Jake Kelly and Alex Metcalfe scored in either half as Emley AFC secured a first league win in five matches.

A 2-0 victory at Garforth Town proved the perfect tonic for top scorer Joe Jagger who is recovering after surgery on a double broken leg.

The win puts Emley right back into the mix at the top end of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division table as a host of teams chase leaders North Ferriby.

The visitors got the opening goal after 15 minutes. Industrious work in midfield from Joseph Kenny and Metcalfe worked an opportunity for Kelly who steadied himself and smashed home a real piledriver.

It was a closely-fought game and while Emley were on top a second goal would have made for a more comfortable afternoon. Garforth finished the game with 10 men after the dismissal of Dexter Ball, who was sent off for two bookable offences.

Emley finally sealed the points deep into stoppage time when Metcalfe found a low finish into the bottom corner.

Garforth had scored three goals in each of their previous four home games so boss Richard Tracey will be happy to have restricted the opposition to just a couple of clear cut chances. 

The three points for Emley were great to finish off a tough week for the club after the abandonment of the game at Barton Town on Tuesday after Jagger’s injury. 

Next up for Emley is the chance to book their place in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Cup final when they take on Nostell MW at the Fantastic Media Welfare Ground on Wednesday February 15 (7.45). The Pewits are at home in the league on Saturday February 18 (3.00)