Battling display by young Bucks at Staveley

IN THE Baris FA North Midlands Under-19s League last week, the weather, including snow, ruined most of the Mini Shield fixtures.

In Division One, Arnold Town made certain of staying at the same level next season, rattling in four goals without reply at Sandygate, where hosts Hallam are still tottering on the edge of relegation.

In the Mini Shield Group G, Division Three runners-up Dunkirk FC turned in one of the best showings of the season at Grange Park, where they beat relegated Division One opponents Long Eaton United 7-2 after a superb footballing performance.

Ryan Ejeze (2), Ben Clark (2), Macauley Diuk, Alex Elker and Lewis Wilcox scored their goals, while George Morgan and Elliot King replied for a brave but well-beaten United outfit.

In Group D, Division One side Staveley had to work hard to overcome their battling Division Three opponents Buxton FC, a goal by Ashden Morley on 76 minutes finally giving them a fortuitous 1-0 victory at Inkersall Green. Buxton were outstanding but failed to capitalise on their good approach play.

The coming week in Division One, Hallam entertain Long Eaton United in a relegation battle that could decide both teams’ futures for next season, while over at the BT Local Business Stadium Sheffield FC have a crucial game against Arnold Town.

The week’s big Mini Shield semi-final tie though promises to be between Dunkirk FC or Division Two winners Ilkeston Town, who will have ground advantage against Division One big-guns Staveley or Handsworth.