Thanks to Jon Knight for the photo of Retford v Staveley this afternoon
The weather took a big bite out of today’s fixtures with only eight out of the scheduled eighteen fixtures surviving the ice and snow.
The Black Dragon Badges North division came off best with five matches getting the all clear. Top dogs Harworth Colliery failed to win for only the third time as they played out a 1-1 draw with Brodsworth Welfare. Both goals came in the last ten minutes, Lee Holmes putting the home side in front on 80 minutes, Joe McIntosh equalising four minutes later. Harworth lead the rest of the pack by eight points. Two of their rivals lost ground, both Retford and Tideswell United losing. Tideswell travelled to bottom club Newark Town and were two goals up by half time, Luke Lindley opening the scoring on 27 minutes and Matt Brown getting the second a minute before the break. The young Town side didn’t lie down however and struck back with four goals in 18 minutes. Callum Ranyard gave them hope on 53 minutes, Josh Johnson equalising with an hour played. Ranyard got his second and Keylan Pollard added a fourth with 71 played. Ben Bagshaw reduced the arrears five minutes later and Noah Evans looked to have salvaged a point two minutes from time, but Pollard had the last word giving Newark their first home win of the season in stoppage time. Retford went down 4-1 at The Rail to Staveley Reserves. Danny Fullwood’s 4th minute goal gave Staveley the perfect start, Liam Vardy doubling the lead on 26 minutes. Charlie Oglesby got a third with 53 minutes played, Ryan Duffy’s 77th minute volley from 35 yards putting the game beyond doubt. A late penalty from Gareth Campion was little consolation for the home side. Another goal feast at Lincoln Moorlands Railway saw the home side edge out Dronfield Town Reserves 5-4 after holding a 3-1 lead. Sean Cann got a hat trick for the home side, Jordan Woodward and Josh Martin also on target while Dronfield’s goals came from Adam Dobson, Danny Hopkins, Jake Squires and an own goal. Collingham were 4-2 winners at Phoenix who took the lead through Jack Baines on 13 minutes, George Asplin equalising with 27 played. Veteran Steve Spence restored the Phoenix lead five minutes after the break. Collingham equalised with an own goal via the crossbar and the keeper’s heel and took maximum points with goals in the final fifteen minutes from Asplin and Ryan Rushen.
Only two games survived in the Black Dragon Badges South Division. Sherwood Colliery, whose efforts in getting the game on deserve great credit, went to the top after a 3-0 defeat of Swanwick Pentrich Road. Sherwood led at half time with a Shaun Smith goal after 16 minutes and got two more in the second half, Smith scoring again and Julian Topliss also finding the net. The new management at South Normanton got off to the best possible start, as the visitors hit Keyworth United for six at Platt Lane. Luke Crosby scored a hat trick, there were two for Kevin Hemagou and Sam Sims got the other, Nick Hawkins replying for Keyworth.
There was just one match in the Macron Store Stoke Division One, rather surprisingly at Swanwick, where the hosts fell 4-2 to Sherwood Colliery. Jack Warner (2), Danny Barke and Adam Bishop got Sherwood’s goals, Declan Tongue and Sam Cox on target for the Swans.
Hilton Harriers secured the final quarter final place in the League Cup sponsored by Buckingham Insurance. They will host Staveley Reserves after winning 3-0 at Thorne Colliery with goals from Josh Gregory (2) and Jason North.
Eastwood Community will play at Linby Colliery in the Phoenix Trophies Division One Cup following a 3-1 win against AFC Kilburn. Kieran Knight was among the goals again, scoring a hat trick for the Red Badgers, Shane Piggott getting one back for Kilburn.
No joy for Holbrook Sports in the Derbyshire FA Divisional Cup South. They went down 6-0 at Melbourne Dynamo