AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
THE MIDWEEK ACTION
Only two games played but plenty of action. RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC and SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC couldn’t find the net between them and thus shared the points. HOLWELL SPORTS and ARNOLD TOWN finished in a similar position although on this occasion both sides did manage to score. Graham Wells put Holwell in front on the stroke of half-time and Barry Payne levelled things off for the Eagles on 65 minutes.
The major action of the week came off the field with the resignation from the League of leaders MICKLEOVER ROYALS, last season’s promoted Central Midlands League South champions.
…..BORROWASH VICTORIA recorded their most emphatic win of the season, sending bottom club GREENWOOD MEADOWS back home still without a point to their name. Donimic Wilkinson started the ball rolling in the eleventh minute. He also scored the fifth and final goal five minutes from the end. Between times, Lee Fell on 34, Sean Fell on 53 and Carl Spencer on 80 added the goal which made it another miserable day for the Greens. But while things were getting worse for the visitors, the Vics were able to announce that they had installed a new Secretary and Manager immediately after the game.
Leaving the League games aside for a moment, three of our sides were involved in the Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round stage, and whilst none of them went through, two of them did live to fight again. HOLWELL SPORTS fought out a creditable 0-0 draw at United Counties League side Kirby Muxloe, and one would expect them to start favourites to progress in Tuesday’s replay at Welby Road.
SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC led from the early stages, Kyle Johnson having given them an eighth minute advantage over EvoStik Northern Premier League side Lincoln United. The visitors fought back though and Sean Wright earned them a replay with an 85th minute equaliser leaving Athletic with an uphill task in the replay on Tuesday.
RADFORD, meanwhile, found Southern League Spalding United a little too strong for them and lost at Selhurst Street by the odd goal of three.
Back to the League and HOLBROOK SPORTS are tonight’s leaders following the downfall of Mickleover Royals. However, they left it late to secure the points from their game at RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC. Ross Coxon broke the deadlock with just ten minutes remaining, and within a minute Isaac Minnot had doubled the advantage.
Second place is held by ASHBY IVANHOE, but they found visitors ANSTEY NOMADS a tough nut to crack and in the end had to settle for a point. Simon Richmond had given Nomads the lead on 18 minutes and Chris Waldrum levelled six minutes before the break. Neither side could break the deadlock in the second half.
AYLESTONE PARK also had to settle for a point from their home encounter with KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE. Indeed, they had to come from behind twice in order to secure that point. Josh Stevenson put the Stags ahead after eight minutes, and the visitors held the lead until Adam Joinson restored parity 62 minutes later. Mitch Slawson put Kimberley back in front on 78 minutes, but a last minute penalty from Richard Lewis ensured that the points were finally shared.
On a day when drawn games were the outstanding results, BARROW TOWN and ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED shared two goals. George Himan put the home side in front inside the first ten minutes and Nathan Jones levelled on the hour.
Following suit were GEDLING MINERS WELFARE and BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC. Felix Hogg putting the home side ahead on 26 minutes and Joeul Potter completing the scoring two minutes before half-time.
STAPENHILL were not following the trend though, and ran out 4-0 winners over a GRAHAM STREET PRIMS side visiting Maple Grove thanks to a hat-trick from Lewis Campbell, who scored twice in the first half to add to Paul Furniss’s opener on twelve minutes.
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