AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON
Action from Saturday 25th March
WEST BRIDGFORD cling on to their lead at the top of the table with another excellent win at KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE. They were two goals to the good inside 22 minutes, both from Tim Hopkinson, and Carl Westcarr added a third on 69 minutes to set up a comfortable afternoon. Over at League Cup finalists ASHBY IVANHOE things were much more difficult for chasing BIRSTSALL UNITED as the clubs met for the second time in four days. Last Tuesday evening in the League Cup semi final it was Ivanhoe who secured victory by a very late stoppage time goal. Today it was United who revenged that defeat with an equally narrow advantage given to them by Dan Jelley after just 18 minutes for the only goal of the game.
Not sure what they will be singing tonight in the GREENWOOD MEADOWS club house, but the club bounced back from all their troubles with a splendid 2-1 win at AYLESTONE PARK. So, singing there will be. Ash Dixon got both their goals, his first coming on eleven minutes. Zak Yusuf levelled for Park in first half stoppage time but Dixon was not going to be denied and got the Greens winner on 74 minutes.
There was, I am led to believe, controversy at ANSTEY NOMADS where they eventually shared the points with visiting BELPER UNITED. But Nomads claimed that a shot from Joe Hartopp on 70 minutes hit the back of the net but the goal was not given. They thus had to wait a further ten minutes for Ash Day to pounce for a point. This after Adam Dring had given Belper the lead on 34 minutes.
DUNKIRK hit five and were the day’s top scorers. Tim Berridge thus claimed the day’s only hat-trick, which began in first half stoppage time and was followed by two more in the second half.Oliver Clark had opened the scoring after six minutes and Adam Buxton added a goal five minutes into the second half for the Boatmen. Daniel Agar got both goals for home side BARROW TOWN in the second half of a game they slipped to a 5-2 defeat in.
Another high scoring encounter was enjoyed at HOLWELL SPORTS where they overcame HOLBROOK SPORTS by a 4-3 scoreline. Michael Stevenson’s 12th minute penalty gave Holwell first blood, Kyle Hazeldine levelled things up two minutes before the break but Bradley Smith had put Holwell back in front before the break. Simeon Lloyd restored parity once again two minutes into the second half, but Chris Hibbitt put the home side back in front on the hour. A spot kick converted by Phil Summerfield on 82 minutes looked to have given the Brookies a share of the spoils, but the scores remained level for just one minute before Bradley Smith nicked it for the home side.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS took a step nearer safety with a 3-0 home win over STAPENHILL. Jack Bodill on 17 minutes, Bruce Farago on 72 and Jake Peverley on 80 were the scorers as the visitors finished with ten men, Ash White having seen red on 75 minutes.
Not so good though for GEDLING MINERS WELFARE. Their mini revival seems to have come to an end and they suffered a narrow home defeat to a 68th minute Rikki Bates goal which gave BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC all three points.
RADFORD enjoyed another home win when they beat bottom side ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED 2-o with goals from Ady Hawes on 25 minutes and Jeavon Seaton five minutes from the end.
The game between RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC and SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC was abandoned on 83 minutes when a South Normanton player suffered a double leg fracture.
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