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AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON

By David Holland

Saturday 10th August

The Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup took pride of place today and three of our four
teams are still involved with two clubs – and nearly three – already through.

Midland League Premier Gresley were only saved by a goal four minutes into stoppage time from Mark Potts after Jordan Alls had put DUNKIRK in front after half an hour. These two will replay on
Tuesday.

UCL Premier side Quorn could not fully recover from a blistering start by SHERWOOD COLLIERY for whom David Cockerill gave them a 16th minute advantage and Jamie York added to it nine minutes
later. Steve Hart, who has played for a number of EMC clubs, pulled one back six minutes into the second half but Sherwood held on to take the £2,250 prize money.

The all EMC clash at RADFORD saw visitors HEANOR TOWN storm into the Preliminary Round with a 7-0 win. Max Thornberry’s 24th minute header was the only goal of the first half as Heanor played with the advantage of the strong wind. Kyle Daley increased the lead five minutes into the second period, with the Lions playing much better against the wind. The real turning point came in the 73 rd minute when home skipper Simon Hore was red carded for a last man foul on Jordan Ball’s electric run
and their defence fell apart as Heanor scored five goals in the last eleven minutes through Jordan Ball, Kyle Hazeldine (2) and Jamie Sleigh (2) – his last from the penalty spot.

In the League, BARROW TOWN have found an amazing run of scoring form as they hit visitors CLIPSTONE for six to stay top of the table. The Riversiders took their total goals for the season to
nine, but it looks like turning into a long hard season for Clipstone who have now conceded ten in their first two games of the season. The visitors found the net first through Tom Weaver on eight minutes, but goals from Sam Richards (31), Kieran Foster (36) and Henry Dunn (41) gave the Riversiders a good half time advantage. Lewis Warwick reduced the deficit four minutes into the second half, but further goals from Sam Kee on 64 minutes, Brandon Hands (75) and Conor Brown- Wingfield (79) made it a good day for the home team.

Newcomers HUCKNALL TOWN recorded their first EMC win with a 4-1 triumph at BORROWASH VICTORIA who still remain pointless. Matt Brian put Hucknall in front after just four minutes with the
fastest goal of the day. Jamie Crawford followed it on 32 as the visitors claimed the upper hand. Tristan Comery hit back for the Vics with a 65th minute goal which put them right back into the game, but Matt Brian hit his second of the match on 75 minutes and Tom Hubbard completed the scoring with the visitors fourth goal ten minutes from the end.

CLIFTON ALL WHITES returned to winning ways with a narrow home success over RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE. Javin Seaton claimed the only goal of the first half in favour of the home side
on 22 minutes. Sam Leggitt added a second for them midway through the second half and it looked like they were cruising to victory until Declan Brown pulled one back for Rainworth with five minutes remaining. But Clifton held on to take the points.

Goals were in short supply at Plains Road where GEDLING MINERS WELFARE took on TEVERSAL in their first home match of the season and looking forward to building on last week’s success.
However, things did not go according to plan and Daniel Fullwood’s goal on the half hour mark ensured that the visitors returned home with all three points leaving the Tevie Boys with an unbeaten start to the season.

It took a Jordan Wheatley penalty nine minutes from the end to preserve WEST BRIDGFORD’s unbeaten start to the season and they returned from the Stag Ground with a precious point after
Jordan Lambert had given KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE a 50th minute lead. It was the only East Midlands Counties League game of the day to end with the points shared.

INGLES second away game of the season saw them remain unbeaten as their first ever visit to League newcomers SHIREBROOK TOWN saw them bag a 3-1 win and leave the home side still looking for their first points of the season. Shirebrook did have the advantage of a good start though given to them by Aaron Williamson after only three minutes. But with the advantage of the elements in their favour in the second half the Leicestershire side turned things round when Billy Blackshaw
levelled things up just before the hour. Then a 72 nd minute penalty from Calum Williamson put them in front and the points were confirmed when Sean Woolley hit their third with just three minutes of the game left.

Where next?

F.A. Groundsmans of the Year 2019 Congratulations to Rainworth Miners Welfare

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