With most of the end of season standings in the Central Midlands League Black Dragon South Division now cut and dried, attention was firmly fixed on the championship and promotion battles in the North Division.
With Bilsthorpe’s attention fixed on tonight’s Notts Intermediate Cup final with Linby Colliery, Clay Cross Town took advantage to return to the top on goal difference by beating neighbours Glapwell 4-1 at Hall Corner.
The home side took the lead on 18 minutes with a Daniel Russell goal, but Ryan Ordidge soon equalised with a penalty, and further goals from Ryan Booker, Tomas Poole and James Whitfield put the Millers above Bilsthorpe on goal difference.
Their promotion rivals, Westella VIP, survived a potentially hazardous midweek trip to Sheffield, a second half goal from Rob Petch sealing a 3-2 win at Phoenix.
Rob Gorman had given Phoenix a 3rd minute lead from the penalty spot, Alex Wood levelling with another spot kick. James Lawton restored the home side’s advantage which Petch cancelled out before his winner fifteen minutes from time.
Thoresby Colliery recovered from two successive home defeats by thumping a distinctly below par Newark Town 4-1.
Toby Birch gave the home side a sixth minute lead, Town drawing level with a superb Ricki O’Connell volley, but from there Thoresby took control, Sam West giving them an interval lead, Birch and Darren Smith sealing the points.
Appleby Frodingham finished their season on the end of an 8-1 hammering at Brumby Hall from a resurgent Thorne Colliery. Thorne made it five wins from their last six matches with four goals apiece from Darren Fell and Kyle Palmer, Dayle Hutson providing a crumb of comfort for the home side.
There were also four goals for Dinnington Town’s Kyle Spooner as he inspired his team to a 5-1 win over Welbeck Welfare.
Tom Eccleston was also on target, Welbeck’s reply coming from Robbie Savage.
Brodsworth Welfare completed their home fixtures with a 3-1 defeat of Easington United, Brodsworth scored twice just before the break through Josh Bowkett and Shane Carver, Chris Frost reducing the arrears on 55 minutes before Carver got his second five minutes from time.
In the South Division champions Mickleover Royals rounded off their home programme by beating third placed Bulwell 3-1.
Daniel Martin, Kirk Francis and Steven O’Connell increased Royals’ margin at the top to seven points, Kyle Nutt scoring for the Bulls.
Runners-up Pinxton went down to a 4-2 defeat at Swanwick Pentrich Road. Ashley Buxton got two for the Swans with Chris Turner and Jamie Slater adding one each, Jake Vernon and Pete Stubley scoring for Pinxton.
Real United and Southwell City played out a goalless draw at Stoke Bardolph.