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By David Holland

Monday 22/04/19 Selston win League Title

The leading two clubs both suffered penultimate day jitters with chasing NEWARK FLOWSERVE surprisingly going down 2-1 at WEST BRIDGFORD. A result which confirmed long time leaders SELSTON as champions whatever the result of their home match against EASTWOOD COMMUNITY.
Callum Lloyd gave West Bridgford a 15th minute lead which they held until Jack Oldham doubled it five minutes into the second half. Flowserve reacted and Sam Agar pulled one back on 68 but the runners-up couldn’t snatch a point.
Over at Selston in front of a massive crowd of 515, almost half of the day’s total attendance in the league of 1,055, the jitters came at the end. Will Heath had put visiting Eastwood in front on eight minutes; Klarke Greenham had levelled on 23 and Carl Moore put the champions in front ten minutes before the break. It looked all over bar the celebrating when Carl Moore got his second of the game nine minutes into the second half. Then came the drama. Will Heath made it 3-2 with six minutes left and an own goal, would you believe, restored parity to the occasion with two minutes left. News came through of Flowserve’s defeat and the champagne began to flow. Congratulations Selston.
A goal two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game from Jordan Ingram gave SHERWOOD COLLIERY victory in their game at TEVERSAL and confirmed third place for them,
There was joy for HEANOR TOWN as they won 4-0 at BELPER UNITED and chalked up their tenth successive win, a feat they have not achieved previously since their Central Midlands League days. And Eastwood’s draw was enough to see the Lions move up to fourth place. The quiz question of the day will be United starting and finishing with ten men. They started with ten due to Josh Wright’s late arrival twelve minutes in; and ended with ten when custodian Mark Rathbone was sent off on 37. Jamie Sleigh on 59 and 87; Oliver Pratt on 62 and Max Thornberry on 84 were the Lions scorers.
Also finishing with ten men were RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE. They had Dan Fletcher sent off as early as the 16th minute but recovered sufficiently to take the points courtesy of Kurtis Bamford’s 64th minute strike on their visit to CLIPSTONE.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS came from behind to win the Asterdale derby against BORROWASH VICTORIA, who also finished with ten players as a result of Tristan Comery leaving the field on the hour for his second yellow of the game. Tristan Matthews had put the Vics in front on 38 minutes, but the sending off proved pivotal as Elliott Dawson levelled on the restart and Michael Fitzhugh then grabbed the Prims winner with ten minutes left.
Swiftly changing leads at CLIFTON ALL WHITES saw Zak Ginvert put visiting BARROW TOWN ahead on 28 minutes only for Sam Leggitt to level within a minute. A Ben Law own goal them put the Whites in front five minutes before the break only for Law to them redeem himself by restoring parity six minutes into the second half. Tom Mangan got the Riversiders winner in the 67th minute.
Plenty of goals as well at ASHBY IVANHOE but the lions share went to visiting INGLES. Ryan Foster and Kyle Fowkes put Ingles in front inside the first nine minutes. Sam Carline pulled one back on 15 but Dominic Watts restored the visitors two goal advantage two minutes later. Carline got a second for Ashby early in the second half but Michael Tuck saw Ingles home 4-2 with a goal scored two minutes from the end.
The race for the Golden Boot continued to hot up with Heanor Town’s Jamie Sleigh leading at the moment with 36. Selston’s Carl Moore lies in second place with 33 and Sam Agar of Newark Flowserve and Ryan Smith of Radford are both still in the hunt with 30 goals each. League goals only count for the Golden Boot and with Newark Flowserve visiting Heanor Town, and Selston entertaining Sherwood Colliery next week it could be a most interesting finale.
Please note:-

Saturday 4th May 2019
East Midlands Counties Football League
Jenkins & Jenkins League Cup Final Tie
at Clipstone FC
Kick off 1pm

Where next?

AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON Week Ending Saturday 27/04/19
AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON Saturday 20/04/19 Two games left to decide the League Champinship

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