AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
In the big race to finish the season it looks like Dunkirk are favourites for the title if they can keep their great run going, but Anstey Nomads are hovering in case of any slip ups after three wins in four days. So, the midweek action went like this:-
Daryll Russell on 14 minutes and Mason Brown on 50 paved the way for ANSTEY NOMADS to win 2-1 at AYLESTONE PARK with Leon Doughty getting the home side’s consolation twelve minutes from the end.
WEST BRIDGFORD gained the first of their two wins during the week with a 3-0 success over visiting STAPENHILL courtesy of goals from Andrew Hernandez, William Daly and Tomi Jayeola.
TEVERSAL slipped up losing at home to RADFORD 2-1, the visitors success coming from two Ryan Smith goals to the home side’s one from Matt Wilkinson.
And BELPER UNITED proved once again to be party poopers when victory by the same score sent fellow challengers SELSTON home pointless. This after United had halted Anstey’s title challenge the previous week. Michael Dunne and Louis Anthony gave United a two goal interval cushion and Selston could only manager a goal from Keenan Layton in reply.
Meanwhile ANSTEY NOMADS won their first meeting with HOLBROOK SPORTS in the space of three days with a 3-1 home success. Daryll Russell and Ben Tansley gave them a two goal interval cushion and Tom Mangan increased the lead just after the hour. Sacha Markelic got a consolation for the Brookies right at the end as they finished with ten men after Alex McGuire got his marching orders for two yellows.
KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE and STAPENHILL, the visitors playing their second match in three days, shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw in which all the goals came in the first 25 minutes. Scott Bailey’s brace got Kimberley off the mark with an own goal from Greg Newbold and George Teeney being responsible for the visitors goals.
RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC came close to a rare point, but they eventually went down to Adam Boulter’s stoppage time goal as BIRSTALL UNITED ran out winners by the odd goal of three at the Recreation Ground. Sam Moore had put Birstall in front after just five minutes and Craig Owen’s 89th minute leveller looked like giving Olympic a point until Boulter struck.
Mark Tinsley’s 14th minute goal put HOLWELL SPORTS in front but three goals in a 15 minute spell from Dwayne Brown, Jack Jepson and Aboubacar Sylla reversed that for home side GEDLING MINERS WELFARE before the break. Connor O’Grady brought the score back to 3-2 in the 53rd minute but Holwell could not manage another to steal a point.
It has been a busy week for both BARROW TOWN and GRAHAM STREET PRIMS and when the two side met three first half goals saw Barrow claim the points in a 2-1 win. Fran Finnemore and Jordan Lever put the home side in front and Morgan Hallas got one back for Prims five minutes before the break.
ARNOLD TOWN lost 10-1 at home to CLIFTON ALL WHITES and their season is rapidly turning into a disaster. Tyrell Shannon-Lewis claimed six of the Clifton goals one of which came from the penalty spot. Scott Litchfield got three and Luke Crosby hit the tenth.
The return game at Shaw Lane saw ANSTEY NOMADS beat HOLBROOK SPORTS 4-0 with first half goals from a Tom Mangan brace, Myles Saxton and Mason Brown.
But there was no such easy passage this time for CLIFTON ALL WHITES who failed to stop DUNKIRK’s bid for the title and promotion. But it was an exciting game in which the lead changed hands a few times. Ben Moore struck first blood for the Boatmen two minutes before half time. But Scott Litchfield levelled before the break and then put the Whites in front three minutes into the second half. Steve Chaplin restored parity to the occasion on the hour before Clifton’s Jevin Seaton was red carded with fifteen minutes left leaving the home side to finish the game with ten men. Dunkirk duly took advantage of this situation and Oliver Clark notched their winner with six minutes remaining leaving the Boatmen four points clear at the top, ending Selston’s brave bid for honours in their first season in the league and leaving Anstey Nomads still playing catch up but needing devine imspiration in their last four games.
TEVERSAL remain in the hunt, and will not give up until it is mathematically impossible for them to do so, and they put Tuesday’s defeat behind them to win by 4-1 at HOLWELL SPORTS with David Cockerill, Jordan Slack and a brace from Dan Fletcher all scoring in the first half. Shaun Smith got one back for Sports early in the second half but they couldn’t manage any more and it proved to be just a consolation.
RADFORD produced their second win of the week when they entertained BARROW TOWN and won by the odd goal of five. Kenny Reeves started the ball rolling after 17 minutes and Simon Hore joined in before half time. Conor Moore made it three on 70 minutes before two goals in the last embers of the game from Kevin Davis and Chris Shaw pulled the final score to within one goal.
Local rivals GRAHAM STREET PRIMS and BORROWASH VICTORIA clashed and the home side won the bragging rights by scoring six goals without reply. Josh Wright opened the scoring on eleven minutes and a Kevin Morrow penalty four minutes later went some way to sealing the visitors fate rather early in the game. Dominic Wilkinson added a third for Prims before the break and a second goal for Josh Wright together with other strikes from Brandon Gwinnutt and Kurt Dallison brought Prims their big win.
BELPER UNITED made it another good week with a 6-0 win over luckless ARNOLD TOWN with all three of the well-known Derby tennis Rushby family getting on the score sheet. Ben opened the scoring after four minutes, Jim added a pair either side of the break and Tom had the distinction of hitting the last on 81 minutes. Between times Michael Dunne claimed two on 13 and 20 minutes.
The final midweek game at ASHBY IVANHOE was settled in favour of WEST BRIDGFORD by Aaron Large’s 75th minute goal, the only one of the game.