Three midweek matches on consecutive nights as this season’s Abacus Lighting Floodlit Cup got underway.
Teversal kept up their remarkable run of penalty wins as for the third time this season they relied on the shootout to win through. On the receiving end this time were Retford FC’s Development team. It was 2-2 at the end of the game with Billy Stafford giving the visitors a half time lead. Cameron Pinnick levelled two minutes into the second half and followed up with a second on 75 minutes. That looked to have won it but Josh Fraiwald took the match to penalties with a goal two minutes into added time, Teversal advancing 3-2 from the spot. Two North Division teams met on Wednesday night, Club Thorne Colliery beating Collingham 3-1 at Moorends. The deadlock wasn’t broken until two minutes before half time when Josh Gelder gave Thorne the lead. Joe Sellers levelled four minutes after the break, Gelder getting his second with a 76th minute penalty before Morgan Brown finally settled the tie in the final minute. Clay Cross had a 115 mile round trip to Scunthorpe on Thursday to face Bottesford Development in a tie that looked a forgone conclusion. Although the Millers won 3-1, the home side weren’t overawed. Callam Lytham opened the scoring in the 27th minute, getting a second after an hour through Billy Brooks. Regan Edridge made the game safe for the visitors three minutes later, Kurt Gollings getting a consolation for Bottesford with ten to play.
The two matches in the Black Dragon Badges North Division resulted in much needed away wins for South Yorkshire teams AFC Bentley’s revival continued with a third consecutive win, 3-2 at Harworth Colliery. Matty Gains put Harworth in front on 40 minutes, Craig Aspinall equalising in added time at the end of the first half. Harry Dunbar restored the home side’s lead midway through the second half but Bentley took the points with two goals at the death, Devon Hannen striking on 87 minutes and Josh
Bowkett adding the killer blow with 92 minutes on the clock. Hatfield Town picked up only their second three pointer of the season with an impressive 5-2 win at Staveley Reserves thanks to two goals from Bartek Grzywa and one each for Mitch Wain, Harvey Wood and Ethan Thorpe with Danny Fulwood getting both for
Pinxton drew level on points with Clay Cross at the top of the South Division following a 4-0 defeat of Cromford & Wirksworth Town. Tristan Burrell starred for Pinxton with a hat trick, Cory Hardy also finding the net. After a run of four successive defeats Graham Street Prims returned to form with a 3-1 win at South Normanton. Scorers for Prims were Max Bulmer with two and Harry Burkinshaw while Jack Heald got one for the Shiners. With games in hand on the top two, Mickleover RBL are handily placed having lost only once so far this season. They came through a tricky looking game against Teversal with all the points after a 2-1 win. Jordan Lee scored twice on 38 and 82 minutes Connor Bower’s goal for Tevie coming on 84.
There were two delayed ties in the Buckingham Insurance League Cup. In a fiercely contested North v South encounter Clay Cross edged out Dearne & District 2-1. After a goalless first 45, the Millers took a 62 minute lead with a Mike Williams goal, an own goal levelling things six minutes later. The match was settled in added time at the end of the game with a superb strike from Williams to settle a game which neither side deserved to lose. Rowsley 86 pulled off a minor shock as they came from behind to topple Yorkshire Main 4-3. Damian Wieczorek gave Main the perfect start with two goals in the first nine minutes, Aaron Eyre reducing the deficit three minutes before the break. Rowsley upped their game in the second half, Noah Evans equalising and Harley Stones giving them the lead. Evans put daylight between the teams ten minutes from time before Wieczorek completed his hat trick in the final minutes.
There were three matches in the Macron Store Nottingham Division One North. Harworth Colliery were four goal winners at NEFA, Jacob Furniss, Elliot Allsop, Nathan Holland and Kenzie Tomlinson. Sheffield FC beat 780 JLC by the odd goal in seven. An Alfie Bakes double put Sheffield on the right track, Nathan Watson pulling one back a minute before the interval. Gabriel Oloko restored the two goal advantage, but Watson’s second and one for Olly Bradbury brought the teams level, Demetrius Timms nicking it for Sheffield in the 87th minute. In the other match
Bessacarr beat Bottesford Town 3-0. The goals coming from Beau Bailey, Jordan Wilkinson and Callum Bojcic who sealed the win with a lob from the edge of the area.
The only match in the West Division saw a 5-0 win for Mayfield over South Normanton, Harry Breeze and Sam Handley both scoring two, with one for Ryan Austin.
There were three wins for CML clubs from the four ties in the Divisional Cup North. Bakewell Town went on a scoring spree at Tideswell United, winning 8-1, Alex Moth scored four, Louie Davies two, with one each for James Bean and Rob Littlewood. Glapwell came from behind to beat Bamford 2-1 with goals from Ben Copestake and a Dan Williams penalty. It was also 2-1 at AFC Normanton where Owen Stockley and Jak Lightly’s strikes knocked out Furness Vale. The only team to miss out were Wirksworth Ivanhoe who went out 9-8 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Tintwistle Athletic, Lucas Brough with Ivanhoe’s goal.
Heanor Town also went out on penalties in the Divisional Cup South at Gresley Rovers Reserves after a 4-4 draw, the visitors going out 7-6 from the spot. Mickleover Reserves thumped Belper United 8-1, Declan Brown scoring a hat trick, Elliott Andrew getting two, with Owen Parr, Finley Ryder and Jayden Cozens adding one apiece. Adam Thorp with the goal for Belper. Melbourne Dynamo beat fellow CML side Kilburn 5-0, Jack Goodband with two and one each for Charlie Tovell, Carl Allsop and Conor Poynton. Holbrook St Michaels match at Bargate Rivers was abandoned due to serious injury to a Bargate player to whom go best wishes for a full recovery.
In the Junior Cup South Mickleover RBL’s reserves won 3-0 at Markeaton, Jordan Wright with two, Charlie Harrison also finding the net while Holbrook St Michaels Reserves went down 5-1 at Inte