United return to league action but lose at home to Blidworth

For the first time this year, the sun shone, the pitches dried and there was a full programme of matches in the Central Midlands League.

It’s as you were at the top of the Black Dragon Badges South division as the top five teams all ended with a point from their matches.

Leaders Bulwell almost slipped up at third placed Bilborough Pelican. Carey Knight and Shannon Grant but Pelican two up after only 18 minutes, but late goals from Conor Carter and Ryan Bowen rescued a point for the Bulls.

South Normanton Athletic also left it late at Hucknall Town in another 2-2 draw. Shane Newton put the Shiners in front, but Hucknall rallied through Eugene Francis and Leon Aikman, before Robert Fretwell’s late goal squared things. There were no goals at Wharf Road as Pinxton and Clifton also shared the points, while at Bishop’s Drive, it finished 1-1 between Southwell City and Linby Colliery.

Blidworth sprang a surprise at Christchurch Meadow as Belper United finally got back into action, the visiting side coming home with a 2-0 win.

Harvey Lane, in the first half, and Craig Gould five minutes from time gave Blidworth three precious points in their fight to climb away from the foot of the table.

Real United edged it at home to Holbrook St Michaels, the final score being 3-2. Scorers for Real were Tyrell Shannon-Lewis, Dalton Stephens and Jack Caulton, with Holbrook’s reply coming from Eddie Bridges and Alex Statham.