Just two midweek games and three today (Saturday) escaped the clutches of the week’s miserable weather. Nothing affected the top of the table although BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC missed the chance to close the gap on the leading three when STAPENHILL enjoyed their trip and a 5-1 win. And if that wasn’t bad enough for the home team they conceded two own goals, on 33 and 70 minutes to help their opponents on their way. George Teeney had given Blaby a tenth minute lead extended less than a minute later by Louis Briscoe. Then James Disney added a third in the 28th minute before the own goals kicked in. Lee Barratt got a consolation goal for the hosts with two minutes remaining.
If that start to a game was not quick enough for you turn to DUNKIRK where the Boatmen on their visit to WEST BRIDGFORD were four goals up in 16 minutes! Tim Berridge got them off to a sensational start with a goal just five minutes in followed by one from Steve Chaplin just moments later. Berridge added his second of the game on eleven minutes and Chaplin got his second five minutes later. That was it – until the early moments of the second half when Daryll Thomas brought up the nap hand and four minutes later the irrepressible Chaplin completed yet another hat-trick to leave the ‘jolly’ Boatman 6-0 winners.
Tyrel Shannon-Lewis had been amongst the goalscorers in midweek scoring the second in their 3-2 home win over BIRSTALL UNITED. Jahred Russel had opened the scoring for them on that occasion with Corbi Brown getting the second half winner. Mitch Williams had claimed first blood for Birstall though on eight minutes with Sam Moore levelling things up again on 70 before Brown’s winner. Shannon-Lewis was in action again on Saturday but this time his brace could not stop his CLIFTON ALL WHITES team from reversing the 3-2 result against GEDLING MINERS WELFARE in to a losing situation. Shannon-Lewis opened the scoring seconds before the break but Error Campbell levelled seconds into the second half. Ryan Plummer put Gedling ahead on 56 minutes before Shannon-Lewis struck with the game’s second leveller two minutes later. Jay Knight claimed Gedling’s winner three minutes from the end.
There was a welcome win for GRAHAM STREET PRIMS in their basement clash with BARROW TOWN. Matt Brian put them in front on 55 minutes and Kevin Morrow hit their second on 70 minutes. Kevin Davis got one back for Barrow four minutes from the end but it turned out only to be a consolation.