AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
If proof was needed that local derbies bring in the crowds look no further for the evidence than today’s East Midland Counties League programme. A total of 1,162 spectators watched the eight matches at an average of 145 per game with the whopping 259 at Coronation Park, Eastwood the highest of the day.
Unfortunately for EASTWOOD COMMUNITY though, they couldn’t follow up Saturday’s 5 -1 win at Heanor with a similar display and were beaten by three first half goals as SELSTON underlined their title potential. Scott Taylor gave them an early advantage in just four minutes, advanced by Klarke Greenham on 26 and completed by Taylor’s second of the game two minutes before the interval. Thus the visitors retained their 100% start to the season with four games completed.
Surprise early season leaders are GRAHAM STREET PRIMS who followed up Saturday’s 5-0 win at Ashby with a ten goal trouncing of neighbours BORROWASH VICTORIA leaving the Vics without either a point or a goal to their name aind firmly entrenched at the bottom of the table having conceded 28 goals in their first five games. Kevin Morrow led the home rout with a hat-trick, Kurt Dallison and Matt Harris both scored twice and the rest came from Brandon Gwinnutt, Oliver Ball and a Bradley Scard penalty.
Joining Selston and Prims at the top of the table are INGLES and SHERWOOD COLLIERY. The latter entertain Teversal tomorrow (Tuesday) and have a chance to go top if they win. Meanwhile Ingles saw off ASHBY IVANHOE with a 2-1 win in front of a crowd of 164 with all the goals coming in the first 20 minutes. Sam Key put the home side in front on five minutes and a Sean Woolley penalty ten minutes later doubled the advantage. Sam Carline pulled one back on 19 minutes but neither side could find the net again.
Another bumper crowd of 205 saw NEWARK FLOWSERVE leave WEST BRIDGFORD still looking for their first points of the season with a four goal opening burst. Jack Beckett’s double inside the first twenty minutes was followed by one from Sam Agar from the penalty spot on 25. Mustapha John got the fourth at the start of the second half before Bridgford hit back strongly but could only manage one goal from Edwin Towers.
There was some joy at the bottom though as ARNOLD TOWN picked up their first point, but left it rather late to do so. Curtis Millward put them ahead on 29 minutes, a lead they held until Dwayne Brown restored parity for GEDLING MINERS WELFARE on 72. Chris Freestone then put the visitors in front with ten minutes left but a spirited finale saw the Eagles awarded a spot kick two minutes into stoppage time and Curtis Millward brought joy to Eagle Valley with his deft touch.
The highest scoring game of the day had flurries of goals at both ends of the encounter and a seemingly staid middle period. Daryll Thomas put visiting CLIFTON ALL WHITES ahead after just two minutes, but goals in eight and nine minutes from Dan Sheahan and Zak Ginvert had hosts BARROW TOWN ahead. Ginvert’s second on 19 made it 3-1 only for Ashley Way to cut the lead within a minute. That was how it stayed until Ben Law made it 4-2 on 71 minutes to start another scoring spree. Ash Way’s second on 74 reduced the gap once again before Ginvert completed his threesome with nine minutes remaining. Daryll Thomas’s second of the game with four minutes left made it 5-4 and it stayed that way despite a thrilling finish.
A crowd of 155 watched CLIPSTONE record their third win of the season away at RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE, coming back to win 3-1 after an Adon Spencer own goal had put the Wrens in front on 34 minutes. Dean Rick levelled in first half stoppage time and second half goals from Charlie Taylor and Julian Topliss sealed the visitors win.
Similarly, a crowd of 137 saw HEANOR TOWN and BELPER UNITED share the spoils in a drab game which neither side deserved to win but had a finish certainly not in keeping with the rest of the game. Ash Dhinsa put United in front on 90 minutes and Jamie Sleigh levelled for the Lions from the spot two minutes into stoppage time with the game’s last kick