On a chilly night there were plenty of goals to keep the spectators warm in the five matches which took place, the ball
hitting the back of the net 29 times.
The four games in the Black Dragon Badges South division accounted for 25 of them. Leaders Sherwood Colliery Reserves kept up their fifteen game unbeaten run with a 5-2 win at Arnold Town. Arnold took a 19th minute lead through Tyler Cobb, Max Curzon equalising two minutes later. Liam Green’s goal a minute from the break put Sherwood ahead and Tristan Burrell increased the gap two minutes into the second half. Four minutes later Cobb’s second gave Arnold hope but further Sherwood goals from Burrell and George Simpson settled matters. Clay Cross Town kept up their pursuit with a 5-1 defeat of Ashland Rovers. The first goal went to Ashland, Harvey Lane scoring in the 6th minute, but it took just two minutes for Clay Cross to take the lead, Josh Scully and Josh Parfitt striking. Scully got his second on 32 minutes and after the visitors had been reduced to ten men Ryan Ordidge scored twice just after the hour, a penalty miss late in the game robbing him of a hat trick. Underwood Villa picked up their first league win since September with an encouraging 5-3 win at Holbrook Sports. Holbrook, who had scored eleven times in their two previous games, were rocked by Villa’s start which saw them three up in the first quarter of an hour Ben Sandhu scoring twice and George Cooper getting the third. To their credit, Sports retaliated, Jordan Lee pulling one back on 18 minutes, Chris Dring adding number two five minutes later and Lee’s second levelling the scores just after the half hour. Underwood weren’t to be denied however and second half goals from Jake Wright and Troy Carty lifted them off the foot of the table. After an even first half, Rowsley 86 took the lead three minutes from the break through Dan Gilbride. Andrew Roome doubled the advantage midway through the second half, Ricky Shortt and Roome again, this time from the penalty spot, completed the scoring.
A revitalised Appleby Frodingham made it two wins from three in the North division, defeating Dronfield Town Reserves 3-1 at Brumby Hall, all of their goals coming in the second half. Stephen McCarron got the first on 55 minutes, Tom Wilson added a second ten minutes later and Ollie Craig scored a late third. Dronfield’s reply came from Russell Hobson.