AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON Midweek to 23rd September 2019
Five games beat the monsoon mid-week conditions with the League Cup First Round tie on the all-weather surface at EASTWOOD COMMUNITY leading the way with a barrow load of goals. On a saturated pitch things started early with the League’s leading goalscorer Paddy Webb putting Community into a fourth minute lead and followed six minutes later by Kieran Knight doubling the advantage. Both players were to go on to complete their hat-tricks in the second half, but not before Joshua Radford’s double in the 14th and 19th minutes had brought visitors TEVERSAL level and back into contention. Both Webb and Knight notched their second goals of the game in the early minutes of the second half to take the game away from The Tevie Boys once again. And this was followed by Callum McGarry helping himself to a brace for the home side around the hour mark. Knight on 77 minutes, and Webb on 87 completed their hat tricks as Eastwood went on to win 8-3. In the League, RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE had the best win of the mid-week with a 4-1 success over GEDLING MINERS WELFARE, but they too had to wait until the second half to make it convincing. Callum Lytham had put them into a fourth minute lead; Aaron Large had levelled twenty minutes later. Substitute Callum Pursglove on 65 minutes and Adeleye Blessing opened up a good lead for the home side and Stever Radzynski rounded things off with a fourth goal three minutes from the end. Ten men RADFORD, who had Scott Litchfield sent off inside the first half hour, eased past visiting CLIFTON ALL WHITES thanks to goals from Simon Hore on 35 minutes and substitute Ryan Smith five minutes from the end. Chadley Timson got a late consolation for Clifton. Matt Brian in the first half and Kimini Wilson ten minutes from the end put HUCKNALL TOWN back on the winning trail once again with a 2-0 win over INGLES at Watnall Road, whilst SHIREBROOK TOWN and WEST BRIDGFORD shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, each scoring second half goals. Carter Widdowson struck first for Shirebrook five minutes into the second half and Tim Hopkinson levelled on 67 minutes and parity remained until the end.