AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY’s great run in the FA Vase came to an end at United Counties League side Deeping Rangers where, in front of the home side’s best crowd for many a long day of 432, goals from Callum Johnson (2), Scott Mooney and Dan Schauuel gave the home side a 4-0 victory. But it’s congratulations to Eastwood for keeping the League’s name in the competition for so long.
It is still nip and tuck at the top of the table where the leading pair both won again in front of massive crowds. NEWARK FLOWSERVE gave the day’s highest attendance of 198 a roaring start with three goals inside the first 34 minutes against visiting TEVERSAL. Jamie Lloyd scored on 14, Daryl Price doubled the lead three minutes later and Dan Meadows hit a third on 34 minutes. But they had to wait until seven minutes from the end for Dan Agar to complete the 4-0 win.
Meanwhile, SELSTON entertained neighbours HEANOR TOWN at the Parish Ground in a game which drew a crowd of 171. An early tenth minute penalty put away by Carl Moore for his 20th goal of the season was all that stood between the sides until four minutes from the end when Kane Hempsall hit a second to complete the first ever double for Selston over the Lions. They paid for the victory though when Ben Moore was sent off in the 87th minute and they finished with ten men.
James Rushby with a goal in each half and Sam Vickers with two first half goals set the scene for BELPER UNITED to record a 4-2 victory at WEST BRIDGFORD. For skipper Rushby it took his total to 21 goals for the season whilst Vickers’ brace took him to 17, with five of these coming in his last two games. Tim Hopkinson and Jack Oldham scored goals in the three minutes either side of the half time interval to bring the score back to 4-2 before Jim Rushby made sure of the points.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY continue to cling onto third place with a narrow victory over neighbours RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE. The only goal of the game coming on 62 minutes from top scorer Gareth Curtis with his 17th of the campaign giving them all three points.
BORROWASH VICTORIA started the year much better than they ended the last one with a 3-1 victory over bottom club ARNOLD TOWN. Charlie Goodwin’s opener on 33 minutes took him to eleven goals – by coincidence the exact same number of points the Vics have got. Harry Stevens hit the second on the stroke of half time and Tristan Matthews got the third on 77 after Anthony Millward had pulled one back just before the hour. Arnold finished with ten men after Sulaiman Azzouz was sent off on 67 minutes.
GEDLING MINERS WELFARE are also still entrenched in the relegation zone after going down 4-2 at ASHBY IVANHOE. Kerr Horn with a brace, Mitchell Woodbine and Angus Blair-Park got the home goals with Jurgan Charlesworth and Joe Meakin claiming the replies.
Daniel Page put a dent in RADFORD’s recent great run of results with a goal twelve minutes from the end of the game at Selhurst Street to give visiting BARROW TOWN a 1-0 victory.
Goals galore at the Stag where a brave fight back towards the end of the game just failed to give hosts KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE a share of the spoils in their game against GRAHAM STREET PRIMS. Kevin Morrow and Dominic Wilkinson gave Prims a two-goal cushion at the break. Sean Green got one back at the start of the second half but further goals from Morrow and Ryan Meynell opened up an even bigger gap for Prims. Sacha Markelic closed that gap with fourteen minutes left and Sean Green’s second in the 90th minute led to a grandstand finish, but Prims held out.
The only game on the day to send in a draw saw CLIPSTONE and INGLES who shared four goals at the Lido Ground. Sheldon McDonald gave the home side the lead on eight minutes and Kyle Fowkes levelled on 24. Parity reigned for barely five minutes before Elliot Holmes put Clipstone back in front again, and that was how the score stayed until Sam Woolley hit a 67th minute penalty equaliser for the visitors.