AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Saturday 28 December
Whether it’s hailing the Advent of Christmas or slating the weather there is always something to hail at this time of the year. Turn now to hail BORROWASH VICTORIA who won their first game of the season with a 4-0 home victory over INGLES thanks to a hat trick from Joel Isaac and one from Jordan Sanders. Back in the black points wide Vics will hope this is the turning point of their season.
The top-of-the-table clash at Plains Road attracted a bumper crowd of 251 and they were not disappointed as GEDLING MINERS WELFARE fought back from 3-0 down at the break to share the spoils and almost break HEANOR TOWN’s unbeaten start to the season. Jamie Sleigh, heading home the rebound from a penalty brilliantly saved by Keaton Sharpe, on 19 minutes; Jordan Ball’s 25-yard bullet into the top corner five minutes later and a Kyle Daley finish three minutes before the break gave the Lions an interval lead their domination deserved. But if the first half belonged to Heanor the second was entirely Gedling. Keiran Harrison’s two distant free kicks brilliantly struck on 61 and 77 minutes ended when Paulo Piliero scored in an 85th minute goalmouth scramble to give the Miners a deserved share of the spoils. Great entertainment for the crowd though.
Thus EASTWOOD COMMUNITY took advantage of Hucknall Town’s postponement to take over at the top after eclipsing CLIPSTONE 6-0 at Coronation Park in front of another excellent crowd of 188. Wayde Hines, two from Kieran Knight and the all-to-familiar hat trick from Paddy Webb were the home scorers.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY also moved back into the top four with a 2-1 win at RADFORD. Gareth Curtis gave them an eleventh minute lead levelled by Ryan Smith on 26. Liam Theakstone grabbed their 68th minute winner.
And completing the top five are DUNKIRK who won by the same score at BARROW TOWN but they had to wait until four minutes into stoppage time for Tyrell Shannon-Lewis to bag their winner. He had put the Boatmen into a 35th minute lead only for Theo Sjoberg to restore parity eight minutes into the second half.
The day’s highest scorers on a day when the 16 clubs scored 45 times between them, were CLIFTON ALL WHITES who came back from Cameron Pinnick’s second minute opener for visitors TEVERSAL to win 8-3. Jacob Brandon and Jack Reid had turned the deficit around by the seventh minute and two goals from Kyle Stovell and one from Jevin Seaton gave them a healthy half time advantage broken only by Joshua Barker on the half hour. Stovell completed his hat trick in the second half and further goals from Sam Leggitt and Kimari Wilson brought up the eight with a late Glen Fidler goal rounding this off for Teversal.
BELPER UNITED welcomed back Sam Vickers from injury and his 54th minute goal restored home advantage after Joe Naylor had levelled Josh Wright’s opener just a minute earlier for RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE. Wright went on to complete his hat trick in the second half to give United a 4-2 win.
KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE were also in the goals adding to the woes of SHIREBROOK TOWN with a 5-1 demolition job. Jordan Smith was the main destroyer with a hat trick and there was also goals for Joseph Welsh and Sam Parker. Kian Tansley got a consolation for Shirebrook.