After Saturday’s ties the hopes of the Central Midlands League rest on the shoulders of Clay Cross Town who, thanks to a stoppage time goal, earned a replay after a 2-2 draw at home to Gedling Miners Welfare. They scored what must have been the quickest goal of the afternoon, Josh Scully taking just 34 seconds to put the Millers ahead. Gedling equalised on 39 minutes and went ahead with 67 played. The hosts were close to defeat until Grant Mitchell grabbed a 91st minute leveller to keep hopes alive. A late burst of goals from Sherwood Colliery made the 5-0 scoreline at Blidworth Welfare rather unflattering to the hosts who held their own until the 43rd minute. Sherwood added a second with 53 minutes played and it stayed that way until three minutes from time when a further three goals were added. Retford United went down 4-2 to Bottesford Town after extra time in another game where the goals came late. Corey Goodwin gave Retford the lead on the half hour but Bottesford were level within two minutes. The scores were still level at 90 minutes but extra time saw the visitors add three more goals before Adam Watson got a late second for Retford.
Friday night’s match in the Black Dragon Badges South Division saw Linby Colliery come back from the dead to take a point from a 2-2 draw on their visit to Arnold Town. Joe Butler had given Arnold the lead on the stroke of half time, adding another in the second half. Dom Baker gave Linby a glimmer of hope five minutes from time and in the dying minutes a 30 yard strike from 16 year old Tom Hilton ensured the points were shared. Teversal reserves moved to the top after ending Pinxton’s 100% record 2-1 at Wharf Road. Rob Fretwell put Pinxton in front a minute before the break, but two goals in four minutes proved decisive for Tevie. First Gary Atkins converted a 76th minute penalty, Greg Smith hitting the winner ten minutes from time. The Holbrook derby proved somewhat one-sided, sports making the short journey worthwhile with a 6-1 scoreline. Lee Hillier’s first half goal was answered by St Michaels’ Adam Pynegar, but Sports stepped up a gear in the second half, Hillier getting a second and further goals coming from Ryan Fitzhugh, Lewis Durow, Josh Lee and Aaron Coyle. Mansfield Hosiery Mills picked up their first win of the season, beating Hilton Harriers 3-1. On target for the Millers were Josh Brentnall, Jordan Jones and Ben Aspinall with Callum Wilson replying for Hilton. Rowsley 86’s successful start to the season continued with a 5-2 win over Ashland Rovers. Scorers for Rowsley were Tim Baker, Ricky Shortt, Jack Bradbury, Joe Kaye and James Wood, Haydn Wharmby getting both for Ashland. Sherwood Colliery made it three from three by beating Swanwick 4-2 at Highfield Road. Julian Topliss got two for the Wood, the others coming from Max Curzon and Tristan Burrell while Zak Melrose and Guy Wilding were the Swans’ scorers. Mickleover RBL and Underwood Villa faced each other, both seeking their first point, and it was the Notts side who came out on top , winning 3-2. Ben Sandhu, Josh Hunt and Joe Welsh got Villa’s season underway with Luke Thomas and Kieron Thompson getting the goals for the Legion.
There were just three matches in the North Division, with the top two both adding three points to their tallies. Newark town remain top after a 3-0 win over Phoenix. Craig Bridge got the Blues’ first on 20 minutes, Lewis Chambers doubling the lead two minutes before half time and adding his second seven minutes from the end. Dinnington Town made it six clean sheets in a row with a 4-0 win over Appleby Frodingham. Ashley Layne scored for the home side in the first half but they didn’t press home their advantage until the last ten minutes when Nicholas Garvey and Mitch Ward added to the lead, Layne getting a second late in the game. Dronfield Town recovered from their recent sticky patch with a 2-1 win at Crowle Colts. Jason Slew and Tom Fairweather, returning after a long lay off through injury won it for Dronfield, Tom Finnigan getting one for Crowle.
In the Macron Store Stoke Division One North, Epworth Town Colts had a convincing 5-0 win over Linby Colliery. There was a goal apiece for Matt Muldoon, Gary Moment, Euan Sterling, Greg Carroll and Dan Verrechia, as Epworth kept their winning streak going. Chesterfield Town will be rueing two missed penalties as they went down to a single goal from Nottingham FC’s Kailum Richards.
Wirksworth Ivanhoe hit five at Sports Gateway with Jack Higton, Kyle Higton, Lucas Brough and Ryan Marchington all finding the net, an own goal completing the total. Louis Czerwak pulled one back for Sports Gateway. The other three matches all finished 2-1. Aaron Maund got a 40th minute opener for Bakewell Town against Holbrook Sports. Tom Forder got a second fifteen minutes from time, but an 85th minute goal from Holbrook’s Louis Danvers made the last few minutes nervous ones for the hosts. Toby Howard got both for Cromford and Wirksworth Town with Liam Groves scoring for visitors Woodhouse Colts. Ripley Town got their first points in the CML after coming from a goal down against Borrowash Victoria. Josh Tonks brought the scores level with Ripley’s winner coming in the fifth minute of added time from William Ungless-Brooks.
The County Cup season got underway with two ties in the Sheffield and Hallamshire FA competitions. In the Senior Cup St Joseph’s Rockware beat Boynton Sports 3-0, Daniel Wiltshire (2) and Daniel Fitzackerley with the goals. Staveley Reserves went through in the Association Cup, winning 4-3 at Hall Green United thanks to two from Kane Snell and one each for Joel Atak and Alex Sanderson.