AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Thursday evening’s games saw GRAHAM STREET PRIMS beaten for the second time in four days and also conceding four goals. This time RADFORD ran out winners with Ryan Smith bagging a first half bracer and Kyle Stovell and Liam Watson hitting second half goals to seal a 4-0 win.
BARROW TOWN also tasted success beating HOLWELL SPORTS at the Riverside by three clear goals. Sam Beaver got the only one in the first half and Zak Ginvert helped himself to a pair in the second.
The top-of-the-table clash at the Parish Ground saw TEVERSAL open up a six point gap at the top of the table thanks to a 3-2 win. David Cockerill opened the scoring for Tevie on ten minutes but Carl Moore levelled on 37. However, parity reigned for only four minutes before Matt Wilkinson sent the visiting in ahead at the break. Dan Fletcher made it 3-1 just before the hour. Guy Wilding’s second goal since joining the club from Swanwick Pentrich Road on 70 minutes was not enough to provide SELSTON with a share of the spoils and they slipped down the table to fifth place.
However, Saturday’s games saw another big shift amongst the top five from where the eventual champions look destined to come from. TEVERSAL were engaged in another top-of-the-table clash this time at Lenton Lane away to DUNKIRK. It was even Stephen until the 59th minute when Tim Berridge put the Boatmen in front from the penalty spot. Aaron Pride levelled seven minutes later and it looked like the points were going to be shared in which case Tevie’s six point lead at the top would remain. Then, three minutes into stoppage time Adam Burton popped up with a winner for the Boatmen to reduce the game to three points and two games in hand.
And so it was down to ANSTEY NOMADS who faced a difficult trip to in form RADFORD. Two goals inside two minutes in the last ten minutes of the first half from Jack Lane and Mason Brown proved to be the deciding factor. Conor Moore managed to make it a nervy last few minutes for the Nomads with an 89th minute goal but it proved to be a mere consolation leaving them four points behind Tevie but with four games in hand.
And SELSTON stayed in the race with a 2-0 win at GEDLING MINERS WELFARE thanks to a second minute strike from Carl Moore and a 38th minute second from Dominic Airey.
Which one then of Teversal, Dunkirk, Anstey and Selston will be able to hold their nerve in the hectic finish to the season?
But don’t rule out KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE if any of the big four were to suddenly suffer from stage fright. The Stags moved up to fourth with an odd goal of three win away to BIRSTALL UNITED thanks to a goal in each half from Jordan Alls. Charlie Young equalised the first goal but Alls’ 70th minute second proved to be the winner.
Joy at last for BORROWASH VICTORIA. After going such a long time without a goal and a win their endeavours finally paid off after switching their game to WEST BRIDGFORD when their own ground failed a mid-morning inspection. Jack Collier put them ahead just before the break only for Ross Haig to level things up ten minutes from the end. But Lewis Danvers stroked home the Vics winner seven minutes into stoppage time to start welcome celebrations.
And another team gaining their first point for some time was ARNOLD TOWN who went into the lead through Craig Binch’s second minute goal. Tom Rushby levelled things up on 54 minutes for visitors BELPER UNITED to ensure that the points were shared.
AYLESTONE PARK completed a 3-0 win over rock bottom RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC thanks to goals from Joel Earps, a Cameron Laywood penalty and a 71st minute strike from Goncarlos Santos.
HOLWELL SPORTS put fears of a bottom two placing behind them with a 2-0 home victory over HOLBROOK SPORTS. David Hazelding had put them ahead as early as the second minute, and Michael Stevenson completed the scoring ten minutes into the second half.
Another team to surrender ground advantage was STAPENHILL who transferred their game to CLIFTON ALL WHITES when their ground failed an inspection. Two second half goals from Corbi Brown and Jevin Seaton completed victory for the Whites in this game between two mid-table sides.