After the rain came the frost and the fog as the list of postponements continues to rise. This afternoon’s tally showed a slight improvement on recent weeks with thirteen games starting and twelve finishing.
Clay Cross Town’s magnificent FA Vase run finally came to an end in a 2-1 extra time defeat at step 5 South Normanton Athletic. The only step 7 team left in the competition were by no means overshadowed by their opponents and could well have clinched the tie. The Millers’ goal came on 84 minutes from Josh Scully, but they went down to a goal scored in the second period of extra time.
AFC Bentley at last had something to smile about as they won 2-1 at Collingham in the Black Dragon Badges North division. Joe Smith put them ahead after half an hour, Theo Mowatt adding to the lead with a 65th minute penalty before Mark Sinclair got one back for Collingham six minutes from time. Appleby Frodingham went ahead with a first half goal from Scott Kean in their home match with Renishaw Rangers. The visitors fought back in the second half, Ryan Bates and Ben Copestake the scorers as the match finished 2-1 in their favour. The fog had the final word in leaders Newark Town’s game with Askern which was abandoned in the 70th minute with Town 7-0 in front. George Asplin got a hat trick with Lewis Chambers and Kieran Job adding two apiece.
Pinxton went to the top of the South division with a 5-1 win over Blidworth Welfare. Pinxton were four up by half time thanks to two goals from Sion Green and one each for Daniel Minto and Rob Fretwell. Brad Foley got the fifth before Finlay Huffadine got one back for Blidworth. Sherwood Colliery switched their match with Linby Colliery to the 3G pitch at Mansfield’s RH Academy, the match ending in a 1-1 draw. Owen Everton put Linby ahead in the 31st minute, Jordan Ingram equalising for the Wood with 68 played.
Two goals from Scott Wesley ensured St Joseph’s Rockware’s 100% record remains intact in the Macron Store Stoke Division One North as they won 2-1 at Harworth Colliery whose reply came from Tom Pick. In the other match Wakefield picked up their first points of the season with a single goal win over Nottingham Education.
Cromford & Wirksworth Town also extended their perfect start to the season in Division One South with a 2-1 defeat of Ripley Town. The visitors’ goals were scored by Dec Jenkins and Luke Fisher with Ripley replying with a Jack Brown strike. FC Sez came from behind to beat Borrowash Victoria 3-2 in stoppage time. Sam McElroy gave Sez the lead but two from Brad Scard gave Vics the advantage. Emmett Edwards brought the scores level before Adam Hassall, s last ditch decider. It was a point apiece for Bakewell Town and Woodhouse Colts as their match finished in a 2-2 draw. Ben Rach put Bakewell ahead from the penalty spot before well struck goals from Baillie Hajman and Gary Doncaster gave Woodhouse the advantage, Jonathan Hutchinson scoring to give the home side a share of the points.
It was a profitable day for three of our four sides who were involved in County Cup ties. Crowle Colts were the day’s highest scorers, thrashing Notts Senior League side Barrowby 9-0 in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup. Tom Finnegan and Kurt Robinson both hit hat tricks with Josh Fawcett, Si Welton and Kyle Bennett also finding the net. Dronfield Reserves got their Derbyshire Divisional Cup North tie with Baslow underway at the fifth attempt and progressed with a 5-0 win. Scorers for Dronfield were Dave Parry, Jimmy Savage, Jordan Willis, Greg Mason and Tony Collier. Another often postponed game finally went ahead as Staveley Reserves hammered South Kirby Colliery 7-1 in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Association Cup. Alex Sanderson got two of the goals while there was one each for James Norman, Reece Clegg, Joe Pugh, Trent Jules and Joe Wilson. The only side to be eliminated were Selston Reserves who went out of the Notts Senior Trophy on Friday night, losing 4-1 to Blidworth Red after conceding four goals in the opening quarter of an hour.