Stephens nets late leveller to earn a point for Sycamore in top clash
DESPITE the weather, only one game was called off in the Nottinghamshire Combination League, where 103 goals were scored.
Mellish and Sycamore St Anns shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw in the top match in the Premier Division.
Table-topping Mellish led through a Daniel Farrell strike, but Sycamore St Anns equalised in the last minute through Dalton Stephens.
March Hare had the opportunity to go into third, but were beaten 4-1 at home by Phoenix Athletic.
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Anthony Atkins (2), Declan Flowers and Joe Luciw scored for Phoenix, while Emmet Edwards and George Mckeown had fine games.
Hilltop Castle moved above Athletico T8s after beating them 6-4 with goals from Damien Holmes (3), Richard Hodgeman (2) and Ryan Cook. Athletico's scorers were Jamie Brown (2) and Ryan and Martin Tennant.
Bottom club AFC Pelican picked up their first win of the season, 5-3 at home to Priory. Daniel Blanchard and Jack Cooke both scored twice, while Priory responded through Ross King, Chris Coleman and Lee Hickling.
Blacks Head and Bear FC, who were first and second in Division One, shared the spoils. Grant Redwood, Robbie Farrell, Steve Bull and Danny de Vivo notched for Blacks Head while Robert Nichols, Luke Stevenson, Jordan Smith and Bernet Berhane earned Bear an entertaining 4-4 draw.
Vernon Villa now lead the way on goal difference after a 4-3 away win over AFC Nottingham. The industrious Darryl Clayton bagged another two, with Matthew Penfold and a staggering 50-yard strike from Ryan King completing the scoring.
Sports Direct shocked Optima 5-2 away thanks to two goals each from Louis Moisey and Sam Stead and a single from Sacha Hongnaic. Optima replied through Steven Ward and Nicky Jones.
Park Tavern were the big scorers, smashing Sporting Wheelbarrow 10-2. Robert England led the way with four, while Conor Carter and Damian Rennicks got braces.
Division Two top dogs Redhill were held 2-2 at home by Pure who had keeper Craig North in great form. Joe Meaking and Tom Goodson scored for Redhill, Pure replying through Luke Thorpe and Warren Lovegrove.
Sherwood Chestnut Tree, in second, beat Broad Oak 3-1 at home. Liam Webster, Gareth Clarkson and Lewis Baldwin did the damage for Sherwood, while Broad Oak's goal was from Matthew Wheat.
Southbank beat Notts United 3-2 away from home thanks to Kieran Riddle (2) and Daniel Eddyshaw. The United scorers were Ashley Dixon and Stephen Stewart.
H20 went level at the top of Division Three after a 5-0 win at bottom club AC Nottingham. Jason Morris (2), Jamie Johnson, Adam Brown (penalty) and Steve James, direct from a corner, got the goals.
Real United hit ten goals away against Scorpion Exhausts. Jamie Ross bagged a hat-trick for the winners.
The Vale are hot on their heels after hitting DH Simpson for six through Richard Taylor (3), Corey Middleton, Danny Long and Danny Hall. Arnold Victory picked up a welcome three points by beating Karimia 3-0 at home, Lee Bodill, Carl Linford and Chris Hall scoring.
Rose and Crown and Medz FC shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Adam Brack hit the target with Turean Lespeare scoring for Medz.