CML Round-up: Bilsthorpe take over at the top
Bilsthorpe, who are racking up the points from their games in hand, are the new Central Midlands League Black Dragon Badges North Division leaders, their 5-1 victory over Easington United taking them three points clear of Clay Cross Town.
Five players shared the goals, Dale Gilliatt, Gav King, Liam Black, Jordan Pickering and Mark Carter all scoring.
The Millers’ promotion rivals are also breathing down their necks, Westella taking Bentley Colliery apart in the second half on their way to an 8-1 win.
There was only one goal between the sides at the break, but the visitors pulled out the stops after the interval, Alex Wood contributing four goals, Rob Petch claiming a hat-trick, the other coming from Louis Haggitt. Matt Brown was Bentley’s scorer.
Newark Town went one better as Jordan Thomas struck five times against 10-man Welbeck Welfare in a 9-1 win.
Jake Reynolds added two, with James Munson and Ngoni Dongo also netting, Robbie Savage scoring for a Welbeck side who to their great credit battled until the final whistle.
Thoresby Colliery, who parted company with manager Lee Tryner in the week, went down to their second home defeat in four days, Thorne Colliery pulling off a 3-1 win with goals from Jack Steadman, Glen Hookway and Nick Allen, Tom Cooke the Thoresby goalscorer.
Glapwell beat Phoenix by the odd goal in seven at Hall Corner.
Dan Keenan scored twice in the first half, the visitors equalising through James Bowden and James Lawton. Neil Grayson scored two more for Glapwell in the second half with Rob Gorman’s goal not enough to gain his side a share of the points.
Harworth Colliery ran in five unopposed goals against Sherwood Colliery. Tom Pick set the ball rolling after just 45 seconds on his way to a hat-trick, with Josh Dickinson and a Greg Archer penalty rounding things off.
Shane Carver’s brace for Brodsworth Welfare failed to win his side a point in their local derby with Askern. The visitors won 3-2 thanks to goals from Michael Attard, Shaun Mundy and Gary Mundy.
It may have been a slight case of championship hangover in the Black Dragon Badges South Division as Mickleover Royals, who wrapped up the title on Thursday with a point against Blidworth, slipped up at home to Hucknall Town.
The Notts side came away with a 2-1 win, Niall Thompson putting them in front at half-time, Ben Waplington getting the second, with Nash Wilson on target for the Royals.
Pinxton clinched runners-up spot with a convincing 5-1 defeat of Clifton All Whites.
Jake Vernon’s two, Pete Stubley and Jimmy Adcock gave the home side a comfortable first half lead, Josh Madin adding the fifth before Wes Spencer scored a consolation for the All Whites. Belper United’s challenge for second place evaporated as two goals in the first seven minutes gave Linby Colliery a dream start to the match, Dale Chapman and Joe Butler were the scorers, Linby holding the lead until the final whistle.
Real United were among the goals at the Inspire Stadium, beating Blidworth Welfare 5-2. Goalscorers here were Jamie Smith (2), Grant Ryan, Luke Tozer and Josh Lowe for Real, Blidworth replying through Liam Theakstone and Liam Green.
Swanwick Pentrich Road edged their clash with Hucknall Rolls by two goals to one, Shane Buckerfield and Guy Wilding with the goals, Chay Betteridge replying for Rolls.
Two of the bottom three met at Coronation Park, Eastwood Community continuing to make progress by beating Southwell City 4-1.
Eastwood’s star man was Jack Havron, who scored a hat-trick, Jerome O’Connor also on the scoresheet, with Phil Peters getting the Southwell goal.