AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Nottinghamshire Senior and Leicestershire & Rutland Jelson Senior Cup dominated proceedings this week and a number of our teams were involved.
In the Nottinghamshire Senior Cup WEST BRIDGFORD were the only East Midlands Counties League side to fall at the first hurdle when they lost at home to a second half goal, the only one of the game, from Central Midlands North high flyers Collingham.
Also facing Central Midlands League North opposition were NEWARK FLOWSERVE but a second half onslaught of six goals saw them through against Retford. The visitors had the better of the first half but could not live with the Brewers in the second as Elliot King broke the deadlock a tad after the hour and five more goals in the last twelve minutes put paid to any hopes Retford had of contesting the next round. Steve Kirkham, a brace from Sam Agar, Russ Lewis and Tom Potts completed the scoring for the Newark side.
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY faced opposition from Central Midlands League South in Aslockton & Orston and progressed as a result of a 4-1 win. John Whitehurst, Harry Allen and Joe Butler gave the home side a comfortable half time advantage and Butler added a late fourth in the second half.
Unbeaten league leaders with eight wins out of eight, SELSTON found their opposition from the Nottinghamshire Senior League a little more difficult to handle and their game against FC Cavaliers at the Forest Recreation Ground went to extra time as the contestants shared four goals in the first ninety minutes. Lee Sutton and Scott Taylor were responsible for the Selston goals and Carl Moore’s brace in extra time sent them through to the Second Round with a 4-2 victory.
Three more of our sides were involved in the first Round of the Leicestershire & Rutland FA Jelson Senior Cup and they were all able to make progress to the next stage.
BARROW TOWN did not have things all their own way against Kirby Muxloe Reserves but eventually won through by the odd goal of three. Anthony Marriott set them on their way with a goal after 18 minutes but they had to wait until ten minutes from the end before Zak Ginvert scored the goal which made the game safe and a 2-1 win.
ASHBY IVANHOE also had home advantage for their game against Thurnby Rangers and ran out 3-1 winners. Angus Blair-Park got their first a couple of minutes before the break and second half goals from Kerr Horn and Campbell Mason completed victory.
INGLES had to travel, but their journey was not in vain as they won by the odd goal of three away to Allexton & New Parks. Josh Bowler and Kyle Fowkes were responsible for their goals.