Central Midlands League: Thorne suffer setback

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Thorne Colliery’s Northern Division title challenge suffered a setback in their last game of 2013, writes Steve Hossack.

Hoping to compete a festive double following their 4-2 derby win over Bentley Colliery on Boxing Day, the Doncaster side conceded an 88th minute goal when going down 1-0 away to new leaders AFC Mansfield two days later.

Colliery, who have at least three games in hand over the sides above them, held on to fourth spot as a result of Harworth doing them a favour by beating Newark Town by the odd goal in five.

Martyn Gee, Sam West and an own goal secured third-placed Harworth the spoils in an entertaining game.

Brodsworth MW will kick-off the new year in better spirits after ending a run of eight successive defeats with a 2-0 win over Glapwell, who had shared the spoils at Bentley on their last visit to the area.

Ben Hodgson and Mel Cotton shared out the goals as Bentley checked their slide down the table.

Askern remain second bottom after sitting out the festive programme due to both their games, including their Boxing Day home clash against Harworth (frozen pitch) being called off.

Scott Hardman secured Harworth Colliery a 1-1 draw in their 1-1 Reserve Premier Division game against visiting Belpher United.