AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Midweek saw more games played than Saturday as the weather turned once again against football. There was some joy for ANSTEY NOMADS in midweek though as they resurrected their claim for the top with a 4-1 home win over BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC to take them to within four points of leaders Teversal with games in hand. Ellis Preston started the ball rolling in just six minutes for them and by the half hour mark Tom Mangan and Ben Tansley had put them well in command. Jack Lane added a fourth ten minutes into the second half with Paul Pallett nabbing a consolation for Blaby just before the end.
But leaders TEVERSAL were having none of it. They were involved in a thrilling 5-3 win at RADFORD on the same night which kept their seven point lead intact. It was indeed a game of fluctuating talents and scoring as Paul Durham gave the Nottingham team a 15th minute lead. By the interval Dan Fletcher, Aaron Pride and Matt Wilkinson had reversed that into a 3-1 advantage for the table toppers. By the hour though, Ryan Smith and Simon Hore had put Radford back on terms once again and it took a David Cockerill goal twelve minutes from the end and a last gap fifth from substitute Gary Atkins in stoppage time to see Teversal prevail in one of the most thrilling games at this level of the season.
Not for the first time this season CLIFTON ALL WHITES beat the weather both in midweek and on Saturday to claim six points. Their mid-week visit to high-flying KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE saw goals from Luke Crosby, Jeavon Seaton and a Tyrell Shannon-Lewis penalty give them a comfortable victory. And on Saturday they did even better, coming back from behind to claim all three points in their home game against GRAHAM STREET PRIMS. After a first half in which neither side could find the net, an own goal gave the Whites first blood. Then, a brace of goals from Kevin Morrow inside four early second half minutes put the Prims in front. Jeavon Seaton’s second goal of the week restored parity to the occasion just after the hour and Theo Smith banged in the winner with just nine minutes of the game remaining.
STAPENHILL and ARNOLD TOWN also fought out a 5-3 thriller on Saturday at Maple Grove. Pete Martin on 29 minutes and Louis Briscoe on 36 scored the goals which softened up the Eagles but James Greenhalgh pulled one back for the visitors before the break. Pete Martin went on to complete his hat trick in the second half and there was a second goal for Louis Briscoe before Daniel Dixon and Courtney Bonnick made the final score closer.
GEDLING MINERS WELFARE completed a 2-1 win at WEST BRIDGFORD thanks to a brace of goals from Connor Croft with only William Daly able to reply for the Trentsiders. The week’s results were completed with a 1-0 midweek win for ASHBY IVANHOE at BARROW TOWN where Trafford Pickering got the vital goal on the hour.