3 months ago
By David Holland
Saturday 16 September 2017 - 58 goals in the ten games, 33 of them coming from teams playing away.
What a feast for goal lovers today in the East Midlands Counties. 58 goals in the ten games, 33 of them coming from teams playing away.
High scorers were DUNKIRK who rattled in eight at rock bottom RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC. Sadly the Olympic already without a point, look to be in serious relegation trouble at this early stage of the season. Tim Berridge, with the first of his brace on four minutes; Toby Moore on ten; and Will Rawdon with the first of his three on 22 put the Boatmen in a strong position before Tyler Martin pulled one back on 35. Rawdon’s second though gave the visitors a 4-1 interval lead extended on 53 minutes by Oliver Clark. A minute later Cole Maule got a second for Olympic but further goals from Ben Gowing, Tim Berridge and to complete his hat-trick a third from Will Rawdon completed the scoring.
Two teams scored six away from home. Harry Austin led the way with four of his team’s goals as STAPENHILL beat BARROW TOWN 6-1. Austin’s first, on 35 minutes, levelled the scores after Nduoma Chilaka had put Barrow in front on 15 minutes, and Charlie Rumin put Barrow in front by the break. Jamie Disney got the visitors sixth in stoppage time.
AYLESTONE PARK moved up into second spot with a devastating 6-2 win at ANSTEY NOMADS. Andy Fell was another hat-trick hero with Chris Aycott, Luke Dalby and Ryan Foster all getting on the scoresheet. Indeed, Park were five up before Miles Saxton got Anstey’s first and the winners were out of sight before Joe Hopewell hit the Nomads second.
Not to be outdone, BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC also hit eight, but they were at home and it was ARNOLD TOWN who felt the wrath of the league leaders. Leon Doughty, his first from the penalty spot, Ross Lavin and Charley Morton all scored twice for the hosts, with Adam Parry and Kai Tonge getting the others. Significantly, Blaby were seven goals to the good before Jerome O’Connor got Arnold’s first, and still six goals in arrears when Max Pashley got their second. Jawanza Grant got their third in an 8-3 defeat in the last minute.
BELPER UNITED slipped to their first defeat in seven games when Dwayne Brown on 16 minutes and Ryan Plummer two minutes from the end scored the goals which gave GEDLING MINERS WELFARE a 2-0 win.
Playing away from home seems to suit HOLBROOK SPORTS who won by the odd goal of three on their visit to BIRSTALL UNITED, the winner coming from Martin Smyth in the last minute. Ryan Baker had put the Brookies in front after ten minutes, but Ethan Bibby had levelled things up with fifteen minutes left. Then, enter Smyth with the winner.
CLIFTON ALL WHITES enjoyed a 4-1 home win over ASHBY IVANHOE and were in front on 15 minutes through Aaron Large. Joshua Johnson levelled within ten minutes but Naill O’Rafferty comverted a 44th minute penalty to put the Whites back in front again. Late second half goals from Courtney Hastings and Nathan Kelly completed the win.
KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE still remain the only unbeaten team in the league, but they could only draw with GRAHAM STREET PRIMS at Nottingham Road. Jordan Alls put them ahead on 26 minutes but Kevin Morrow ensured that Prims left with a point when he grabbed a 65th minute equaliser.
A crowd of over 100 saw a thrilling clash at the Parish Ground where SELSTON came back with a late equaliser to share the spoils with visiting BORROWASH VICTORIA. Lee Sutton had put the home side ahead just ten minutes in but Idris Kabongo, later to collect two yellow cards and be dismissed, levelled things up after 22 minutes. Sutton restored home superiority on 38 minutes but Mark Green again levelled things up ten minutes into the second half. Almost immediately Tom Lewis put Vics ahead for the first time but Carl Moore popped up with an 80th minute equaliser to ensure that the points were shared.
TEVERSAL came from behind to beat HOLWELL SPORTS 3-1. Ian Bitmead had given Holwell a good start in the first minute, and they held the lead until the break. Two minutes into the second half Matt Wilkinson squared things up and a penalty from David Cockerill on 79 minutes put Teversal ahead. Cockering struck again five minutes later to keep the points at home.