AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
The torrential rain during the week put paid Belper United’s first game of the season on Wednesday, But Coronation Park’s all weather pitch braved the monsoon conditions to put on EASTWOOD COMMUNITY’s clash with SHERWOOD COLLIERY in the only midweek game played on Wednesday. After a goal-less first half Charlie Taylor put the visitors ahead moments after the hour. Kieran Watson levelled on 75 but Kieran Wells, who had starred in pre-season for Southern League Premier Division side Hednesford Town, leaped off the bench to provide Colliery with an 83 rd minute winner.
Eastwood put defeat behind them to overcome a spirited challenge from CLIPSTONE today at the Lido Ground. Josh Pickering put the home side in front on eight minutes, but second half goals from Patrick Webb on 49, Danny Hayes, five minutes later, and Kieran Watson four minutes after the hour put the Red Badgers in the driving season. Although William Whitehead pulled one back for
Clipstone with twenty minutes remaining Eastwood held out for the points.
Meanwhile, Sherwood were racking up their third consecutive win to become the only team with maximum points and head the table with a 5-0 home win over RADFORD. Gareth Curtis hit their first hat-trick of the season with goals on 36, 69 and 83 minutes. Charlie Taylor of 44 and Steven Sowter on 76 brought up
their nap hand.
Newcomers HUCKNALL TOWN moved into second place with a 5-1 win over GRAHAM STREET PRIMS to leave the visitors still looking for their first point. Joe Ashurst’s hat-trick, two coming inside the first half hour, and further goals from Matt Brian and Michael Bannister were only replied to by a stoppage time consolation from Lewis Tooley for Prims.
And INGLES, also unbeaten, left BORROWASH VICTORIA looking for their first points after beating them 2-1 with goals from Kyle Fowkes in the first half and Sean Woolley just after the hour. This after the Vics had taken a seventh minute lead through Steven Bonel.
DUNKIRK remain unbeaten after lowering the colours of leaders BARROW TOWN with an emphatic 4-1 win at Lenton Lane. Sean Green became the third player this afternoon to record a hat-trick, all in the second half, with his last coming from the penalty spot. Tyrell Shannon-Lewis got their other goal whilst the
Riversiders consolation came from a Harry Dunn penalty.
BELPER UNITED’s first game of the season saw them return from RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE with a point thanks to Ben Rushby’s leveller five minutes into stoppage time. Declan Brewin’s 57th minute penalty had put the Wrens in front,
but Josh Wright levelled within three minutes. Charlie Hardwick’s 88th minute goal looked like giving the Wrens the points until Ben Rushby struck.
SHIREBROOK TOWN and KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE also shared the points in a thrilling game. Zefison Giraud got things off to a good start by giving the Stags a third minute lead. And it looked to be plain sailing when Gregory Newbold increased the visitors advantage on 36. But if nothing else Shirebrook are game fighters who do not know when they are beaten and goals from William Dodds
after 52 minutes and Ben Burbanks on 75 restored parity to the occasion. Kimberley though, hit back to retake the lead with Josh Burr-Royston’s penalty with seven minutes of the game remaining. The lead lasted barely two minutes before Ben Burbanks’ second goal of the game ensured that both sides finish with a point apiece. And Shirebrook were pleased to get their first point of the season.
There was a late finish also at TEVERSAL where visitors CLIFTON ALL WHITES had taken the lead on 68 minutes through Sam Leggitt’s goal. Daniel Fullwood stepped up to earn unbeaten Teversal a point from the encounter with a leveller with just three minutes to go.
WEST BRIDGFORD were the standing club today and the game between
HEANOR TOWN and GEDLING MINERS WELFARE fell victim to the weather through a waterlogged Town Ground pitch.