AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Only five games were played but it was a good day for the teams at the top of the table. A tight game at GEDLING MINERS WELFARE saw leaders TEVERSAL take an 18th minute lead through Jason Gregory. Joe Meakin levelled for the home side seven minutes before the break only for Tevie leading scorer David Cockerill to bag the goal which proved to be the winner on the hour to keep his team at the summit.
With Anstey Nomads out of action due to the weather and ground conditions, SELSTON took the opportunity to climb above them into second place with a 3-1 home win over GRAHAM STREET PRIMS. Keenan Layton on 24 minutes and Carl Moore six minutes later put them into a healthy interval lead. Jordan Sanders cut the lead in half on 55 minutes but Elliot Jones re-opened up the two-goal gap with twelve minutes remaining to give the home side the points.
Biggest win of the day went to KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE who put in the sort of second half display which they had showed earlier in the season to beat BELPER UNITED 5-1. After a goal-less first half Sean Green opened the scoring for the Brewers in the first minute of the second half and Ellis Evans followed it up with a second ten minutes later. But it was a Ryan Bowen hat-trick which finally put paid to any hopes Belper had of coming back into the game. He scored his threesome in the space of 29 minutes. Michael Dunne got a consolation goal for United in stoppage time at the end of the game. The win took Kimberley up to fourth place in the table and with games in hand on the leaders they could now be set to make a serious challenge for the title in the second half of the season.
BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC moved up into fifth place with a narrow away win over BARROW TOWN but they had to come from behind to do it after Leighton Simmonds had put the home side in front ten minutes into the second half. Toby Warner restored parity to the occasion with twelve minutes left and within four minutes Leon Doughty had got them a winner.
Nothing seems to go right for struggling ARNOLD TOWN these days. They went lead in the fourth minute at WEST BRIDGFORD through Daniel Morgan but a brace of goals from Kieron Davies either side of the break condemned them to yet another defeat.