Central Midlands Alliance Roundup for March 23rd

By Richard Lane

All the week's action in the CMAL is here

Central Midlands Alliance Roundup for March 23rd


A midweek of varied fortunes, a dry Tuesday followed by wet Wednesday which resulted in the very late postponement of the Floodlit Cup Final.

The two at the top of the Black Dragon Badges Premier South Division added three points to their totals. Pinxton had a 4-0 win against AFC Normanton, the damage being done in the first half, by which time the home side were three up. Sion Green with a hat trick, Joe Butler adding a penalty. A couple of miles down the road South Normanton had to come from behind before completing a 4-2 win against Mayfield. Marc Bright put the Shiners in front, but Mayfield turned things round, a double from Sam Handley giving them the lead. Bright brought the sides level, Josh Parfitt and Josh Devereux completing the turnround. Two goals in the last ten minutes deprived Teversal of any reward from the visit of Mickleover Reserves. The visitors took a ninth minute lead through Harry Atwal, Cameron Pinnick equalising with 17 played. Mickleover regained the lead with a penalty on the half hour from Marcus Tudgay, but Pinnick’s second a minute after half time levelled things again. Arthur Pashley put Tevie ahead for the first time midway through the second half, but the home side were undone as Tudgay completed a late hat trick.

The bottom two in the Premier North met at Scrooby Road on Tuesday night but it turned out to be a one-horse race as Harworth Colliery inflicted a 7-1 defeat on Glapwell. Two quick goals in the first ten minutes from Will Collingwood and Harvey Walker gave Harworth an early advantage but the visitors retained a toehold on the game as Ross Evans got one back on 26 minutes, but Marley Alder restored the two goal lead before the break. Will Gomes’ strike two minutes after the restart virtually ended the contest, Harworth increasing their lead through a Gomes penalty, a goal from Aaron Pickersgill and finally an own goal.

Blidworth Welfare reduced the gap at the top of Division One East to single figures following a 3-0 win over Long Bennington, the prolific Reilly Hodgkinson scoring twice and Josh Tate once, setting up a what looks like being a title decider between Blid and Kirton Brickworks on Saturday.

The two Derbyshire FA Divisional Cup Finals ended with mixed fortunes for our teams. In the North final Cromford & Wirksworth Town faced holders Tintwistle Athletic who went in front on 15 minutes. Ben Cartwright levelled three minutes before half time, the match ending in a 1-1 draw, Cromford losing the penalty shootout 5-4. There was always going to be a CMAL winner in the South final as Derby Singh Brothers and Mickleover RBL faced each other. Again, the match finished in a 1-1 draw with RBL going in front two minutes into the second half through Jordan Lee, Singh Brothers drawing level deep into stoppage time, Raza Mughal the scorer. The resulting set of penalties went in


A hat trick from Shay Evans-Booth inspired Dearne & District’s 4-0 win over Rossington Main Reserves. The league leaders reached the interval three up after a Baz Lowe goal was followed by a brace from Evans-Booth who went on to complete his treble in the second half. Dinnington Town tightened their grip on third spot with a comprehensive 6-1 defeat of Staveley Reserves. Dinnington got off to a racing start, Jordan Turner and Ashley Cooper putting them two up with only eight minutes on the clock. Turner got his second on 20 minutes, Justin Circuit making it four on the stroke of half time. Turner got his third five minutes into the second half, and after Ethan Robinson had got one for Staveley, Kyle Skeldon finished the scoring nine minutes from time. A good week for Harworth Colliery ended with a 3-2 defeat of Yorkshire Main. Marley Alder’s second minute goal was followed by one from Will Collingwood on 33 minutes and another from Adam Morrison in the second half, but a late revival by the visitors saw and Sam Race come close to spoiling Harworth’s day. Goals from Jacob Tupling, Sam Limber and Bartek Chrobak saw Elite to a 3-0 win against Chesterfield Youth and it was the same score at Sandy Lane where SJR Worksop got the better of Woodhouse Colts, making it seven wins in a row and lifting them into the top half of the table, Tom Mullen (2) and Charlie Baird with the goals. In contrast Kiveton Miners Welfare recorded their first win in nine, a 3-2 win at AFC Phoenix their first in 2024. Hassan Daud’s 16th minute opener for Phoenix was answered by a Solly Limb penalty on 33 minutes. Kiveton went ahead midway through the second half through Abdul Alghamdi but within two minutes Lewis Fretwell levelled again. Kiveton took the points with a goal from Mosab Gadour on 75 minutes.

