AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Bumper crowds were treated to plenty of goals in the Bank Holiday Monday fixtures as the 16 competing teams scored 40 between them.
CLIPSTONE were joint top scorers hitting neighbours RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE for a 5-2 win to gain their first points of the season. And this was largely due to Marcus Beddoe, who became the
second player this season in the East Midlands Counties League to score four goals in a game. He opened the scoring from the penalty spot just after the half hour mark, but Bradley Cox levelled for the Wrens on the stroke of half time. Beddoe’s second penalty three minutes into the second half restored their lead and his hat-trick came just five minutes later. A Roberto Marchetto own goal reduced home advantage before two goals in the last eight minutes from Beddoe and Solly Limb led to Clipstone's first win of the season.
HEANOR TOWN also notched five on their visit to BELPER UNITED. For the first 40 minutes you wondered when a goal might come from, then a typical Jamie Sleigh goal on 41 minutes and a fine
finish from Jesse Vowles in first half stoppage time put the Lions in control. Jordan Ball made it 3-0 on 57 before Belper hit back with a Curtis Williamson penalty and a classy header from Liam Oliver. But late goals from substitute Sam Birks and a second from Vowles brought up the nap hand for Heanor.
Six goals were shared at Watnall Road by unbeaten HUCKNALL TOWN and visiting EASTWOOD COMMUNITY. Josh Henry’s own goal put the Red Badgers in front but Joe Ashurst levelled within minutes. The same player put Hucknall in front four minutes before the break but Matt Antcliffe levelled ten minutes into the second half. Ashurst notched his hat-trick on 75 minutes but Eastwood
were not beaten and Kieran Harrison brought the score back to 3-3 just three minutes later. The game drew a wonderful crowd of 275.
Courtney Hastings made it six goals in three days with his second hat-trick of the Bank Holiday as GEDLING MINERS WELFARE won 4-1 at KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE in front of another three figure
crowd. Hastings struck in the eighth and 45th minutes before completing his hat-trick nine minutes into the second half. Alexander Goodall had earlier pulled one back for the Stags but substitute Alex Houghton’s late goal ensured that Gedling returned home with the points.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS claimed a six point haul from the Bank Holiday by hitting neighbours BORROWASH VICTORIA for four in their second successive home game. George Lynam put Prims in
front as early as the ninth minute and by the quarter hour mark Kevin Morrow had doubled the home advantage. Morrow added a third, and his second, early in the second half and substitute Stephen Byrne completed the 4-0 win in the 86th minute leaving the Vics still looking for their first points five games into the new season.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY retained their 100% start to the season with their fifth straight win, extending their lead at the top of the table to four points at the same time. It was neighbours TEVERSAL who this time failed to stop the table toppers who went in front through Gareth Curtis in the seventh minute. The game still appeared to be evenly balanced until Ethan Wiesztort hit their second goal in the 73rd minute. A Daniel Fullwood penalty three minutes from the end of the 90 looked like turning the game into a grandstand finish, but it was Lewis Weaver who completed a 3-1 home win by rattling the ball home in the second minute of time added on. This was another game which drew a magnificent Holiday crowd of 161.
After winning their first two games and sitting proudly at the top of the table BARROW are finding it tough going just now and slipped to their third successive defeat away to local rivals and neighbours INGLES. Sean Woolley put Ingles in front a quarter of an hour in only for Brandon Hands to level on the half hour mark to put the Riversiders back into the contest. Just before half time though Kyle Fowkes fired Ingles ahead for the second time in the game and they confirmed their grip on the points with a third goal through Calum Wilkinson twelve minutes from the end.
The local Trentside derby in Nottingham saw WEST BRIDGFORD emerge as winners from their visit to CLIFTON ALL WHITES by the odd goal of three. The were two goals to the good inside the first half
hour through Jordan Wheatley and Ryan Whitehurst. Ben Clark scored for Clifton with twenty minutes left but it was not enough to save the game for them.