AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
5th October 2019
Today’s eight league matches brought a feast of 38 goals with just one settled by a single goal margin. That was at INGLES where they suffered a second successive defeat, this time at home in the hands of WEST BRIDGFORD who took home the points thanks to Thomas Batterham’s 85th minute winner.
There was away-day joy too for BELPER UNITED, and here too a late winner. Aaron Williamson gave SHIREBROOK TOWN an early lead but Adam Dring levelled for the visitors two minutes into the 2nd half which appeared to be it. Then James Rushby struck for United in added time to spring them the points.
BARROW TOWN’s winning ways continued with a 2-1 home over RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE. Sam Richards got the Riversiders off to a perfect start on 13 minutes only for Declan Brewin to level five minutes before the break. Ashley Way put Barrow back on top before the interval though and there was no further scoring in the second half.
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY hit the top of the table thanks to a 6-3 home win over a RADFORD side who have now leaked eleven goals in their last two games. Ben Gowing, Kieran Knight and League leading scorer Paddy Webb all recorded a brace of goals, as did Ryan Smith for the Pheasants, whose other scorer was Paul Durham.
DUNKIRK remain second despite not playing, and the KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE versus HUCKNALL TOWN game was a victim of the week’s monsoon rains.
Thus, HEANOR TOWN claimed third spot with a 5-1 win at BORROWASH VICTORIA, a game which gives the home side an unwanted record of ten successive defeats. Tristin Matthews got his first hat-trick for the club, his threesome coming from an 87th minute penalty, with Jesse Vowles and Jordan Ball adding the other goals. Jordan McCourt got a consolation goal for the Vics in stoppage time.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY kept up their title challenge with a 4-1 win at CLIFTON ALL WHITES Gareth Curtis put them into a first minute lead which Kyle Stovell equalised in the 65th minute. Then Curtis completed his hat-trick with further goals in the 58th and 80th minutes and Lewis Weaver brought up the final score from the penalty spot.
There was a hectic last few minutes at GEDLING MINERS WELFARE. Courtney Hastings had scored the only goal of the first half on 38 minutes, but CLIPSTONE roared back with two goals in a minute on 79 and 80 through Sheldon McDonald and Josh Pickering. Not to be outdone, the Miners scored twice in two minutes right at the death through Aaron Large and a second from Hastings to win the game.
Lee Fell grabbed a brace, his second coming from the penalty spot, to set up a home 5-1 win for GRAHAM STREET PRIMS over TEVERSAL. Stephen Byrne and George Lynam scored as well with the first for his new club for Alex Brown following his transfer from Heanor Town. Joseph Fox got what turned out to be only a consolation goal for the Tevie just before the hour.