Central Midlands Alliance League Roundup for March 16th

By Richard Lane

All the week's action in the CMAL

Central Midlands Alliance Roundup for March 16th


Just a couple of midweek matches survived yet another downpour. On Tuesday night Mickleover Reserves won 13-4 against a very young Linby Colliery team which included eight teenagers. Scorers for Linby were Mason Moore with two, Evan Smith and Spencer Pollitt.
Wednesday night’s match resulted in a fifth consecutive win for SJR Worksop, this time 3-2 at Rossington Main Reserves. The visitors were inspired by a Charlie Baird hat trick, Main’s goals coming from Demba Ramsey and a Mason Laws penalty while on Thursday Staveley Reserves travelled to Pinxton to face Chesterfield Youth, Staveley taking the points thanks to a JJ Cutts goal.


The final spot in the semi finals of the Buckingham Insurance League Cup was claimed by Doncaster City who had Darren Bird to thank, his 39th minute goal the only one of their game against Elite AFC. Doncaster now face Cromford & Wirksworth Town in the semis

The upper reaches of the Black Dragon Badges Premier South Division begin to look a little more interesting after the afternoon’s games with the top two both dropping points. Leaders Pinxton had ground advantage handed to them but failed to make it count, Bakewell Town switching their game due to their unfit pitch and returning home with the points after a 3-1 win. James Handley and Aaron Maunde gave Bakewell the half time advantage and although Brad Hall got one back, Stu Baker sealed the win. Melbourne Dynamo dropped to third following a 4-2 reverse at Cromford & Wirksworth Town. Dylan Muir gave Dynamo the lead, Jordan Watts equalising before half time. Oscar Supple gave the visitors the lead again, Ben Cartwright’s penalty levelling the scores again, Scott Taylor and Cartwright’s second ensuring the points for Cromford. South Normanton took advantage of the slip-ups with a 3-1 win at Wirksworth Ivanhoe. Josh Parfitt and Josh Devereux put the visitors in front at the break, Jordan Macaskill added to the lead before Lewis Higton reduced the arrears. Hero of the hour was the Shiners’ makeshift keeper James Beardow who saved a late Ivanhoe penalty. At last a reason to be cheerful for Holbrook St Michaels who picked up maximum points for only the second time this season with a 2-1 win over Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Sam Smithurst and Danny Mee did the trick for the hosts, Matt Fowler with the goal for the Millers. Holbrook are now just a point behind Mayfield who crashed 5-0 at Linby Colliery. Linby were four up at half time, Ethan Fells opening the scoring in the fifth minute. Joe Butler on 20 minutes and Zac Hamilton on 35 added to the lead, Butler getting his second moments before the interval before completing his hat trick four minutes from time from the penalty spot. Graham St Prims also reversed their fixture and they too didn’t have cause to regret it, winning 3-0 at Teversal, Reagan Bickerton scoring on 19 minutes, Max Bulmer getting a second four minutes later and making the points safe ten minutes into the second half. Josh Lee, Conor Livingstone, Sam Vickers and Lee Hillier were all on the scoresheet for Mickleover RBL in their 4-1 defeat of Arnold Town, Toby Francis with the goal for the Eagles.

