The Central Midlands League Weekly Roundup

By Richard Lane

All the the week's news from the Central Midlands


There were seven midweek games, two each in the South, North and
Floodlit Cup and one in the Division One Cup, with three players knocking in four goals each and another scoring a hat trick.
In the Premier South division, Mickleover Reserves reclaimed top spot with a 7-1 defeat of Rowsley 86. Fin Barker top-scored with four, Bobby Battison added two with George Atwal also on the scoresheet, Logan Toplis with Rowsley’s goal. Long Eaton Community inflicted just the second league defeat of the season on Mickleover RBL, the final score 5-1 to the hosts. Another four goal hero was Shaun James who scored twice in each half with Daniel Odunaiya getting the fifth. The Legion, who played for an hour with ten men, replied with a Sam Vickers goal.
Round One of the Abacus Lighting Floodlit Cup continued with Pinxton and Sherwood Colliery Reserves progressing. Pinxton were probably the last team Ashland Rovers wanted to meet after Saturday’s 9-1 defeat. They did a little better this time but still went down 6-2. Zach Melrose led the way with a hat trick , Tom Widdowson scored two with Rob Fretwell getting one. For Ashland Jack Harvey scored both goals. Tristan Burrell got four for Sherwood in their 6-1 wIn over Teversal Reserves, Eden Homer and Liam West making up the half dozen.

SJR Worksop came from behind twice to take a point at Sheffield Reserves in the Premier North division. Ben Harriott put the hosts ahead on 15 minutes, Mason Gee equalising ten minutes later. Maasai Dearlove put Sheffield back in front with 72 minutes played, Scott Wesley securing a point for SJR six minutes before the final whistle. Staveley Reserves beat Harworth Colliery 3-1, all the goals coming in the first half. Sixteen year old Jack Allerton put Staveley in front, Ainsley Finney bringing the sides level before Regan Edridge and Tom Batterham put the home side out of reach.

The Macron Store Nottingham Division One Cup tie between Heanor Town and Cromford & Wirksworth Town finished all square at 2-2. An early goal for the visitors from Declan Jenkins was answered by Heanor’s Ashley Butterworth on 27 minutes. Cromford took the lead again through Scott Taylor four minutes into the second half, Brady Austin bringing the sides level in the 65th minute. Cromford won the resulting penalty shootout 3-2.


A crowd of 130 turned out at Mill Lane on Friday night as Clay Cross temporarily moved up to second in the Premier North division with a 3-1 win against Askern Miners. Lewis Macaskill put the Millers in front in the 24th minute, Bailey May-Avill levelling two minutes before the interval. A Liam Scully penalty on 50 minutes and Macaskill’s second just after the hour proved decisive. The top two both picked up maximum points on their travels. Lewis Chambers took his total for the season to 27 with both goals as Newark Town won 2-0 at AFC Bentley. Chambers scored in the 11th and 67th minute to maintain his sides four point advantage at the top. Thorne Colliery also won 2-0 to keep up the pressure, their win at AFC Phoenix coming from an Aiden Marshall strike and an own goal. Glapwell also won away from home, defeating Dearne & District by three clear goals, Ben Copestake put them ahead after half an hour, James Keenan getting a second four minutes from the break. Chas Bradwell wrapped it up in the 58th minute. Collingham had a decisive 4-0 win at Sutton Rovers. Dan King giving them a first half lead on 28 minutes. Joe Bilton increased the lead after the interval before goals in quick succession from Dan Evans and Jamie Royle finished the scoring. Kiveton Miners Welfare picked up their first win in seven as they beat Sheffield Reserves 3-1 with two from Greg Mason and one from Danny Neath with Joe Harvey replying for Sheffield. SJR Worksop were yet another team who travelled well, winning 3-2 at Staveley Reserves. The goals came from Taylor Thackery, Tom Mullen and Max Sykes, Staveley’s scorers were Ryan Tansley and Zander Duhameau.

In the Premier South Division Mickleover Reserves shared the points with Sherwood Colliery Reserves, the final score 2-2, Fin Barker and George Atwal on target for Mickleover, the Wood replying through Tristan Burrell and Liam West. Pinxton took their winning run to seven with a 4-0 defeat of Holbrook St Michaels, Brad Foley (2),Tom Widdowson and Rob Fretwell with the goals. Pinxton have now scored 26 times in their last four matches. A much better afternoon for an Arnold Town side containing some new blood as they ran Long Eaton Community close before finally going down 2-1. Reece Widdowson got both for Long Eaton, Billy Owen with Arnold’s goal. Linby Colliery beat Wirksworth Ivanhoe 3-2 at Church Lane. Caden McGrath gave Linby a first half lead, Tom Mellor equalising from the penalty spot. Travis Shooter and McGrath with his second put Linby in control, Steve Murphy with a late second for the visitors. Rowsley 86 ended a barren spell by beating Ashland Rovers 3-1 thanks to strikes from Logan Toplis, Jack Stevenson and Josh Henshaw with Alex Paterson converting a penalty for Ashland. Hilton Harriers edged past South Normanton Athletic by two goals to one. All three goals came in the first half Jack Thatcher putting Hilton ahead on 17 minutes, Connor Mogford levelled for the Shiners eight minutes later before Thatcher’s second on 35 minutes proved the winner. The match at Mickleover RBL was abandoned at half time following an injury to a Mansfield Hosiery Mills player to whom best wishes go for a full and swift recovery.

Both matches in the Macron Store Nottingham Division One North finished with victory going to the away teams. Bottesford Town hammered Ollerton Town 7-0 at Walesby Lane with a Lewis Scott hat trick and one apiece from Malkdi Abdullah, Jack Raines, Rory McGuire and Rio Jacomb. It was closer at Newark Town where a Jake Oliver goal settled the match in favour of Thorne Colliery.

The one match in the Central Division saw Woodhouse Colts thump Kilburn 10-2, remarkable for the fact that the goals were scored by no less than NINE different players. Ryan Clarke scored twice, the others coming from Wes O’Rourke, Max Radford, Jayden Bull, Josh Smyth, Ryan Halley, Ross Turner, Jordan Glenn and Kyle Chadburn. Isaac Anderson-Raymond netted both for Kilburn.

Two games were played in the South Division. Leaders Derby Singh Brothers played their first league game for two months, drawing 2-2 with Castle Donington. Khaleeq Shafique got both for the home side, Rhys Brade and Tyler Withers ensuring a point for the visitors. Ripley Town were 2-1 winners against PMG Academy, Alex Crossley and Lewis Goddard with the goals.

Two more ties went ahead in the Presidents Cup. Bessacarr and Bakewell Town drew 1-1 Ronin Herrington’s goal for Bessacarr matched by one from Bakewell’s Aaron Maund. Two goals for Jack Goodband were enough to give Melbourne Dynamo a 2-1 win at Harworth Colliery for whom Tom Pick got the goal.

Crowle Colts run in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup ended at the quarter final stage, Kurt Robinson and Lewis Walker’s goals not enough to prevent a 3-2 defeat against Wyberton.

Richard Lane

Where next?

The Weekly Roundup for January 22nd A roundup of the week's League and Cup matches in the Central Midlands
The Saturday Roundup for January 8th A roundup of Saturday's surviving matches in the Central Midlands League

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