AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON

5 months ago By David Holland

The Jenkins & Jenkins League Cup Final will now be between ASHBY IVANHOE and DUNKIRK at the Davisons Holme Park,Cropston Road home of Anstey Nomads on Saturday 6th May kick off 3pm.

Adrian Lang’s 41 minute goal was a statistical landmark for DUNKIRK on Tuesday evening. It was the goal which separated the teams and took the Boatmen to the League Cup final for the first time. It also signalled the end of AYLESTONE PARK’s run as holders of this particular silverware and extended Dunkirk’s wonderful current run to 19 matches, 16 of which have been won.

The Jenkins & Jenkins League Cup Final will now be between ASHBY IVANHOE and DUNKIRK at the Davisons Holme Park,Cropston Road home of Anstey Nomads on Saturday 6th May kick off 3pm.

In the League games, BIRSTALL UNITED’s hopes of the title took a tumble when they were beaten by the odd goal of three at BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC, the home goals coming from Aaron Preston on twenty minutes and Rikki Bates eight minutes from the end. Birstall’s 90th minute consolation came courtesy of Tom Marriott.
SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC, however, did their late challenge a power of good with a narrow 2-1 home win over KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE. Theo Smith had opened the scoring for the visitors on the stroke of half time only for Shane Newton to restore parity within moments of the start of the second half. Within ten minutes Warren Hatfield had scored the goal which saw the destination of the points remain in Derbyshire and move the Shiners to within 14 points of leaders West Bridgford – but with four games in hand. Saturday’s encounter with Birstall United at Lees Lane will be vital.
Scrapping out draws from their last two games will just about be sufficient to keep HOLBROOK SPORTS out of the bottom three, but they will wonder just how they managed to surrender two points from their home game against ASHBY IVANHOE after leading 3-0 after just over half an hour. Gary Drake got two and Phil Summerfield the other as theBrookies made the best possible start. Danny Quinn got one back before the break, but it was still odds-on Holbrook going into the last four minutes. Then, two goals in a minute from Quinn and Royce Turville saw the points shared.
It seems almost certain that a bottom three finish will not be avoided by GEDLING MINERS WELFARE who lost 4-0 at RADFORD. All the goals came in the last half hour with Remaye Campbell grabbing a brace and Phil Hinton and Ashley Mines the others.
An 89th minute winner from Kirk Francis gave BORROWASH VICTORIA the points on their visit to ANSTEY NOMADS. CelsonPatricino had opened the scoring for them on 48 minutes. Marek Driopa levelled within six minutes and it stayed that way until the last minute.

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