AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
The day’s big scorers were the top two clubs. SELSTON put eleven past a luckless BORROWASH VICTORIA whose goal, through Zachary Harrison brought the score back to 7-1. Then enter second half substitute Lee Sutton, a player who has enjoyed spells with a number of clubs in our League, to score the final four goals. It isn’t the first time Sutton has hit the headlines and now with the league leaders happy times for him may well be on the return. Scott Taylor weighed in with a hat-trick and there were also goals for Carl Moore, Kenan Layton and a brace for Rhys Dolan.
Over at Newark a best-of-the-day crowd of 253 saw NEWARK FLOWSERVE hammer BARROW TOWN 6-0. Sam Agar hit a hat-trick with Daryl Price, Tyrell Shannon-Lewis and Jamie Lloyd getting the others. The goalscoring was all over by the 58th minute.
ARNOLD TOWN will thank new signing Tawanda Mushambi for only their third point of the season as they came from behind to share the spoils at Eagle Valley with CLIFTON ALL WHITES. Mushambi struck with six minutes remaining after Mitch Williams on 40 minutes and Tom Maddison on the hour had put Clifton in front. Gerardus Bos had given the Eagles an early lead.
ASHBY IVANHOE were another club to enjoy a good win. Ben Minshull started off their goal spree on eleven minutes with Kerr Horn adding a second five minutes later. Edwin Towers pulled one back for visiting WEST BRIDGFORD midway through the first half and Matt Murphy restored parity five minutes after the break. Then came the late show with three goals in the last five minutes through Minshull’s second and a brace from Chris Sykes to give Ivanhoe a 5-2 win.
The East Midlands Counties League does not throw up many goal-less drawn but BELPER UNITED and KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE managed just that.
But there was more excitement at EASTWOOD COMMUNITY where, in front of another excellent crowd of 169 they repeated their FA Vase win of earlier in the season over SHERWOOD COLLIERY, but they had to come from behind to record their second 3-2 victory over their visitors. Tim Gregory had put Sherwood in front on 27 minutes and it took a Chay Betteridge goal from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time to level things up once again. John Whitehurst restored Community’s advantage on 72 minutes and Kieran Knight made it 3-1 in the 90th minute. But there was still time left in this exciting encounter for Jobe Shaw to made the final score 3-2 in stoppage time.
RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE enjoyed rare away success with a 2-0 win at GEDLING MINERS WELFARE thanks to a brace of goals from Aiden Harris either side of the interval, his second coming courtesy of the penalty spot.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS brought an end to RADFORD’s eight game winning run after the visitors had taken an early lead through Ben Clark in just ten minutes. But Prims levelled through Michael Fitzhugh on 38 minutes and Kiai Thurman provided them with all three points courtesy of his 63rd minute winner.
Another club who had to come from behind to win the points was HEANOR TOWN. Mike Carter had given visitors CLIPSTONE the lead on 16 minutes and it took an own goal only moments into the second half for the Lions to restore parity. After than Jamie Sleigh put them in front of 53 minutes and they never looked back with Sam Birks adding a third on 72.
INGLES made a great start to their home game against TEVERSAL. Laithan Hammond on five minutes and Sean Woolley five minutes later put them well in command. But two goals from Matt Williamson on 25 and 70 minutes brought things level again. Hammond finally got the home side’s winner with eleven minutes remaining.