AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Saturday 11th January
Whilst all the other leading title contenders were dropping points around them EASTWOOD COMMUNITY took the opportunity to extend their lead to five points with a 2-0 win at INGLES. Two goals in five minutes midway through the first half from Kieran Knight and Jared Holmes doing the damage.
HEANOR TOWN lost a league game for the first time in 24 outings when SHERWOOD COLLIERY beat them 4-2 on the Town Ground. Jonathan Jebbison gave the Lions an early lead soon cancelled out by goals from Gareth Curtis and Carter Widdowson. Curtis went on to complete a second half hat trick whilst Jebbison grabbed his second of the game and was then sent off.
HUCKNALL TOWN suffered a surprise second home defeat of the season when second half goals from Ryan Smith on 49 minutes and Conor Moore ten minutes from the end earned all three points for RADFORD who moved into the top six as a result of this win.
Lewis Weaver earned RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE a point with a goal five minutes from time thus denying visiting DUNKIRK all three points which they had held in their grasp thanks to Jordan Alls’ 41st minute goal.
TEVERSAL couldn’t match their midweek victory at Kimberley Miners Welfare when they entertained neighbours CLIPSTONE. Jack Warwick gave the visitors the lead in the second minute and a second goal from Jack Lowe five minutes from the end confirmed the visitors as winners.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS had to work hard for the points against struggling SHIREBROOK TOWN who took the lead through a Robbie Savage goal on 17 minutes. Now where have I heard that name before? Adam Morley levelled seven minutes before the break and they had to wait until 16 minutes from the end for Oliver Ball to notch their winner.
The other three games all ended with the points being shared, although in the case of KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE this was hardly surprising as they have achieve this result in half of their fixtures so far this season. Today’s tenth draw of the season came from their visit to CLIFTON ALL WHITES. Jevin Seaton gave the Whites the lead midway through the first half and Sam Parker’s goal on the hour ensured the points were shared.
The same result saw the game at Regatta Way end in similar fashion. Visiting BELPER UNITED broke the deadlock with a Curtis Williamson goal on 78 minutes, but WEST BRIDGFORD levelled two minutes later through Jack Oldham. And this goal, coupled with Heanor’s defeat ensured that the Rowers remain the only unbeaten team at home this season.
Finally, another splendid result for BORROWASH VICTORIA who brought a point back from their encounter at the Riverside with BARROW TOWN. They made a storming start to the game with goals from Connor Roberts on six minutes and Joel Isaac six minutes later. But two goals from Sam Richards in the early part of the second half saw the score end up tied at 2-2.