AROUND THE COUNTIES
It might have been predicted but it was hardly expected that the weather would take another big hand in the fixture disruption again this season, and certainly not on a Holiday week end when clubs were hoping to catch up with a hectic back log, not find it increased.
DUNKIRK would be pleased to get their third home match of the week played on Thursday night and record a 3-0 victory over AYLESTONE PARK, because their top-of-the-table clash with Selston on Saturday was one of the games to fall by the wayside.
Their victory over Aylestone Park saw the Boatmen leap into fourth place in the table and become serious contenders for the title and with it promotion. Three first half goals did the trick with Daryll Thomas firing home the opener in the first minute. Ben Gowing and Tim Berridge followed up with goals in the last five minutes before the break.
Aylestone Park were one of only four teams in action on Saturday and they failed once again to improve their league position. They hosted Derbyshire visitors BELPER UNITED and were soundly beaten to the tune of 6-1 with the revitalised Jim Rushby netting four of the goals, three of which came in the first 25 minutes. Tom Curtis put the visitors four up at the break and further goals from Rushby and Michael Dunne within 13 minutes of the second half gave them a really big advantage. However, enough was enough it seems and Park grabbed a consolation through Jason Lee on 65 minutes and there the scoring ended.
There were plenty of goals in the other game to be played, this time at Meadow Lane where BIRSTALL UNITED overcame visiting ARNOLD TOWN by 5-0, with the goalscorers well spread. It took 35 minutes for Dan Jelley to open the scoring and Chris Aycott then increased the lead in first half stoppage time. Tom Marriott on 51, Ryan Foster on 68 and Tom Burton fifteen minutes from the end completed the nap hand scoreline for Birstall