AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
The battle of the bottom two brought a first, and welcome, victory of the season for KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE, but left BORROWASH VICTORIA still searching for their first points of the season. A second half hat-trick, the only one of the day, in nine minutes by Jordan Smith did the trick for the Brewers.
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY remain top of the pile after beating visiting TEVERSAL 4-0. Lewis Anthony gave them an early eighth minute lead and they then had to wait until the second half for Ben Gowing, Kieran Knight and Kyle Wrenn to bring up the final scoreline. This on a weekend when more than 900 spectators flocked to East Midlands Counties League games with the Coronation Park total of 112 contributing very nicely.
Further examples reflecting the need for a local competition like this and proving the FA wrong in their decision to scrap it at the end of the season, were the 232 who saw GEDLING MINERS WELFARE and HUCKNALL TOWN battle out a 1-1 draw and the 211 who saw SHIREBROOK TOWN lose 1-6 to SHERWOOD COLLIERY.
At Gedling, Aaron Short gave visiting Hucknall the lead two minutes into the second half with Felix Hogg levelling ten minutes from the end.
Over at Shirebrook Jack Jepson gave Sherwood a first minute lead, and although James Matthews levelled on 18 minutes parity lasted only two minutes before Jamie York put the visitors back in front. Jepson’s second goal of the game gave Sherwood a 3-1 advantage at the break and Gavin King, Klarke Greenham and Carter Widdowson scored the goals in the second have which brought Sherwood back to winning ways after their midweek blip.
Ryan Whitehurst’s 18th minute goal gave WEST BRIDGFORD all three points on their visit to GRAHAM STREET PRIMS, at the same time inflicting Prims first home defeat of the season.
The weekend got off to a good start for BELPER UNITED who scraped the points at home to CLIPSTONE thanks to Sam Ridgard’s 65th minute strike. The win lifts United into the top half of the table.
RADFORD moved back into second place but they had to work hard to beat a RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE side who have run into some good form of late. Ravarn Antonio Jackson put the Pheasants ahead on 14 minutes with Lewis Weaver levelling on 38. Ryan Smith got the home winner five minutes from the end.
HEANOR TOWN were forced to play the entire second half of their game at BARROW TOWN with ten men to retain their unbeaten record. A Jake Carlisle own goal after three minutes put the home side in front until the same player cancelled out his misfortune 1 minute later at the other end. James Ozmen put the visitors in front seven minutes later to give the Lions a great start, and a further own goal from Barrow keeper Andy Simpson on 32 minutes gave the Lions a two goal cushion. A Henry Dunn penalty, six minutes later, brought the score difference back to one at 2-3. Tristan Matthews was then sent off for a reckless challenge leaving the Lions to defend their advantage in order to bring home the spoils.