This week’s Friday night fixture saw Keyworth United take on Linby Colliery at Platt Lane in the Black Dragon Badges South division. After a goalless first 45 minutes the home side got into gear in the second half as they ensured a good start to the holiday period, goals from Adam Taylor, Jordan Newton and James Price giving them a 3-0 win.
The eagerly awaited clash between Hucknall Town and Eastwood Community saw the hosts inflict a 2-1 defeat on the Red Badgers, only the second time in 14 months that they have travelled home pointless from a league match. All three goals came in the first half, Tevahn Tyrell putting Hucknall ahead in the 8th minute with Devante Reittie adding a second with 21 minutes played. Danny Hayes reduced the arrears a minute before the break and that was how it finished, Hucknall regaining second place in the table. Sherwood Colliery now have a six point lead at the top after a 4-0 defeat of Mickleover RBL. The Wood opened up a three goal half time lead through Dale Gilliatt, Liam Theakstone and Jimmy Adcock with Julian Topliss rounding off the win in the second half. Matlock Town Reserves maintained their excellent form with their sixth successive league win, beating Teversal Reserves 4-1. Zak Brunt and Matt Coleman both got doubles for the Young Gladiators, Craig Newton scoring for the visitors. Swanwick’s Henry Brooks got a hat trick in his side’s 5-2 win at Blidworth Welfare. He put the Swans ahead on 18 minutes, Guy Wilding getting a second ten minutes later, Brooks made it three at the interval, completing his hat trick in the second half with Wilding getting his second. Blidworth scored two consolation goals in the closing stages, Aidy Harris and Josh Brentnall both finding the net. Holbrook St Michaels received some Christmas cheer as they clocked up their third win of the season, beating hosts Aslockton & Orston 3-0 at Spa Lane, Paul Fisher (2) and Sam Chambers with the goals.
AFC Bentley’s Bradley Maddison found the net four times as his team rose to second place in the Black Dragon Badges North division table. The Doncaster side were 5-2 winners over Renishaw Rangers. Matty Hughes was Bentley’s other scorer, Renishaw replying with a Brandon Ashmore penalty and a Lewis Price goal. Thorne Colliery came from behind to beat Appleby Frodingham 3-1 at Moorends. Stuart Longbone gave Frod a 17th minute lead, but Kyle Palmer equalised on the half hour. Two Chris Hancock goals in the space of six second half minutes tied the game up in the home side’s favour. Clay Cross Town played their first game for three weeks, showing no ring rust as they inflicted a third straight defeat on Retford, Lee Clay scoring a hat trick in the Millers’ 3-0 win. A five goal blast in just 16 minutes put Staveley Reserves out of sight by half time in their match at Welbeck Lions. Bert Marchetta opened the scoring on 22 minutes, Danny Fullwood contributing two more before Marchetta completed his hat trick with another two by the 38th minute. Sub Dan Shelbourne also added a brace in the second half, Steven Finch netting Welbeck’s solitary reply. Newark Town’s recent improvement nosedived at Askern, the home side running in six without reply. Ash Evans scored on 25 minutes, Liam McHugh also scoring in the first half. Michael Smith got a third 15 minutes into the second half, Jason Kearsley, McHugh with his second and Lewis Tinsley making it a round half dozen
In the Macron Store Stoke Division One, Eastwood Community extended the gap at the top to eleven points with a 6-0 hammering of Hucknall Town. Prolific striker Kieran Knight added four to his total, Kallum O’Dowd and Cal McGarry also scoring. Wirksworth Town move back to third spot following a 2-1 defeat of AFC Kilburn, the goals coming from Ryan Marchington and James Newton. Linby Colliery also hit six against Harworth Colliery thanks to hat tricks from Travis Shooter and Kieran Orange, the final score 6-1. Retford United, who travelled to Cromford, were the third side to find the net six times, Cromford hitting three in return. Scorers here were Harry Hargreaves (2), Zach Casburn, Damian Lloyd, Declan Heath and Tom Bland for the visitors, Benji Brownlee, Harry Hurst and Jacob Poole for Cromford. Heanor Town won 5-1 at Holbrook St Michaels, for whom Josh Barnes was the scorer while Mickleover RBL were 2-1 winners over Sherwood Colliery. Steve Byrne and a Joe Condon penalty won it for the Legion, Josh Smyth with Sherwood’s reply.