Weather plays havoc with U19s fixtures

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WEATHER played havoc again with fixtures in the Baris FA North Midlands Under-19s League last week.

However, there was cause for celebration at Division Three side Dunkirk, who in their first season back are the first team to win promotion this year.

League leaders Dunkirk travelled to Phoenix Park to face Dinnington Town in their final league game, and showed just why they are title contenders with an emphatic 8-2 victory. Man of the match Will Coutts helped himself to a glorious hat-trick. MaCaulley Diuk and Alex Elker both hit a brace, while Joe Brown completed the rout.

Kyle Dennett and Liam Bryan replied for a Dinnington side who, though outplayed, never gave up fighting.

Second-placed Ilkeston Town, not to be outdone, enjoyed a good 4-1 home success over neighbours Buxton FC in an excellent derby encounter. Joe Lomax (2), Grant Tosin and Matt Baker all scored for Ilkeston to leave them four points adrift of Dunkirk with two to play.

Elsewhere, in Division One, top of the table Staveley visited Carnarvon Road to face a fast improving Teversal in a magnificent game which ended 3-3, with both sides playing excellent football.

Staveley raced into a two-goal lead inside eight minutes thanks to strikes by Michael Cuckson and Lee Anthony, but a battling Teversal side hit back through Max Curzon and Danny Wilson to make it 2-2 at half time.

The second half was just as exciting as Staveley went in front again when Cuckson hit his second goal of the night, before Teversal deservedly equalised with a late strike by Curzon. The result leaves Staveley nine points clear of Handsworth, who have three games in hand.

At the bottom end of Division One, Calverton Miners Welfare played havoc with the form book as they beat a struggling Long Eaton United 2-1 at Grange Park. David Corder scored two vital goals for the Miners as Oliver Ball replied.