In the Premier South, third placed Melbourne Dynamo suffered a 6-2 home defeat at the hands of Wirksworth Ivanhoe, who now occupy fifth place in the table. Ryan Marchington was the star man with four of Wirksworth’s goals, Sam Smith with the other two while Tyler Withers and Jake Peverley reduced the arrears for Dynamo. Mickleover RBL followed up their midweek cup success with a 2-1 win at Linby Colliery. Josh Lee’s penalty after 27 minutes was answered by Mason Moore two minutes before the break, Lee Hillier with Mickleover’s winner on 61 minutes. Derby Singh Brothers, who still have eighteen league games to play, took all three points from their home game against Holbrook St Michaels, a Lee Williamson hat trick and one for Raza Mughal giving them a 4-1 win with Sam Smithurst scoring Holbrook’s goal. Bakewell Town switched their home clash with Cromford & Wirksworth Town and for the second week running benefitted from the switch as they went home 2-1 to the good. Matt Dranfield gave Cromford the lead in the first five minutes, Ewan Sutherill equalising just before half time. Bakewell’s winner scored by Matt Kelcey in the final few minutes. Arnold Town won a close encounter at Teversal 2-1, all the goals coming in the first half. Trem Lindo opened Arnold’s account on 5 minutes, Tom Widdowson’s penalty bringing the scores level ten minutes later, Liam Black scoring the decisive goal just before half time. A single goal scored by Chris Palmer brought Mickleover Reserves maximum points from their match at Mayfield.

In the Macron Store Nottingham Division One North there was a day it may be difficult to forget for Appleby Frodingham as they were swamped 16-1 by Worksop Town. There were hat tricks for Ethan Slater, Rosti Yaramenko and Alfie Parnell, two each for Louis Brown and Kirk Bradshaw and one apiece from Asher Shafiq, Rhys Butterworth and Samir Arrian. It was a lot closer at Bessacarr where Sheffield FC edged past the home side 2-1. Gabriel Oloko and OJ Pyke got the goals for the visitors, Jack Dormer with Bessacarr’s reply.

The destination of the Division One East title was all but decided on Saturday as Blidworth Welfare saw off their only challengers Kirton Brickworks 3-0. Blidworth are now five points adrift with five games in hand and have dropped only two points this season. Kirton suffered only their second defeat of the season and deserve great credit for being in contention for so long. Goalscorers for Blidworth were Tris Burrell, Liam Carver and Reilly Hodgkinson. Ashland Rovers won at Long Bennington 3-2. Finn Clarke gave the home side the lead with a 14th minute penalty, Jordan Davis levelling five minutes later. Long Bennington retook the lead just after the hour but then conceded an own goal, before Ashland pinched the points through Dylan Gipp deep into stoppage time. After two successive goalless draws, Linby Colliery found the net at Ollerton Town, Sam Coxon taking the points with the only goal of the game.

It’s a lot closer in the West Division where four points separate the top four teams. Kilburn, the current leaders won 5-0 at Rowsley 86. Danny O’Donnell scored on 33 minutes, Jordan Mighty with another just two minutes later. A second half hat trick from Ben Hilton put Kilburn back on top a point clear of Holbrook Sports. Holbrook were 3-0 winners at Inter Belper, Mike Birkinshaw with a double, Brad Daly also on the scoresheet. Mickleover Athletic kept in contention after a 2-0 win at Bargate Rovers, Sam Groves and Jamie Laird with the goals. Holbrook St Michaels and Belper United played out a goalless draw.

Castle Donington moved off the bottom of Division One South after a 4-3 win at Hemington Hammers, Ashley Henshall with two, Scott Bucknall and Josh Charleston the matchwinners. Burton United climbed to the top of the table following a convincing 9-3 win at Punjab United. On the scoresheet for Burton were Jamie Disney, Nathan Abbey and Afamfuna Ijeh who got two apiece, Bubacarr Jallow, Dan Lowes and Rei Met-Lam. Baobab United are second after winning 2-1 at Hilton Harriers, Bamoussa Cisse with both goals, Dan Dolby replying for the Harriers.

In the Drayton PACS Division Two, Ashland Rovers completed a successful day for the club by beating Bargate Rovers 5-0 thanks to two from Michael Dennis and one each for Johnny Baka, Ash Cunningham and Joe Sanders. Little Eaton entertained Winster Darley Lions, winning 4-2. Sam Hartshorne and Tee Mash shared the goals for the hosts, Josh Raybould with both for Winster.

Allenton United progressed in the Division One Cup, Labrada Domini and Lewis Wilson scoring in a 2-0 win against Armthorpe Welfare. Meanwhile in the Mel Williams Division Two Cup the tie between Sherwin and Aston Village ended in a 1-1 draw, Kyran Marshall with the goal for Sherwin and James Cokayne for Aston, Sherwin winning the shootout 6-5. Willington United launched a six goal second half blitz to eliminate Castle Donington 6-1. Four goals in 14 minutes killed the game off, Charlie Carter opened the floodgates on 54 minutes, Mason Bannister added another two and Corey Wright one, Bannister and Wright rubbing it in with two more in the final five minutes.

Richard Lane

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