Football took advantage of the calm before the forecast storm with almost all of the scheduled fixtures going ahead.
The first two semi-finalists in the Buckingham Insurance League Cup were decided, the two games producing a total of eighteen goal. Rowsley 86 and Staveley Reserves featured in a high-scoring encounter with Rowsley coming out on top 7-4. James Handley scored twice for the winners with the others being shared between Aaron O’Neill, Toby McLean, Jack Bradbury, Noah Evans and Andrew Roome, while for Staveley Alex Sanderson hit a hat trick with Elliott Nunn getting the other goal. It was a closer affair at the Meese as Hilton Harriers edged out Teversal Reserves 4-3. Josh Gregory’s double for Hilton was added to by Ben Sandeman and an own goal with Joe Fox (2) and Cameron Pinnick the Tevie scorers.
Black Dragon Badges South division leaders Sherwood Colliery Reserves were finally beaten in their 16th game, their unbeaten run decisively ended by Holbrook St Michaels who ran out 5-1 winners. Goals for St Michaels came from a Sam Chambers with two, Ben Cartwright, Matt Harris and Josh Barnes, Sherwood’s consolation goal scored by Keenan Leeds. Pinxton consolidated third place after a narrow win at bottom side Mickleover RBL. Dan Riley’s opener for Pinxton was equalised by Charlie Harrison but a second half strike from Charlie Holman settled it for the visitors. Ashland Rovers came back from two down at Holbrook Sports, a fighting second half performance giving them a 3-2 win. Holbrook were ahead after just 10 seconds, Michael Dunne giving them the perfect start, Aaron Coyle doubling the lead a minute before half time. Rovers’ fightback saw them pull one back on 55 minutes through an own goal, Hayden Wharmby levelling the scores a minute later before Mark Summers completed the comeback five minutes from time. Blidworth Welfare made it back to back wins as they beat visitors Mansfield Hosiery Mills 2-0, Paul Revuelta scored a first half goal with Julian Topliss making the game safe in the closing minutes.
Newark Town’s unbeaten league run was extended to 22 matches as they comfortably saw off local rivals Collingham 5-0 at the YMCA Activity Village. Tyler Martin put them ahead on 11 minutes, adding a second on the half hour Lewis Chambers getting the third a minute before the break. Daryl Price added to the total with an hour played, Jonny Wiles rounding off the scoring in the 69th minute. Retford United finished their game at Crowle Colts with eight men after having three players sent off. Despite this they still came away with the points after a 3-0 win. Dean Conway’s goals on 14 and 39 minutes gave them the half time lead, Brandon Kane scoring the third on 75 minutes. Harworth Colliery had a short journey to the Keepmoat Stadium and went home with the points following a 4-1 defeat of AFC Bentley. All the goals came in the second half, Charlie Baird scoring twice before Leigh Warriner got a third on 76 minutes. Oliver Beaglehole pulled one back a couple pf minutes later before Callum Brookes’ goal in the final minute. A Darren Bird brace saw Thorne Colliery to a 2-1 win at home against Dronfield Town Reserves whose goal came from Liam O’Brien. The local derby at Manor Way went the way of Sutton Rovers who were 4-2 winners over Askern. Mitch Wain put Sutton in front after 8 minutes, Jacob Toomer with an equaliser with 16 minutes played, Callum Stockton giving Sutton the lead with two goals just before half time. Connor Evans increased the lead in the 52nd minute, Toomer’s second ending the scoring on the hour.
In the Macron Store Stoke Division One North, leaders St Josephs Rockware picked up maximum points again with a 6-1 defeat of Harworth Colliery. In a game of two halves Harworth were in front at half time but St Josephs stepped up a gear in the second half inspired by Reece Twell’s hat trick with Chris Lovett, Ben Brown and Dan Wiltshire also finding the net. They weren’t the division’s highest scorers however as Wakefield put eight past Linby Colliery. Mike Owusu top scored with four, Napoleon Petridis added two with Sopula Ubah and Lennard Okalo also on the scoresheet. Linby did manage one in reply scored by Toby Birch. Boynton Sports had Luke Pickering to thank as he scored the only goal of the game at Nottingham Education. Nottingham and Epworth Town Colts each took a point from a 2-2 draw, Ricco Spencer and Ayleal Dill’s goals for Nottingham being matched by Gary Moment and Ryan Douglas. Retford United picked up their first win since August, winning 3-1 at home to Chesterfield Town with Adam Townsend, Alex Bennett and Stuart Easom the scorers.
There were just two matches in Division One South. Mickleover Sports moved into second place after a 5-0 win at Borrowash Victoria. Scorers for Sports were Joe Hopkins, Fin Baker, Kyle Clarke, Lewis Belgrave and Ben Lewin. Ripley Town moved their game with Woodhouse Colts to Kilburn Welfare, a 2-2 draw the outcome. Jason Barratt and Josh Tonks found the net for Ripley with Kirtis Chadburn and Wez O’Rourke making sure the points were shared.
Finally, two second round ties in the Mansfield Lodge Hotel Division One Cup. Wirksworth Ivanhoe put out Division One South leaders Long Eaton United Community 2-1 thanks to goals from Matt Leask and Dan Watson, Reece Widdowson replying for Long Eaton. Bakewell Town’s tie with Selston also finished 2-1, Aaron Maund scoring a late winner for Bakewell after Aaron Cottrell had put them ahead and Aaron Darch had equalise for Selston.