Two players scored hat-tricks on a day when the ten games played saw only 32 goals scored. The highest scorers were GEDLING MINERS WELFARE who recorded a 5-1 success at STAPENHILL for their first away win in a long time. Their only first half goal came from Barry Payne in the first five minutes, but the second half saw a blitz of goals. Ryan Plummer’s threesome began six minutes into the second half, and he recorded further goals in 71 and 78 minutes, with Jack Jepson getting the third of 54. Callum McBride got the consolation for the home side.
Tyrell Shannon-Lewis was the other hat-trick star for CLIFTON ALL WHITES against HOLBROOK SPORTS in a topsy-turvey game of fluctuating fortunes. Josh Williams put the Brookies in front midway through the first half and Aaron Kendrick added a second on 43 minutes. But before half time Shannon-Lewis had pounced for the first time to half the visitors lead. He scored again on 57 minutes to restore parity but within two minutes Kendrick had got his second for Holbrook to put them back in front again. Two goals in a minute settled the game 4-3 in Clifton’s favour when Niall O’Rafferty scored on 79 and Shannon-Lewis got the winner a minute later.
Two teams still boast a 100% record after three games. A first half brace from Jordan Alls was enough to preserve KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE’s winning start and see DUNKIRK taste defeat for the first time. Tyrell Thomas’s 21st minute penalty was all the Boatmen could manage in reply.
Second half goals from Chris Aycott and Jouell Potter were enough to give AYLESTONE PARK continuity of their 100% start against an improving GRAHAM STREET PRIMS at Borrowash Road.
Elsewhere BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC recorded their third successive win with a 2-0 home victory over HOLWELL SPORTS. A brace of goals either side of the interval from Rikki Bates doing the damage.
WEST BRIDGFORD returned to winning ways with an odd goal of five success at BIRSTALL UNITED, but they had to wait until five minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game to achieve victory when Jorge Pina got the winner. Earlier Joshua Kwadu’s brace had given West Bridgford a healthy interval advantage, but Birstall fought back to level proceedings in the second half through Dan Jelley and Tom Marriott.
RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC are still struggling to find the net in their worst start ever to an East Midlands Counties League season, but at least they appear to have started to plug some of the holes in defence. However, two goals from Adam Dring on 23 and 82 minutes were enough to give BELPER UNITED victory.
BORROWASH VICTORIA move up to second in the table thanks to their 4-1 win at ASHBY IVANHOE. The game got off to an explosive start. Mark Green put the Vics in front in the third minute, but within a minute Elliott Bott had levelled. Six minutes into the game and Kirk Francis had put the visitors back in front again. Spectators then had to wait until the 82nd minute when Tom Lewis got the third and Green’s second goal of the game rounded off the Borrowash victory.
TEVERSAL continue to lead the table but could only draw on their first ever visit to BARROW TOWN. David Cockerill put Tevie ahead on 33 minutes, two minutes before James McCann was sent off leaving the visitors to battle on with ten men. Ben Law levelled five minutes before the break and neither side could add to the scoring in the second half.
Two second half goals from Eugene Francis and David Boafo were enough to give ARNOLD TOWN victory over RADFORD at Eagle Valley.