AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Important games are cropping up thick and fast now that teams are catching up with their fixtures following the Winter weather. And one of those with a big bearing on the title saw DUNKIRK bring ANSTEY NOMADS fine recent run to a swift conclusion at Lenton Lane. Ben Gowing broke the deadlock after 29 minutes but Mason Brown levelled for the visitors ten minutes later to send the teams in level at the break. Then things started to go wrong for the Nomads as Daryll Thomas put the Boatmen back in front seven minutes into the second half from the penalty spot. Then, with Thomas having been substituted and Nomads’ Jordan Reynolds having been dismissed for two yellow cards, Ben Gowing stepped up to smack home Dunkirk’s second penalty of the game. Oliver Preston pulled the game back to 3-2 with a second Anstey goal on 76 minutes but Dunkirk held on for the vital three points.
TEVERSAL remain at the top thanks to a 4-2 win on the same night at AYLESTONE PARK. It was an even first half after Matt Wilkinson had put the Tevie Boys in front midway through the first half and Jake Wormeighton had restored parity in first half stoppage time. But three goals in nine second half minutes gave Teversal a handsome advantage. Wilkinson got his second of the game just after the hour and Dan Fletcher and Josh Radford added others before the 75th minute. Cory Holdom pulled another consolation goal back for Park in the dying minutes of a game in which ten yellow cards were brandished and Tevie’s Radford dismissed for two of them.
BELPER UNITED completed a comprehensive victory over a revitalised WEST BRIDGFORD at the Asterdale with Louis Anthony scoring in the first half and Michael Dunne adding two late goals in the second to see off their Nottingham visitors 3-0.
The Asterdale pitch held up well to two games in two days but that didn’t help BORROWASH VICTORIA who were soundly thrashed on Wednesday evening to the tune of 6-0 by RADFORD as the Vics scoreless run continues into nearly 700 minutes without a league goal. Ryan Smith hit two first half goals for Radford, Jacob Spence hit one in each half as did Simon Hore as the visitors raced into a four goal interval advantage.
ARNOLD TOWN look to be the other team doomed for the drop as they lost their important basement clash at GRAHAM STREET PRIMS 2-0. Dominic Wilkinson got the first for Prims in the 74th minute and Kevin Morrow added a second right at the death. Following the adjustment of the league table to account for the resignation of BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC, The Eagles now find themselves ten points adrift at the bottom whilst at the top it was Anstey Nomads who came out slightly better off with the loss of only three points as their fellow challengers had played the Leicestershire side twice and lost six.
SELSTON kept up the pressure on the top two with a 3-1 home win over ASHBY IVANHOE. New signing Guy Wilding from Swanwick Pentrich Road scored their first goal after seven minutes and Elliott Jones on 54 and Dominic Airey on 74 extended the home advantage. Jamie York got a consolation goal for Ivanhoe late on but the visitors also lost George Wesley to two yellow cards as the game ran into its final stages.
HOLBROOK SPORTS, pleased to be playing back at Shaw Lane again, recorded their second successive home win with Isaac Minott returning to the fray with a second half brace in four minutes either side of the hour mark. HOLWELL SPORTS could only reply through Mark Cowling with fourteen minutes left and could not save a point.
On Thursday evening Dunkirk continue their busy week with Aylestone Park as visitors before they stage another important top-of-the-table clash on Saturday with Selston visiting Lenton Lane. These games will be reviewed in our Saturday blog.