Lewis Turland’s goal for ANSTEY NOMADS six minutes from the final whistle ended BIRSTALL UNITED’s hopes of catching leaders WEST BRIDGFORD, who were not in action today. The goal gave the Nomads an unlikely three points in this Leicestershire derby game, and leaves SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC, another team standing this afternoon, as the only outfit who can catch the Nottingham side and prevent them becoming champions in their first season in East Midlands Counties League football.
BELPER UNITED are making a habit of being big winners, and they were today’s biggest with a 5-1 home win over STAPENHILL. Adam Dring put them ahead in the first minute. Charlie Rumin equalised after 14, but five minutes later Louis Anthony restored home advantage which Tim Adcock extended before the break. Adcock and Ben Stockley added second half goals.
Three of the days six games ended with the points being shared. Aaron Preston’s 50th minute leveller for BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC cancelled out Mason Brown’s 29th minute opener for AYLESTONE PARK as these two finished 1-1. As did KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE and RADFORD, although the home side left it late here with Felix Hogg getting the leveller for the Brewers four minutes into time added on for stoppages. Phil Hinton had put Radford ahead half an hour into the encounter.
The local derby in Spondon saw GRAHAM STREET PRIMS and BORROWASH VICTORIA share the spoils without either of them able to find the net.
The only other game played saw HOLWELL SPORTS beat BARROW TOWN 2-1. Kieran Foster put Sports ahead in just the second minute and Chris Hibbitt extended the lead on the hour. Nat McIntosh got one back for the visitors with fifteen minutes remaining but Holwell still ran out winners.