The weekend’s fixtures got off to an explosive start even if after two successive away wins, it wasn’t quite the result WEST BRIDGFORD expected. In pouring first half rain Stuart Baker’s thumping header from a corner put HOLBROOK SPORTS in front after eight minutes, and although Danny Rigley in the home goal saved Scott Staniland’s penalty on the stroke of half-time, the Brookies player scored the rebound to give them a two goal interval advantage. Staniland put the result beyond doubt on 57 minutes and Phil Summerfield and Josh Williams added late strikes to give Holbrook a 5-0 success.
The only unbeaten team in the league are KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE and they climbed into fourth spot with a 3-1 home win over GEDLING MINERS WELFARE. This time the explosion came at the start of the second half as Kimberley came out of the blocks quickest with Ryan Bowen and Sean Green both scoring within five minutes of the restart. Joe Meakin got one back pretty quickly but Tom Dale made sure of the points for Kimberley in th 74th minute.
SELSTON’s first home game of the season drew a big crowd to the Parish Ground and a pair of goals from Carl Moore in 47 and 54 minutes gave them victory over HOLWELL SPORTS and sent the crowd home happy.
BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC took over at the top of the table following their come-back win over BORROWASH VICTORIA. Idris Kabongo had put the Vics in front as early as the ninth minute, but Toby Warner’s goals put Blaby at the pinnacle in the 68th and 79th minutes.
Deposed leaders TEVERSAL went down in a thrilling match at ANSTEY NOMADS where the home side made a great start with goals from Darren Taylor after seven minutes and Mason Hirst four minutes later. Tevie fought back in the second half and Matt Wilkinson and Sam Fletcher scored the goals which restored parity to the situation. Tevie then had Sam Lavelle sent off with fifteen minutes remaining leaving James Ireland’s stoppage time winner to give Nomads the points.
ARNOLD TOWN continue to make progress up the table. Goals from David Boafo after 12 minutes and Aiden Blewitt five minutes later gave them a great start. George Wesley pulled one back for visiting ASHBY IVANHOE five minutes later and that was how it stayed until two minutes from the end when Chris Beighton wrapped up the points for the Eagles.
BARROW TOWN continue to put their indifferent start behind them by recording an excellent 3-0 home win over much fancied AYLESTONE PARK. Ten minutes in Sam Beaver gave them the lead and before the midway point of the first half Zak Ginvert had doubled home advantage. Their third goal didn’t come until stoppage time at the end of the game through Ndouma Chilaka, but it counted all the same and put more width on the scoreline.
CLIFTON ALL WHITES and RADFORD battled hard for a point each in a goal-less draw – a score which is quite remote in the East Midlands Counties League. And GRAHAM STREET PRIMS and STAPENHILL also shared the spoils. Steve Hart gave the visitors the lead just before the hour mark and substitute Bradley Scard rescued a point for Prims two minutes from the end.
BIRSTALL UNITED scored eight against visiting RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC who had the last word when Declan Tongue scored with nine minutes remaining to end a goal drought for the visitors which had gone on far too long. Tom Marriot got three for Birstall, the only hat-trick of the day, with the others coming from Dan Jelley (2), Joe Shaw, Charlie Young and Ethan James.
Last but not least, the fine run by DUNKIRK in the FA Cup ended at the First Qualifying Round with a 4-0 defeat at Northern Counties East League Premier side AFC Mansfield. Well done to them though for keeping the name of the league in the competition for so long.