AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC’s hopes of challenging leaders WEST BRIDGFORD for the title almost certainly evaporated as they were beaten 3-0 at home by BIRSTALL UNITED. Sam Moore did the damage for the visitors with a hat-trick, two of which came in the first half. And at the same time, GEDLING MINERS WELFARE confirmed that they would finish in the drop zone after losing at STAPENHILL as the home side were rampant in the first half with three goals in the first 31 minutes. Lewis Campbell helped himself to a brace and Jamie Disley the other, with Charlie Rumin scoring in the second half to make it 4-0. ARNOLD TOWN hammered bottom of the table ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED for a nap hand with Barry Payne claiming one of the day’s two hat-tricks. Here again the sting was in the early part of the game rather than in the tail as the Eagles were four up inside 25 minutes with Joe Butler opening the scoring in the first minute. Jack Allen got the other. Goals flew in all around the League with nine at AYLESTONE PARK where the home side edged out ANSTEY NOMADS by the odd one. Miles Sexton had put Nomads in front on 22 minutes, but by the interval Ryan Fraser, Mason Brown and Kieran Neat had put the Park on top. Brown added his second of the game and Sam Carline completed the home five whilst Sam Marshall, Darren Taylor and Mark Preston completed the Nomads four. Late goals from Ken Reeves and Jean-Ruben Desrosiers gave ten men RADFORD a 2-0 win at BARROW TOWN, and a Ryan Smith goal gave RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC a 2-1 win at BELPER UNITED. Sean Green had given Olympic an early lead but Liam Oliver had found a second half leveller for United before Smith struck. BLABY & WHETSTONE saw their recent good run come to an abrupt end as visiting ASHBY IVANHOE hit them for five. A Luke Thorogood brace and one from Josh Riley put the cup finalists three up at the break. Daniel Marriott got one back early in the second half and it looked like Blaby were going to make a fight of it. But late goals from Royce Turville and William Rooke put paid to that idea. Goals flew in at GRAHAM STREET PRIMS as well, but not enough to get the home side out of the drop zone. Bence Fargo put them ahead in six minutes, but Adam Hassall had levelled for KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE by the tenth. Tom Dale put the visitors in front but Jim Rushby dug out a 44th minute leveller to send the teams in all square at the break. Hassall though, completed a threesome with two late goals before Joe Turner made it 4-3 in the 87th minute. Prims couldn’t find another equaliser. DUNKIRK revisited the scene of their Jenkins & Jenkins League Cup semi final success of last Tuesday evening, and in a game of mixed fortunes couldn’t repeat the success. The 2-2 draw, however, did extend their unbeaten run to twenty games in all competitions. Mark Tinsley put HOLWELL SPORTS ahead then quick fire goals from Tim Berridge and Luke Smithson put the Boatmen on top. Ian Bitmead got a very late leveller for Sports.