Firework show from league leaders United

Denaby's Dan Noonan slides in on Hemsworth's Adam Cracknell. Picture: Andrew Roe
Denaby's Dan Noonan slides in on Hemsworth's Adam Cracknell. Picture: Andrew Roe

There were some pre-Bonfire Night fireworks on the pitch on Sunday as Denaby United strengthened their grip on top spot with a victory over Hemsworth Town Terriers.

Both Doncaster Senior League Premier Division leaders United and the Terriers both had a man sent off, as United came from behind to win 4-1.

In a bad-tempered affair, Terriers created the first two chances of the game - the second of which Ben Priestely, the United goalkeeper, had to be at his best to tip onto the crossbar.

The Terriers continued to threaten and eventually took the lead after eleven minutes, when Adam Cracknell’s free-kick went over the wall and then under the body of the diving Priestely.

This shocked United into life, and they created a few chances of their own with Steve Ellor and Dan Noonan both enjoying good sights of goal.

The game eventually boiled over after a robust challenge from United’s Ryan Scott and. after an ugly melee, the referee showed red cards to Scott and Terriers’ Jerome Morris.

The second half almost began as badly as the first for United, as Terriers spurned a simple chance to go 2-0 up almost immediately after the re-start.

United finally equalised just after the hour mark, and once again it was that man Ellor who got his name on the scoresheet.

Played in by Neil Spruce, Ellor’s shot gave the Terriers keeper no chance.

Then, four minutes later, United turned the game completely on its head when they took the lead through James Lundy.

Lundy himself was scythed down after a surging run down the right, and he then met the resulting free-kick to put his side in the lead.

Noonan put the result beyond doubt after 75 minutes, and Ben Redfearn rounded off the scoring after good work from Lundy and Ellor.

Meanwhile, Central Midlands League Northern Division side Thorne Colliery booked their place in the second round of the Doncaster & District FA Challenge Cup after posting a 5-3 win at South Elmsall United.

Andrew Brown grabbed a double for the beaten Doncaster Senior League side with Martin Walsh also netting.

Goals by Tom Doherty and James Andrews secured Sutton Rovers a 2-1 win over visiting Rossington Main.

Denaby Main received a walkover when Ackworth United conceded the game after failing to raise a side.

Kieron Blagden was Armthorpe Markham Main’s hat-trick hero in their 3-1 win at Hemsworth MW. Lee Wagstaff claimed the Hemsworth consolation.

Dunscroft United had to settle for a Jamie Hindson consolation goal when going down to a 2-1 defeat at Brodsworth Welfare.

Swinton Athletic beat visiting Scawthorpe Scorpions by the odd goal in five. Mark Clare bagged a brace for the home side with Peter Jepson also getting in on the act.

Nathan Wroe and Torran Adams shared out the Scawthorpe goals.

The Bawtry Town-FC Central clash was postponed.