The Final Central Midlands Alliance Roundup of 2023-24

By Richard Lane

A roundup of the action in the final full week of the season.

Holbrook Sports (top) and Melbourne Dynamo Reseves celebrate their title wins.

Central Midlands Alliance Roundup for May 18th

The last full week for all but Division Two

A couple of games tonight with an encouraging win for Holbrook St Michaels in their scrap at the foot of the Premier South as they put four past Bakewell Town without reply, extending the visitors' winless run to five. Lewis Goddard inspired the win with a hat trick, Charlie Harrison with the other goal. In the North, Harworth Colliery recovered the winning habit with a 3-2 win on their visit to Pinxton against Chesterfield Youth They took a 15th minute lead with a Marley Alder goal, the Spireites levelling ten minutes later through Lee King. Will Collingwood regained the lead after half an hour but a goal a minute before the interval from James Simmonite restored parity. The clincher for Harworth came from Cameron Till with 53 on the clock.

A quick change of fortune for both Mayfield and AFC Normanton as they faced off in the Premier South. Just three days after Mayfield had won their away match, Normanton overturned the result with interest, going home with a 4-1 win under their belts. Jak Lightly gave the visitors a half time lead with a goal on 16 minutes, James Moore equalised after an hour, but a dominant last thirty brought Normanton three more goals from Josh Manifold, a Lightly spot kick and Nathan Brothwood. Wirksworth Ivanhoe completed a successful season with a 3-0 defeat of Mansfield Hosiery Mills, Lucas Brough, Ryan Marchington and Lewis Higton consolidating Ivanhoe’s fourth place finish. In Division One West Holbrook Sports needed a win from their home match with near neighbours St Michaels to claim the title and after going three up must have thought it was in the bag, but their opponents came back, if not from the dead, at least from the comatose to end the game on level terms at 4-4. Two goals each from Ewan and Billy Barnes for Sports with a Kaelin Cole-Tonks hat trick and one from Fynn Marshall ensuring a point for St Michaels. Kilburn finish third, their final game ending 3-1 at Inter Belper. Kilburn’s scorers were Kaine Bray midway through the first half, Daniel O’Donnell on 65 and Soloman Miles after 78 minutes, with Isaac Caddy replying for Inter. Heanor Town won 3-1 at Cromford & Wirksworth Town, Adam Rhys-Clark, Robbie Horsley and Daniel Tully with the goals, Jake Wright with Cromford’s reply. In Division Two, champions-elect Melbourne Dynamo collected another three points from a 4-0 win against Newhall United thanks to a Riley Moore hat trick and one from Joe Shadbolt. Winster Darley Lions were hit by the ultimate smash and grab raid by Willington United, who scored three times right at the end to pull off a 5-4 win. Anri Burmeisters scored in the 89th and 95th minutes separated by one from Morgan Brown in the 92nd to pull off a dramatic victory. Earlier Josh Burrows and Emilio d’Abreu had scored for Willington, Robbie Musgrave, Harvey Nunn, Josh Raybould and Ben Fereday taking Winster so close.

Three matches with AFC Bentley on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline at Kiveton Miners Welfare in the North. Brad Sykes put Bentley in front on 20 minutes, Solly Limb’s penalty putting Kiveton level four minutes later, the winner coming from Bentley’s Deven Hannan nine minutes from time. Another 2-1 away win in the Premier South, Bakewell Town bouncing back from Tuesday’s defeat by an improved performance at Mickleover RBL, a late goal doing the trick. Matthew Brittle put the Legion in front in the 11th minute. It took until the 65th minute for Bakewell to get the equaliser through Ben Brown, Tye Bassett‘s winner coming a minute from time. Markeaton stayed in contention for a top two finish in Division Two, goals from Max Warrington on 9 and 70 minutes giving them a 2-0 win at Ashover.

Just when you thought you’d seen the last “postponed due to pitch conditions” for a while it resurfaced (no pun intended) on Thursday with two of the four scheduled fixtures called off. The remaining Premier South match resulted in a 3-0 win for Cromford & Wirksworth Town at Holbrook St Michaels, Dan Watson, Matt Dranfield and Sam Appleby from a penalty taking the points. Aston Village and Wirksworth Ivanhoe drew 2-2 in Division Two, Marcus Hall and Dan Sully scoring for Aston, George Frost-Gilbert and Reece Marshall for Wirksworth.

Two matches, both in the Premier South, with Mansfield Hosiery Mills and Teversal ending their seasons with a point each from a 1-1 draw. Tom Widdowson put Tevie in front on 52 minutes with Matt Dickinson equalising for the Millers. Mayfield’s recent run of encouraging results has been somewhat ruined by their second 4-1 home defeat this week, this time at the hands of Mickleover RBL, Mayfield’s goal coming again from James Moore.

The last day for the Premier and Division One sides, leaving only Division Two still to complete.
AFC Bentley ended the season in style with a handsome 7-2 win against Woodhouse Colts. The opening goal came from Luke Farrar on 13 minutes followed by one for Craig Aspinall four minutes later. They were followed by a four goal blast from Brad Foster in the 27th, 36th, 47th and 52nd minutes. Jamie Royle got one back for Woodhouse on the hour, Josh Bowkett scored number seven in the 68th minute with Alex Hanson ending the scoring with Woodhouse’s second on 72. Bentley finish in a creditable sixth place despite playing all but six of their matches away, their pitch having been unfit since October. Glapwell came so close to getting some reward from their final fixture against Haworth Colliery before going down 4-3. They took a second minute lead through Evan Palmer, Marley Alder equalising seven minutes later before adding his second on 31 minutes and completing his hat trick in first half stoppage time. Danny Stevenson scored immediately afterwards to keep Glapwell in the game and brought them level with his second after 63 minutes. However any thoughts of a point or even more were dashed when Cameron Till scored the winner for the visitors in the 72nd minute.
The final two Premier South games resulted in away wins for Cromford & Wirksworth Town and Arnold Town. Cromford were 3-0 winners at AFC Normanton, Luke Roper with two, Tom Wilmot with the other one. Arnold had one of their better results of the season, winning 3-2 at Derby Singh Brothers who must be relieved to get the season finished. Jake Ogden with two and Matt Hubbard scored for Arnold, Tyler Johal with both for Singh Brothers.
Congratulations to Holbrook Sports, the Division One West champions who finally lifted the trophy with a resounding 5-0 defeat of Cromford & Wirksworth Town. Ewan Barnes with two, Billy Barnes, Ethan Watson and Karl Hendricks-Gough claimed the goals which completed a successful season.
Congratulations also go to Melbourne Dynamo Reserves who completed the Division Two League and Cup double, confirming it with a Joe Shadbolt goal after 12 minutes of their match at Bargate Rovers which turned out to be the only one of the game. Second placed Willington had their second high scoring win of the week, 4-3 at Wirksworth Ivanhoe, Mason Bannister with a hat trick and Charlie Carter the scorers. Newhall United beat Sherwin 2-1, Sherwin’s goal coming from Rhys Toone.

This is the final full roundup of the season, but I will cover the remaining Division Two fixtures when the final one’s played.

Thanks for reading it, hope to be back in August.

Richard Lane

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