenue all saw their fixtures postponed in Conference North with FC Halifax Town’s Conference clash with Barnet also falling by the wayside.

But Albion’s clash at Clitheroe was one of 15 games surviving in the EvoStik League and relegation-battling Albion got off to a dream start when Connor Bower gave them a 33rd-minute lead at Clitheroe.

Jason Hart ensured the spoils were shared with his 66th-minute penalty.

Albion sit 17th and 11 points above the bottom two but they have played more games than all of the teams below them.

Osett Town’s hosting of Northwich Victoria was postponed because of waterlogging – as was Brighouse Town’s trip to Droylsden and Harrogate Railway’s hosting of Prescot Cables.

Farsley AFC’s trip to Mossley was postponed because of heavy snow on the pitch.

But Scarborough Athletic moved fifth with a 3-2 victory at Burscough.

Goals from Thomas Corner and Mattthew Plummer put the Seadogs 2-0 up before Paul Williams hit back for the hosts six minutes later.

James Ghaichem restored Scarborough’s two-goal cushion just one minute later meaning a Nicholas Ryan strike one minute after the hour failed to save the destination of the points.

In the Premier, Frickley Athletic’s home clash with Halesowen Town was off because of snow but Whitby Town managed a 2-1 triumph at home to fellow mid-table rivals Rushall Olympic.

Aaron Williams gave Rushall a 43rd-minute lead but Steven Snaith levelled 17 minutes from time before Dale Hopson hit the all-important winner six minutes later.

Goole AFC’s trip to Sheffield FC in First Division South was also postponed due to snow.

The three postponed games in Conference North all involved Yorkshire clubs with Guiseley’s hosting of Hyde, Harrogate Town’s trip to Gainsborough Trinity and Bradford Park Avenue’s clash at Stalybridge Celtic all postponed.

But North Ferriby United moved eighth with a fine 3-0 success at home to 12th-placed Worcester City.

Tom Denton, Danny Clarke and Danny Hone were all on target for the hosts, much to the delight of manager Billy Heath.

Heath said: “We played very well as a team and always looked the likely winners. We scored three good goals and defended well. It was a good result and will hopefully launch our attack on the play-off spots.”