DMS gunning for win against new boys
DMS FC secretary Paul Knox has labelled Sunday's clash against derby rivals Immingham Bluestone as a "must-win".
Having held on to their own division one status last season at the first time of asking, DMS face a Bluestone outfit new to the top flight of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District Sunday Football League.
DMS are looking to kick on in the league after coming from behind to avoid a shock scalp in the Lincolnshire Sunday Cup against Wheatsheaf, of division four, last weekend. They trailed 2-0 but eventually won 5-4 after extra-time.
Knox described the match as a "wake-up call" ahead of their Immingham derby.
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He went on: "We had a good season as newcomers to division one last year and this is Bluestone's first season in the top flight.
"We always respect the opposition and have to beat what's in front of us if we want to win anything.
"But having been held to a draw by SW Steelers, also newly promoted, we must get the three points on Sunday – everybody should be available."
Will Clifford and Neil Kirwin's penalty put Wheatsheaf 2-0 up early on against DMS in the Sunday Cup.
DMS levelled the tie at 4-4 by 90 minutes before snatching a winner in extra-time.
Clifford and Kirwin netted Wheatsheaf's extra goals. DMS' scorers were Steve Wright, Gary Cross, Pete Fuller, Danny Carter and Tom Avison.
"It was a wake-up call to our lads," added Knox. "They soon got into their stride, but it was 4-4 after 90 minutes so extra-time was needed to complete the job."
Cromwell are also going all-out for victory at Humberston in division one this weekend after suffering a penalty shoot-out Lincs Sunday Cup exit at the hands of Grantham side The Ropsley Fox.
Kev Fenlon, Cromwell's secretary, said: "It will be a tough one against Humberston.
"But if we have our first choice side out we'll give them a good game, and we'll do our best to score more than they do!
"It's early days but pride is at stake in this one."
Josh Keyes and Kyle Sinclair were on target for Cromwell against Ropsley but the score was locked at 2-2 after extra-time – and the Grantham team triumphed 5-4 on penalties.
"It was an excellent game," Fenlon added. "It was very even and, if anything, we had the better chances and should have won it in normal time.
"When it comes to penalties, we are not very good – although 5-4 is close and we were beaten by a good set of lads."
Promoted Inkworks are off to a good start in division two after a 4-1 win at AFC Wybers. Inkworks' goals came from a Darren Lambert double, Steve Davis and Luke Beecham.
Daniel Freeman and Nathan Ballard were in the goals when Healing triumphed 3-1 at Caistor Rovers.
Division three pacesetters Millfields were in five-star form against The Cricketers. Goals from Aaron Love, Kieran Palmer, Matthew Lovesay, and a brace from Leeroy Metcalf, steered them to a 5-1 win.
Andy Kirkley netted a hat-trick as Buddies II FC beat Bridge 3-0.
Clee Community ESL lead the way in division four after a 3-2 win at Great Coates. Jake O'Callaghan's double, and a Sam Brooks strike, netted for Clee. David Fisher and Andrew Chalk were on target for Great Coates.
Tower Bucharest also had a narrow victory, 4-3 at FC United of Grimsby. David Jackson, George Oliver, Joshua Stark and Andy Ross scored for Bucharest. Josh Dellow, David Tutty and Jason Brown were on target for FC United.
RIS FC and SK Smugglers AFC drew 2-2 in a game that saw two own goals. Jon Blackman and Jayson Cox also scored for RIS and Smugglers respectively.
Abatis Fire and Security's division five campaign began with a bang as they demolished RER Haulage 6-1. Sam Aisthorpe and Luke Sargent netted doubles alongside Ashley Sargent and Mark Courtley goals for Abatis. Craig Cutler replied for RER.
Dan Moore netted a hat-trick for AFC Waltham as they beat Redstar Old Boys 4-3. Shane Cooper also scored for Waltham. Matthew Conroy, James Gibbs, Darren Todd netted for Redstar.
A Karl Eklund treble and goals from Scott Ironmonger, Joe Robinson, Lee Sadler earned Buddies II Athletic a 6-5 victory against Grimsby Rovers in division six. David Deane scored a treble for beaten Rovers, who also netted through Nathan Chandler and Daniel Sunter.
Spiders Web top the standings after their 7-0 victory against Honest Lawyer.
Winns FC lie third after beating The County 4-2.
THE Oak Tree made it three wins from three in division seven after seeing off Laceby Acres United 3-1.
Damian Tominey, Paul Stokes and Brendon Smythe scored for Oak Tree, Matthew Hardy for Acres.
Jordan Barber scored a hat-trick to add to goals from Ross Beattie and Brad Wright as Clee Community ESL 2nds beat LLS Allstars 5-2. Kieron Atkinson scored Allstars' goals.
Laceby Arms won 5-3 at AFC Waltham 2nds.
Abatis Athletic won 7-1 at IFK Knottkoping. Chris Horsewood scored a double for Abatis, who also netted through Stewart Carter, Ryan George and Nick Lacey. Richard Emerson bagged a goal for Knottkoping.