AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
There were important games at both ends of the table but the only movement of any significance was the fight back by HOLWELL SPORTS from two goals down at BELPER UNITED to claim a share of the spoils and move out of the bottom three. United had taken the lead through Dean Oliver’s 37th minute goal and the same player extended their advantage a minute into the second half. But Ben Betteridge’s spot kick five minutes after the hour put the visitors back into the game and Rob Woodcock snatched a valuable point for them in the first minute of stoppage time.
And with GEDLING MINERS WELFARE winning 2-0 on their visit to GRAHAM STREET PRIMS thanks to goals from Aboubacar Sylla on 25 minutes and Jack Jepson 25 minutes later, it means that the Derby side drop back into the bottom three on goal difference.
There was no joy though for doomed RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC who went down 4-0 at ANSTEY NOMADS, a win which keeps the Nomads hard on the heels of leaders Teversal with games in hand. There were plenty of goals around in the League but the only hat-trick was recorded by Tom Mangan in this game with two in the first half and one in the second as Anstey raced into a three goal lead inside the first 26 minutes. Joe Hopewell got their other goal as Anstey made it six wins on the trot in a great run.
TEVERSAL still cling onto the leadership thanks to their 4-2 win at WEST BRIDGFORD. Dan Fletcher on 23 minutes and an own goal from William Daley eight minutes later put Tevie into a commanding interval advantage. Tomi Jayeola got one back early in the second half only for Matt Wilkinson to reopen the two goal advantage on 67 minutes. Bridgford fought back again in an exciting game and Joshua Kwadu cut the deficit once again. This time it was left to Josh Radford to put the icing on the cake for the visitors four minutes from the end.
SELSTON remain in third place thanks to their own 4-2 win, this time at home to HOLBROOK SPORTS. Elliot Jones and Carl Moore gave Selston the best possible start with goals inside the first 26 minutes. Matt Harris pulled one back for the Brookies but within a minute Moore’s second goal of the game had given the home side a 3-1 interval lead. Kane Hempshall extended that advantage on 70 minutes but Isaac Minott had the final word for the Brookies with a second goal for them with six minutes remaining.
BIRSTALL UNITED extended their recent good run to four games unbeaten with a 3-0 win at ASHBY IVANHOE who have now lost twice at home in five days and failed to find the net in either. Chris Aycott put Birstall ahead on 17 minutes and Sam Moore doubled the lead just before the break. Dan Jelley got their third seven minutes into the second half.
DUNKIRK lost ground when they went down at BARROW TOWN, who won their second successive home game by the same 2-1 scoreline. But the home side had to come from behind to upset the apple cart as it were, for Lewis Wilcox had given the Boatman a 55th minute lead. Sam Beaver restored parity to the occasion on 70 minutes and Luke Winfield sealed the win ten minutes later.
ARNOLD TOWN look to have a big fight on their hands to avoid relegation as they lost their sixth game on the trot, this time at home to STAPENHILL by 5-0. Niall Dawkins and Pete Martin put the visitors two goals to the good before the break and a brace from Lewis Campbell and a stoppage time fifth from Dan Chatfield left the Eagles once again facing a heavy defeat.
It took a Jevin Seaton goal fourteen minutes from the end of their game at home to AYLESTONE PARK to give CLIFTON ALL WHITES all three points from their home game.
Fortunately, BORROWASH VICTORIA seem to have picked up enough points earlier in the season to save them from a relegation dog fight, but they went down to their eighth successive league defeat at KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE. Perhaps more disturbing for the Vics is the fact that they have failed to score in six of these games. They held out at the Stag until five minutes before the interval when Jordan Alls ended their resistance. Two penalties from Grant Tobin put the game firmly out of the reach of the visitors before Gregory Newbold scored two late goals to complete the scor