Dearne & District and Dinnington Town clashed at Goldthorpe and came out of it with a point apiece following a 2-2 draw. Dearne took an early lead with a Shay Evans-Booth strike, but were pegged back by Lewis Twibell in the 19th minute. A minute after half time Justin Circuit put the visitors ahead for the first time, Dearne’s Jake Phillis bringing the sides level again. The result alters the situation at the top of the Premier North with Doncaster City now five points adrift with two games in hand.
AFC Bentley got back to winning ways as a crosstown trip to Yorkshire Main resulted in a 3-2 win. Main got off to the better start, Tristan Taylor putting them in front with just two minutes played, an own goal doubling the lead which lasted until just after the break, Theo Mowatt pulling one back on 43 minutes and equalising on 49. The decider didn’t come until the last five minutes when Bailey Willard clinched it for Bentley. AFC Phoenix left it late to rescue a point from their home match with Hatfield Town in a 2-2 draw. Keegan Hepplestone had put Phoenix in front on 40 minutes but Hatfield grabbed the advantage with James Bytheway equalising five minutes into the second half and Mitch Wain putting them ahead with 77 played. It was in the second minute of added time when Phoenix nicked a point, Joe Storey finding the net. Kiveton Miners Welfare are still looking for their first win of 2024 after a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Rossington Main Reserves. Scorers for Rossington were Mason Laws, Liam Cooper and Ben Clark, Kiveton’s goal coming from Jack Payne. Glapwell had their most encouraging result for a while, with only a goal deep into extra time confirming a 3-1 loss at form team SJR Worksop. The match was scoreless until the 58th minute when an own goal put the home side ahead, Lee Betts with a second on 72 minutes. A penalty converted by Vishnu Panikkar ten minutes from time put Glapwell back in contention but with 95 minutes on the clock Alex Boyd put the result beyond doubt. A result to lighten the gloom at Harworth Colliery as a goal a minute into the second half from Marley Alder was enough to take the points at Staveley Reserves.

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There were wins for the top two in the East Division. Current leaders Kirton Brickworks had goal machine Jack March to thank for their 4-3 win against Ashland Rovers. March scored all four of Kirton’s goals, including two in the first four minutes, taking his season’s total to 24. For Ashland the goals came from Giovanni Andew, Ashley Foster and Tom Martin. Blidworth beat Ollerton Town 5-2. Tris Burrell got Blidworth off to the perfect start with a second minute goal, Reilly Hodgkinson converting a penalty before adding a third. Liam Carver made it 4-0 before the visitors pulled a couple back through Guerrero Mane and an Archie Ward penalty, Charlie Miller with Blidworth’s fifth. Next Saturday’s clash between the two leaders should be interesting. An improving Sleetmoor United beat Pilsley 2-1 thanks to goals from Will Price and Adam Gosden, Rhys Wallhead replying for Pilsley. RHP and Linby Colliery played out a goalless draw.

Kilburn preserved their place at the top in Division One West after a 4-2 win at home to Bakewell Town. Jordan Mighty scored on 4 and 15 minutes, giving Kilburn an early boost, Bakewell finally got one back through Jack Heath’s goal five minutes into the second half but Josh Jennison restored the two goal cushion midway through the half and although Leighton Bowering got another one for the visitors, Jennison had the final word ten minutes from the end. Bargate Rovers drew 2-2 with bottom side Cromford & Wirksworth Town. Will Welch put Bargate ahead after 14 minutes, but Aaron Taylor brought the sides level in the 28th minute and put Cromford in front with 49 played, but a 76Th minute penalty converted by George Bradley meant a point each. Heanor Town and Belper United drew 1-1, Tony Kemp the scorer for Belper, while Little Eaton were 4-1 winners against Inter Belper.

Three matches produced only five goals in the South section. Burton United joined Hilton Harriers at the head of the table, United winning at Hemington Hammers thanks to a goal from Luke Gattuor. Hilton were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Sunnyhill, Conner Franklin’s goal for the Harriers matched by Sunnyhill’s Rashann Robinson. Baobab United won 2-0 at Burton Hornets with Bamoussa Cisse and Maher Mahamed the goal scorers.

Division Two leaders Melbourne Dynamo lost for only the second time this season, a tight game ending in a 4-3 defeat at home to Willington United. Despite goals from Joe Shadbolt and Robin Bentley with an own goal, Willington took all three points thanks to Mason Bannister, Corey Wright, Charlie Carter and Ben Holder. Markeaton were 4-0 winners against Winster Darley Lions. With a double from Joe Daly firstly on the half hour mark with another on 37 minutes, Markeaton were well set by half time. Further strikes from Max Cleveley and Sam Hather confirmed the win. Ashland Rovers took their total to eleven in two games as they won 4-1 at Wirksworth Ivanhoe. Ash Cunningham, Nathan Atkins, Adam Brennan and Callum Jones were all on target for Ashland, Callum Grace replying for Ivanhoe. Sherwin also scored four with Jack Rafferty, Oliver Wood, Marcus Holder and Carlos Grant inspiring a 4-0 win at Ashover.

Richard Lane

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