Once again the persistent rain made a large dent in the fixture list leaving nine league games to start the New Year.
The Black dragon Badges North division came off best with five matches getting underway. Leaders Harworth Colliery recorded an emphatic 7-0 win over Dinnington Town under their new management team and now have a ten point lead with games in hand over their nearest rivals. Harworth struck early, Shaun Mundy giving them a 6th minute lead, Sam Foulds getting them a second six minutes later. A 34th minute header from Foulds, who completed his hat trick a minute later saw the hosts comfortably placed at the break. The home side ended the game with a flourish, Lee Edmondson, Shaun Mundy and Gary Mundy all finding the net in the last ten minutes. AFC Bentley lost ground after a 3-2 home defeat by Staveley Reserves. All of the goals came in the first half, Staveley taking a three goal lead through Danny O’Donnell, Tyla Bell and Liam Vardy before ace marksman Bradley Maddison’s double put Bentley back in the game, but the equaliser failed to materialise. Collingham are third after a 5-3 defeat of Dronfield Town Reserves at Station Road. Jack Hyde and Ryan Rushen both scored twice for Collingham, George Asplin adding the fifth while Adam Dobson, Jimmy Savage and Mark Fereday were on target for Dronfield. Retford ended a run of three defeats with a 4-1 win at Askern. Gareth Davies put them ahead on 24 minutes, with two goals in quick succession just before the interval from Robbie Collingburn and Jack Johnson putting them in the driving seat. A 50th minute own goal put them further ahead before Josh Copeland put Askern on the scoresheet. Phoenix moved into the top half of the table with a 2-0 win over Renishaw Rangers. The goals came at both ends of the game, Chris Hopkins scoring after 5 minutes, Adam Houghton getting the second five minutes from time.
Only two games survived in the Black Dragon Badges South division. Keyworth United put on a vastly improved display before going down to a narrow 2-1 defeat at home to Hucknall Town. Joe Ashurst put the visitors in front with 40 minutes played, but Tristram Whitman levelled things three minutes after half time. The decisive goal came from Kajally Danso midway through the second half to return Hucknall to second place in the table. Hilton Harriers beat the conditions by switching their game to a local sports centre and were rewarded with a 3-0 win over Linby Colliery. Josh Gregory gave them a 42nd minute lead from the penalty spot, Andy Castlehow and Jason North adding further goals to gain the points.
Eastwood Community extended their lead at the top of the Macron Store Stoke Division One to seventeen points, two goals from Kieran Knight and one each for Leyton Nethercott and Tom Eastwood helping them to a 4-1 defeat of Sherwood Colliery for whom Steve Sowter scored. Radford and Linby Colliery shared six goals, Ryan Smith (2) and Max Berrington netting for Radford, Linby’s goals coming from Adam Jacques, Toby Birch and a last minute equaliser by Charlie Miller.
Not a good day in the County Cups. Lincoln Moorlands provided the lone bright spot reaching the semi-finals of the Lincolnshire FA Junior Cup after a 5-0 win over Sleaford Sports Amateurs. Sean Cann was the hero with four goals, Josh Martin with the other. Not so successful were Appleby Frodingham who went down 2-0 at Moulton Harrox of the Peterborough & District League in the same competition. Thorne Colliery were extracted from the West Riding FA Challenge Cup by a single goal from Leeds Medics and Dentists, and Brodsworth Welfare went down 6-3 to South Elmsall United Services after extra time in the Doncaster FA Challenge Cup.