AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON
WEST BRIDGFORD are League Champions
We can now salute WEST BRIDGFORD as league champions for the second successive season. Promoted last season as title winners in the Nottinghamshire Senior League they have gone one better this term to earn promotion to Step 5 of the National Football System next season. A point would have been enough for them and it took only fourteen minutes for Carl Westcarr to put them on their way. Dan Rowley equalised for hosts BORROWASH VICTORIA just before the break and for a long time that is how it looked like staying until Westcarr hit is second with six minutes remaining and Ryan Stark got a third in the last minute to start the celebrations.
The only other side who could pip them, SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC, needed to win their last three games to have any chance if West Bridgford dropped any points today. The Shiners battled hard but Luke Thorogood put hosts ASHBY IVANHOE ahead in the 59th minute. They then had Conor Bennett sent off, but it took until the last minute for Kevin Hemagou to level and the Shiners will now have to battle for runners-up.
BIRSTALL UNITED nipped back into second place with a 2-0 home win over DUNKIRK, but likely as not they will finish third. Not bad for another team experiencing their first season as a Step 6 club. Mitch Williams after six minutes and Adam Boulter near half time got the home goals.
ANSTEY NOMADS ended their season with a 2-0 home win over KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE, Mark Preston after 28 minutes and Joe Hartopp on 46 were their scorers.
Poor ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED couldn’t end their dismal season with a win although it took a Dan Agar goal eight minutes from the end to give BARROW TOWN their second win of the week. Earlier Tom Burdett had put Ellistown in front on eight minutes and Ben Law had levelled less than a minute later. How many times in that this season that Ellistown have scored first and gone on to lose a lead?
It has been a dismal season for both GRAHAM STREET PRIMS and HOLBROOK SPORTS, and they both lost their last games of the season at home. BELPER UNITED, who will be highly delighted with their first season in the league, won with three second half goals from Michael Dunne, Adam Dring and Mark Atwal at Prims, whilst AYLESTONE PARK had an even more comfortable success at Holbrook by 7-2. Sam Carline and Mason Brown both recorded two goal hauls with Kieran Neat, Sam Hall and Jack Jepson also scoring for them. Labrada Domini and Phil Summerfield were the Brookies scorers.
In the other match played, STAPENHILL, thanks to a second half hat-trick from Steve Hart, beat ARNOLD TOWN who could only manage two goals from Jack Allen in reply. However, more significant was the fact that Hart’s second goal on 71 minutes was his 50th of the season, and his total season’s tally of 51 will make him this season’s Golden Boot winner – an honour Steve has had previously in the League with other clubs.
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