AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Midweek 17/18 December
It appears to have been a busy week for DUNKIRK who returned into contention in the League following a 1-0 win at CLIFTON ALL WHITES on Tuesday given to them by a 50th minute Greg Tobin goal.
Twenty-four hours later AFC Dunkirk were action to entertain EASTWOOD COMMUNITY at Lenton Lane in the Third Round of the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup. Goals from Matt Antcliffe on 46 minutes, a hat-trick from Ben Gowing on nine, 26 and 71 and a Paddy Webb goal on 65 gave the visitors a 5-1 victory.
HEANOR TOWN returned to the top of the table on goal difference after beating BELPER UNITED 6-0 on a soggy Town Ground. Referee Rob Rees did not give the game the go ahead until 6.55pm and on an evening of rain throughout and a bitter cold wind the players of both sides deserve great credit for providing an entertaining spectacle. Two goals in a minute from Kyle Daley and Jamie Sleigh inside the first twenty minutes put Heanor on top as they battled against the conditions. Belper found the conditions a bit too much in the second half and Sleigh completed his hat-trick with Kieran Debrouwer and Jordan Ball adding further goals as the Lions gained revenge for their League Cup defeat by United and also completed their first double of the season.
WEST BRIDGFORD fought out an entertaining Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup game against Midland League visitors Newark Flowserve before bowing out in a nine goal thriller. Goals from Ben Clarke and Ellis Williamson had the Rowers on top. Hutchinson and Dixon levelled before the break. Hutchinson’s second of the game put Flowserve in front. Williamson’s second and one from Tim Hopkinson changed the lead around, only for Miller on 82 and Smith on 89 to give Flowserve a 5-4 victory.
The League will still have a representative in the next round of the competition as TEVERSAL won an all East Midlands Counties League encounter against RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE at the SR Timber Arena thanks to an 89th minute winner from Aaron Pride. Kurt Bamford had put the Tevie Boys in front as early as the 16th minute and they held that lead until Kieran Darby popped in the leveller for the Wrens with just five minutes left.
Wrens Secretary Les Lees and his Tevie counterpart Kev Newton assisted and oversaw the draw for the Quarter Finals of the Jenkins & Jenkins League Cup which resulted as follows:-
Belper United v Kimberley Miners Welfare
Borrowash Victoria or West Bridgford v Clifton All Whites
Rainworth Miners Welfare v Graham Street Prims or Ingles
Barrow Town v Sherwood Colliery
Ties to be played in midweek during January/February 2020