A great day in the Buildbase FA Vase for the Central Midlands League as three teams won through to the first round proper. One league representative was guaranteed as Hucknall Town faced Eastwood Community at Watnall Road. A close match was anticipated but on the day the visitors were comfortable winners by four goals to one. A Joe Butler opener on 23 minutes was followed by an own goal ten minutes later and the writing was on the wall for Hucknall by half time as Paddy Webb added a third. Butler’s second in the 72nd minute ensured there was to be no comeback though Adam Nelson’s penalty ten minutes from time did put the hosts on the scoresheet.
Sherwood Colliery travelled to a former CML side in Sandiacre Town. After both teams had gone close the home side took a 34th minute lead from the penalty spot, Dale Gilliatt levelling with a beautifully timed volley a minute from the break. Sherwood were the better side in the second half and went ahead through Jamie York with 73 minutes played. As Sandiacre pushed forward in search of the equaliser, the Wood had several chances to put it to bed but had to wait until the sixth minute of added time before Liam Theakstone to give the visitors a 3-1 win.
Pinxton also won away as they took on another former Central Midlands side, step 6 Retford United at Cannon Park. Pinxton led with a Liam Green goal at the interval and although Retford levelled in the second half, Jay Cooper struck to put the Derbyshire side into the next round by two goals to one.
There was a full programme of matches in the Black Dragon Badges North division. All eyes were on the clash between the two teams with 100% records as Harworth Colliery took on Clay Cross Town at Scrooby Road. Something had to give and it was the Millers who headed home with their record intact after a 3-2 win. Lee Clay was the hat trick hero for the visitors opening the scoring just before the half time whistle. Lewis Francis made the scores level just after the restart but Clay added two more before a Lee Holmes penalty reduced the arrears.
Retford take over at the top of the table following a 3-0 win at Staveley MW reserves. Luke Tong with two and Martin Woodhead were the scorers, Staveley not helped by playing the second half with ten men.
There was a six goal thriller at Dinnington as the home side shared the points with Collingham. Bradley Howe struck twice for Dinnington in the first 12 minutes, Ryan Rushen reducing the margin four minutes later. Sid Costa equalised on 32 minutes but the home side were in front again within two minutes, Howe completing his hat trick. The second half was less frenetic, the only goal coming from Collingham’s Jackson Buckthorpe to earn his side a point.
Two goals in the 38th and 59th minutes by Askern’s Luke Williams were enough to take the points from Lincoln Moorlands while Phoenix picked up their second maximum of the season by beating Dronfield Town reserves 2-1 at Brinsworth. Adam Houghton and Liam Colclough got the Phoenix goals while James Savage netted for Dronfield.
Thorne Colliery came from behind to beat Newark Town 4-2 at Moorends. A first minute own goal put Thorne ahead but Newark equalised with a Rikki Peterson goal on 34 minutes and went ahead through Callum Ranyard with 69 played. Thorne fought back, Kevin Lynch equalising in the 77th minute, Chris Hancock putting them ahead with five to play and Lynch rounding things off deep into stoppage time.
Welbeck Lions won for the second time in a fortnight, beating Brodsworth Welfare by two goals to one. Brodsworth took the lead on 16 minutes with a Joel Tomlinson goal but the Lions were level two minutes later, James Whitfield on target. Whitfield proved the match winner as he struck again eight minutes before the interval.
Appleby Frodingham’s Nathan Watson hit four as the Scunthorpe side ran in seven at Renishaw Rangers without reply. Watson struck twice in each half, Connor Purdue giving the visitors a three goal interval lead while Nathan Steeper and a Danny Own penalty completed the scoring in the second half.
Goals from Luke Lindley, Mitch Barclay and Jack Bradbury saw Tideswell United home in their game at AFC Bentley.
With the leaders of the Black Dragon Badges South division in Vase action, Hilton Harriers took advantage to take over third spot in the table with a 5-2 defeat of Holbrook St Michaels. Scorers for the Harriers were Dan Waltho with two, Jordan Mason, Jason North and Tom Harlow, Holbrook’s reply coming from Paul Fisher and Ashley Roberts.
Aslockton & Orston hit the goal scoring jackpot as they ran in nine against Teversal Reserves. The home side’s hitmen were James Hallam who struck five times, the other four coming from Josh Asuman.
Just a single goal separated Blidworth Welfare and Matlock Town reserves. It came in the 44th minute scored by Blidworth’s Josh Brentnall.
South Normanton edged out Mickleover RBL 2-1 with a 30 yard strike from James Pearce and a Rob Fretwell goal being answered by Dave Carr and Abidemi Lamina before Alex Statham decided things in favour of the Shiners.
Two goals each from Richard Whyman and Luke Price were the highlights of Keyworth United’s 4-0 defeat of AFC Kilburn at Platt Lane while a Tremere Lindo double was enough to see Linby Colliery to a 2-1 win against Swanwick.
The last perfect record in the Macron Store Stoke Division One fell on Saturday fell as Eastwood Community were held to a 2-2 home draw by Heanor Town. Kieran Knight and Tom Coupe were on target for Eastwood, Heanor’s goals coming from Ben Davis and Conor Carling.
A stirring fightback by Linby Colliery saw them win 4-3 at Swanwick. The Swans were three up with just 13 minutes played, the goals coming from Jack Smith, Adam Gross and Kieran Flynn. Linby dug deep and were level by half time thanks to two Toby Birch goals and one from Marshall Collingwood. Linby’s comeback was sealed by an own goal 15 minutes from the end.
Harworth made the long trip to AFC Kilburn, the return home made sweeter after a 5-1 win. Harworth’s goals were shared between Joe Green, Sam Westerman, Simon Byers, Tom Pick and Marley Alder, Brad Larimore replying for Kilburn.
Wirksworth Town beat Radford 2-1 with goals from Callum Worth and James Newton, Radford’s scorer was Obinna Abuka.
A Mitch Williams double was sufficient to give Mickleover RBL the points 2-1 against Holbrook Sports for whom Isaac Anderson-Raymond scored.
Two penalties converted by Dan Wildgoose weren’t enough to prevent Cromford from suffering a 6-2 home defeat to Sherwood Colliery.