AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
The month of February arrived in style – ‘February fill dyke either black or white’.
Two games out of a massive programme braved the week of snow, ice and frost, and both produced talking points.
In midweek, the 3G surface at Coronation Park proved to be the only winner. And it just goes to show what a valuable investment such surfaces prove to be. Unfortunately, the Red Badgers found it to be the end of their Jenkins & Jenkins sponsored League Cup hopes as they lost 3-1 to a BELPER UNITED side who have made it through to the last four the hard way against the league’s top and fancied sides. Tim Adcock gave United a 28th minute lead followed up by Adam Dring making it two ten minutes later. Rory Smith pulled one back for EASTWOOD COMMUNITY on the stroke of half time but Adcock’s second five minutes from the end paved the way for United to continue their League Cup successes. The game spelled the end of an era for Eastwood joint managers Dave Marlow and Jonathan Ross together with their backroom staff, dismissed in a club statement, “Eastwood have decided to make changes based on the club’s on and off field circumstances”.
The only game on Saturday to beat the weather was at Riverside Park where BARROW TOWN put eleven past an ARNOLD TOWN side who had shown big powers of recovery since the turn of the year with two wins. Daniel Page led the way with six of the goals equalling a feat performed on more than one occasion by Steve Hart in his days with Stapenhill in the league. It was, perhaps, ironic that Hart scored a very important goal this day for his latest club – Quorn to win their Midland League game against Ilkeston Town. Callum Payne hit a second half brace with Ben Law, Daniel Sheahan and Sam Beaver adding the rest of the goals to the Riversiders biggest ever East Midlands Counties League win