AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
The highlight of the midweek results was the excellent performance of BELPER UNITED in the Derbyshire FA Senior Challenge Cup. United hosted Midland League Premier Division leaders Ilkeston Town at the Silver X stadium and the visitors, who are still going strong in both their league cup and FA Vase, were firmly put in their place. Belper got off to the best possible start with a three goal salvo in the opening nineteen minutes. Ben Rushby was on target twice, opening the scoring five minutes in and scoring the third whilst Joshua Wright added the second on eleven minutes. Ilkeston made three substitutions at the start of the second half and apart from what turned out to be nothing more than a consolation midway through the second period, they couldn’t break down a solid home defence in which custodian Mark Rathbone was in fine form. The 3-1 win takes Belper to Northern Premier League Premier Division side Mickleover Sports for a Third Round tie in early December.
HEANOR TOWN were unable to copy them, going out to another Northern Premier League outfit, Buxton, by a similar scoreline at Silverlands. The Lions were well in the game until the 90th minute when the Bucks scored their third goal. Kyle Daley got the Heanor goal just after the interval.
In the Second Round of the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup GEDLING MINERS WELFARE made progress as a result of a slender victory over fellow East Midlands Counties League side ARNOLD TOWN. Jack Jepson got the all important goal for them just after the hour mark.
The only League game played in midweek saw EASTWOOD COMMUNITY move up into fifth place in the table as a result of an 8-1 thrashing of CLIPSTONE at Coronation Park. The Eastwood victory was aided by a couple of own goals and the sending off of Clipstone’s Brad Wilson on 66 minutes. Kieran Knight scored twice for the Red Badgers with Joe Butler, Rory Smith, Patrick Webb and Jack Allen also on the score sheet. Jordan Jones got the visitors consolation.