AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
The title really went to the wire in the most exciting finish to a season since the League was formed. And it is congratulations to the Boatmen of DUNKIRK, although they were not only made to fight all the way by Anstey Nomads but they could not have wished for tougher opponents on the final day than SELSTON. A super crowd of 165 attended the decider at Lenton Lane where Lee Potts and Steve Chaplin put the home side two goals to the good inside the first 19 minutes. That left Grant Hackett to pull one back for Selston on 21 minutes only for Tim Berridge to reopen the two goal gap on 31 minutes. The exciting first half didn’t stop there though. Dominic Airey got himself onto the scoresheet within two minutes to peg the score back to 3-2. Airey tied up the scores six minutes into the second half but after this the goals ceased to flow and the 3-3 draw was enough to give Dunkirk the title and promotion back to a Step 5 league next season. Selston scored three goals for the second time in the week, for their midweek 3-2 success at RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC was enough to ensure fourth place in their first season in the league.
ANSTEY NOMADS, after thrashing BORROWASH VICTORIA 7-1, lost the title on goal difference and they will look back on a poor performance a couple of weeks ago against Belper United as the game when the championship started to slip away from them. Shay Brennan, Ben Tinsley, Jorday Reynolds, Duncan Taylor, Jack Lee and a pair from Tom Mangan got the Nomads goals whilst Taffy Pariva scored for the Vics. Scoring goals came too late for them with their 6-2 midweek win over CLIFTON ALL WHITES setting up the thrilling finale. Shay Brennan led that rout with a hat trick, Ben Tansley got a brace and Tom Mangan inevitably got himself on the score sheet as well.
Third place went to TEVERSAL who had led the table for a good part of the season. They ended with a 4-1 home win against RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC with Dan Fletcher on the target twice followed by goals from Kurtis Bamford and Tom Laister. Reeves Demeter was responsible for relegated Radcliffe’s last goal in the league.
ARNOLD TOWN suffered two more defeats during the week and thus confirmed their relegation as well. Wednesday saw them lose 3-1 at HOLWELL SPORTS and their last game at ASHBY IVANHOE 3-0. Harry Stewart, Joe Lindley and Sam Beck got the Ashby goals, with Shaun Smith, Mark Cowling and Ross Cragg scoring for Holwell in midweek. Courtney Bonnick got the Eagles last goals of the season at Holwell.