AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Somewhat unusual for January but all ten games went ahead on schedule today and the surprises came at the top of the table where both the leading pair suffered their second & third defeats of the season.
Perhaps the biggest of these surprises came at GEDLING MINERS WELFARE where the home side, strugglers for most of the early part of the campaign, came from behind to
defeat SELSTON with ten men. Carl Moore gave Selston an eighth minute lead which
Jack Jepson levelled seven minutes before the break. Sean Gregory though sent the visitors in front at the interval only for Gedling to come out renewed for the second half.
Jepson’s second six minutes into the second period levelled things up again and Liam Corrigan got a late winner before Jamie Spiers was sent off for a second yellow offence.
Meanwhile, NEWARK FLOWSERVE suffered a rare home reversal when Conor Moore’s 44th minute goal gave third place RADFORD all three points in this top-of the-table clash watched by another impressive crowd of 197. The result thus served to close the gap on the league leaders to eight points going into the last three months of the season. Radford’s late and very impressive recent run will give them hope of splitting the leading two should
they make any slips.
Great joy at the bottom end of the table where ARNOLD TOWN enjoyed their second win of the year as they sent CLIPSTONE home with a 3-2 reversal. Curtis Millward and Tawanda Mushambi gave the Eagles a two-goal cushion before Gary Armstrong pulled one
back. Millward added a second for Arnold but Solly Limb made it 3-2 in stoppage time. It is going to take a massive effort from the Eagles to pull away from the relegation zone but they are showing they have the teeth for a fight.
The only hat-trick of the day was recorded by Ryan Baker for BELPER UNITED, and it
included one from the penalty spot, as they beat visiting CLIFTON ALL WHITES 4-0. Tom Rushby got their other goal.
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY were involved in a thrilling 4-3 home win over TEVERSAL. John Whitehurst put them in front early on, Joel Smith levelled on 35 and Kieran Knight restored the Red Badgers lead moments before the break. Dan Fullwood levelled again, this time from the penalty spot only for Chay Bettridge to also put his penalty away to give Eastwood the lead again. Kieran Knight’s second of the game gave the home side breathing space but Stuart Baker closed the gap in the 90 th minute.
Jordan Alls, Sean Green, Michael Frizelle and a brace from Jonathan Jebbison were all on target as KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE enjoyed a 5-0 romp against visiting INGLES as the Brewers hit their best form of the season and Ingles suffered their biggest defeat.
Max Curzon, Charlie Hardwick, Ethan Wiesztort, William Spray and Joshua Henry all found the net for RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE as they enjoyed a 5-1 home success over BARROW TOWN for whom Daniel Page got a second half consolation.
A new management team failed to stop the rot at HEANOR TOWN as two Tim Hopkinson goals gave visiting WEST BRIDGFORD a 2-1 success; Sam Birks getting the home goal.
The Nottingham side have taken 16 points from their last possible 24 whilst Heanor’s one point from their last five games leaves them still searching for their first win of 2019.
A hectic start at GRAHAM STREET PRIMS saw Michael Fitzhugh and Stephen Byrne score for the home side and Gareth Curtis for SHERWOOD COLLIERY. Two second half goals from Liam Theakstone though turned the result on its head and gave the visitors all
Kerr Horn in the first half and Ben Minshull eight minutes from the end scored the goals
which gave ASHBY IVANHOE all three points from their home game against a BORROWASH VICTORIA side who failed to find the net once again.