After last week’s League Cup ties, cup competitions again made inroads into the fixture list with CML teams taking part in no fewer than seven different county FA competitions.
There were still a number of league fixtures however. Friday’s match in the Black Badges South Division involved the two teams who were looking for their first win of the season. The result was decisive, Mansfield Hosiery Mills outplaying Ashland Rovers to notch up an 8-0 win. There were two goals each for Luke Manlove and Liam Waller, the others coming from Luke Waller, Danny Keenan, Elliott Nunn and James Keenan, leaving Ashland rooted at the foot of table. Saturday in the south saw two matches played. Three second half goals gave Linby Colliery the points against neighbours Arnold Town, Tremere Lindo, Sean Craven and Connor Gillan with the goals. Rob Fretwell scored twice in Pinxton’s 4-1 defeat of Nottingham FC. Tom Sharpe and Ben Jones also found the net, while Nathaniel Anani got the goal for the visitors.
A red letter day for Kiveton Miners Welfare as they picked up their first points of the season at AFC Phoenix. The home side took a 35th minute lead with an Ildephonse Hussein penalty, but Kiveton took the points with Ryan Ellison’s 73rd minute goal being followed by Will Palmer’s clincher ten minutes from time. Dinnington Town got what might prove to be three important points from a 3-1 win at home to Club Thorne Colliery. After a goalless first 45, Dinnington hit the visitors with three goals in a ten minutes spell, Aaron Moxam netting on 61 and 66 minutes, Justin Circuit getting the third five minutes later, Josh Gelder scoring a consolation for Thorne three minutes from time. Retford took their winning run to seven with a 2-0 win against Yorkshire Main. Both goals came in the first eight minutes, Jonathan Froggatt with the first on 6 minutes, Liam Nelthorpe’s second following two minutes later. A single strike from Dearne & District’s Joe Austin in the 55th minute gained them maximum points at SJR Worksop.Two Harworth Colliery goals in the dying minutes robbed Hatfield Town of their first win of the season. Daniel Parkes gave Hatfield a 23rd minute lead, Bartek Grzywa putting them further ahead with a second half penalty. However they were thwarted late on as Bayley Lowe scored in the 89th minute, Rio Allan completing the Houdini act in added time.
One of the outstanding ties in the Buckingham Insurance League Cup resulted in an overwhelming 10-1 win for Staveley Reserves over Crowle Colts Development. Harley Butcher-Simpson and Charlie Bingham both scored twice, the rest of the goals shared between Sam Jackson, Max Cook, Ethan Wilkinson, Callum Brown, Sam Roebuck and Tyler Whapplington. Nathan Smith was the scorer for Crowle.
There was one game in each division of the Macron Store Nottingham Division One. In the north Worksop Town drew 3-3 with Doncaster Elite whose goals were scored by Bradey Burden, Jacob Tupling and Travis Gordon. Clipstone won 6-3 in the east division at Ashland Rovers who led through Kieran Starbuck, Danny Barke equalising before Dylan Starbuck put Ashland ahead for the second time. After that Clipstone took control with Jamie Royle scoring twice, Aidan Reader, Ryan Hawley and Ash Turner making it six before Kieran Starbuck got Ashland’s third. Melbourne Dynamo jumped to the top of the west division with a 3-1 defeat of Mickleover RBL with goals from Conor Poynton, Jack Goodband and Matt Brian.
There were mixed fortunes for CML clubs in the various County Cup Competitions. In the Notts Senior Trophy Retford FC hit the jackpot, winning 12-2 at Eastwood & Kimberley. Goals for Retford came from Billy Stafford who got four, Luke Bown (2), Luke Tong (2), Tom Atkins, Rourke Grundy, Kamron Jaftha and Liam Wallwork. Teversal Reserves progressed with a 3-0 defeat of FC Rossoneri. Danny Fletcher got them off to the perfect start in the 2nd minute, Conor Bower doubling the score on 32 and Nathan Flint getting the third two minutes into the second half. The third win came as Mansfield Hosiery Mills Reserves who beat FC Geordie 3-2, Liam Jepson (2) and Kelton Ashby with the goals. Ollerton Town couldn’t make it a clean sweep, going down 8-3 against Rushcliffe FC, Billy Cockburn scoring two and Teffanny Mendes.
The Derbyshire Divisional Cup saw four ties with Central Midlands sides facing each other in three. The northern competition saw a clear cut 8-0 win for Glapwell who cruised past Rowsley 86 by eight goals to nil. Sam Kelly led the way with a first half hat trick, Joe Houghton and Charlie Reeves making it five at the break with Connor Hicken, Tom McTighe and Logan Liggins scoring in the second half. A tight game At Cromford & Wirksworth Town went the way of Wirksworth Ivanhoe, a Tom Mellor goal settling the tie. In the southern section, Heanor Town were 6-3 winners at Little Eaton. Scorers for Heanor were Josh Jennison and Kaine Bray with two apiece, Sam Pipes and Tyrell Francis, the home team replying through Gavin McReady (2) and Ben Pick. Mason Booth Davies and Josh Lee were on the scoresheet for Mickleover RBL as they went out 3-2 at home to Newhall United. One game in the Derbyshire Junior Cup resulted in a 4-0 win For Holbrook St Michaels Reserves against Sherwin, a Joe Brumby hat trick and one for Matthew Brittle sealing a spot in the next round.
Castle Donington suffered an 8-2 defeat at the hands of Harborough Town Reserves in the Leicester and Rutland Intermediate Cup, the scorers Archie Moore and Rhys Brade
Finally in the second round of the Lincolnshire Junior Cup a local derby saw Bottesford Town lose by the odd goal in nine at the hands of Scotter United, Louis Scott and Rio Drury scoring two each.