Heavy overnight rain decimated the programme in the Central Midlands League at the weekend, with just nine matches surviving the deluge.
The third round of the League Challenge Cup was reduced to just four ties. After the multiple postponements between the two teams last year, Easington United and Belper United managed to play at the first attempt this time round, the Derbyshire side making the long trip worthwhile as they won 4-1.
An early goal from Tom Curtis set Belper on their way, and second half strikes from Curtis, Jordan McRobie and Sam Vickers sewed the game up before Jamie Cousins scored a late consolation for the Eastenders. Linby Colliery pushed AFC Mansfield all the way, a second half penalty from the Bulls’ Dean Rick settling the tie 2-1 in his side’s favour. Rick was also responsible for the opening goal before Kyle McDermott levelled on the stroke of half time.
Thorne Colliery won the all-Northern clash with Clay Cross Town by three clear goals, Johnny Lugton, Ross Ebbage and Robert Simpson putting them into the last eight. Westella Hanson were another form side to be extended, a single goal from Alex Wood ending Mickleover RBL’s cup hopes for this season.
There were two just two games in the Black Dragon Badges North division, which was one too many as far as Ollerton Town were concerned as they crashed to a 7-0 defeat at Phoenix.
James Lawton and Rob Gorman both scored twice, the others coming from Tom Colclough, Jordan Pearce and Sam Hadfield. Improving Thoresby Colliery picked up another three points, sending visitors Bentley Colliery back home on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat.
Jake Walker, Nathan Brown and Tony Buchanan were all on target for Thoresby, Billy Parkhouse pulling one back for Bentley.
In the only game in the Black Dragon Badges South division, South Normanton will be lamenting missed first half opportunities after they fell to their second successive home defeat, going down 4-2 to Real United.
In contrast, Real hit the net three times in the first period, and it wasn’t until the last 15 minutes that the Shiners pulled a couple back before a late penalty settled things.
Kieron Whalin and Tyrell Shannon-Lewis both scored twice for the visitors, Kyle Wadsworth and Lee Sutton getting the two for South Normanton.
Reserve Supreme leaders Rainworth Miners Welfare won by the odd goal in seven on their visit to Calverton Miners Welfare. Scorers here were Tommy Thraves, Daniel Norman and Joe Warner for Calverton, Rainworth’s Jamie York, with two, Max Curzon and Sam Dockwray’s goals proving just enough. Graham Street Prims were 3-0 winners at Teversal, Mitch Williams (2) and Mike Thorpe securing the points.