After a sixteen week break, Division One restarted with a number of teams missing after they opted not to complete the season.
Tuesday evening saw the first three matches get underway. In the North Division Glapwell made the long trip to Thorne, returning with a 4-0 win under their belts. Grant Mitchell gave them a first half lead from the penalty spot, the visitors stepping up the pace in the second half, Joel Searson adding a second on 72 minutes with Stephan Brown and Daniel Hamilton stretching the lead in the final fifteen minutes. Long Eaton Community kept their perfect record in the South section, their latest success coming with a 3-0 defeat of Ripley Town thanks to goals from James Gale, Josh Lawe and Klein Gwenero. The first hat trick since the restart was scored by PMG’s Ebrima Kuyateh but it wasn’t enough to take the points as hosts Clifton All Whites ran in five of their own with Ben Cooke scoring twice and James Itokun, Lewis Radford and Andrew Brigham adding one each.
On the following night Sheffield maintained their 100% record in the North Division with a 2-1 win over 780 JLC. All three goals came in the first quarter, Jamie Yates putting the home side in front after just 4 minutes and Max Rhodes doubling the lead with 18 played. The Scunthorpe based side pulled one back five minutes later through Nathan Watson, but that proved to the end of the scoring. In the Central Division, Kilburn also made it a perfect start, winning 3-0 at Ashland Rovers. Stuart O’Toole scored on 10 and 50 minutes, Jordan Mighty getting the third in the 54th minute.
Thorne Colliery played their second game of the week on Friday evening and fared better as they put five past Newark Town without reply. Jake Oliver scored twice and there was a goal apiece for Owen Greaves, Oliver Beaglehole and Callum Verhees.
Something had to give at Glapwell as the two unbeaten sides in the North section clashed and it was Sheffield who continued their winning run as they came out on top 2-1. Alex Wonham put the visitors ahead after 15 minutes, Ben Copestake levelling ten minutes later. The deciding goal came on 71 minutes, Cameron Burgin clinching it for Sheffield. The local derby between Bessacarr and Harworth Colliery finished all square, the final score 2-2. Stan Gilkes gave Bessacarr the lead but goals from Marley Alder and Michael Wibberley put Harworth ahead at the interval before Beau Bailey ensured the points were shared.
Goals were at a premium in the Central Division, the three matches producing just four goals. Cromford and Wirksworth Town were 2-0 winners at Woodhouse Colts thanks to strikes from Lewis Land and Aaron Taylor. Ashland Rovers picked up their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Holbrook St Michaels, Connor Barnes’ goal for Ashland being answered by Charlie Harrison. Bakewell Town and Wirksworth Ivanhoe played out a goalless draw.
Melbourne Dynamo carried on where they left off with a 5-2 defeat of Linby Colliery. Matt Brian scored two with Karl Munton, Matt Savage and Jack Goodband also on the scoresheet. Ally Staley and Travis Shooter were on target for Linby.