Only three matches beat the weather
By STAN WILTON
May I take this opportunity to wish everyone connected with the East Midlands Counties Football League a most happy and sincere New Year.
Only three matches beat the weather this weekend and none of them made much impact upon the top of the league table. But there were come-backs and late finishes in abundance. None moreso than at Welby Road where HOLWELL SPORTS got over a Mitchell Woodbine goal in the 18th minute to level through Tyler Sibson six minutes after the break. Angus Davidson put ASHBY IVANHOE back in front again on 58 minutes but the lead did not last very long this time, Rob Woodcock levelling the scores for a second time a minute later. That was how the game looked like ending until Mitchell Woodbine struck again in the 86th minute to start a goal avalanche. Nathan Banton made it 4-2 to the visitors within a minute and moments later Woodbine completed his first threesome of the season as Ashby ran riot at the end to finish 5-2 winners.
There was a twinge of the same at BIRSTALL UNITED where Tom Rushby put visiting BELPER UNITED into a ninth minute lead. Adam Boulter levelled just after the half hour to send the teams in level at the interval. Then Tom Marriott put the Leicestershire side in front for the first time on 52 minutes and new signing and much-travelled Aaron Large put the result beyond doubt for the home side with his first goal for them five minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game.
There was no such come-back at AYLESTONE PARK where the home side scored twice in a minute just after the half hour mark to take comprehensive control of the game. Chris Aycott opened the scoring on 34 minutes and Ryan Foster added a second less than a minute later. Foster bagged his third for Park on 70 minutes and GEDLING MINERS WELFARE could manage but a consolation effort from Ross McCaughey in the last minute.