AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Title honours were not exactly won and lost in midweek, but the results will undoubtedly have some bearing on the final destination of the league championship.
SELSTON, playing their game in hand of second placed Newark
Flowserve which would have taken them six points clear of their nearest challengers, suddenly found themselves having to save a game they had been expected to win. Visiting CLIFTON ALL WHITES had taken a first half lead through James Price on 26 minutes, and they held this until ten minutes from the end when Nathan Kelly hit a second for them. Madly and passionately driven on by a crowd of 152 the Villagers put on a big show to save the game. Joe Butler got one back with five minutes remaining, and Kenan Layton rescued a point two minutes later, but in the end this
game will be considered by Selston to have been two points dropped rather than one won as they now go four points clear with six games to play.
Flowserve were not in action but SHERWOOD COLLIERY kept their
hopes alive with a 2-0 win at BELPER UNITED, the latter now having lost their last three games, to remain in third place six points behind the leaders but only two behind their Newark colleagues. Ultimately, the race for second place might well be more exciting than the one for the title. A Jack Coulson own goal ten minutes before the break put Sherwood in front and Tim Gregory sealed the points with a second on 63 minutes.
RADFORD’s slender hopes of being involved in the title race were finally killed off by a HEANOR TOWN side who who won 4 - 0 at Selhurst Street, scoring four goals for the second successive away game. Jamie Sleigh got the Lions first on eight minutes. Kyle Daley then got two in three minutes at the start of the second half, the second of which, a volley, was a serious
contender for Goal of the Season. Sleigh’s second a quarter of an hour from the end moved him up to joint leading league goalscorer. A Conor Moore free kick ten minutes from time was mere consolation for the home side.
WEST BRIDGFORD built up a two goal lead with second half strikes from Ryan Whitehurst and Joe Potts before Mark Etherington halved the deficit seven minutes from the end for an INGLES side who just couldn’t find the goal in the final few minutes which would have allowed them a share of the points.
The leading two, who both won their home games, pulled further clear at the top of the table taking advantage of Sherwood Colliery’s inactivity.
Leaders SELSTON consolidated top spot with a 3-1 home victory over struggling CLIPSTONE after hitting a three goal lead inside the first 33 minutes. Joe Butler got them off to a good start in the eighth minute and Carl Moore hit a brace on 16
and 33. Sheldon McDonald popped one in for Clipstone two minutes into the second half but that was as good as it got for them.
NEWARK FLOWSERVE meanwhile had to come from behind to record their 3-1 win over visiting GEDLING MINERS WELFARE, who had gone in front thanks to Jack Jepson’s spot kick four minutes before the break. Sean Woolley began the fightback on 57 minutes and Jamie Lloyd put them in front ten minutes later. But Gedling dug in and Flowserve were not able to make the points safe until five minutes into stoppage time when Tyrell Shannon-Lewis scored.
ARNOLD TOWN recorded their first win in seven games with a 3-1 home success over TEVERSAL. Jordan Leeming put them in front on 15 minutes and then two goals in a minute from Curtis Millward and Jame Wade gave them a comfortable advantage inside the first 26 minutes. Jack Hutchinson got one back for the visitors early in the second half.
HEANOR TOWN seem to have hit the jackpot hammering four goals for the third successive game. Jamie Sleigh’s third brace in as many games makes his the overall leading scorer in the League with 34 goals despite missing a big chunk of the season through injury. Sleigh’s 17 th minute goal was the only one of the first
half but after Cory Bowler and Jake Carlisle had increased the advantage early in the second half, Sleigh hit his second of the game to sink a KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE side which had been on a good run.
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY also hit four goals sending BARROW TOWN home
pointless. Kieran Knight and Ben Morris scored first half goals and David Jones and Jack James added to them in the second half. James Parker got a consolation goal for the Riversiders.
It took a Ryan Whitehurst goal in the last minute to give WEST BRIDGFORD victory at BORROWASH VICTORIA. Callum Lloyd had given them a fourth minute lead which Charlie Goodwin had cancelled out just before the half hour.
Sam Carline’s second minute goal for ASHBY IVANHOE was the only one in the first half of their home clash with CLIFTON ALL WHITES. But the second half saw the visitors get on top and Steve Chaplin (64), Sam Leggitt (74) and a Liam Donaghy own goal on 78 put the Whites in control. Kerr Horn got a second for the home side four minutes from the end but they couldn’t find enough to claim a point from the encounter.
Early goals were definitely the order of the day, and GRAHAM STREET PRIMS found this to their liking as well. Michael Fitzhugh gave them a 16 th minute start on their visit to RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE and Stephen Byrne doubled their advantage six minutes later. But neither side could find the net again after