TUESDAY As a few days dry weather started to have some effect on pitches, Arnold Town took on Rowsley 86 in the Black Dragon Badges South division but found the opposition too hot to handle as they fell to a 7-1 defeat at Eagle Valley. Arnold struck early, Ryan James putting them ahead in the 4th minute, but that was as good as it got as Rowsley hit five goals in the first half, James Handley with two, Michael Charlton, Michael Lettall and Noah Evans all finding the net. Handley scored twice more in the second half bringing his personal tally to four as Rowsley completed an impressive performance. In the North division Dronfield Town Reserves played their first home match since early January and celebrated by picking up their first points of 2020 by beating AFC Bentley 2-1. Greg Mason and Martyn Lee were Dronfield’s matchwinners with Curtis Mullins replying for Bentley. Nottingham took on Long Eaton United Community in the Steel Beams Derby Presidents Cup and after trailing by two goals recovered to force a 3-3 draw with goals from Mitchell Tait, Seke Spence and Kashe Hall. For Long Eaton Josh Lawe added two to his growing tally with Reece Widdowson also scoring.
WEDNESDAY Sherwood Colliery Reserves and Retford United advanced to the semi-finals of the Abacus Lighting Floodlit Cup. Sherwood edged out Mansfield Hosiery Mills with a goal in the final minute of the game at Debdale Park. Liam West gave them the lead in the 8th minute but the Millers fought back, taking the lead with two Ben Aspinall goals. West’s second on 67 minutes put the Wood on level terms before Ethan Weisztort’s last ditch decider. Retford United scored twice in a minute to set up a 3-0 win over Staveley Reserves. The game was goalless until the 40th minute when Dean Conway put the home side in front, Mark West doubling the lead a minute later. Conway’s second on the hour completed the win for Retford who now face Collingham in the semi-final. Collingham were also in action in the North division going down 3-1 at home to Harworth Colliery. Leigh Warriner opened the scoring on 28 minutes giving Harworth the interval lead. Charlie Baird got the second from the penalty spot in the 56th minute, Warriner scoring his second nine minutes from time. Tommy Johnson grabbed a consolation goal for Collingham with what turned out to be the last kick of the game.
THURSDAY The much delayed Floodlit Cup second round tie berween Mickleover Sports Reserves and Pinxton finally went ahead on Shirebrook Town’s ground, Pinxton going through 6-5 on penalties after the sides finished level at 1-1 after 90 minutes. Lewis Blount gave Pinxton the lead in the first half, Josh Satchwell equalising for Sports before the dramatic conclusion sent Pinxton through. They will now travel to Holbrook Sports in the quarter final on Tuesday night. In Division One South Holbrook Sports beat Borrowash Victoria 3-2.