Two of the four Nottinghamshire clubs in the FA Cup Preliminary Round, progressed to the First Qualifying Round after Saturday’s matches as Worksop Town won a local affair, 3-0, away to AFC Mansfield, and Kimberley Miners Welfare claimed a 2-0 home win over Leicester Nirvana, whilst Carlton Town crashed out when losing 1-0 at home to Loughborough Students.
A Liam Hardy brace put Worksop on their way to victory in their game at AFC Mansfield, whilst Liam Hughes also netted, his being his first goal for the club, whilst Kimberley progressed courtesy of second half goals from James Shaw and Tom Eccleshall.
League-wise and Basford United would find themselves held to a goalless draw away to Hitchin Town in the Northern Premier Central whilst there would be mixed fortunes in the United Counties Premier Division, Eastwood CFC winning 2-1 at home to Heather St Johns, and Sherwood Colliery losing 3-0 to visitors Heanor Town.
The UCL Division One saw Radford edge a local affair, by the odd-goal-in-five, when away to Clipstone, for whom Eden Homer and Jordan Ball netted, the visitors, and victors, would score via Jordan Alls, Conor Moore, and Greg Tobin.
Newark Town would ‘edge’ an eleven-goal thriller when home to St Andrews, Lewis Chambers bagging three in a 9-2, home win, alongside a brace from Josh Fraiwald, and solo efforts by Joe Aitken, George Asplin, Liam Bentley, and Jack McGovern.
At one stage, very early in the first period, on what was a long afternoon for the visitors, they’d levelled the game up at ones apiece; Newark would line-up for their home game as follows –
NEWARK TOWN – Nathan Burrows, Tristan Drummond, Ben Sharpe, Jack Beckett, Luke Andersen, Ben Coleman, Jesse Anderson, Mark Faflik, Lewis Chambers, George Asplin, Jack McGovern
There would be good fortunes elsewhere in the division for Notts clubs as Hucknall Town won 1-0 at home to Birstall United, Clifton All Whites claimed a 2-1 success away to Kirby Muxloe (Joshua Gardner with the winner in stoppage time), Rainworth Miners Welfare saw off visitors Holwell Sports 2-9, and Blidworth Welfare won 2-1 at Saffron Dynamo.
Second half goals from Courtney Hastings, Romello Mangle, and Kieran Harrison saw Gedling Miners Welfare earn a share of the spoils in a 3-3 draw away to Blackstones, whilst the only losses would befall Southwell City, 4-0 at Aylestone Park, and Dunkirk, who fell to a 3-1 defeat at home to Bourne Town.
Meanwhile, in the Northern Counties Eastern Division One, Ollerton Town romped to a 4-0 home win over visiting Parkgate, and Retford saw off Wakefield 3-0 (Matthew Parkin with a brace), whilst the Central Midlands League saw Joe Bilton net two, first half goals, as Collingham drew 2-2 with AFC Phoenix, and Retford United won 4-1 away to Kiveton Miners Welfare.
Goalless at the break, a strong, second half performance, earned the visitors all three points, Igor Mlynarksi with the opener on the hour, Charlie Dawes doubling the lead less than ten minutes later.
In the final ten, the Badgers added further goals as Niall Smith grabbed the third, and, in the closing minutes, a sterling performance from Brandon Kane was capped by his notching the badgers fourth of the game, finishing off a solo run with a finish into the bottom corner.
The Badgers would line-up against Kiveton MW as follows –
RETFORD UNITED – Tom Crosby, Stuart Ludlam, Owen Fieldsend, Tom Brook, Will McGhie, Mason Barlow, Brandon Kane, Charlie Dawes, Niall Smith, Mark West, Alec Denton
Other results, lower down in the Central Midlands, saw Nottingham win a local affair with Mansfield Hosiery Mills, in the Premier South, whilst Division One North had Worksop Town Reserves drawing 3-3 away to Dearne & District Development, and Retford Development cruise to a 7-1 win away to Hatfield Town Development, Billy Stafford with a hat-trick.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @worksoptownfc action between AFC Mansfield & Worksop Town in the FA Cup.