Central Midlands Football League: Dronfield on the verge of securing championship

Dronfield Town v Glapwell
Dronfield Town v Glapwell

Leaders Dronfield need just one point from their final match of the season to secure the Central Midlands title.

Town face mid-table opposition in the form of Easington United at home on Saturday where they can clinch the league championship.

Last week’s defeat of Westella Hanson was followed up with a 3-0 win over Brodsworth Welfare.

A hard working display by the champions elect saw them move six points clear at the top of the league.

A penalty from Ade Ashton after Doran was bundled over in the box and a Ritchie Marples effort from close range gave Dronfield an early two-goal cushion.

Town were guilty of wasting several good chances, but credit must also go to the Brodsworth keeper as he made a handful of excellent saves from Mintoft, Wood, Hill and Doran.

A few words at half time and Dronfield came out for the second half a stronger defensive unit. Marples got his second of the game with a calmly taken lob over the advancing keeper from 25 yards to seal the win.

Their nearest rivals AFC Mansfield have to win both their remaining games and hope Dronfield slip up to have any chance of taking the title.

While Clay Cross Town played out only their second draw of the campaign to remain in third place against fourth-placed Harworth.

The Millers took the lead after 12 minutes when a deflected header from Luke Beatson flew into the bottom corner of visiting keeper Mark Latham’s goal. Sam Bartram almost won it for Clay Cross but his piledriver was expertly tipped over by Latham.