Pinxton hit rivals for six to keep title hopes alive

Pinxton v Blidworth Welfare
Pinxton v Blidworth Welfare

Pinxton remain hot on the heels of CMFL South leaders Mickleover Royals after a 6-2 home win over Blidworth Welfare.

A 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture earlier on in the season remained at the forefront of Pinxton’s memories and they were keen to make amends.

Pinxton v Blidworth Welfare

Pinxton v Blidworth Welfare

They were boosted by the return of captain Pete Stubley and Darren Bettison to the starting eleven in place of Tom Ellis and Danny O’Donnell.

And it didn’t take long for the deadlock to be broken when, on seven minutes, ex-Blidworth front man Stubley was fouled in the penalty area.

The referee didn’t hesitate in pointing to the spot. Jake Vernon stepped up and smashed the ball to the keeper’s right for the opening goal.

Vernon got his second of the game when Jimmy Adcock played him in and instead of passing to Chris Shelton went alone to score from a tight angle. Blidworth immediately responded when Pinxton stopper Gareth Briggs collided with concrete after backpedalling to keep out a loose clearance.

Pinxton v Blidworth Welfare

Pinxton v Blidworth Welfare

Briggs tipped the ball on to the bar but the rebound fell kindly for Liam Theakstone to tap in ahead of the recovering defender, Lee Farnsworth.

Theakstone went close to doubling his tally and bringing Blidworth level moments later with Briggs clearly struggling and rooted to his line.

Stubley then got the goal he craved for Pinxton when he was perfectly placed at the back post to tuck in an inviting corner from the left.

Max Curzon reduced the arrears just before the break when he was sent through one-on-one with Briggs and finished calmly to make it 3-2.

Pinxton v Blidworth Welfare

Pinxton v Blidworth Welfare

At the other end, Briggs was struggling but needn’t have worried as he was largely a spectator in the second half as Pinxton ran riot.

Adcock and Vernon combined before the latter was tripped after rounding the Blidworth keeper. He stepped up and completed his hat-trick from the spot.

Substitute Ellis was brought on in place of Stubley and had a hand in number five when he drilled the ball across goal for Vernon to add another.

Vernon then turned provider when the ball was worked up to him in the six-yard box and he put it on a plate for Kurtis Bamford for Pinxton’s sixth.

While in the CMFL North, table toppers Clay Cross Town had to settle for a point at mid-table Askern in a game that swung one way then the next.

The Millers were looking to bounceback from a 2-0 defeat in midweek at the hands of Thoresby Colliery, which had dented their title ambitions.

They did just in the first half when Aiden Ordidge latched on to a defence splitting ball from Ben Townsend and slotted in after just 70 seconds. The industrious Ritchie Matthews then made it two on 20 minutes and the points looked to have been secured but the wind was far from gone in the hosts’ sails.

With less than ten-minutes remaining, substitute Chris Hart gave Askern hope before captain Gareth Collinson drew them level with Clay Cross reeling.

It will be a draw that felt like defeat for the Millers with other teams around them at the top dropping points.

Neighbours and CMFL North rivals Glapwell were not one of those teams, however, and they made it back-to-back victories with a 4-0 win over ten-man Brodsworth Welfare.

Glapwell took the lead on 18 minutes when Adam Kimberley cut inside from the right before his shot went in via the inside of the near post.

The home side’s task was made even more difficult when their skipper Jake Starbuck was shown a straight red two minutes later.

The lead was doubled when Dean Spencer got to the ball ahead of the opposing keeper and tapped in. He got his second when he finished emphatically after being played in by Daniel Russell.

Russell then got in on the act with the final action of the match when he brilliantly volleyed home via the underside of the bar from Callum Dovison’s ball from the left.