AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON 4th/5th February The line-up for the semi-finals of the Jenkins & Jenkins sponsored League Cup moved forward this week with Belper United and West Bridgford joining Barrow Town in the semi-finals and we await the outcome of Rainworth MW v Ingles game next week.
BELPER UNITED came from behind to make sure of their progress with two late goals to pip KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE 3-1 at Christchurch Meadows. Jordan Smith had rifled Kimberley in front on 22 minutes but Jim Rushby levelled things up again on the stroke of half time. Josh Wright put United in front for the first time with twelve minutes remaining and Sam Vickers made Belper’s progress secure with a third goal three minutes from the end.
WEST BRIDGFORD booked their place with a win over CLIFTON ALL WHITES by the same score. Elliot King put the home side ahead midway through the first half and Josh Rae added to it with a second goal five minutes before the break. Ryan Smith got one back on 55 minutes but the home side reopened their two-goal advantage with a third goal from the much-travelled Lee Stevenson on the hour.
Two interesting league games took place as the top of the table starts to get very tight indeed. SHERWOOD COLLIERY regained second place by leapfrogging DUNKIRK whom they beat 2-1 after coming from behind. Tyrell Shannon-Lewis put the Boatmen in front with a tenth minute penalty but Liam Theakstone on 25 minutes and Gareth Curtis ten minutes later put Sherwood on top with neither side able to find the net in the second half.
Two first half goals from Jamie Sleigh put HEANOR TOWN on the road to success against RADFORD at the Town Ground. It was a game which put the Lions back with the leading pack again as they picked up only their third win in seven games. Sherwood and Heanor have now significantly nibbled away at leaders Eastwood Community’s runaway lead. Congratulations to INGLES on reaching the final of the Leicestershire & Rutland Jelson Holmes Senior Cup with a 2-0 win over Allexton & New Parks. Kyle Fowkes being amongst the goal scorers.