Central Midlands League: Harworth fly the flag; Thorne, Bentley, Askern & Brodsworth beaten

Action from Harworth Colliery (orange) v Thorne Colliery at Scrooby Road.
Action from Harworth Colliery (orange) v Thorne Colliery at Scrooby Road.

Harworth Colliery are left to carry Doncaster area hopes in the Central Midlands League’s Abacus Lighting-sponsored League Cup.

They saw off the challenge of North Division derby rivals Thorne Colliery to claim a second round tie away at Real United or Harrowby Saints.

Both are currently languishing in the bottom half of the South Division table.

Thorne drew first blood with Cameron Johnson giving them the lead.

However, the home side dominated the rest of the first half and they stormed into a 3-1 interval lead courtesy of goals by Matt Bradley, Brett Garrett and Billy Ball.

Thorne’s hopes of forcing their way back into contention in the second half weren’t helped when they conceded an own goal to trail 4-1.

The game had long been over as a contest before Johnson bagged a second in the dying minutes.

It’s a return to league action in the North Division for both Harworth and Thorne this Saturday.

Tenth-placed Harworth face a trip to Easington United - a side sitting four places below them in the division.

Meanwhile, Thorne host Doncaster neighbours Brodsworth Welfare who will be looking to overturn a recent poor run of form which saw them go down 6-0 at midtable South Division Hucknall Town in the cup competition.

Hucknall’s goals came from Joshua Henry and Matthew Clowes with a brace apiece alongside further strikes from Aaron Evans and James Rigg during Saturday’s encounter.

Bentley Colliery, who had bowed out of the competition earlier along with Askern, never looked like spoiling the celebrations for North Division hosts Clay Cross Town who turned on a bright display to claim a 5-1 win in their first game under their new floodlights.

Like most sides this season, Colliery struggled to contain Town’s leading scorer Ant Lynam.

He notched yet another hat trick to take his tally for the season to 28 to help his side move clear at the top.

Billy Parkhouse prevented a whitewash when scoring Colliery’s consolation goal.

Lowly Sherwood Colliery are Bentley’s next opponents with the Doncaster men looking to bounce back from their Clay Cross slaying.

Ollerton Town returned to form as they inflicted a 3-1 defeat on Askern.

Chris Hewitt (2) and Jamie Senior were the Ollerton scorers.

Joe Byron netted for the home side.

Midtable Askern have a tasty tie facing them this weekend in the shape of an away trip to fifth-placed Glapwell.

The Derbyshire side have yet to lose in their last seven league matches following a 2-1 success over Welbeck on Saturday.

How they stand: (top positions)

North Division: Clay Cross Town P14 Pts 33, Westella VIP 12 31, Thoresby CW 11 30, Bilsthorpe 14 29, Glapwell 13 29, Newark Town 11 24, Ollerton Town 14 21, Appleby Frodingham 11 19, Askern 12 19, Harworth Colliery 14 18, Brodsworth Welfare 13 16.

*See this week’s Free Press and South Yorkshire Times for our Harworth v Thorne picture special