AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
NEWARK FLOWSERVE moved to within four points of non-playing leaders Selston with a 2-0 win at BELPER UNITED given to them by second half goals from Blair Anderson and Daniel Meadows, whilst SHERWOOD COLLIERY confirmed a two three finish with a single goal victory at WEST BRIDGFORD with Gareth Curtis scoring the all important goal on the stroke of half time.
Elsewhere, things are hotting up for places in next season’s FA Cup at stake for clubs finishing in the top six at least and Eastwood Community, Radford, Barrow Town, Graham Street Prims and Heanor Town all in contention.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS confirmed what looks likely to be their best ever finish in the East Midlands Counties League with an 8-1 win at CLIPSTONE. Michael Fitzhugh with two, Joseph Hunt and a Bradley Scard penalty were their first half marksmen with Scard adding a second in the second half along with further goals from Stephen Byrne, Matt Harris and Dominic Wilkinson. Clipstone’s lone reply came from Harvey Jones in the 90 th minute.
RADFORD also consolidated their claim with a 6-1 victory at ASHBY IVANHOE where Ryan Smith’s three goals were not enough to take him into the League’s top goalscoring spot ahead of Heanor Town’s holidaying leader Jamie Sleigh. Ravern Antonio Jackson helped himself to a brace and William Daly hit the other goal for the visitors. Ross McGarry claimed Ivanhoe’s consolation.
HEANOR TOWN made it six wins on the trot completing a double over
KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE at the Nottingham Road ground without their leading scorer. Sam Birks put the Lions ahead on 28 minutes, Shaun Roulston headed them further in front four minutes before the break and Kyle Daley got a last minute third to completely claim the points.
Eastwood Community – along with league leaders Selston – were out of action and the other contender for a top six finish were BARROW TOWN who lost at TEVERSAL to the only goal of the game scored by Joshua Madin ten minutes into
the second half.
RNOLD TOWN’s narrow home defeat to RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE
condemned them to finish in the bottom two and with it possible relegation. The only goal of this game was scored by Ethan Wiesztort eleven minutes from the end.
BORROWASH VICTORIA did their hopes of another season in the East Midlands Counties League a power of good with a 2-0 home win over CLIFTON ALL WHITES. Leading scorer Charlie Goodwin got both of their goals in the ninth and 12th minutes of the game and they were able to hold onto their success for the next 78 minutes and complete their fifth league win of the season.
GEDLING MINERS WELFARE are fortunate at this stage to have accumulated sufficient points to see them safely away from and possible relegation struggle, but, following yet another defeat at INGLES they will be one of the teams pleased to see the end of this season. Two goals inside the first sixteen minutes from Rob Mulongo gave the Leicestershire side an early cushion which they were able to hold on to until ten minutes from the end when Jack Jepson netted for the Miners.
But Ingles held on for the victory.