AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON
Action from Saturday 1st April 2017
There is no change at the top of the table with the leading pack of clubs all picking up maximum points. But leaders WEST BRIDGFORD had to stage a late come-back to pick up the points against visiting ARNOLD TOWN who had taken a 55th minute lead through Joe Butler. It was left to David Erentz to level things up in the 73rd minute followed a moment or two later by AboubacarSylla grabbing them a winning lead which was only confirmed by a Carl Westcarr third in the last minute.
It was rather more comfortable for BIRSTALL UNITED who entertained bottom rungers ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED. Ethan Bibby put them in front on 17 minutes and Tom Marriott doubled the lead twelve minutes later. Dan Jelley scored their third eight minutes from the end.
And likewise, there was no change at the bottom as goals from Jack Jepson (32 minutes), Lee Tyers (76) and Mason Brown (88) saw AYLESTONE PARK keep in touch at the top and GEDLING MINERS WELFARE stay well adrift at the bottom.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS stay in the bottom three after suffering a 4-0 defeat at RADFORD, going behind on four minutes to a Jeavon Seaton strike. Reece Fyfe added a second just before the break and two late goals from Remayne Campbell left the Derby visitors a point adrift of safety.
HOLBROOK SPORTS couldn’t take advantage of this though to pull away and were comfortably beaten by a BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC side who move up to fifth. On a very poor playing surface the Brookies were lucky not to go behind on at least two occasions in the first ten minutes. They did hold out until the 33rd minute when skipper Aaron Preston was sent clear to finish splendidly. The visitors took complete control in the second half and Preston added his second of the game on 54 minutes, Rikki Bates got in on the act on 67 and Tom Hill finished off a stylish 4-0 win on 73 minutes. The Brookies only consolation being that it could have been far worse as Blaby hit the woodwork on two other occasions.
After Jake Conkay levelled Adam Dring’s 39th minute opener within two minutes, League Cup finalists ASHBY IVANHOE looked to finish the job in the second half. They met without BELPER UNITED resistance and Tim Adcock pounced five minutes from the end to give the visitors their second win of the week.
Dizzy heights too for DUNKIRK as the Boatmen completed a 3-0 win over KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE thanks to a second minute opener from Kieran Kenton-Bradshaw and second half goals from Tim Berridge and Adam Burton.
If its goals you want watch BORROWASH VICTORIA. They were the day’s biggest winners with a 5-1 success over HOLWELL SPORTS. Colson Patricino and Michael Fitzhugh gave them a first half advantage before a second from Fitzhugh and further goals from Sacha Markelic and MithabisiMiauzi made it a nap hand in the second half. Sam Warrilow getting a late consolation for Sports.
SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC stayed in contention with the leaders following their 2-1 win at STAPENHILL. Early goals from Lee Fell and Kevin Hemagou were successfully held on to despite Charlie Ruimin getting one back for the home side on the hour.
BARROW TOWN and much improved GREENWOOD MEADOWS shared the spoils with the home side coming back from two goals down at half time to claim their share. Solomon Miller on seven minutes and Alexandre De Matos ten minutes before the break had put the Greens in control. Bel Law pulled one back seven minutes in to the second period and Marc Schulz ensured parity with the leveller ten minutes from the end.
It was a similar story at Cropston Road where ANSTEY NOMADS also had to claw back a two-goal deficit in the second half to claim a point from visitors RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC. A seventh minute lead was given the visitors by Ryan Smith, added to by Liam Smallwood on 21 minutes. Daryl Russell pulled one back for the Nomads on 35 but three minutes later Smith got his second goal of the game to reopen the two goal lead. Goals from Ash Day and a second from Russell in the second half ensured the game ended in a 3-3 draw.
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