FOOTBALL ROUND-UP: Central Midlands sides in FA Vase action
Six Central Midlands teams ventured into the first qualifying round of the FA Vase but despite some creditable performances only Hucknall Town managed to progress to the next round.
The Watnall Road outfit saw off East Midlands Counties side Stapenhill by four clear goals.
Niall Thompson gave Hucknall a 10th-minute lead, the other three goals coming in the second half through Leon Aikman, a second from Thompson and one in stoppage time by Nathan Francis.
Hucknall now make the short trip to Arnold Town in the next round.
Eastwood Community were also in front against step five side Harrowby United, Matt Brian scoring after seven minutes, but two in three minutes just before the interval inspired Harrowby to a 3-1 win.
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Belper Town’s tie with former CML side Clifton All Whites went to extra-time.
Louis Mundin put Belper ahead, but Clifton gained the advantage before Scott Slater levelled things, Clifton scoring twice more in the extra half hour.
Despite dropping their first points of the season, Thorne Colliery top the Black Dragon Badges North division, their point in a 3-3 draw at Dronfield Town Reserves putting them a point clear of Appleby Frodingham and Phoenix.
Kyle Palmer with two and Darren Fell were on target for Thorne with Ash Rycroft, Wayne Garrity and Arran Gordon scoring for Dronfield.
Brodsworth inflicted a fifth successive defeat on Dinnington Town, Josh Bowkett (2), Josh Dodds, Brad Heaps and Courtney Peynardo all scoring in a five goal win.
Easington United had two goal Danny Barron to thank for their first win of the season, strikes on 15 and 83 minutes proving decisive at Welbeck Welfare.
Harworth are still undefeated after seeing off near neighbours Retford 3-0.
Karl Burrows opened the scoring on 12 minutes, with Josh Dickinson doubling the margin just before the interval.
A late Tom Pick goal gave Harworth a comfortable win.
Lee Winterman’s penalty proved the winner for Bentley Colliery in their match with Bilsthorpe.
Sherwood Colliery leapfrogged Hucknall Town to take top spot in the Black Dragon Badges South division after a 2-1 win over Hucknall Rolls at Debdale Park.
Early goals from Liam Green for Sherwood and Harry Allen for Rolls saw the sides level for most of the game before Lucan Barker’s 82nd minute header settled it in the home team’s favour.
Selston looked to be coasting to three points in their first home game of the season as two goals from Aaron Brady and one for Tom Widdowson gave them a comfortable lead against Collingham but the visitors put on a late rally, two Ryan Rushen goals making for a close finish.
A spectacular effort from Ross McCaughey gave Bulwell an early advantage in their match with Clay Cross Town, but the Millers struck back, Danny Fullwood, Chris Sharman and Danny Robinson’s goals ensuring the points went back to Derbyshire.
After four successive draws, Swanwick Pentrich Road finally went one step further, Shane Buckerfield and Dean Owen getting the goals in a 2-0 win over Matlock Town Reserves.
Pinxton had settled their game with Blidworth Welfare by half time, Luke Walker with two and Cory Hardy setting up a 3-0 home win.
Linby Colliery added to Mickleover RBL’s woes, beating them 2-1 at Church Lane.
Dale Chapman struck with an early goal, with Ruban Mitchell adding a second, Abidemi Lamina replying for the Legion.
Holbrook St Michaels recorded their first win of the season, Silas Majoni and Yacoub Moulay on the scoresheet as they beat Southwell City 2-0.
Blidworth Welfare lead the Reserve division after a 3-2 win over Harworth Colliery.
Chas Simpkin, with two, and Alex Taylor were the Blidworth scorers, Connor Gresham and Mick Wibberley with Harworth’s reply.
Graham Street Prims are level on points, they saw off Eastwood Community 2-0, Joe Condon and Jack Tyson with the goals.
Radford travelled to Mickleover RBL and returned with the points after a 3-1 win, their goals coming from Bruno Afonso, Macauley Barber and Lewis Soal.