Central Midlands League: Askern close in on leaders

Askern's players celebrate a goal in their 5-1 win over Ollerton Town.
Askern's players celebrate a goal in their 5-1 win over Ollerton Town.

Askern are emerging as genuine Abacus Lighting Central Midlands League North Division title challengers.

The sixth-placed Doncaster side, who are just four points behind leaders Appleby Frodingham with two games in hand, recorded their sixth win in eight starts when beating Ollerton Town 5-1.

Michael Attard, who scored four last time out, and a Gary Mundy penalty gave Askern the lead before Chris Hewitt got one back on the stroke of half time.

A three-goal scoring burst in a six-minute spell, one from Attard and two from Shaun Mundy, after the break served to put the result beyond doubt

Brodsworth Welfare’s problems off the field spilt on to it when crashing to a 5-1 defeat at home to Glapwell.

Adam Kimberley gave the visitors, now up to second, a fifth-minute lead which was doubled by Josh Parfitt.

Rod Pursehouse pulled one back for Welfare but further goals from Parfitt, Jack Hutchinson and Tom Norris sealed their fate.

There was no shortage of pre-Bonfire Night fireworks in Bentley Colliery’s game against Newark Town with five goals being scored in an explosive first 20 minutes.

Will Fry’s early brace for Newark were cancelled out by Matt Wilson, Lee Winterman and Dan Reed.

Winterman bagged his second to put Bentley two up with 20 minutes left, but goals from Ricky North and Tom Wilford gave Newark a point from a 4-4 draw.

Harworth Colliery could not have left it much later to claim the points away to defending champions Bilsthorpe, who are still struggling to capture last season’s form, Nathan Millington’s winner coming in the second minute of stoppage time.

Thorne Colliery drew 0-0 at home against second-placed Retford.