Finally, after two months of shredded fixture lists, we had a full programme of matches, which produced a total of 114 goals from the 23 matches played.
Sherwood Colliery preserved their lead in the Black Dragon Badges South Division with an emphatic 7-0 win against Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Liam West opened for the Wood on 21minutes, Ben Rogers adding a second a minute later. Eden Homer scored five minutes after the interval before Klarke Greenham and Tristan Burrell extended the lead which was added to in the final minutes by Greenham’s second and Aaron Large. Ckay Cross went one better as they took advantage of a third minute red card for visitors Blidworth Welfare. Josh Scully got two for the Millers in the 18th and 25th minutes and that’s how it stayed until a gallant Blidworth side ran out of steam in the final quarter of an hour when the home side ran in another six with Kurtis Morley grabbing a hat trick and Ryan Watters, Josh Parfitt and Kieran Ordidge also finding the net. Holbrook Sports finally began their home league programme after countless postponements, but the ring-rust showed as they went down 6-0 to Linby Colliery with three goals coming in each half. James Hallam with two and Tom Hilton gave the visitors a healthy half time lead, Hilton getting a second with Ken Saunders and Conor Gillan completing the half dozen. Pinxton had to come back from two goals down to rescue a point against Hilton Harriers at Wharf Road. After a goalless first half Scott Abbey and Max Bulmer put Hilton in the driving seat before a Rob Fretwell double ensured the points were shared. Noah Evans scored a hat trick for Rowsley 86 as they beat Mickleover RBL 5-1. Rowsley’s other goals came from Jack Bradbury and Toby McClean while Darnell Smith replied for the Legion. Swanwick returned to the Highfield Road pitch for the first time since mid-October and were soon at home as they defeated Arnold Town 4-0 with two goals from Zak Melrose and one apiece for Matt Phillips and Dave Robinson. Underwood Villa have also been absent from Bracken Park for the same length of time, their match with Holbrook St Michaels ending in a 1-1 draw with George Wilkinson scoring for the hosts and Sam Williamson with the goal for Holbrook.
In the Black Dragon Badges North Division, the top two are still unbeaten. Leaders Newark Town Had an impressive 5-0 win at third placed Harworth Colliery. Daryl Price was their hero scoring in the 28th and 37th minutes to establish a half time lead. George Asplin made it three on 67 minutes before Price added another three minutes later and took his personal tally to four two minutes from time. Second placed Dinnington Town went behind to Kyle Ladden goal at bottom of the table Appleby Frodingham but rallied in the second half as two goals from Mason Barlow and one for Sam Foulds saw them run out 3-1 to the good. Retford moved into third after a 3-0 win at Thorne Colliery. Dean Conway put the Badgers into a 13th minute lead, Mark West doubled the lead on 53minutes before getting another three minutes from the final whistle. Renishaw Rangers kept their top four spot as they saw off Dronfield Town Reseves 3-1 at Stone Close. Joe Harris, Connor Bendall and Brandon Ashmore were Rangers’ men on target, Liam O’Brien getting one for the visitors. AFC Bentley moved their game with Askern to the $G surface at the Keepmoat Stadium and again found the surface to their liking as they won 2-1. Ash Evans put them ahead a minute before half time with Brad Sykes scoring five minutes from time, Liam Carrick getting a very late consolation for Askern. Sutton Rovers won by the same scoreline as they took on Collingham. Ryan Walker opened Sutton’s account in the 14th minute, Adrian Parker doubling the lead two minutes later. Jake Morrison scored for Collingham a quarter of an hour from the end but they couldn’t find an equaliser.
It wasn’t a good day for home teams in the Macron Store Stoke Division One North, all four going down without scoring. Highest scorers of the day were Harworth Colliery who ran in eleven at Nottingham Education. Ethan Marsh got a hat trick, Lee Naughton scored twice and there were also goals for Tom Pick, Aaron Pickersgill, Luke Jackson, Marley Alder, Elliott Carpenter and Chris Belshaw. Epworth Colts hammered six past Chesterfield Town thanks to two each from Gary Moment and Harrison Coley and one apiece for James Bingham and Ewan Sterling. Table-toppers Boynton Sports also got six at Retford United with Conor Gregg and Callum Littlejohn both scoring doubles, Ryan hall and Dom Dallas with the others. Closest game was at Linby where Dan Wiltshire’s goal was all that separated the hosts and St Joseph’s Rockware as they maintained their unbeaten run.
In Division One South Long Eaton Community turned on the style as they were 8-0 winners against Ripley Town. Josh Lawe scored a hat trick, there were two each for Reece Widdowson and Bartosz Korzeniewski with Ripley scoring an own goal. Wirksworth Ivanhoe remain unbeaten following a 2-1 defeat of Heanor Town, Matt Leask and Jack Higton with the goals. Joe Poste scored twice for Bakewell Town in their 4-1 win at Borrowash Victoria with Rob Littlewood and Matt Kelcey also on target. Holbrook St Michaels and FC Sez shared four goals at Holbrook Park with Natt Wain and Josh Barnes goals for the home side cancelled out by Sam McElroy and Liam McCormack for FC Sez.
Two of our clubs saw their county cup runs come to an end. Crowle Colts lost 5-1 at Lincs League side Wyberton in the quarter final of the Lincolnshire Junior Cup, Ryan Bonser the scorer, while Ashland Rovers went out of the Notts FA Senior Cup 4-1 at Notts Senior League leaders Bingham Town, Rovers’goal scored by Hayden Wharmby.