AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON Saturday 14th March Jamie Sleigh’s second hat trick of the week sent out a clear message to all the pretenders to the title that HEANOR TOWN are on their heels as the Lions inflicted INGLES’ biggest home defeat in their East Midlands Counties League history. Max Thornberry, Jordan Ball and two in a minute from Kyle Daley completed Heanor’s 7-0 demolition job leaving them two points behind leaders SHERWOOD COLLIERY with a game in hand.
The Colliers meanwhile were chalking up their twentieth win of the season at GEDLING MINERS WELFARE to continue to head the pack. But they had to wait until nine minutes from the end for Keenan Leeds’ winner. Liam Theakstone had put them in front as early as the sixth minute but Tony Law levelled on 27 minutes and for a long time it looked like the Welfare would halt their losing streak.
DUNKIRK came from behind to stay in contention with a 2-1 win at KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE for whom Ben Upton gave them a 37th minute lead. Jonathan Jebbison levelled on the stroke of half time and Mark Green got their 65th minute winner.
Completing the top four teams all winning away from home were EASTWOOD COMMUNITY who also came from behind to win at SHIREBROOK TOWN 3-1. Kurtis Morley had put the home side in front on eleven minutes and Carl Westcarr levelled on 28. Eastwood got off to the best possible start to the second half with a quick goal from Ben Gowing and Kieran Watson made sure of the points in the 57th minute.
HUCKNALL TOWN dropped another point in their attempts to breach the top four and WEST BRIDGFORD took the opportunity to move into the top six as the two met at Regatta Way and ended up sharing the spoils and four goals. Liam Hearn raised first blood for the visitors on 13 minutes; Ryan Whitehurst levelled on 36 and stalemate ensued until five minutes from the end when Elliot King put the home side in front for the first time. Jamie Crawford had the last say with an 88th minute leveller for Town. BORROWASH VICTORIA narrowed the gap between them and the relegation haunted pair of Shirebrook Town and TEVERSAL when they breached the Tevie armoury with a 2-0 score to record their second home victory of the season. Connor Roberts on the hour and Jordan Saunders in the last minute did the honours for them. Oliver Grimshaw’s own goal and Aiden Harris’s 50th minute penalty helped RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE inflict on GRAHAM STREET PRIMS only their second home defeat of the season. Elliott Jones and Steve Bonel scored their other goals in the 4-1 win with Jake Dickinson getting the Prims consolation goal half an hour in. In the other game played CLIFTON ALL WHITES took the points with a 90th minute winner from Ryan Smith on their visit to BELPER UNITED with the only goal of a dour encounter.