This week’s big match featured the top two in the Black Dragon Badges North Division as Clay Cross and Collingham squared up at Mill Lane.
The match lived up to its billing with Clay Cross came from two down to take the points with a 4-3 win. Jake Park and Craig Bridge put the visitors two up by the 27th minute but the lead had been clawed back by half time with Josh Scully’s 33rd minute goal supplemented by Callam Lytham three minutes from the break. The Millers took the lead through Aiden Ordidge with 57 played but Collingham equalised with Park’s second in the 75th minute. With just two minutes on the clock Josh Parfitt scored the all-important winner which may turn out to be most important in the final reckoning. Retford exploded into life in the second half of their match with struggling Thorne Colliery. The Yorkshire side went in at half time just one goal in arrears, Will Tomlinson scoring on 38 minutes. The second period, however, proved more one sided as Graeme Severn added a second with 51 played and Adam Scott made it three on the hour. Gaz Davies put the result beyond doubt before Nathan Reah and Scott scored late on to make the final score 6-0. Renishaw and Retford United shared the points in a 1-1 draw, Adam Watson’s goal two minutes after the interval for the Badgers being equalised by Jordan Parsons. Appleby Frodingham were 3-0 winners against Phoenix at Brumby Hall. Stuart Longbone set them on the way on 16 minutes with Kyle Bennett (58) and Nathan Watson (67) completing the job. Staveley reserves followed up their win against the leaders with a 5-0 defeat of Askern. Jonathan Collo scored in the 4th minute, Jamie Damms increasing the lead on 33 minutes. Joe Wilson and Josh Ing added goals in the second half with Collo getting number five in the final minute.
With leaders Hucknall waterlogged at Hilton and Matlock reserves not playing, Pinxton took advantage to return to second place in the Black Dragon Badges South Division with a 3-0 win at Welbeck Lions. Jon Fones put them ahead on 16 minutes with the other two coming from former Lion James Whitfield who netted in the 65th and 76th minutes. Swanwick consolidated their top four placing by beating Teversal reserves 4-0 at Highfield Road. Guy Wilding, Josh Smith and Henry Brooks all found the net for the Swans, an own goal making up the total. Holbrook Sports took their unbeaten run to six with a 4-1 win at Ashland Rovers. Jordan Lee scored twice for Sports with Chris Dring and Aaron Coyle also on target, Callum Triance replying for Rovers. Blidworth Welfare just got the better of Linby Colliery at Church Lane, winning 3-2. A Luke Bacon double and one for Kieran Rowland gave Blidworth the points, Ryan Butler getting both for the hosts for whom Kieran Orange struck the post in the final minute. After a couple of heavy defeats, Underwood Villa returned to winning ways at Holbrook St Michaels, a Joe Wright brace giving them a 2-1 win, Paul Fisher with Holbrook’s goal.
Macron Store Stoke Division One North leaders Crowle Colts were held to a 2-2 draw at Retford United with Danny Smyth and Gav Cooper on target foir Crowle, Will Sutton and an own goal ensuring Retford got a share of the points. Sutton Rovers got the better of Epworth Town Colts for the second successive Saturday. After Epworth had taken a 14th minute lead, Sutton struck back through Luke Chambers on 35 before goals from Callum Stockton in the 60th and 86th minutes sealed the win.There was a close match at the Impact Arena where Alfreton Town edged out Nottingham 4-3. There were two each for the Reds’ Morgan Brough and Kieron Hinchley, Nottingham’s goals coming from Davamae Hodges with two and Buba Cessay. Shirebrook Rangers picked up their second win as they defeated Hucknall Town 3-0 at Watnall Road thanks to goals from Jordan Turek, Mark Turek and Alex Tate.
In the Macron Store Stoke Division One South, Bakewell Town lead the table following a 2-1 defeat of AFC Kilburn. Ben Maskrey and Jamie Carrington got the goals with Kilburn replying through a Kyle Lee penalty. Long Eaton United Community had a creditable 6-3 win over visitors Wirksworth Town. Goals for the hosts came from Aboo Younis (2), Josh Lawe, Dylan Rawson, James Shaw and Bartosz Korzeniewski, with Ryan Smith with Two and Toby Howard the Wirksworth scorers. Another bad day for Cromford as they let in thirteen against Mickleover Sports. Archie Moore led the way with five goals, Tyler Johal got a hat trick, there were two for Tom Mason with George Williamson, Medi Balimba and Jake Smith also finding the net. Mickleover paid tribute to their opponents who never gave up or resorted to negative tactics despite the result. Chesterfield Town and Holbrook St Michaels drew 2-2, Cory Burton getting both for Chesterfield, Jordan Butcher and an 89th minute leveller from Ben Lichfield claiming a point for Holbrook.
There were two matches in the group stages of the Steel Beams Derby Presidents Cup. Rowsley 86 beat Harworth Colliery 5-2. Scorers for Rowsley were Toby McLean with two, Andrew Roome, Noah Evans and William Fletcher, Kenzie Tomlinson with both goals for Harworth. Wirksworth Ivanhoe’s scorers in a 4-1 defeat of Linby Colliery were Dean Higton with two, Lewis Higton and Steven Murphy.
Mixed fortunes in the two County Cup ties this afternoon. Sherwood Colliery are in the semi-finals of the Notts FA Senior Trophy as they won 2-1 at Robin Hood Colts thanks to Mickey Taylor and Keenan Leeds. AFC Bentley departed the Doncaster and District FA Challenge Cup at the hands of South Elmsall United Services, losing 3-2 after Matty Hughes had given them a two goal lead.