AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON
Ashby Ivanhoe through to Jenkins & Jenkins League Cup Final
There was a dramatic conclusion to the first of the Jenkins & Jenkins sponsored League Cup semi finals to take place in midweek and it is ASHBY IVENHOE who went through. For more than 90 minutes the deadlock remained unbroken as neither side could find the net. Then, in the eighth minute of time added on at the end of the game Danny Quinn got the vital goal to end BIRSTALL UNITED’s hopes of a League and Cup double in their first season in the league. And this after Ivanhoe had been reduced to ten men when James Purslow received a red card in exchange for two yellows. The game, played at Barrow Town, attracted a gate of 100. The other semi final, between Aylestone Park and Dunkirk will take place at Holwell Sports FC on Tuesday 11th April.
Three league matches beat the rain but only DUNKIRK managed to add three points and they had to come from behind to do so. Jordan Whitehead had given GEDLING MINERS WELFARE an eighth minute lead, which they held until Tom Maddison levelled on 65 minutes. Two goals in the last five minutes from Tim Berridge and substitute McKenna Parton completed a 3-1 win for the Boatmen.
The other two games ended with points being shared. GREENWOOD MEADOWS took an early twelth minute lead through Elliott King, but STAPENHILL levelled through Tom Ellerton on 62 and that was how it stayed.
Similarly, the derby encounter between ARNOLD TOWN and RADFORD also ended up all square in a game of fluctuating fortunes. Jack Allen put the Eagles in front on eleven minutes, and Errol Campbell restored parity seven minutes later. Former Heanor Town defender Ady Hawes then put the visitors in the driving seat three minutes before the interval. Kaylum Mitchell replied for the Eagles four minutes into the second half and the teams settled for a point apiece.
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