The midweek action shows how inconsistent some of our teams can be.
The midweek action, if nothing else, proved how inconsistent some of our teams can be. HOLBROOK SPORTS enjoyed a 5-0 success at West Bridgford last Friday evening, but on Wednesday this week, in front of their own supporters, they went down to a vastly improved BELPER UNITED 4-2. There was an exciting start to the game with Michael Dunne, (later to go on and notch his first East Midlands Counties League hat-trick) giving them the lead just six minutes in and Tim Adcock doubling the advantage on 15. A minute later Sam Griffiths pulled one back for the Brookies, but with barely twenty minutes on the clock Michael Dunne had made it 3-1 to the visitors. Excitement over until after the tea break when Josh Williams brought the score back to 3-2. Would there be a grandstand finish? No. Hat-trick hero Dunne had other ideas and shortly after the hour his third goal of the night proved to be the last of the game and success for United.
DUNKIRK returned to form on Tuesday evening after their FA Cup exploits with a 4-0 win over visiting BORROWASH VICTORIA who were, until then, enjoying a good start to the season. Ben Gowing notched a goal in each half, Tom Maddison scored six minutes before the break and Tim Berridge was the other scorer for the Boatmen. Dare we say, on the night, Jolly Boatmen!!!?
There was plenty of excitement at Edge Hill where Peter Martin recorded his first East Midlands Counties hat-trick for STAPENHILL. His threesome came in the first 28 minutes of the game, but they were pegged back by Ryan Woolley’s strike for BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC on 27 minutes and Tom Hill’s goal four minutes later. Hill then managed to get himself sent off leaving the league leaders to fight on with ten men. But Blaby are showing resolve this season and with seven minutes of the game remaining former St. Andrews hit man Leon Doughty hit the equaliser to keep his team at the top.
It was a bad night for newcomers TEVERSAL though as they dropped from second to fourth with a 3-0 home defeat to AYLESTONE PARK, another side who have shown some inconsistent form in their start to the season. Jouel Potter gave Park a first half lead on 23 minutes and second half substitute. Andy Fell added two more, his first coming a minute into his substitute appearance. He home side were further handicapped when Luke Bacon was shown a red card on 51 minutes for his second bookable offence of the game.