What Have I Missed? Non League New Year Round Up

Just two games for Basford United in the Northern Premier League over the Christmas period with a 1-4 home defeat against Hyde on the 21st December followed up by a boxing day postponement at Mickleover Sport.

United however started the New Year with a clean sheet as they were held 0-0 by Grantham Town with Steve Chettle’s men now fourth in the table on 36 points from 21 played six points behind leaders South Shields having played a game more.

On Saturday Basford take the short trip to Matlock as they aim to win their first match in four games.

A similar problem for Carlton Town has been postponements (which has also effected form) and after their NPL South East Division match at home to Lincoln United was called off on the 21st they went into the Boxing Day match at Ilkeston having not won in the league since October.

That however improved with a 4-2 derby win at Ilkeston but 1-0 defeat at home to Kidsgrove on New Years day dampened spirits as the Millers lie a point and a place outside the playoffs in sixth.

Carlton shouldn’t have any issues with postponements this Saturday as they visit Sutton Coldfield and their all weather surface with the opportunity to get back into the playoff picture.

Another league effected by the weather this winter has been the Midland Football League where Newark Flowserve fly high in third place just two points behind leaders Coventry United with two games in hand.

Newark beat Sporting Khalsa 4-1 on the 21st December and haven’t played since but will face Lye Town at home in league action this Saturday.

Things are not so good at the other end of the table for Selston who have up to six games in hand on those around them thanks to recent postponements, the table proppers have only played 14 matches this season with a back log of fixture congestion assured for later this season as they start the new year in hosting Romulus.

Finally in the Northern Counties East League AFC Mansfield played their first league game in 17 days on the 28th December as they were soundly beaten at Barton Town 3-0.

The Bulls currently sit second bottom in the table with a local derby at home against third place Staveley Miners Welfare this weekend.

In the NCEL First Division Retford won 3-2 against Rossington Main on Saturday to stay seventh in the division whilst 18th placed Ollerton lost 1-3 at home to Nostell Miners Welfare.

This weekend Retford visit Dronfield Town whilst Ollerton travel to Hall Road Rangers.

*Main image @Basfordutdfc action from the New Years Day match with Grantham Town.

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