At long last a breath of spring, with no postponements whatsoever, long may it continue.
The Friday night match saw Linby Colliery travel to Blidworth Welfare in the Black Dragon Badges South division, the home side overturning a two goal deficit to take a point from a 2-2 draw. Linby went in front on 21 minutes with a great strike from Elliott Jones and added a second from Tom Hilton eight minutes into the second half. Blidworth got a foothold into the game thanks to an own goal ten minutes from the end and took a point with a superb finish from Jake Tittley in the final minute.
Saturday’s matches saw an in-form Rowsley 86 take on table toppers Sherwood Colliery Reserves, the match ending in a 1-1 draw with the veteran Pete Stubley scoring for Rowsley and Tristan Burrell replying for the Wood. Clay Cross Town moved within two points of Sherwood with two games in hand following a decisive 7-0 defeat of Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Josh Parfitt opened the scoring on 15 minutes, Lewis Macaskill and Callam Lytham giving the home side a three goal lead by half time. Lytham added a fourth a minute after the restart, Macaskill completing his hat trick before Billy Brooks rounded off the scoring fifteen minutes from time. Pinxton kept in touch with a 3-1 win at Underwood Villa. Sion Green put them ahead in the first half, Luke Thomas getting a second on 55 minutes, Underwood pulled a goal back shortly afterwards through George Cooper before Thomas settled it with a late penalty. It was the same score at Teversal where their reserves added to bottom club Mickleover RBL’s woes. Ben Agbakosi, Brett Dodsworth and Kyle Pottage-Coleman were Tevie’s matchwinners, George Teeney with the goal for the legion. Swanwick had an impressive 4-0 win away at Holbrook St Michaels with the ever-reliable Guy Wilding scoring twice, Dean Owen and David Robinson also on target. Holbrook Sports inflicted a 3-1 defeat on struggling Arnold Town with goals from Micky Dunne, who got two, and James Toplis. A single goal from Ashland Rovers’ Tyler Dangerfield proved decisive in their game with Hilton Harriers.
In the Black Dragon Badges North division, leaders Newark Town were among the goals again, putting seven past Appleby Frodingham at Brumby Hall. Jammy Lloyd set the ball rolling on 22 minutes with Lewis Chambers getting two and George Asplin one before half time. There was no respite for Frod in the second half as both Chambers and Asplin completed their hat tricks, all seven goals coming in the space of forty minutes. With Dinnington out of action, Retford United pulled in one of their games in hand, beating AFC Bentley 4-0. Dean Conway scored on 28 minutes, completing a first half hat trick with two goals just before the break, Alex Bartholomew getting the final goal five minutes after the restart. In an action packed game at Scrooby Road Harworth Colliery suffered a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Thorne Colliery. Charlie Baird with two and Matty Bradley scored for the home side but Thorne took the points thanks to Kirk Frost (2), Matthew Wilson, Darren Bird and Nicky Howcroft. Staveley Reserves consolidated their top six position with a narrow 2-1 win over Collingham. Matthew Davies and Reece Clegg were on target for Staveley with Tommy Johnson getting Collingham’s goal. Phoenix left it late to take the points at Askern. Jacob Toomer put the home side in front from the penalty spot on the half hour, Liam O'Brien levelling with another penalty the scores before half time. Tony Hattersley retook the lead for Askern but Phoenix pinched the points with goals from Sohail Hussain on 81 minutes, Will Hackett striking in the last minute to take the points.
Mickleover Sports put their cup disappointment of Thursday night behind them with a 7-0 hammering of Ripley Town in Division One South. Tom Eccleshall scored two, the others coming from Tomas Junek, Fin Davies, Fin Barker, Surafei Tefera and Aaron Hayer. The win opened up a five point gap at the top of the table as nearest challengers Long Eaton United Community fell to a 4-3 home defeat at the hands of Bakewell Town. Long Eaton led three times with goals from Josh Lawe, Janes Gale and Benedict Wilson, but Bakewell levelled on each occasion through Matt Kelcey, Jonno Hutchinson and Aaron Maund before Maund struck the winner in the final minute. A scrappy game at the Town Ground saw Heanor Town beat Holbrook St Michaels with an 8th minute goal from Kieran Smith.
FC Sez joined Wirksworth Ivanhoe, Epworth and Bakewell in the semi-finals of the Mansfield Lodge Hotel Division One Cup as their long delayed match at Nottingham FC went ahead, FC Sez winning 3-0 with goals from Dec Smith, Sean Chapman and Sam McElroy.
There were five ties in the Steel Beams Derby Presidents Cup. Chesterfield Town played their match at the Hall Corner ground of former CML club Glapwell, two goals from Callum Barker proving enough to beat Holbrook Sports. There was a rare defeat for St Josephs Rockware who were beaten 2-1 by Wirksworth Ivanhoe, Ryan Marchington and Dan Watson with the goals. Cromford & Wirksworth Town drew 1-1 with Epworth Town Colts, Cromford’s goal scorer was Josh Middleton. An encouraging display from Nottingham Education’s youngsters saw them beat Harworth Colliery 3-0 with Raheem Goodall (2), and Ebrima Badjan the scorers. A Jamie Royle hat trick saw Woodhouse Colts defeat Borrowash Victoria, whose goal came from Jordan Leeming.