Central Midlands Football League: Dronfield close in on championship

NDET 20-4-13 RKH 33  Dronfield Town V Clay cross
NDET 20-4-13 RKH 33 Dronfield Town V Clay cross

Dronfield made it three wins in a week when they travelled to last season’s champions Westella on Tuesday night and came away with a 1-0 win.

The result sees them move three points clear at the top of the Central Midlands Football League after it backed up Saturday’s hard fought 2-0 win over Thorne Colliery.

Goals in either half from Andy Gange and Cal Mawbey ensured Town took top spot from their Nottinghamshire neighbours AFC Mansfield.

Mansfield have led the way for most of the campaign but, with just two games remaining, Dronfield have timed their charge to the title.

Town kept their hopes alive 48 hours earlier when they took full advantage of their game in hand to beat Ollerton 2-0.

In a battling performance from Dronfield goals again in either half from Ritchie Marples and Lew Naylor did the damage.

Town have relied heavily on their strong backline in recent games, marshalled by skipper Richard Mintoft.

And they will be hopeful the captain continues to lead by example on Saturday in the penultimate game of the season away at Brodsworth MW.

Glapwell came from behind to record their first win in seven as they beat Bentley Colliery 6-2.

Glapwell returned to winning ways thanks to goals from Kye Martey (2), Josh Goodhand (2), Oliver Trigg and Jordan Jones.

Lee Winterman opened the scoring before he added a consolation past Hadlee Dunn.

While Clay Cross Town were forced into a blank on Saturday when visitors Yorkshire Main contacted the club an hour and 20 minutes before kick off to say they could not make the games due to a car accident.

Top scorer Rockie White, with 39 goals, picked up four awards at the club’s presentation night - Players’ player of the year, Manager’s player of the year, Supporters’ player of the year and the Golden Boot.

The Millers play their final home game this Saturday against Harworth (3pm).