There were plenty of goals this afternoon with the howling wind probably having a part to play in at least some of them.
Clay Cross Travelled to Mickleover RBL in the Black Dragon Badges South division and moved to within a point of leaders Sherwood Colliery Reserves with a 4-0 win. The Millers had to wait until a couple of minutes before half time to take the lead from Josh Scully’s penalty, Ryan Watters getting number two just a minute into the second half. Josh Parfitt increased the lead with 74 minutes played before Billy Whitehead rounded things off two minutes from time. Linby Colliery conceded a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Arnold Town in front of a bumper crowd of 155 at Church Lane. After a goalless first half James Hallam put Linby ahead on 72 minutes but an 88th minute equaliser from Matt Fowler rescued a point for the visitors. Rob Fretwell put fourth placed Pinxton in front with a first half goal at Blidworth Welfare who took a share of the points thanks to Paul Revuelta’s second half leveller. Rowsley 86 made it seven wins from eight matches with a 3-1 victory at Ashland Rovers. Andrew Roome, Jack Bradbury and Noah Evans were on target for Rowsley, with James Scothern replying for Ashfield. Hilton Harriers pulled off a 3-0 win at home to Mansfield Hosiery Mills with Mitchell Lord, Ben Sandeman and Andy Castlehow all finding the net.
In the Black Dragon Badges North Newark Town shared eight goals with Thorne Colliery at the YMCA Activity Village. Thorne surprised the leaders in the 8th minute, Shay Evans-Booth scoring but the hosts were level three minutes later through Daryl Price before going in front eight minutes later, George Asplin the scorer. A Carl Reade goal on 34 minutes squared things at half time. An own goal gave Newark the edge with 53 played before Thorne struck twice, Darren Bird (68) and Nick Howcroft (78) putting them in front only for Rhys Lewis to bring an end to the scoring ten minutes from time. Dinnington Town took full advantage of the dropped points to make headway in second place with a comfortable 6-0 win at Askern, whose losing run now stands at nine matches. Danny Cain scored twice for the visitors with Joe Byron, Mason Barlow, Bradley Sedgwick and Jacob France adding one apiece. Retford United took their sequence of wins to seven with an emphatic 8-0 defeat of Dronfield Town Reserves. Dean Conway set the pace with goals in the 9th and 18th minutes with Igor Mlynarski and Adam Daughtrey extending the lead before Conway completed his hat trick with 41 played. There was no respite for Dronfield after the break as Conway took his personal tally to four midway through the half with Zach Casburn adding two more to round off the scoring. Harworth Colliery’s lean run continued as they drew 1-1 at Crowle Colts Both goals came in the opening quarter, Liam Arnold’s 10th minute goal for Harworth being chalked off by Crowle’s Kurt Robinson seven minutes later. AFC Bentley are in the top six as a Josh Street double gave them a 2-1 win at Appleby Frodingham. Renishaw Rangers were quick off the mark in their match at Collingham, Brandon Ashmore striking in the second minute. Gareth Davies levelled on 15 but Renishaw were back in front a minute later through Luke Manlove. Davies equalised again in the 36th minute but goals on 40 and 81 minutes from Joe Harris were enough to give Renishaw a 4-2 win. A 78th minute goal from Connor Evans was sufficient to see Sutton Rovers to victory in an even game at Phoenix.
The two top sides in the Macron Store Stoke Division One North were both involved in 5-0 scorelines but there the similarity ends. St Joseph’s Rockware reached the top as they won against Nottingham Education thanks to goals from Pete Scott, Tom Mullen, Ben Brown, Reece Twell and Scott Wesley. They replace Boynton Sports who went down by the same score at Nottingham FC. The home side returned to form with a double for Seke Spence and one each from Jamie Williamson, Rico Spencer and Kailum Richards. Harworth Colliery made it three wins in a week with a 3-2 defeat of Epworth Colts. Lee Naughton, Chis Belshaw and Tom Pick were on the scoresheet for the home side, Ritchie Burdett and Euan Sterling with Epworth’s reply. Wakefield’s improving run saw them claim a narrow 4-3 win over Chesterfield Town. Pierre Pinnock scored twice for Wakefield with Jake Ashton and Denis Alekhin adding one each while Cory Burton (2) and Curtis McLeish got the visitors’ goals.
In Division One South Cromford and Wirksworth Town finally surrendered their 100% record to Heanor Town who picked up their first point of the season. Steve Mallinder put the home side in front on 37 minutes, Blaise Duruaku getting the equaliser six minutes later. Dec Jenkins’ 30 yarder restored Cromford’s lead three minutes after the interval but Duruaku struck again on the hour to give his side a welcome point. Long Eaton Community’s hotshot Josh Lawe hammered home four of his side’s goals as they inflicted Wirksworth Ivanhoe’s first league defeat of the season by five goals to two. Reece Widdowson was Long Eaton’s other scorer, with Liam Sheldon and Daniel Bunting scoring for Wirksworth.
Coldest place this afternoon must have been Cavendish Fields in Matlock where Bakewell Town played FC Sez in the Steel Beams Derby Presidents Cup. FC Sez scored in the first minute through Liam McCormack but Stuart Baker brought the scores level by half time before Joe Poste won it for Bakewell in the second half. Ripley Town had a welcome win as they beat Retford United 3-2 with goals from Ryan Cumberland, Adam Busuttil and Jack Brown.
A clean sweep for CML sides in the various County Cup ties. Mickleover Sports reached the final of the Derbyshire Divisional Cup South on penalties after a 3-3 draw at Melbourne Dynamo. The home side took a three goal lead but were pegged back by a hat trick from Sports skipper Lewis Belgrave who went on to win the penalty shootout 3-2. Two of our sides met in the quarter final of the same competition with Swanwick going through following a 3-1 win at Holbrook St Michaels. Zak Melrose (2) and Dave Robinson won it for the Swans with Joe Brumby getting Holbrook’s goal. Holbrook’s reserves had a better afternoon as they reached the final of the Derbyshire FA Junior Cup beating Netherseal St Peters 3-0, Rueban Nwadike with two and Adam Pynegar with the other. Staveley reserves saw off Wombwell Town in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Association Cup 2-1 with Alex Sanderson and Reece Clegg the matchwinners.