AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Cup Competitions dominated the midweek fixture list but one League game managed to get played amongst them. And it turned into a seven goal thriller with visitors BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC coming back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 at ASHBY IVANHOE. Joe Matkin put the home side ahead on three minutes, but Leon Doughty levelled on 19. Then two goals in a minute from Dan Matkin and Harry Stewart gave Ashby a good cushion. Shay Allen cut the deficit just before the interval and two goals from substitute Tom Hill, later sent off, on 66 and 82 minutes turned the tide in favour of the visitors.
There was one game in the Derbyshire FA Senior Challenge Cup but HOLBROOK SPORTS found top Evo Stik Premier side Buxton too strong for them and lost 9-0.
And there was one game in the Leicestershire & Rutland FA Jelson Holmes Senior Cup where goals from Jack Lane, Jordan Reynolds, Zak Adams, Joe Hopewell, Mason Brown, Tom Mangan and a brace from James Ireland helped ANSTEY NOMADS see of Ketton 8-0.
The remainder of the games took place in the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup and the biggest success came at TEVERSAL where they beat high flying AFC Mansfield of the Northern Counties East League 3-1 on penalties after the game had finished 2-2 after extra time. Luke Fisher got both the home goals.
RADFORD also made it through to the next round with a 3-1 win over WEST BRIDGFORD. Conor Moore after six minutes and a brace from Wes Spencer on 12 and 49 game the home side a comfortable advantage. Sam Perrin scored for West Bridgford in stoppage time at the end of the game.
Goals from Darryl Thomas on 13 minutes and Adrian Lang on 58 gave DUNKIRK a comfortable win over Central Midlands League side Sherwood Colliery.
There was success also for KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE in their home local derby against top Central Midlands League side Eastwood Community. After the first half had stayed goal-less, Conor Green gave Kimberley a good start to the second half with a goal on 46 minutes. Tom Dale added a second before being sent off for a second yellow card offence.
The only club from our League to see defeat in this competition was GEDLING MINERS WELFARE who fell 5-4 at Clipstone as the home side completed their first win of the season. Gedling did come back from a disastrous first half in which they were trailing 3-0 at the break. But goals from Dwayne Brown, Carey Knight, Raheem Suban and Joe Meakin were not enough to give them a place in the next round.