CML Round-up: League Cup takes centre stage
Richard Lane rounds up the action involving Derbyshire's sides in the Central Midlands League on Saturday:
The pandemic struck at the heart of the second round fixtures in the Buckingham Insurance League Cup. With travel in or out of South Yorkshire prohibited for step seven sides, the weekend’s 16 scheduled matches were reduced to just eight which took place in dreadful conditions.
The leaders in the Premier South and Division One South divisions came together at Blidworth with the home team shading the match with Melbourne Dynamo 3-2. Melbourne took the lead with a James Smith goal, Lee Townsend equalising before half time. Ryan Martin gave the home side the lead before Carl Alsop levelled, Blidworth’s winner coming from Paul Revuelta.
Heanor Town Reserves made the long journey to Scunthorpe to face 780 JLC and made it worthwhile as they returned with a 5-3 win. Tom Garner scored a hat trick for the hosts with Heanor’s goals shared between Josh Melville, Milan Vrzal, Jack Desmond, Fortunate Sithole and Alex Lynam.
A Mark West hat trick took Retford United to round three as they won 3-1 at Cromford & Wirksworth Town. West opened the scoring on 10 minutes, Toby Howard equalising with a penalty on the stroke of half time. West settled the tie with two more goal in the last ten minutes.
The tie between Clifton Development and Wirksworth Ivanhoe was settled from the penalty spot after the sides finished 2-2 after extra time. Ben Cooke got both for Clifton with Billy Lobley and Lewis Higton on target for the visitors before Clifton went through 4-3 on penalties.
St Josephs Rockware advanced by beating Holbrook St Michaels 4-0 with Tom Mullen’s double added to by Sam Jepson and Ben Brown.