There was a north/south divide in the senior divisions this afternoon with just one match postponed in the Black Dragon Badges North while only one was played in the South division.
The two unbeaten leaders in the North division both added to their tally of wins but neither had much to spare as they were pushed all the way by their opponents. An understrength Newark Town were very fortunate to leave Manor Way with the points as they beat an unlucky Sutton Rovers in the eighth minute of added time. The sides traded penalties in the first half, Connor Evans putting the home side in front on 9 minutes with Lewis Chambers equalising with 29 minutes played. That was it until Ed Munton got the last touch in a crowded area to pinch the points for Newark. Dinnington Town who were also missing several players had to come from two down before running out 4-3 winners at home to Staveley Reserves. Reece Clegg scored twice for Staveley but Luke Fletcher reduced the arrears before half time. A second half hat trick from Mason Barlow proved decisive though Clegg completed his own treble in the closing stages. Retford United remain in third place as their winning run was extended by a 3-1 defeat of Collingham. The Badgers struck early, Dean Conway scoring in the third minute but Alex Oliver levelled with 25 played. Zach Casburn restored the home side’s lead midway through the second half with Danny Abdulla wrapping things up eight minutes from time. Harworth Colliery brought their poor run to an end, beating Appleby Frodingham 4-1 at Scrooby Road. Two goals each from Ainsley Finney and Charlie Baird did the trick with Ollie Craig getting one for Frod. Thorne Colliery were 3-1 winners against local rivals Crowle Colts. Scorers for Thorne were Kirk Frost, Shay Evans-Booth and Tom Speight with Kurt Robinson on the scoresheet for Crowle. Renishaw Rangers and Phoenix shared the points in a 1-1 draw at Stone Close, Chris Hopkins’ opener for the visitors being cancelled out by Craig Purcell.
The only game played in the South division was at the Fieldings where Mansfield Hosiery Mills recorded a 2-1 win over Teversal Reserves. The Millers’ opener was an own goal following a long throw by Ben Aspinall. Tevie equalised through Gaz Atkins but a 90th minute winner from Tom Batterham gave the home side the win.
In the Macron Store Stoke Division One North there was a win for Chesterfield Town who had Curtis Mcleish’s hat trick to thank for their 3-1 win against Retford United whose goal came from an Alex Bennett penalty. Nottingham brought Wakefield’s recent good run to an end, winning by four goals to two. Ayleal Dill, Kailum Richards and Steve Gbadeyan scored for the visitors, Arnie Grayson with a double for Wakefield. Harworth Colliery notched up their fourth win in a row, Lee Naughton’s strike bringing them the points at Linby Colliery.
Mickleover Sports beat Heanor Town 5-2 on the 3G surface at Derby University in the only game in Division One South. Scorers for Sports were Brodie Carter (2), Jude Ayetine, Lamin Sanyang and Josh Satchwell.
There were three ties in the second round of the Mansfield Lodge Hotel Division One Cup. The match between Ripley Town and Nottingham Education produced eleven goals, Ripley running out 7-4 winners after extra time. Education were three up in the first 20 minutes with goals from Courtney Samuels and Daniel Asuenimhen (2). Ripley fought back in the second half, Will Ungless-Brookes, Ryan Cumberland and Alex Crossley bringing the scores level by full time. Further goals in extra time from Josh Birkett (2), Jason Barrett and Andrew Bonser saw Ripley through, with Morgan Wallace getting a late fourth for Education. There was a rare defeat for St Josephs Rockware who lost 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw with FC Sez. Danny Wiltshire and Reece Twell scored St Josephs’ goals with Dec Smith and Sam McElroy replying for FC Sez. Epworth Town returned to winning ways as the won 3-0 at Holbrook St Michaels thanks to two goals from Ritchie Burdett and one for Rhys Cumberlidge.
In the Steel Beams Derby Presidents Cup a Josh Middleton goal brought Cromford & Wirksworth Town victory at Boynton Sports.