AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
RADFORD enjoyed another good win in front of their own supporters, but they had to wait until the very last minute to achieve it. Visitors INGLES went in front through Danny Tuck in the 12th minute and held that advantage until Conor Moore levelled on 36 minutes. Four minutes later the lead changed again when Simon Hore put Radford in front from the penalty spot. Parity was restored 16 minutes later through Sean Woolley and it looked like the game was heading for a draw until the last minute when Ryan Smith’s goal kept the points in Nottingham.
RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE became draw specialists when they drew for the third time this season holding HUCKNALL TOWN to a 0-0 draw at Kirklington Road. But the game drew the biggest attendance of the day of 136.
It was, perhaps, somewhat predictable, that with both sides looking for their first wins of the season the game between KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE and BELPER UNITED should end with the points being shared. James Rushby had put United in front four minutes into the second half from the penalty spot, but Jordan Lambert levelled just after the hour.
Biggest winners of the day were HEANOR TOWN who scored five times without reply to send CLIPSTONE home pointless. Jamie Sleigh led the way with his first hat-trick of the season, completed in just thirteen minutes with his last goal coming via the penalty spot. James Ozmen with a goal four minutes before the break and Jordan Ball were the other scorers.
BORROWASH VICTORIA slumped to their sixth success defeat as they prop up the table, but they made visiting EASTWOOD COMMUNITY work hard for the points after taking an eleventh minute lead through Gavin McCready. The Red Badgers leading scorer Paddy Webb levelled in the 49th minute and Jack James got their winner midway through the second period.
It was a similar tale at GEDLING MINERS WELFARE who also had to come from behind to take the points. Kieran Darby had given visiting SHIREBROOK TOWN the best possible start with a goal after just eight minutes. It took just another nine minutes for Courtney Hastings to grab the leveller and the same player ensured the points stayed at home with a 78th minute winner.
Unbeaten DUNKIRK moved into second place thanks to a 3-0 win at TEVERSAL where Tyrell Shannon-Lewis was on target twice, in the seventh and 78th minutes. Sean Green got their third goal six minutes into the second half.
Perhaps the most thrilling game of the day was down by Trentside where WEST BRIDGFORD and league leaders SHERWOOD COLLIERY shared six goals – the first points dropped this season by the visitors. Liam Theakstone put the Colliers ahead just eight minutes in, but Tim Hopkinson, scored the first of his three goals on the stroke of half time from the penalty spot. Jamie York restored the visitors advantage on 73 minutes, but just two minutes later West Bridgford were awarded a second penalty and Hopkinson obliged once again levelling things up for a second time. Ethan Wiesztort thought his 83rd minute goal had given Sherwood their sixth league win, but once again the lead lasted just two minutes before Hopkinson completed his threesome, this time without the aid of the penalty spot.
The fastest penalty of the day, and indeed the fastest goal, goes down to Michael Fitzahugh in just two minutes which put GRAHAM STREET PRIMS on the way to a 4-1 home win over BARROW TOWN. Two goals from Stephen Byrne gave the home side a three goal advantage by the 24th minute and virtually ensured a home win would result. Sam Kee pulled one back just before the break for Barrow, but Kevin Morrow netted again for the home side in the 55th minute.