Central Midlands League: Thorne suffer final heartache

Thorne Colliery
Thorne Colliery

It proved to be a blank holiday weekend for high-flying Central Midlands League North Division Thorne Colliery.

Tony Stroud’s side lost by the odd goal in three in Sunday’s League Challenge Cup final against newly-crowned champions AFC Mansfield final at Alfreton.

Third-placed Colliery went 1-0 down when Martin Carter headed home from a corner.

They drew level just before the half hour courtesy of striker Kirk Frost, who found the net from about 18 yards despite the keeper getting a hand to his shot.

Midfielder Carter restored Mansfield’s lead with another header to take his total for the season to 40.

Skipper Darren Fell tested the Mansfield keeper just before the break.

But Thorne, who were without injured midfielder Brett Thomas, rarely threatened again in a scrappy second half and the Nottinghamshire side held on to claim a hat trick of closely-fought wins over them this season.

Colliery suffered a shock 5-4 defeat at bottom club Welbeck last week.

Ross Ebbage and Fell both bagged a brace in the nine-goal thriller.

Colliery also went down 5-1 at second placed Westella Hanson on Tuesday night.

Thorne play their third game in five days at Glapwell tonight before bringing down the curtain on their most successful campaign for years at Easington United on Saturday.

Brodsworth Welfare ended a disappointing season on a winning note with a 4-1 win victory over Welbeck on Friday night in a game switched to the Doncaster club’s ground.