AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
SHERWOOD COLLIERY look to be strong contenders for honours having closed the gap on leaders Eastwood Community to one point with three games in hand following their narrow home win over CLIFTON ALL WHITES. Gareth Curtis put them on the way with a goal two minutes before the break and Jamie York doubled their lead on 63 minutes. Kimani Wilson got a consolation for the visitors in stoppage time.
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY meanwhile dropped two points at RADFORD where the teams shared the spoils. Robbie Manners gave the Pheasants a 21st minute lead but David Leak equalised for the Red Badgers on the stroke of half time.
After going most of the first half of the season undefeated HEANOR TOWN are now dropping points like they are going out of fashion. Their latest failure was in a home goal-less draw with basement side BORROWASH VICTORIA.
With Dunkirk out of action HUCKNALL TOWN also took advantage to close the gap at the top by thumping KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE 4-0 at Watnall Road. They were helped in this respect by a Joe Butler hat-trick which included two penalties after Adam Nelson had given them a second minute lead.
BELPER UNITED came back from a goal down to struggling SHIREBROOK TOWN to lift them to a higher placing in the table. The game had remained goal less until Craig Purcell put the visitors ahead in the 63rd minute. Ryan Baker levelled with twelve minutes to go and Ashley Whitt pounced for the winner with just two minutes left.
CLIPSTONE also moved a notch or two up the table with an excellent 3-1 home win over a GEDLING MINERS WELFARE side who, like title rivals Heanor, appear to have hit a spell of indifferent form. Jack Warwick was the hero setting the Lido Ground alight with the day’s second hat trick. He fired Clipstone ahead on 35 minutes and second half goals on 56 and 58 completed his threesome. Paulo Piliero got a consolation goal for Gedling with nine minutes remaining.
The lowest crowd of this February of just 36 spectators saw WEST BRIDGFORD notch up a 2-0 over Leicestershire & Rutland FA Jelson Holmes Senior Cup finalists INGLES. Elliot King started the ball rolling by breaking the deadlock half an hour in and the win was completed by a Ryan Whitehurst penalty five minutes from the end.
TEVERSAL’s season seems destined not to improve too much and they suffered their sixth home defeat of the season when GRAHAM STREET PRIMS returned to Derby with all three points from a 4-1 win. This despite Jordan Black putting Tevie in front after just eleven minutes. Dominic Wilkinson levelled on 28 to send the teams in at the break with nothing between them. Then two Kivin Morrow goals in seven minutes as the game ran into its final quarter put Prims on top and they scored a fourth goal through substitute Bradley Scard as the game ran into stoppage time.