Where do you begin – defeats for Basford United and Worksop Town in the Northern Premier League, a rare loss for Northern Counties East side Retford United, and a hammering in the cup for SJR Worksop.
On the flip side though, Carlton Town won, thanks to a Niall Davie hat-trick, and United Counties Premier North table-toppers, Sherwood Colliery, they romped to a 7-1 win on the road at Pinchbeck United as Craig Westcarr bagged a 27-minute, first half treble to set them on their way.
There was also victories for Eastwood (look out for a feature interview this week), Newark Town, and a second consecutive for Sandiacre Town, so not all doom-and-gloom across Nottinghamshire’s non-league scene this past weekend.
In the NPL, it would be the East Division’s top-ten side, Carlton Town, who picked up maximum points in their home clash with Brighouse Town, despite the game being goalless at the break, striker Davie though setting it alight with a great display of finishing in the second.
His first of the afternoon for the Millers came on 53 minutes when he fired home at the near post, adding a second from the spot less than ten minutes later; the Millers had a number of chances to increase their advantage but were made to wait until the closing minutes before Davie completed his treble, heading home from close range.
CARLTON TOWN – Felix Annan, Shea Thompson-Harris, Lewis Durow, Dean Freeman, Peter Dearle, Ahmed Tahar, David Adegbola, Niall Davie, Lamin Manneh, Alex Howes, Niall Hylton (subs – Lamin Sisawo-Danso, Liam Bateman, Greg Tempest, Michael Ford, Musa Ndaw Jawarra)
Meanwhile, the losses for the two Premier Division sides would see a David Symington brace help Workington to a 3-0 win away to Basford, and Worksop lose 2-1 away to Warrington Rylands, Vaughan Redford with the Tigers’ goal, from the spot, shortly before the break.
Both Retford sides suffered defeat in the Northern Counties Division One, the Badgers, for the first time in more than twenty games on the road, losing 5-0 at Wakefield, whilst the Choughs fell to a 4-1 loss at home to Worsborough Bridge Athletic, Sam Geeves netting midway through the first as the sides went in level at ones apiece at the half.
Sherwood Colliery hold a five-point advantage atop of the United Counties Premier North, and with a game in hand on second place Melton Town, following a comfortable, 7-1 road win at basement club, Pinchbeck United.
Leading 4-1 at the break, Westcarr’s hat-trick being added to by a late fourth from Jacob Pearce, gave the Wood breathing space for the second period; Westcarr’s first came from the spot, his second finishing off a counter-attack from close range, and his third a header from five yards whilst Pearce drove home the fourth when capitalising on a failed, home clearance.
With the hosts having grabbed a consolation on the stroke of half-time, the leaders continued their scoring onslaught in the second when Carter Widdowson let fly from fully 25-yards to restore the four-goal advantage, and they never looked back.
Minutes later and Pearce delivered a great ball for Marley Grant to head home his first of the afternoon and, with six remaining, Grant completed the rout with his second, and the visitors seventh, William Norcross releasing Grant who outpaced the home defence, rounded the ‘keeper, and slotted into an empty net.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY – Dale Sheppard, Carter Widdowson, Riley Starbuck, Joshua Waldram, Jake Wright, Ewan Robson, Jamie York, Robson Doolan, Craig Westcarr, Jacob Pearce, Ethan Wiesztort (subs – William Norcross, Bradley Wells, Marley Grant, Jobe Shaw, Kai Wilson)
Eastwood CFC, on the fringes of the play-offs and with games in hand on those above them, also won at the weekend after goals early in each half gave them a 2-1 win at home to Loughborough Students.
Kyle Tomlin afforded the Red Badgers the lead inside ten minutes, Tyler Blake adding the second early in the second as they sit a point behind that of Skegness Town and Belper United (fifth and sixth respectively).
Both AFC Mansfield (home to Belper), and Kimberley Miners Welfare (away to Wisbech) were held to 1-1 draws, and Newark & Sherwood United fell to a 2-1 defeat away to Skegness.
In the UCL Division One both Newark Town and Rainworth Miners Welfare scored four apiece at home, the former in a 4-0 win over Kirby Muxloe as Sam Wright and Lewis Chambers afforded them an interval lead, Ryan Smith and Elliot King adding two more in stoppage time, and the latter 4-1 against rivals Gedling MW, Callum Brooks with a brace for the victors.
West Bridgford also won local, 3-0 away to Southwell City, whilst Oliver Seeby’s brace gave Sandiacre all three points in a 2-0 win at Dunkirk; Radford and Selston both lost 2-1 away from home, at Bourne Town and Holwell Sports, whilst Clifton All Whites went down 2-0 at Saffron Dynamo.
Central Midlands Alliance side, SJR Worksop, were handsomely dismissed by hosts Emley in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Cup as Iyrwah Gooden, Ruben Jerome and James Walshaw bagged braces in an 11-0 drubbing.
There wasn’t much luck for local sides in the league either, Mansfield Hosiery Mills the only victors, by the odd-goal-in-seven, at home to Holbrook St Michaels as Max Denton, Elliott Nunn, Henry Brooks, and substitute Luke Greaves all netted.
Linby Colliery Welfare suffered another defeat, this time 1-0 at home to Graham Street Prims, and Teversal lost 3-1 away to Pinxton.
Aaron Large bagged a hat-trick as Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division leaders, Stapleford Town, eased to a 5-2 home win over lowly FC Sez, they now five ahead of second place Collingham, who defeated visiting Borrowash Victoria, 3-1 thanks to goals from Joseph Bilton, Bradley Hardy, and William Hollingsworth, and eight clear of third place Awsworth Villa who won 5-0 at home to Ravenshead, Jack Robb at the double.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @Basfordutdfc action from Basford’s 3-0 loss at home to Workington.