Holders RADFORD became the first club through to the semi finals of the Jenkins & Jenkins sponsored League Cup
AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Holders RADFORD became the first club through to the semi finals of the Jenkins & Jenkins sponsored League Cup this week when they beat GRAHAM STREET PRIMS 5-0 at Selhurst Street. Conor Moore’s early goal set them on their way before four goals in a devastating 28 minute spell in the second half confirmed they would be just ninety minutes from a place in the final and probably retention of the trophy they won in devastating form last season against Anstey Nomads. William Daly was responsible for the goal which doubled their lead five minutes into the second half and at the same time became the 18th player to score for the club this season. Ryan Smith added a brace which took his total for the campaign to 21 and Connor Hardy hit their fifth and final goal.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY eased their way to a Quarter Final tie away at Clifton All Whites on 5th Febgruary with a 4-1 Second Round win at CLIPSTONE. Liam Theakstone gave Colliery the lead on 15 minutes but Bradley Cox levelled seven minutes later. And it stayed that way until Gareth Curtis took control in the second half. He put Sherwood back in front with his first goal of the night on 57 minutes, hit the club’s third in the 90th minute and completed his hat trick in stoppage time at the end of the game.
The other two League Cup Quarter Finals are between Newark Flowserve and Rainworth on 29th January and Eastwood Community and Belper United 24 hours later.
There were two league games played in midweek with CLIFTON ALL WHITES coming back from a whirlwind start made by EASTWOOD COMMUNITY to take all three points. Rory Smith put Eastwood in front in the first minute and then doubled their advantage in the ninth minute. Clifton hit back with a goal from Daryll Thomas on the stroke of half time to cut the lead then two goals in four minutes late in the second half brought the home side the points. Ash Way levelled things up in the 74th minute and Aaron Large’s tenth goal of the campaign ten minutes from the end won it.
INGLES beat RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE 3-1 in the only other game played. Billy Blackshaw put the home side in front midway through the first half and Ethan Wiesztort sent the teams in level at the break with a 43rd minute equaliser. James Brooks restored the home lead nine minutes into the second half and a last minute goal from Kyle Fowkes confirmed that Ingles would retain all three points.