AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
On a day when football was very much interrupted by the weather, the East Midlands Counties League saw their programme curtailed to just six games. And goals were particularly hard to come by with only 15 being scored by the twelve teams who participated.
There was, however, a great deal of significance gained in the games which were played, and, perhaps, the most was at WEST BRIDGFORD where visiting SELSTON won by the only goal of the game scored by Kenan Layton in the 36th minute. Significant in as much as it took the Parish Hall team back to the top of the table, three points clear of Newark Flowserve who were one of those sides hit by the weather.
Another narrow win took BARROW TOWN up to fifth in the table and in a great position to challenge should there be a stumble or two in the remainder of the season by the leading teams. The Riversiders had to wait until the 70th minute for Daniel Page to knock in their winner against a GRAHAM STREET PRIMS side who are proving a most difficult side to beat this season. Significant here that Barrow are putting together an excellent run and have been beaten only once in their last nine games.
The first win of both the season and the year for ARNOLD TOWN last week was paled into oblivion as they lost at KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE to three goals without reply. Conor Green put the Brewers ahead midway through the first half with Jordan Alls and Adam Morley adding further goals in the first five minutes of the second half.
And it was another sad day for BORROWASH VICTORIA who were beaten at home by GEDLING MINERS WELFARE in the highest scoring game of the day. Jack Jepson rattled in the day’s only hat-trick, his threesome all coming in the first half. Ross McCaughey and Liam Corrigan added two more in the second half to give the visitors a 5-0 success and the three points which took they out of the League’s bottom three.
RADFORD’s excellent run of success came to an end when EASTWOOD COMMUNITY’s mixed form of late turned up trumps with a 2-0 win at Selhurst Street. Danny Hayes gave the Red Badgers the lead ten minutes before half-time and Jack Allen secured the points ten minutes before full time.
Craig Meakin’s lovely 20-yard shot into the bottom corner thirteen minutes from the end for CLIFTON ALL WHITES left visiting HEANOR TOWN still looking for their first win in 2019. Daryll Thomas broke the deadlock in the 36th minute with a tap in from man-of-the-match Meakin’s cross and Kyle Daley’s 74th minute header had restored parity – but only for three minutes as Clifton claimed the points.