AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
It has been a busy week for BELPER UNITED. On Sunday they played host to Midland League Quorn in the First Round of the FA Vase and gave a very good account of themselves, at least in the first half. Although Henry Eze put the visitors in front with a diving header of seven minutes, United were level on 23 through a Hadyn Whitcome own goal. United then missed a number of chances and should have been comfortably in front by the break. Particularly as Quorn had Sean Williams sent off late in the first half. But the visitors ten men took control in the second half and Eze put them back in front within three minutes of the restart. Further goals from Darious Darkin and a very well-known EMCL goalscorer, Steve Hart, put the visitors into the next round.
Back in action again on Wednesday night United put their FA Vase disappointment behind them to trim the wicks of league leaders SELSTON in a 3-3 draw at the Village Hall ground. Kenan Layton, Ben Moore and Carl Moore getting the goals which kept Selston at the top of the table whilst Jim Rushby, Sam Vickers and substitute Tom Rushby gave Belper a splendid point.
Selston remain three points clear at the top despite having their lead trimmed, but newcomers NEWARK FLOWSERVE took the opportunity to leap into second place with a comfortable 4-0 success at ASHBY IVANHOE. The visitors took control of the game in the first half and by the break were three goals to the good through Sam Agar on 24 minutes, Elliott King on 33 and Jamie Lloyd in first half stoppage time. Their final goal came from a Harry Wakefield penalty seven minutes into the second half.
Meanwhile, there was some joy for BORROWASH VICTORIA whose much improved performance in the 2-2 draw at home to KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE lifted the club out of the bottom three. They had to come back from two goals in arrears when a Greg Tobin penalty ten minutes in and a second from Sacha Markelic three minutes later appeared to put the Brewers in control. But for once the Vics showed their fighting spirit and came back strongly, Charlie Goodwin getting the first of his two goals just minute after Kimberley’s second. And so the game remained until a tad after the hour mark when Goodwin claimed his second goal of the game and it was good enough to give the Vics a welcome share of the spoils.