The first round of the Buildbase FA Vase saw four Central Midlands League sides in action with a guarantee of at least one of them making it into round two.
It was South against North at Watnall Road as Hucknall Town faced Clay Cross Town, both sides still boasting a 100% record. The visitors took the lead on 17 minutes, manager Ant Lynam unleashing an unstoppable free kick from 25 yards as the Millers had the better of the first 45 minutes. They held the lead until the 73rd minute when Shaun Smith guided home the equaliser, the striker getting a second seven minutes later as he lobbed the keeper. Hucknall now face familiar opposition in Round Two when they host Eastwood Community.
South Normanton put on a creditable performance in their Vase debut at home to Step 6 Melton Town before going down to a narrow 3-2 defeat. Sacha Markelic put the Shiners ahead, but the scores were level by the interval. After falling behind the home side equalised with a Tim Perry goal but were left to rue missed chances as Melton got the winner in the last ten minutes.
It was tough going for Blidworth Welfare who travelled to another Step 6 side in Blaby and Whetstone, the Leicester club getting three in each half in completing a 6-0 win.
Sherwood Colliery took advantage of their rivals being out of action to go top of the Black Dragon Badges South division with a 3-1 defeat of Matlock Town Reserves. Dale Gilliatt, Ewan Robson and Jordan Harris got the goals for the Wood with Billy Whitehead on target for the visitors.
Three goals apiece as AFC Kilburn and Linby Colliery shared the points at Leedale Park. Kilburn’s goals came from Gavin McCready, Ryan Fitzhugh and Daniel Peberdy, Linby replying through Sean White, Gary Atkins and Kye Pilmore.
Two of the new clubs clashed as Aslockton & Orston hosted Hilton Harriers who returned home with all three points, the goals coming from Karl Chadfield and Dan Waltho.
Keyworth United recorded their first win in style as they beat Holbrook St Michaels 5-2 at Platt Lane. Brett Solza netted twice, Robert Gill, Luke Price and Ricky Benwell also on the scoresheet, Sam Williamson getting both of Holbrook’s goals.
Teversal Reserves picked up their first point of the season against Mickleover RBL but it could so easily have been three. Tevie went ahead with a Matt Wilkinson goal on 39 minutes and doubled the advantage on 52 through Macaulay Short. Jack Gill soon reduced the arrears but it wasn’t until two minutes from time that Joshua Piggott rescued a point for the Legion.
Two goals in stoppage time meant the crowd got their money’s worth at the Black Dragon Badges North match between Dinnington Town and Lincoln Moorlands. A Simon Mowbray goal gave the Moors a 29th minute lead, Matty Bradley’s spot kick levelling the scores on 56 minutes. Ryan Hall looked to have won it for Dinnington five minutes from time, but Moorlands’ Robbie Smith equalised in the 91st minute. The home side refused to give up and were rewarded when Mason Barlow struck with 94 minutes played.
Cheer at last for Welbeck Lions who gained their first points of the season with a convincing 5-2 defeat of Newark Town. The Lions trailed at the interval, Ian Wade and Josh Johnson scoring for Newark, Sam Baird for Welbeck. The tables were turned in the second half as Baird completed his hat trick and Shane Burton and Curtis Burchill also found the net to get Welbeck’s season started.
A better day also for Renishaw Rangers who are still seeking their first points but can take some satisfaction from their 2-0 reverse at Askern. Owen Fletcher on 20 minutes and Ben Wilkinson just before the hour mark were Askern’s scorers.
Will Tomlinson hit a hat trick for Retford as they recorded a 5-1 win at Brodsworth Welfare. Steve Hutchinson struck Retford’s other goals with Adam Richardson getting one for Broddy.
Dronfield Town Reserves followed up their midweek win against Staveley with a share of the points against AFC Bentley, the match ending 2-2. Charles Bradwell’s brace for Dronfield were answered by two Bradley Maddison goals.
The match between Harworth Colliery and Staveley MwReserves was abandoned following a serious injury to Harworth keeper Glenn McPherson to whom we send our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.
Five matches and 34 goals in the Macron Stores Stoke Division One where Eastwood Community maintained their 100% record by putting ten past Cromford. Kieran Knight led the way with four goals, Mitchell Davies contributed two and Cal McGarry, Harry Gill, Ashley Dove and Tom Coupe added one apiece.
Ryan Butler got a hat trick in Linby Colliery’s 5-2 win over Sherwood Colliery. Aiden Butler also scored twice with Liam Beardsley getting both for the visitors.
Mickleover Sports won 5-1 against Harworth Colliery, the goals coming from Lewis Belgrave, Martin Bobok Daniel Civik, William Norcross and Ben Morris. Marley Alder replied for Harworth.
Dave Robinson grabbed four as Swanwick beat Holbrook Sports 6-1. Guy Wilding and Chris Turner got the others, Ben Wallis on target for Holbrook. Retford United were 4-0 winners at Mickleover RBL.
Report by Richard Lane.