AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
The three midweek League games saw movement up the table for the respective winners, the biggest of which was claimed by HEANOR TOWN following the Lions 3 - 1 win at CLIFTON ALL WHITES which moved them into second place on goal difference but with games in hand. The game was strange in as much as all the four goals came in the opening 29 minutes with Jamie Sleigh claiming two and Sam Birks the other as Heanor went three up inside 26 minutes. Ben Clark pulled one back before the half hour mark to end the scoring.
The top-of-the-table clash at Lenton Lane saw DUNKIRK run out winners by the odd goal of five and thus leapfrog GEDLING MINERS WELFARE into fifth place in the table. Like Heanor, the Boatmen got off to a good start with Mason Frizelle and Lee Day putting them two goals up inside the first eleven minutes. Chris Roberts pulled one back for the Miners just before the break and Curtis Millward restored parity to the occasion on 73 minutes. But within four minutes Sasha Markelic had restored home advantage and that was how it stayed.
HUCKNALL TOWN moved up to seventh with a 2-1 win at BELPER UNITED. Joe Ashurst broke the deadlock five minutes before the break only for Curtis Williamson to level things up two minutes after the restart. Like most equalisation schemes, things didn’t stay that way for long as Adam Nelson’s 50th minute goal gave the visitors all the points.
In the last remaining First Round tie in the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup, TEVERSAL had a convincing win at Central Midlands League Premier South side Blidworth Welfare by 4-0. All the goals came in the second half with Joel Smith opening the scoring moments after the restart. Further goals came from Dan Fuller, Glen Fidler and Jordan Black.