Waterlogged pitches decimate Central Midlands League programme

Two goals from Ant Lynam helped title-chasing Clay Cross Town to their eighth consecutive victory.
Two goals from Ant Lynam helped title-chasing Clay Cross Town to their eighth consecutive victory.

For the first time this season, the weather took a grip on the Central Midlands League programme, and only two of the 16 matches survived on a day of waterlogged pitches.

In the North Division, rejuvenated Dinnington Town, fielding several new signings, won 5-2 at Bilsthorpe, despite going one down after only 14 minutes. Strikes from Aaron Fox, Reece Land and Sheldon McDonald had Dinnington 3-2 up the interval, and further goals in the closing stages from McDonald and Marcin Baily ensured the visitors their first points of 2017 and lifted them out of the bottom two.

The league’s only other match came in the quarter-finals of the league cup, with Hucknall Town progressing to the last four after a 2-0 defeat of fellow South Division high-fliers, Eastwood Community. Matt Brian gave the home side a 38th minute lead before Jaylee Hodgson’s goal ten minutes from time capped The Yellows’ triumph. The other three quarter-finals were postponed.

The pick of the fixtures in midweek was an eighth consecutive win for Clay Cross Town, who moved to within a point of leaders FC Bolsover by whacking Welbeck Lions 8-1. The Millers’ goals were shared by Ant Lynam (2), Lee Clay (2), Dale Crowder, Mark Needham, George Slack and Nathan Jessop.