Midweek ending 10/0418
"eleven mid-week matches to report on "
AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
With eleven mid-week matches to report on the best way is to take them as they come. So here goes…..
Monday saw ARNOLD TOWN entertain GEDLING MINERS WELFARE and things don’t get any better on the field for the Eagles. Jack Jepson fired Gedling into a 31st minute lead and second half goals from Joe Meakin and Jay Knight sealed a 3-0 victory for them.
Tuesday evening saw TEVERSAL retain their leadership at the top of the table courtesy of a hard fought 1-0 home win over GRAHAM STREET PRIMS. The match winner came from Dan Fletcher on 72 minutes.
But DUNKIRK kept hard on their heels with another impressive performance, this time destroying visiting BELPER UNITED 5-1. Steve Chaplin fired a hat-trick, his last goal coming from the penalty spot five minutes from the end. Sam Percicoe, with his first senior goal of the season and Lee Potts were the Boarmen’s other scorers with Adam Dring getting a consolation for United in the 77th minute.
ANSTEY NOMADS also kept themselves in the hunt with a narrow victory at ASHBY IVANHOE where Mason Brown scored the only goal of the game five minutes into the second half. So, Tuesday ended with very little change at the top of the table – but things would alter before the end of the week!
At the other end of the table there was a rarity. A victory for RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC who transferred their game against title chasing KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE to West Bridgford. And it paid off. A 14th minute own goal settling the game in their favour and putting a bid dent into the visitors promotion push.
There was more good news for HOLWELL SPORTS who completed a 3-1 home win over WEST BRIDGFORD to move up the table to safety. Michael Stevenson opened the scoring on eleven minutes and second half goals came from a Mike Betteridge penalty two minutes after the interval and David Hazeldine’s 64th minute strike. Lee Shattock’s first goal for West Bridgford on 77 minutes was just a consolation.
BIRSTALL UNITED continued their excellent run which has seen them move up to the fringes of the top six. They entertained BORROWASH VICTORIA and were victors by 3-1 with Angus Gentlemen, Sam Moore and Tom Marriott scoring their goals. Taffy Periva got the Vics goal ten minutes from the end.
It turned into a very good week for RADFORD. Tuesday saw them win 5-0 at STAPENHILL with Kyle Stovell netting a hat-trick and further goals from Ryan Smith and Simon Hore completing the rout. And moving quickly, but out of turn, to Thursday, the Nottingham side enjoyed another good away win, this time at the expense of KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE in a game which was played at Ilkeston Town due to problems at the Stag Ground. Conor Moore grabbed two of the goals in this game, Ryan Smith hit his second of the week and Jacob Spence finished off a fine 4-0 win.
Now back to Wednesday where SELSTON kept themselves in the title race with a 4-2 win over BARROW TOWN. Lee Sutton gave the home side a third minute lead only for Ben Law’s penalty twelve minutes later to restore parity. A brace from Carl Moore and a second from Lee Sutton in the second half turned the game well into the favour of the home side. Sam Beaver got a second goal for the Riversiders in stoppage time at the end of the game.
Back to Thursday and probably one of the most important evening’s in the title race.
The Jolly Boatmen of DUNKIRK visited HOLBROOK SPORTS and with a chance to go top of the table they were not going to muck about. Ben Gowing claimed a hat trick with one of his goals coming from the penalty spot and Tim Berridge managed to hit two more. The final goal in their 6-0 win came from a Roberto Labbatte own goal as the Boatmen went to the pinnacle of the pile on goal difference.
A little bit further down the line ANSTEY NOMADS hopes of a place in one of the Step 5 divisions next season took a dive when they were soundly thrashed by in form BIRSTALL UNITED. Adam Boulter opened the scoring for the home side 19 minutes in and by half time a brace from Sam Moore, his second coming from the penalty spot, had extended the gap between the teams to three goals. Ashley Way made it four midway through the second half leaving the Noisy Nomads four points behind new leaders Dunkirk but with two games in hand and both Teversal and Selston sitting in the wings waiting for any slip ups in the final nine games of the season. There is still plenty of time for things to change round again.