Black Dragon North Division title race goes to the wire

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The Black Dragon North Division title race is seemingly going to the last match of the season, with the champions being decided when the two clubs, who appear to be contesting the title, Dronfield Town and Westella & Willerby, meet on Saturday at Dronfield - though Thoresby CW still have faint hopes of pipping them both.

Dronfield were given a scare by Yorkshire Main, before edging home 3-2 to go into pole position, with the long-time leaders Clipstone dropping to second.

Thoresby are third and with one game left could still technically take the title, but that’s highly unlikely and would need Westella to win at Dronfield and lose one of their outstanding games.

Thoresby won 6-0 at bottom club DFS Welbeck Welfare.

Gavin King led the way with a hat-trick, Ollie Chappell added a brace and Greg Lowde the other goal.

Thoresby’s final game is at FC05 Bilsthorpe.

Westella & Willerby are fourth, but with games in hand on the teams above them, if they win all their outstanding matches, they will take the title.

They are only four points shy of third-placed Thoresby with three games in hand after a 4-0 win at Thorne Colliery on Saturday.

It was even worse for Glapwell, who were only able to field eight men, as they were trounced 9-1 at Easington United.

Despite taking a shock sixth minute lead when Tim Grundy headed home from Mark Robinson’s corner, Glapwell eventually tired but, in the end, didn’t embarrass themselves.

It was an unbelievable start, but the home side soon levelled when the linesman adjudged Luke Taylor’s effort to have crossed the line.

From that point on, there looked to be only one winner with Easington’s three-man advantage showing when they attacked, but it was to Glapwell’s immense credit that they managed to hold out until the 33rd minute when James Dawson finished after Stuart Campbell’s effort came crashing back off the crossbar.

Easington wrapped the game up when they were awarded a dubious penalty just before the break, Gavin Thurkettle sending Davies the wrong way.

Robbie Start, Jamie Cousins (2), Luke Taylor and Robbie Start piled further torment on exhausted Glapwell after the break.

All is done and dusted in the Black Dragon South Division as champions Basford United ended with a 3-1 win at bottom club, Kimberley.

Pinxton pipped local rivals South Normanton Athletic for runners-up spot.

Pinxton needed to win at Calverton Miners Welfare and they achieved that 4-2, Wayne Cook (3) and Mark Houghton the Pinxton scorers, Dan Hogg and David Reedman the Calverton scorers.