Hockey: Allan Butler hits quick-fire treble in cup triumph
NORTH Notts, the last Notts club to still be involved in England Hockey's three senior cup competitions, moved into the quarter-finals of the England Hockey Trophy with a decisive 7-4 victory over Streetly on Sunday at the Manor Park Sports Complex.
The home side got away to a flying start, scoring through Adam Moss in their first attack after 25 seconds and then increasing their lead as Will Butler converted a penalty stroke and Allan Butler a penalty corner before the match reached 12 minutes.
Neil Curtis converted a penalty corner for the Staffordshire visitors, but Allan Butler then scored twice in three minutes to complete a 14-minute hat-trick.
Streetly's Craig Moore's penalty corner goal left the Blues 5-2 ahead at half-time.
Skipper Sam Bate then converted Streetly's fifth penalty corner, but the Midland Division 1 side's threat to get on terms was cut short by individual goals from both Will and Allan Butler.
In the closing minutes, two yellow cards reduced North Notts to nine men and Streetly took advantage through Chris Booth.
But the Mansfield Woodhouse club's defenders protected their 7-4 lead for a place in the last eight on March 3.
North Notts: P Unwin, R Jarvis, M Kannalas, M Paulson, F Jepson, W Butler, A Moss, J Barton, A Butler, M Johnson, G Bradbury, J Singleton, A Cook, A Greer, N Smith.
West Bridgford, missing five senior players, saw their unbeaten run of 12 matches and their leadership of the Midland Premier Division ended by rivals Barford Tigers, who claimed a 3-1 win at West Bridgford School.
A goal behind from the 13th minute, Bridgford were level two minutes into the second half when Adam Berman scored in open play.
But the Birmingham club scored twice in the last quarter of the match to leave five teams in contention over the last five weeks as they all chase the Midland title and promotion to the England Hockey League.
Nottingham University's lead at the top of Midland Division 1 was never threatened by Streetly in their clash at University Park.
Goals were shared between Ben James, Peter Smith and Tom Gibbs in the first half and Shiv Kapoor and Joe Warren after the break as the students got a 5-2 victory.
The same score-line saw South Nottingham win at Wolverhampton.
They were three up at the interval through a brace of Dharminder Hundal penalty corners and an open-play goal scored by the stick of Surinder Saini.
And the Reds' tenth win of the season was completed by late goals from Alex Crabtree and Saini.
Close matches in the East Midland Premier Division had Nottingham recovering from being a goal down to beat Loughborough Town 3-1 as Martin Sieder, Oliver Young and Dan Appleby got onto the score-sheet.
Skipper Mundeep Virdi converted a penalty stroke at Chesterfield but his Sikh Union (Nottingham) side lost 2-1.
Boots, meanwhile, left it very late in their match at bottom club Corby.
The only goal of the game was scored by Lucasz Urbaniak in the last minute.
A better second half to the season is usually the form from Nottingham Players and they won for the fourth time since the mid-season break with a win against Leicester Westleigh.
Open play goals from Stefan Round (2) and Angus Yeats and the penalty corner work of Steve Dockrell and Jordan O'Brien gave Players their biggest win of the season at 5-1.
Mansfield's double header weekend saw them draw 1-1 with Loughborough Sharks on Saturday, with a second-half equaliser from Martin Gardiner.
Although the same player and his team-mate Jamie Younger scored first half goals at Ashbourne on Sunday, the home club won 8-2.
A successful day for Notts clubs was completed by Newark, who won their East Midland Division 2 fixture at Derby Asterdale 4-0.
ENER-G Second Team League
Midland Premier Division: Barford Tigers 1 West Bridgford 5, Beeston 3 Birmingham University 1.
Midland Division 1: Bournville 4 Nottingham University 2.
East Mid Prem Div: North Notts 4 Nottingham 0, South Nottingham 3 Berkswell and Balsall Common 2.
East Mid Div 1: Loughborough Sharks 1 Nottingham Players 7, Newark 3 Mansfield 1.
ENER-G Third Team League
Midland Premier Division: Nottingham University 3 Beeston 3, West Bridgford 0 Cannock 4.
East Mid Prem Div: Burton 1 Boots 5, Melton 7 North Notts 1, Nottingham 3 Loughborough Town 1.
East Mid Div 1: South Nottingham 3 Nottingham Players 3.
East Mid Div 2: Leamington 5 Newark 0, Mansfield 7 Sikh Union (Coventry) 0.
ENER-G Central League
Midland Premier Division: Beeston IV 0 Burton IV 3, Edgbaston V 4 Nottingham University IV 3, Sutton Coldfield IV 2 West Bridgford V 5, West Bridgford IV 1 Rugby and East Warwicks IV 1.
East Mid Prem Div: Beeston V 8 Northampton Saints V 0, Boots IV 5 Boots V 4.
North East Div 1: Barton IV 0 Nottingham IV 4, North Notts IV 5 Burton V 4, Nottingham V 6 South Nottingham IV 1, West Bridgford IV 4 West Bridgford VIII 1.
South East Div 1: Northampton Saints VI 0 Beeston VI 6, Rugby and East Warwicks VI 3 West Bridgford VII 2.
East Mid Div 2: Boots VI 11 North Notts V 1, Northampton Saints VII 4 Nottingham VI 1, Nottingham Players IV 7 Belper VII 1, Nuneaton IV 2 West Bridgford X 2, West Bridgford IX 1 Derby Asterdale IV 2.
ENER-G Midland League
Midland Premier Division: Northampton Saints v West Bridgford
Midland Division 1: Melton v Nottingham University, South Nottingham v Worcester
East Mid Prem Div: Boots v Leicester Thursday, North Notts v Nottingham, Sikh Union (Nottingham) v Wellingborough
East Mid Div 1: Loughborough Sharks v Nottingham Players, Market Harborough v Mansfield
East Mid Div 2: Newark v Rolls Royce