This weekend’s action was dominated by the second round of the Buckingham Insurance League Cup.
Friday night saw the outstanding first round tie played as Pinxton finally got their match with Nottingham underway at the fourth attempt. Goals from Joe Riley, Nathan Benger, making his first start after a 13 month injury layoff and Jay Cooper gave the home side a 3-2 win and a home tie against Holbrook Sports on Wednesday night, with Nottingham’s goals coming from Seke Spence and Mo Sillah.
The round two ties went more or less to the formbook, with no great surprises on the day. Only one Division One side progressed, Long Eaton Community winning 3-1 at Collingham. A first half hat trick from Josh Lawe who struck in the 7th, 11th and 31st minutes gave the Derbyshire side a comfortable lead. Collingham raised their game in the second half, Tom Johnson scoring five minutes in but that was as close as they got. Retford United trounced Cromford and Wirksworth Town 7-1 at Cannon Park. Retford were five goals up by the interval, Ryan Smyth scoring twice, Zach Casburn converting two penalties and Muhamet Gashi also finding the net. Igor Mlynarski and Brandon Ashmore completed Retford’s goalscoring, Ryan Smith getting a consolation for the visitors seven minutes from time. Hilton Harriers played Ripley Town for the second week running and, as they did in the previous meeting, scored six. Jamie Atkinson set them on their way on 16 minutes with Mitch Lord and Karl Chadfield adding goals before half time. Max Bulmer added number four with 62 played before William Ungless-Brookes got one back for Ripley from inside his own half. Larry Fantini and Bulmer with his second, rounded things off for Ripley. Rowsley 86 beat Chesterfield Town 2-0, Ricky Shortt and Noah Evans the scorers and it was the same outcome at Crowle Colts where the home side saw off Boynton Sports with two goals from Danny Barrowcliffe. Selston Reserves found Holbrook St Michaels too hot to handle, the match finishing 6-0 to the visitors whose scorers were Frazer Kirk, Joe Brumby, Daz Cartwright, Kyle Wadsworth and Matt Harris, an own goal making up the half dozen. The day’s top scorers were Ashland Rovers who cast off a winless run of six league games by thumping Blidworth Welfare 8-2 at the Welfare Ground. It was Hayden Wharmby’s afternoon as he ran in five with Stefan Cobb, Ben Jones and Brad Newby adding one apiece. Both Blidworth goals came from former Ashland player Paul Revuelta. Tristan Burrell scored a hat trick in Sherwood Colliery Reserves’ 5-3 defeat of Sutton Rovers. It was nip and tuck as Joel McCabe and Tom Doherty equalised Burrell’s first two goals. His third was followed by one from Jordan Ingram and although Mitch Wain got a third for Sutton, Ingram’s second settled the tie. Staveley Reserves were 4-2 winners at Renishaw Rangers with Elliott Nunn (2), Alex Sanderson and Reece Clegg their scorers, Ryan Bates getting both for Rangers. Underwood Villa pulled off their second win of the season, coming back from Doncaster with a 4-2 win at AFC Bentley. Adam Sandhu with two, Kieran Harwood and Josh Hunt were Villa’s matchwinners with Michael Attard and Sam Booker on target for Bentley. The other two ties went to extra time. Mansfield Hosiery Mills accomplished the rare feat of scoring against Dinnington Town, Kieran Johnson’s goal being chalked off by Dan Cain, who scored twice more in extra time to put the home side through 3-1. Teversal Reserves also went through 3-1 at Mickleover RBL in extra time after the game reached 90 minutes level at 1-1, Luke Thomas scoring for the legion and Robbie Bestwick for Tevie. A Jordan Black penalty and a goal from Ki Smith saw the visitors through.
Just two league games were played. Phoenix moved off the bottom of the Black Dragon Badges North Division with a 2-0 defeat of Thorne Colliery. Adam Houghton put them ahead on 37 minutes, Marcus Gordon making it safe six minutes from time.
In the Macron Store Stoke Division One North St Joseph’s Rockware kept hold of their 100% record and moved to the top of the table by beating Nottingham Education 2-1. Jack Hardy with a penalty and Pete Scott five minutes from time won it for St Joseph’s, Courtney Samuels getting the home side’s goal.
Harworth Colliery Reserves took a second minute lead through Ross Taylor in the Sheffield and Hallam FA Association Cup, but peaked too early as Athersley Rec Reserves went on to win the match 5-1.
Borrowash Victoria lost 4-0 to Gresley Rovers Reserves in the Derbyshire FA Divisional cup South.