By David Holland

Saturday 12th January -Are the Eagles about to take off?

Are the Eagles about to take off? A few new faces and joy for ARNOLD TOWN at last with a 4-2 home win over ASHBY IVANHOE. Kerr Horn’s 16th goal of the season had put the visitors in front after just seven minutes, but first half goals from Gafaar Karim and a brace from Curtis Millward including one from the penalty spot, gave the Eagles an interval lead. Macauley Holmes pulled one back on the hour but a stoppage time fourth from Kristopher Drackett gave the Eagle Valley side their first points of the year.
BARROW TOWN too continue to climb, but they too had to come from behind. Aaron Williamson had given visiting TEVERSAL a 15th minute lead which Daniel Page levelled ten minutes later. Daniel Sheahan got the winner for the Riversiders five minutes into the second half.
It’s still tight at the top where NEWARK FLOWSERVE had to wait until the third minute of stoppage time for Dan Agar’s 29th goal of the season to confirm their victory over CLIFTON ALL WHITES. Skipper Tom Potts had scored the first of the two Newark goals on 34 minutes with Clifton unable to fashion a reply.
SELSTON likewise claimed a narrow victory at BELPER UNITED. Carl Moore’s 23rd goal of the season gave them a 23rd minute lead and Kenan Layton added a second six minutes later. United fought hard but had only an 85th minute penalty from Ben Gowing to show for their efforts.
INGLES boasted the biggest win of the day by 6-1 at BORROWASH VICTORIA. Leading scorer Laithan Hammond hit two before the break along with Kyle Fowkes. Fowkes, Mark Etherington and River Hardy got the 2nd half goals. Tristan Matthews got the Vics only goal and they were hampered when Dan Myers was sent off for a second bookable offence on 69 minutes, but the damage was already done with the visitors five up.
WEST BRIDGFORD have made a dramatic start to the New Year and it continued when they lowered the colours of EASTWOOD COMMUNITY at Coronation Park with a brace of goals from Ryan Whitehurst in the second half.
Michael Fitzhugh’s 65th minute goal was enough to give GRAHAM STREET PRIMS all three points from their home game against CLIPSTONE.
Relegation threatened GEDLING MINERS WELFARE kept HEANOR TOWN still looking for their first win of 2019. The Lions did come back from 3-1 down though to take their first point of the year. Jack Jepson gave Gedling an 18th minute lead which Joe Meakin doubled four minutes before the break. There was still time before tea for Jamie Sleigh to hit his 22nd goal of the campaign from the penalty spot only for Jurgan Charlesworth to reopen the two goal gap just after the hour. Sam Birk and Jesse Vowles restored parity for Heanor whose goalkeeper Josh Mason-Barratt became the 51st player to be used by the Lions this season.
RADFORD leapfrogged SHERWOOD COLLIERY into third place with a 4-1 win over their rivals at Selhurst Street. Conor Moore (7), Ryan Smith (24) and Jack Smith (33) gave them a 3-0 interval lead extended by Ryan Smith’s 19th goal of the season and second of the game on 72. Keenan Leeds pulled one back for the visitors five minutes before the final whistle.
Adam Morley got the goal in the 63rd minute which gave KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE a narrow victory at RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE.

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AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON Holders RADFORD became the first club through to the semi finals of the Jenkins & Jenkins sponsored League Cup

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