Swans emphatically book place in next round

For the first time this year the sun shone, the pitches dried and there was a full programme of matches in the Central Midlands League.

It was business as usual for the top two in the Black Dragon Badges North division as they both added maximum points to their totals.

Leaders Westella Hanson were 3-0 winners over Glapwell thanks to two goals from Joe Norton and one for Chris Spinks, though their opponents could be forgiven a bit of ring-rustiness as they played their first game since the end of December.

AFC Mansfield looked to have a tougher assignment on their hands at Thorne Colliery, but overcame the fourth placed team 4-1.

Clay Cross Town marked their first game for five weeks by beating Welbeck Welfare 5-1. There were two goals for Josh Clayton, and one each from Gary Morton, Luke Hollis and Ian Gee. Welbeck’s reply was a Robbie Savage penalty.

The biggest score of the day came in the long-delayed League Cup third round tie between Swanwick Pentrich Road and Allenton United which resulted in an emphatic 8-0 win for the Swans.

Ant Fay led the way with a hat-trick, Shane Buckerfield bagged a pair and there were also goals for Shane Whitmore, Andy White and Chris Turner.

Swanwick now travel to Belper United in the quarter final.

In the Reserve Premier division, South Normanton Athletic remain in second spot after a 3-2 defeat of Holbrook St Michaels.

Fenwick Butcher’s brace for the Saints was topped by James Pearce (two) and Craig Merrett for the Shiners. Thoresby Colliery’s eight-match winning run came to an end at home to Swanwick, Richard Jeffery and Tom Wilson scoring for the visitors.

Pinxton put daylight between themselves and Welbeck Welfare with a 4-1 win at Meden Vale.

Pinxton’s scorers were Jamie Mawdsley, Hodgkinson, Joule and Bonser, with Jamie Rowbotham getting one back for Welbeck.

Matlock Town progressed in the Reserve League Cup with a 3-0 win at Mickleover RBL, their scorers Marcus Beddoe, Steven Mansell and James Hill.

Matlock now travel to Rainworth in the next round.

Finally, Harworth Colliery pulled off a creditable 1-1 draw in a friendly with Northern Counties East pacesetters Barton Town Old Boys with a goal from Jonny Bownes.