There was moderate success for our clubs in the Buildbase FA Vase.
Three got through to the First Round Proper, two of them because they drew fellow EMC clubs. Our only success against a club from outside the League was at BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC, where they had a first rate win over Northern Counties East League Premier Bottesford Town and also retained their place at the top of the table. In effect, a double success. Rikki Bates was destroyer in chief with a hat trick, the first of which came on 40 minutes and the others after 62 and 76. Leon Doughty completed the home success four minutes from the end.
DUNKIRK won the all-East Midlands Counties League battle at HOLWELL SPORTS courtesy of Oliver Clark’s goal five minutes into the second half, and reinstated KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE made up for lost time with a 4-1 success at RADFORD. Shaun Green’s hat-trick paved the way for this after Ryan Smith had put the home side into a 27th minute lead. Aaron Mitchell levelled for the Brewers within two minutes and Green threesome came on 40,42 and 90+2 minutes.
Ryan Baker’s 48th minute goal was not enough for HOLBROOK SPORTS who went down by the odd goal of three at home to Midland League strugglers Quorn. BELPER UNITED led twice before going out 4-2 to United Counties League side Leicester Nirvana. James Rushby’s penalty gave them a ninth minute lead and Michael Dunne put them 2-1 ahead after 55 minutes.
There was no joy for league newcomers TEVERSAL who were well and truly thrashed at Lutterworth Town 7-0. Tendai Daire did most of the damage with five of the home goals. Lutterworth scored five of their goals in a twenty minute spell between the 49th and 69th minutes.
Jordan McCourt’s 51st minute penalty was the only reward for ASHBY IVANHOE who went down 4-1 at Stratford Town.
As previously stated, there was no change at the top of the table as a result of the four league matches played.
BORROWASH VICTORIA recorded a 4-2 success over visiting ANSTEY NOMADS. Tom Lewis put them ahead after just three minutes and then there was a lull in the scoring until Tom Mangan equalised for Anstey on the hour. Shay Wigging and a second from Lewis put the Vics back in control before Darryl Russell again close the score down with a second Anstey goal on 81 minutes. Simeon Lawrence made the game safe for Borrowash with a fourth goal three minutes into stoppage time at the end.
A goal from Jack Jepson on 77 minutes gave GEDLING MINERS WELFARE a narrow success over WEST BRIDGFORD at Plains Road.
Tyrell Shannon-Lewis notched a hat-trick for CLIFTON ALL WHITES as they won 4-1 at GRAHAM STREET PRIMS. Jak Kenworthy levelled Shannon-Lewis’s first but the Clifton man scored again three minutes before the break. Prims had Ashley Griffiths sent off for two yellow cards on 54 minutes and from the resultant penalty Shannon-Lewis got his hat-trick. David Hawkes got the fourth.
STAPENHILL and SELSTON shared the spoils as the visitors came back from two goals down to save the game. Niall Dawkins on eleven minutes and Harry Austin four minutes later had given Stapenhill a good start. But Selston came back after the break and Kane Hempshall reduced the deficit on 56 minutes and Carl Moore got the equaliser ten minutes later.