AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON
The Midweek Action
SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC made sure that they will finish in the top two with a 4-1 win at ANSTEY NOMADS, but the title is still in the balance.
The Shiners had to come from behind at Cropston Road to keep their title hopes alive after Joe Hartopp put the Nomads ahead after just six minutes. Kevin Hemagou levelled things up after 19 and the teams turned round all square. Within two minutes of the restart Martin Smyth had put the visitors in front and Warren Hatfield made it 3-1 nine minutes later. Hemagou put the icing on the cake with his second goal of the game with two minutes left. The Shiners last three games are all away, at Ashby Ivanhoe on Saturday followed by Borrowash Victoria and Radcliffe Olympic next week
But it all boils down to what West Bridgford do on Saturday. They travel to a BORROWASH VICTORIA side who lost at home twice in three days last week. Goals from Jacob Brandon and MthabisiMiauzi were not enough to gain any reward against RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC for whom an own goal, Liam Smallwood and Sam Adams all contributed to their 3-2 win. Two days later goals from Zak Ginvert in the first half and Sam Beaver two minutes from the end were enough to give BARROW TOWN victory. Thus, the Vics will have to perform much differently on Saturday if they are going to be ultimately responsible for taking the destination of the title into May.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS are in dire trouble as their 13-0 defeat at DUNKIRK in midweek would suggest, and the third possible relegation spot could well finish up being theirs. Not to dwell too much on the subject, but there were two hat-tricks amongst the Boatmen’s tally from Tom Maddison and Paul Norris, whilst substitute Ben Gowing grabbed a brace. Others came from Oliver Clark, Tim Berridge, Luke Smithson, Adi Lang and Adam Burton.
Guaranteed the wooden spoon, ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED lost their last home match of the season to League Cup finalists ASHBY IVANHOE. Danny Quinn put Ashby in front after five minutes, but Scott Colclough levelled ten minutes later. William Rooke put the visitors ahead for the second time and they held onto this lead going into the interval. Then, second half goals from Quinn, Luke Edwards and Josh Kendrick gave Ashby a 5-1 win to leave Ellistown stranded still on three points. But to United’s credit they have, apart from one little mid-season burp, played all their games on schedule and in the three which I saw gave creditable performances of themselves. Sadly this won’t keep them away from the bottom of the table, a position they have occupied for 38 weeks of this current season.
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