AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON MIDWEEK ACTION TO 19th September
The hoped-for increase in clubs from our league in the competition proper of the Buildbase FA Vase did not materialise when both of our clubs, facing home replays, duly made their respective exits from the competition. GEDLING MINERS WELFARE, who came so close to making it in the first tie at Mill Lane on Saturday, found progress hard against top Central Midlands League side Clay Cross Town who raced in to a two goal lead inside the first half hour thanks to goals from Kieran Ordidge and Grant Mitchell. It got worse for the Miners when Felix Hogg was red carded two minutes before the break, but a Jamie Spiers goal four minutes into the second half got them back into the game. The Millers reopened a three goal gap on 54 minutes when Josh Parfitt scored and the best Gedling could offer was a 75th minute Courtney Hastings goal which cut the score to 3-2. They were, however, unable to save the game. INGLES came even closer. Sean Woolley broke the deadlock with a goal on 47 minutes after the first half had finished goal-less. And it looked like being the winner until Tom Smith levelled for unbeaten United Counties League leaders Loughborough University with two minutes of the game left. A penalty from Will Dawes in the dying embers of extra time put the Students through. In league matters, a hat-trick from Sean Green retained DUNKIRK’s unbeaten start to the season and left BORROWASH VICTORIA still looking for their first points. Green struck twice in the first half, although Charlie Goodwin did level things up again within two minutes of Green’s opener. He put the finishing touches to a 3-1 win on 64 minutes. HEANOR TOWN also retained their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-1 home win over KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE. Goals from Jamie Sleigh on three minutes and Jonathan Jebbison ten minutes later saw the Lions take early charge. Former Kimberley man Jebbison added his second and Heanor’s third in first half stoppage time. Kimberley had some good spells in the second half but could not break down a stubborn Heanor defence. George Caudwell pulled a goal back on 71 minutes but Jamie Sleigh finished off the scoring with two minutes left.