AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Saturday 14th December
SHERWOOD COLLIERY moved back into the title race by beating league leaders EASTWOOD COMMUNITY at Debdale Park 2-0. Jamie York gave the Colliers a 16th minute start and Ewan Robson made victory safe with a second goal midway through the second half.
HUCKNALL TOWN took advantage of Heanor Town being out of action again to move into second spot with a 3-0 win over bottom rungers BORROWASH VICTORIA at Watnall Road. But perhaps this was not as easy as the score would suggest. Matty Brian put Town ahead on 18 minutes and they they had to wait until seven minutes from the end for Joe Butler to grab a second leaving Joe Ashurst to make the game safe in the last minute.
DUNKIRK also lost ground when they fell to their first home defeat of the season by the narrowest of scorelines to GRAHAM STREET PRIMS. Stephen Byrne scored the only goal of the game as early as the 17th minute.
Goalless draws in the East Midlands Counties League are as rare as hens teeth, but RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE and CLIFTON ALL WHITES managed it thus at Kirklington Road this afternoon.
WEST BRIDGFORD had to come from two goals down to preserve their unbeaten home record after visitors KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE had taken what looked to be a winning lead through two Jordan Smith goals scored on 31 and 75 minutes. Joshua Rae pulled one back on 78 and Ben Clark grabbed the leveller with five minutes to go.
CLIPSTONE recorded a welcome win, only their second one at home this season, when they sent Leicestershire visitors BARROW TOWN back home pointless following their 2-1 success. Jack Siddall gave the team from the Lido Ground the lead five minutes before the break, but Aaron Ridout restored parity eleven minutes into the second period. Clipstone’s welcome winner came via Josh
Pickering three minutes after the hour mark.
Only leaders Eastwood Community have won more home games this season than RADFORD, and the Pheasants recorded their eighth success on home soil when they saw off the challenge of BELPER UNITED. Joe Nice and Ryan Smith, either side of half time, got the home side off to a good start before Ryan Baker halved the lead on the hour. A second from Ryan Smith saw Radford retain the three points.