AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON
3 months ago
By David Holland
The Midweek Action
With neither of the top two in midweek action AYLESTONE PARK took the opportunity to move comfortably into third place with a stunning 5-3 win at RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC. It came close to being a stunning finish though. Jouel Potter had given Park a tenth minute advantage which Ryan Smith counteracted seven minutes later. Then goals from Sam Hankin, Jack Jepson, and a brace from Ryan Foster put the visitors in total command only for the fight-back to commence. It began with a Liam Motson penalty with nine minutes left and a third home goal from Liam Smallwood two minutes later, but Park held on for third place.
One of the most satisfying wins of the midweek must have been BELPER UNITED’s 3-1 home success over HOLWELL SPORTS, because it signified that the struggles the club had to come to terms with East Midlands Counties League football following their promotion from the Central Midlands League were put well and truly behind them. Substitute Tom Harris levelled Tim Adcock’s first half opener within two minutes of the start of the second half. But goals from top marksman Sam Vickers and Michael Dunn made victory a comfortable certainty. And United will be well pleased with their development.
Twice in arrears, STAPENHILL finally lost out to Danny Quinn’s second goal of the game on their visit to ASHBY IVANHOE. Quinn had started the ball rolling for the home team on twenty minutes only for a Steve Hart penalty three minutes later to restore parity. Josh Kendrick gave Ivanhoe another advantage though before the break, and this time Tom Liversage levelled things up before Quinn pounced for the winner on 67 minutes.
DUNKIRK enjoyed another good win when they saw off RADFORD by 4-2 at Lenton Lane. Tim Berridge and a Tom Maddison penalty gave them a good start. Joe Meakin reduced the arrears just before the break. Ash Miles put the scores back level six minutes into the second half but Jordan Alls and substitute Adrian Lang scored the goals which finally gave the Boatmen the win.
GREENWOOD MEADOWS had the historians scrambling for the record books to find the last time they won two successive league games. A 3-0 win at ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED gave them their tenth win of the season and condemned the home side to almost certain relegation. Elliott King on ten minutes, Jack Havron on the hour and a late own goal gave them the win.
And GRAHAM STREET PRIMS moved back into the bottom three when they failed to make home advantage count against ARNOLD TOWN. Toby Howard gave them a sixth minute lead which Chris Richards turned round with a brace of goals either side of the interval. Jack Tyson restored parity on the hour and then came a bizarre own goal from goalkeeper Adam Binks,who punched the ball into his own net from six feet out with fifteen minutes left to complete a dreadful night for Prims.
The game between KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE and BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC was abandoned with the visitors leading 2-0 when the Kimberley manager refused to leave the pitch having been sent off.
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