Around the Counties by Stan Wilton

By David Holland

Week Ending 26/01/19 - Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup Competition

The two games in the Fourth Round of the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup Competition scheduled for Wednesday evening both became victims of the weather, but the other six ties, all played on Tuesday evening went ahead on time. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much joy for East Midlands Counties League sides with only two of our representatives getting through to the Fifth Round stage.
One of the ties was an all East Midlands Counties League affair and, on paper, turned out to be the most exciting of them all as GEDLING MINERS WELFARE won a nine goal thriller at CLIFTON ALL WHITES after staging an amazing come-back from two goals down to take the game to extra time. Jack Millward got the game off to an explosive start with a goal in the first minute, but that was just about as good as it got for Gedling. Daryll Thomas levelled from the penalty spot in the sixth minute and Jack Reid put the home side in front five minutes later. Thomas turned from scoring at one end to levelling things up again at the other with an own goal to make the score 2-2 after just 15 minutes. Ashley Way (21) and a second goal from Jack Reid (36) gave Clifton a healthy lead in a six goal first half which kept the fans hands warm on a very cold evening. However, within seven minutes of the restart Jack Jepson and Luke Smith had restored parity once again as Gedling hit back, and it became rather surprising that eight goals in 52 minutes was not added to, thus the game went into extra time. It was eventually settled by Liam Corrigan’s goal twelve minutes from the end of extra time.
KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE were our other side to progress. They edged out Midland League side Dunkirk by the odd goal of three, Greg Tobin breaking the deadlock in favour of the Brewers just before the hour. Cameron Jones levelled for the Boatmen on 73 and with the game looking like going to extra time Jermaine Palmer popped up with a last minute winner.
A bumper crowd of 226 saw NEWARK FLOWSERVE lost 2-0 at home to Northern Premier League Carlton Town. Reece Bertram put the visitors in front after just six minutes but victory wasn’t confirmed until stoppage time at the end of the game when Kyll Stovell got Carlton’s second.
Two goals in the first 19 minutes from Lewis Bingham and Lewis Price put Ollerton Town on top against visiting RADFORD. Ryan Smith pulled one back on 35 minutes but they couldn’t find a second to save the game.
Northern Premier League high flyers Basford United triumphed at Coronation Park against EASTWOOD COMMUNITY by 3-0, but the Red Badgers put up a very good performance. Nathan Watson for a first half brace for Basford with Courtney Grantham adding the third two minutes into the second half to quell the Eastwood challenge.
Northern Premier League AFC Mansfield were another team made to fight all the way, this time by struggling TEVERSAL. Joe Laciofano put the Stags namesakes in front with an early tenth minute strike, but they had to wait until two minutes from the end to confirm their progress to the Fifth Round when Oliver Fearon got their second.

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