AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
DUNKIRK continue to head the table going into the last couple of weeks of the season. They did it by inflicting a rare home defeat on challengers ANSTEY NOMADS in front of a crowd of 137. There was no score until twelve minutes from the end when Tim Berridge broke the deadlock for the visitors. In the last minute the same player added a second, but in the first minute of stoppage time Mason Brown got one back for Anstey but that was as exciting as it got and the in form Boatmen now look a good bet to return Step 5 League after an absence of two seasons.
TEVERSAL are one of the teams in the mix who will rally to the call of “Don’t write us off yet”. They continued their challenge with a 2-0 win over CLIFTON ALL WHITES with Matt Wilkinson claiming their first goal five minutes before the break and Alex Sennett wrapping up the points six minutes from the end.
And SELSTON are determined to hang on in there and fired their warning shots with a 3-0 home win over WEST BRIDGFORD in front of the biggest league crowd of the season of a massive 342. It took until midway through the second half to start the goal rush with Carl Moore getting first blood with a goal in 69 minutes. He followed this up with a second on 84 and Keenan Layton added a third for good measure in stoppage time.
Title race apart, RADFORD have something to celebrate with their third win of the week by 3-1 at ASHBY IVANHOE. They had to come from behind to achieve the points though after Harry Stewart had put Ivanhoe in front on 15 minutes. A brace from Conor Moor on 53 and 69 turned the tables in their favour and Kenneth Reeves hit a third on 71.
BELPER UNITED enjoyed a 3-0 success over neighbours HOLBROOK SPORTS with Ben Rushby on 27 minutes and Alfie Holland on the stroke of half time giving them a good start. Tim Adcock added the third midway through the second half.
Three games ended with the points being shared and that’s probably what the end of season is about for midtable sides. KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE left it late to grab their point four minutes into stoppage time through Kyle Wrenn after Mark Cowling had given HOLWELL SPORTS the lead on 62 in a game played at Ilkeston Town’s New Manor Ground.
GEDLING MINERS WELFARE left it until five minutes from the end to get their point through Stuart Robinson. Charlie Young had given visitors BIRSTALL UNITED the lead moments before the break.
The biggest come back was by bottom rungers RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC who thus claimed their fourth point of the week with a 2-2 draw at BARROW TOWN. The home side had looked well in command when Zak Ginvert rattled in a brace within seven minutes early in the second half. James Langridge pulled on back on 70 minutes and Abdul-Raheem Sunmonu’s 90th minute hit gave the visitors a point.
Taffy Pariva hit his first ever hat-trick for BORROWASH VICTORIA but still ended up on the losing side. Pete Martin, Jacob Brandon, Carl Slater and Harry Austin got the Stapenhill goals in their 4-3 win.
Leading through two early goals until the 68th minute, AYLESTONE PARK ran riot with seven goals in 25 minutes to set up a 9-0 win at ARNOLD TOWN. Jason Lee led the rout with a hat-trick followed by a brace each from Yaro Phillips and Cory Holdom. Luke Dalby and Abdullah Ed-Denguir were Park’s other scorers.
And as a post script, a note, since we started with DUNKIRK, that the Boatmen have also reached the Final of the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup where they will meet Northern Premier League Division One North champions Basford United at Eastwood Town on Wednesday 9th May.