AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
DUNKIRK raced to within the grasp of the title with a 7-0 thrashing of BIRSTALL UNITED at Lenton Lane. And they didn’t let nerves get in their way as Lee Potts and a brace from Steve Chaplin put the Boatmen firmly in control inside the first fifteen minutes. Chaplin completed his hat-trick just before the hour mark and Tim Berridge, Bob Norris and Oliver Clark added further goals before the end.
The only team who can prevent Dunkirk from lifting the championship trophy is ANSTEY NOMADS, and then continued their run for the line at STAPENHILL where two second half goals from Mason Brown were enough to give them the points. It looks, however, that the Cropston Road outfit will have to win their two outstanding midweek games in order to take the race to the last day. Anything but two wins from these games will take the pressure off Dunkirk’s final game next Saturday at home to Selston.
SELSTON, meanwhile, still have ambitions of being runners-up and that will put added spice into their last game after beating ARNOLD TOWN 5-0 today. They were another team to put nerves behind them as they made a great start at Eagle Valley with first half goals from Gary Breach, Ben Moore and a brace from Lee Sutton. Carl Moore added their fifth near the end of the game.
TEVERSAL are another side still harbouring intentions of a top two finish and they made their feelings well known with a 4-1 win at BORROWASH VICTORIA. Dan Fletcher and Khyle Sargent gave them a first half advantage before Darren Mills halved the deficit early in the second half for the Vics. Dan Fletcher and Jason Gregory scored late goals to give the final scoreline a one-sided look.
BARROW TOWN found second half form as well as a Zak Ginvert penalty and a brace from Jordan Lever gave them all three points from their game at KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE with a 4-1 win. Nduoma Chilaka had given the Riversiders first blood on 18 minutes but Martin Lench levelled for the Stags six minutes before the break.
WEST BRIDGFORD transferred their match to CLIFTON ALL WHITES but still won the encounter 3-1. Will Heath gave them a first half lead, increased by Ross Haig midway through the second half. Corbi Brown brought the score closer with a goal on 73 minutes but Joshua Kwadu finished the job off for the ‘home’ side with a third goal three minutes into stoppage time.
Goals though were a short commodity in the rest of the games where AYLESTONE PARK’s 2-0 home win over HOLWELL SPORTS was the highest scoring encounter of the four games. Callum Armsden in the 45th minute and Jouel Potter in the 90th were responsible for the home goals.
Chris Sykes popped up with an 83rd minute winner for ASHBY IVANHOE at GEDLING MINERS WELFARE as the only goal of the game, and similar happened at RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC where Sebastian Szondi’s 77th minute penalty was also the only goal of the game. GRAHAM STREET PRIMS and BELPER UNITED went one better. They couldn’t be separated and they couldn’t score a goal between them either!