No mention of today’s weather, it’s getting beyond repetitive.
There was a match on Friday night, Linby Colliery staging their Steel Beams Derby Presidents Cup game with Mickleover Sports to Eastwood’s 3G pitch.. Linby got the best of starts with Toluwaloju James putting them ahead on 6 minutes, but for Linby that was as good as it got. Tomas Junek equalised in the 19th minute and putting Mickleover in front six minutes later, Kyle Clarke making it three on the half hour. The second half saw Mickleover add goals at regular intervals, Junek and Clarke adding to their tallies with Jacob Edge-Lucas and Elijah Luka both scoring twice, the match finishing 9-1.
Three games went ahead in the Black Dragon Badges North division with both of the top two in action. Newark Town had a comfortable 8-1 win over Dronfield town Reserves. Rhys Lewis put the hosts ahead in the 19th minute lead, Lewis Chambers doubling the lead with 31 played and adding a third five minutes later. Dronfield pulled one back through a Greg Mason penalty five minutes from the break. Chambers completed his hat trick in the 53rd minute before Town finished with a flourish scoring four more in the final 15 minutes through Chambers, George Asplin (2) and Craig Bridge. AFC Bentley and Dinnington Town played out a goalless first half at the Keepmoat Stadium, but the title chasers came good in the second half, winning 4-0 thanks to Mason Barlow, Jordan Livett, Bradley Sedgwick and Jay Atkin. Phoenix had the misfortune to lose their keeper shortly before the kick off as they went down 3-1 at Crowle Colts. Ryan Bonser with two and Danny Barrowcliffe were Crowle’s matchwinners with Will Hackett replying for Phoenix.
The south division once again bore the brunt of the postponements with only Linby Colliery beating the elements and making it pay as they beat Swanwick 2-1. Connor Gillan gave them a 2nd minute lead, Guy Wilding levelling for the Swans five minutes before half time. The deciding goal came in the 64th minute, Owen Everton giving Linby the points.
St Josephs Rockware extended their lead in Division One North, beating Selston 4-0 with goals from Danny Wiltshire, Ben Brown, Chris Lovett and Stephen Scott. They now lead by nine points with a game in hand on their nearest rivals
Long Eaton United Community reclaimed top spot in Division One South as they beat third placed Cromford & Wirksworth Town 5-2. Scorers for Long Eaton were Bartosz Korzeniewski with two, Josh Lawe, Reece Widdowson and an own goal, Cromford replying through Ryan Smith and Joe Sharkey.
Two of the semi-finalists in the Mansfield Lodge Hotel were decided. The current holders, Bakewell Town, fell to Wakefield 4-0 with Deji Alabi scoring a hat trick, Thomas Eclapier also scoring. Epworth Town Colts also made the semis, Ritchie Burdett scoring both in a 2-1 defeat of Borrowash Victoria.
FC Sez can look forward to a cup final as they saw off West Bridgford AFC 3-1 to reach the final of the Notts FA Senior Trophy, Dec Smith, Sean Chapman and Cameron Thurgood getting the goals. Unfortunately it won’t be an all CML final as Nottingham went down 3-0 to Keyworth United reserves in the other tie.