League cup misery as Saints fail to march in

TOP DOGS -- Holbrook St Michael's in action last season against Eastwood Community, who are the new leaders of the Central Midlands League's South Division.
TOP DOGS -- Holbrook St Michael's in action last season against Eastwood Community, who are the new leaders of the Central Midlands League's South Division.

There will be no Central Midlands League (CML) Cup glory this season for Holbrook St Michael’s after they bowed out of the competition in the opening round.

Travelling to Selston, the Saints were beaten 4-2 after conceding a goal to Aaron Brady as early as the fifth minute. Sean Gregory doubled the home team’s lead and although Ben Wallace halved the deficit, a second goal for Brady and a strike by Stephen Radzinski put the tie beyond recall.

Silas Majoni netted a late consolation goal for Holbrook, who are now free to concentrate on the league. Their next match in the South Division, where they have so far won one, drawn one and lost two, is at home to Clay Cross Town on Saturday, October 3.

Meanwhile the Saints’ reserve-team fared little better, sinking to a 4-0 home defeat against Swanwick Pentrich Road Reserves in the CML’s Reserves Division. All four Swanwick goals were scored by Dave Robinson to take his tally to seven in two games.

In the same division, Holbrook Sports Reserves went down by the odd goal in three away to unbeaten high-fliers, Blidworth Welfare Reserves, for whom Charlie Simpkin was on target twice.

As for the rest of the league, Eastwood Community are the new leaders of the South Division after struggling for so much of last season. All six goals came in the opening half as Eastwood beat Bulwell 4-2 to make it eight games unbeaten. Adam Whitehead put the Bulls in front after six minutes, only for the home side to respond through Warren Hatfield, Jack Havron (penalty) and Ollie Buxton. Conor Carter reduced the arrears before Jake Danby settled it for Eastwood.

Another side yet to lose this term, Belper United, rose to third in the table thanks to a convincing 3-0 win at Keyworth United. The goals were shared by Adam Robley, Alfie Holland and Sam Vickers.

Splitting Eastwood and Belper in the table are Hucknall Town, who were one of many other teams involved in the first round of the league cup. However, cup holders Hucknall surrendered their 100% record this season in a dramatic tie against local-derby neighbours, Hucknall Rolls Leisure. Despite having Callum Davidson sent off in the 21st minute, The Yellows led 1-0 until the 82nd minute when Rolls forced extra-time and eventually ran out 3-2 winners.