Published 16 September 2019
The wait is finally over and the NPLFA season is back!
#MatchWeekOne was full of drama and excitement with all 16 teams in action and nearly 40 goals across the eight games played on Wednesday.
In the JOMA Division, Carlton Town sit at the top of the table after an impressive victory against Witton Albion, with Belper Town (Black) and Stafford Rangers just behind them on goal difference following wins against Radcliffe (Blue) and Leek Town, respectively. Mossley and Mickleover Sports (Red) shared the points on #MatchWeekOne after their hard-fought
In the Sports Traider Division, it’s already looking very tight at the top of the league table with 4 teams tied on three points. Mickleover Sports (Black) find themselves as the early leaders after a huge win against Belper Town (Yellow) and NPLFA new boys Runcorn Linnets are not far behind after they beat Ossett United away from home. Skelmersdale United are also in the mix after beating Brighouse Town and Widnes came from behind to beat Radcliffe
(Black) in our #GameOfTheWeek. Read the full match report from Radcliffe (Black) V Widnes further down.
With the return of the NPLFA season, that also means a return for the NPLFA
#TeamOfTheWeek. With a new intake of students keen to impress in their first match day and a whole host of second-year students returning to the program, the first #TeamOfTheWeek was tough to pick. A special mention to Widnes player Amir Hajri, who’s hat trick against Radcliffe (Black) earnt him the title of ‘Player of the Week’. Also mentions to Shay Rainford of Mickleover Sports (Black) who scored 4 goals in a win V Belper Town (Yellow) as well as Jordan Dainty (Skelmersdale United) and Olly Jarvis (Stafford Rangers) who netted twice in their opening fixture.
Returning as well this week is the NPLFA #MatchWeekOne Highlights
A new feature on the Matchweek review this season is the #GameOfTheWeek which will feature post-match interviews with players from both sides and an in-depth match report from the game. See the match report from Radcliffe (Black) V Widnes below.
In #MatchweekOne of the 2019/20 NPLFA season, Radcliffe hosted Widnes in this Sports Traider Division match up. It was Radcliffe who started the brightest of the two teams, taking the lead inside 90 seconds thanks to Rhys Moseley. A Radcliffe
Moseley was pulling the strings again for Radcliffe and nearly set up Jayden Quaye. Moseley drifted out to the left flank from a Radcliffe
Half time: Radcliffe 2 – 2 Widnes.
Widnes wasted no time getting back in front in the second half, with another goal coming inside 90 seconds of the restart. A poor back pass to the Radcliffe keeper was cut out by Hajri who made no mistake and poked home his second. Radcliffe 2 – 3 Widnes. Widnes were clearly the team on top in the second half and could have extended their lead after 60 minutes. Lewis Jackson crossed a ball in from the right hand side which Dibba
side in it.
Another chance for Widnes came on 68 minutes when Jack Morton dribbled down the
awarded a penalty. Hajri won the penalty after being brought down by Radcliffe skipper Tom Waters. Hajri stepped up to take the
Full Time: Radcliffe 2 – 4 Widnes