The Wembley trail started for five of our clubs this afternoon in the first qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Vase. Three were successful. Hucknall Town put seven past Borrowash Victoria of the East Midlands Counties League. Adam Nelson got a hat trick with Jack Smith added two, with Jordan Phillips and Karl Munton also among the scorers.
Blidworth Welfare were 5-3 winners against Leicester Senior League Blaby & Whetstone Athletic, with their goals coming from Callum Pursglove who scored twice, Aidy Harris, Mitchell Slawson and Josh Asuman.
Pinxton were too good for Step 6 United Counties League Holwell sports. Jay Cooper gave them a great start with an 11th minute opener before Pete Stubley doubled the advantage with 23 played. In the second half a beautiful Dan Riley header from a corner made it three on 56 minutes. Pinxton were then reduced to ten after a double yellow before the hosts pulled one back. Even with the disadvantage, the visitors got a fourth with Scott Graham scoring in added time.
Clay Cross didn’t like to be beside the seaside, going down 4-1 at Skegness Town after taking the lead. Skegness were level by the interval and added three more after the interval.
Retford United also tasted defeat at Midland League Premier side Quorn going down by five goals to nil.
One or two unbeaten records fell in the Black Dragon Badges North division. Tideswell lost theirs at Renishaw Rangers 6-1. There were hat tricks for both Jordan Parsons and Luke Manlove while Tideswell replied through Dave Bradbury. Askern also saw their first defeat, falling to a 93rd minute goal at Dronfield Reserves from Lewis Naylor.
Retford hit the jackpot at Thorne Colliery with a 9-0 win. Gaz Davies was the day’s top scorer, grabbing five, James Bingham, two minutes before the break, and Danny Varley three minutes from time ensured Appleby Frodingham’s first win at the fifth attempt as they beat Staveley Reserves 2-1, Reece Clegg replying for the hosts.
Phoenix came from two down to win 3-2 at AFC Bentley. Shaun Mundy on 16 and Zack King on 43 gave Bentley the half time advantage, but goals from Adam Powell immediately after the break, Danny Briggs three minutes later and Sohall Hussein in the 77th minute gave Phoenix the points.
Dinnington Town gained their first point and Collingham dropped theirs in a goalless draw at Phoenix Park.
In the South division there were only four matches. A Billy Whitehead double at AFC Kilburn put Matlock Reserves level at the top with Hucknall Town.
Hilton Harriers and Holbrook St Michaels drew 1-1, Dan Waltho with Hilton’s goal.
Henry Brooks and Shane Buckerfield were Swanwick’s winners as they beat Underwood Villa 2-1, Jake Wright with Villa’s goal.
Holbrook Sports picked up their first win by three goals to nil at Carnarvon Street with Isaac Anderson – Raymond getting a brace and Lewis Hillier the third.
Linby Colliery won 4-1 at Harworth Colliery in the Macron Store Stoke Division One North. Sam Brown got two for Linby Liam Cartlidge and Ryan Butler getting the others with Phil Roberts scoring for the home side.
Crowle Colts made it three straight wins, seeing off Sutton Rovers 2-1. Gavin Cooper and Rashlee Cranidge for Crowle, Ryan Walker for Sutton.
In the other matches Retford United beat Epworth Colts 5-0, Alfreton Town won 3-0 at Shirebrook Rangers and Nottingham FC were first time winners at Welbeck Lions.
In the South division, Wirksworth Ivanhoe hammered Cromfod 9-0. Scorers were Steven Murphy (2), Jack Higton (2), Matt Dranfield, Dan Watson, Billy Lobley, Shaun Smith and Dean Higton.
Neighbours Wirksworth Town also took full points Josh Middleton scoring twice and Toby Howard once in a 3-0 win at Holbrook St Michaels.
James Shaw and Niall Towle brought home the points for Long Eaton United in a two goal win at Rowsley86, while two for Mickey Taylor and one from Ross Haggerty put Sherwood Colliery well in control by half time against Heanor Town who made the final score 3-1 with one from Joe Payne.
Written by Richard Lane.