Mansfield Town will play Carlton Town in the Notts FA Senior Cup Final after a comprehensive victory in the semi-finals last night against Newark FC.
The Stags XI containing mostly under 23 players, overwhelmed their United Counties League opponents at Greenwich Avenue to win 7-1 and close the disappointing ‘tangerines’ campaign in disappointing defeat.
Goals from Nathan Caine, Jaden Charles and Josh Scott had the Stags 3-0 up at the break with Corey Grantham replying minutes into the second half, but further additions by Jason Law, a second from Josh Scott, and a second from Caine had victory by the easiest of margins.
Newark: Andrew, Rowley, Sylla, Cook, Freeman, Stevenson, Mundell, Currie, Grantham, Devlin, Olivant. Subs: Blake, Molyneaux.
Mansfield Town: Stech, Wauchope, Burke, Collins, Cooper, Ward, Carter, Law, Scott, Caine, Charles. Subs: Kruszynski, Deakin, Abdullah, Pitts, Turner.
The final will be played next week, on Wednesday 4th May, again at the home of Basford United who’s Northern Premier League season ended last weekend with heavy defeat at Witton Albion. Carlton Town themselves missing out on the Midlands Division playoffs with a final game loss at Stamford, the other Notts based NPL side Worksop Town also finishing outside the playoffs in eighth of the East Division, they themselves have the small matter of a Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup Final to play against Maltby Main though.
In the United Counties League First Division both Hucknall Town and Radford FC will be gunning for promotion this weekend.
Hucknall travel to Hinckley who finished second behind Kimberley Miners Welfare despite massing over 100 points, after a fabulous season in gaining 97 points and finishing fourth, Radford travel to Belper United (who ended a place and a point above them) with the winners of each tie playing off against each other in the final.
In the Central Midlands League, Newark Town almost have the title in their own grasp, as they head the division by two points with two games to play.
Newark host Harworth Colliery at the weekend, knowing maximum points will guarantee a top two place with the only side possible of catching them Club Thorne Colliery, who play Retford United as one of their remaining three matches.
For Retford, currently second with just that one match remaining, they will have chance to redeem themselves against Newark in the Notts Senior FA Trophy final in a fortnights time. The Badgers were beaten last night in the Abacus Lighting Floodlit Cup Final against Sherwood Colliery Reserves, 2-1.
Finally in the Notts Senior League, Southwell City look favourites with two games to play to take the Premier Division crown. Southwell have a three point cushion on second placed Stapleford Town having beaten comprehensively, Clifton FCB, 6-0 at the Brinkley Centenary Ground last night.
Southwell face FC Cavaliers at the Forest Rec on Saturday before ending their league campaign on May 3rd at home to Dunkirk AFC.
*Main image @stevemack2017 Mansfield were too strong for Newark in the Notts FA Cup.