After the dreadful overnight weather and on the coldest day of the year so far this winter, the League were grateful that only the STAPENHILL versus BIRSTALL UNITED game was lost to waterlogged conditions.
The biggest win of a day in which plenty of goals were scored went to KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE who defeated visitors AYLESTONE PARK 5-1. In a remarkably high scoring first half the Miners went in front in the first minute thanks to Ellis Evans and Park levelled four minutes later through Ryan Foster. But that was as good as it got for the visitors as Tom Dale, Aaron Mitchell and Grant Tobin added further goals for Kimberley before the break. The goal feast did not continue in the second half and spectators had to wait until three minutes from the end before Jordan Alls scored a fifth for the home side. It was Kimberley’s fifth unbeaten game and moved them up to fourth in the table.
The scoring wasn’t quite so heavy, but four goals also separated the contestants at GRAHAM STREET PRIMS, where RADFORD won 4-0 with goals from Kenny Reeves, Conor Moore and Ryan Smith before the break. Once again there was no second half blitz with Radford’s fourth coming from Jack Smith in the last minute.
There was another blitz of first half goals at Eagle Valley where BORROWASH VICTORIA sent ARNOLD TOWN into the bottom two with a 5-2 victory. Adam Mosely started the ball rolling for the visitors in the first minute and Liam Honeyman restored parity just three minutes later. Idris Kabongo put the Vics back in front on 16 minutes only for Jake Wright to level things up yet again four minutes later. Shay Wiggings got the Vics back into pole position on 25 minutes and this time Arnold couldn’t respond. Wiggins and Kabongo both scored again in the second half as Borrowash took home the points.
In contrast, Cardell Lubban’s goal on the hour was enough to give GEDLING MINERS WELFARE all three points on their visit to ASHBY IVANHOE and record their tenth win of the season.
BARROW TOWN continued their recent improvement with a win over HOLBROOK SPORTS at the Riverside by the odd goal of three, coming from behind to do so. Stuart Baker had put the Brookies in front in the 28th minute. Nduoma Chilaka levelled midway through the second half and a Jack Coulson own goal with fifteen minutes left meant the Brookies returned to Derbyshire empty handed.
TEVERSAL had their lead at the top of the table cut to one point as they were held to a draw by the league’s form team BELPER UNITED. David Cockerill gave the visitors a 13th minute lead which was cancelled out by Tim Adcock three minutes before the break to ensure the score remained at 1-1.
SELSTON returned to second spot after second half goals from Elliot Jones and Carl Moore gave them a 2-0 win over struggling RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC who are now eleven points adrift at the foot of the table.
HOLWELL SPORTS are slowly climbing towards the safety spots with their third win in four games. This time early goals from Joe Hartopp and Liam Chapman sent them up for a shock three points at CLIFTON ALL WHITES who could only find a second half reply from Niall O’Rafferty on the hour.
The promising start to the season continues to fade for BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC who suffered another home defeat to the hands of DUNKIRK. After a goal-less first half Steve Chaplin gave the Boatmen the lead a tad before the hour mark. Adam Parry equalised on 72 minutes but parity only reigned for two minutes before Adrian Lang scored the goal which gave the visitors all three points.
ANSTEY NOMADS let second place in the table slip when they fell to an odd goal of three defeat at WEST BRIDGFORD. Dan Hudson’s goal put the Nottingham side in front four minutes into the second half, but within three minutes of that Tom Mangan had levelled. William Heath grabbed the Bridgford winner in the 63rd minute.