A roundup of the action from the last week of the year.
The old year bowed out with a handful of matches which escaped the combination of pandemic restrictions and waterlogged and frozen pitches before the new one dawned with the CML seeming more like the South Yorkshire league. With two of Monday’s four scheduled Premier South Division matches washed out it was left to Hilton Harriers and Rowsley 86 to stage the last two matches of the year. Mickleover Reserves were the visitors and despite being reduced to ten men for 80 minutes managed to overcome the handicap to run out 3-1 winners with goals from Bobby Battison, Gus Williamson and Tom Eccleshall, Hilton’s reply coming from Jim Rushby. Rowsley ended the year on a high with a hard fought 3-2 win over Holbrook St Michaels, James Gemmell, Daniel Gilbride and a late winner from Andrew Roome saw them home with Darren Cartwright getting both for Holbrook. Sutton Rovers’ super striker Adi Parker took his personal goal tally to ten in the last three games as he ran in four of his side’s goals as they handed out a second successive defeat to Dinnington Town, who went down 5-1. Parker scored in the 22nd and 26th minutes to give Sutton the early advantage before the visitors pulled one back through Sheldon Jordan on the stroke of half time. Callum Stockton got a third five minutes after the restart before Parker finished the job with strikes on 68 and 77 minutes. AFC Bentley moved up to third after a close 2-1 win over Boynton Sports. On a heavy pitch Bentley went ahead on 19 minutes with a Josh Bowkett goal before Connor Gregg levelled on the half hour. Bentley’s winner came in the 53rd minute, Joe Smith the matchwinner. Retford United, many of whose players are based in South Yorkshire, travelled to AFC Phoenix where they were 5-0 winners. Mark West scored the only goal of the first half after 17 minutes, Retford stepping up a gear after the break as Sam Foulds doubled the lead on 54 minutes before quickfire goals from Igor Mlynarski and Dean Conway midway through the half, a Mason Barlow penalty in the 75th minute sealing the win. The final game of 2020 was under the Moorends floodlights where Thorne Colliery played out the year with a 3-0 win against Renishaw with goals from Danny Boulton, Daniel Gibbons and Matthew Gains.