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By David Holland

28th September 2019

28th September 2019
There was late drama at Debdale Park where SHERWOOD COLLIERY lost their unbeaten start to the season to a GEDLING MINERS WELFARE side who have shown inconsistent form so far this campaign. The have though, in Courtney Hastings, a goalscorer supreme, enhanced by his third hat-trick of the season in this game. He got the only goal of the first half after fifteen minutes. Charlie Taylor levelled for the home side five minutes into the second half only for Hastings to strike again just five minutes later from the penalty spot. Sherwood thought they had salvaged their unbeaten record when Liam Theakstone restored parity a minute into stoppage time. But enter Hastings again two minutes later to pinch the points.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS’ excellent start to the season also came a cropper at RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE who have hit a glittering ray of form recently. Declan Brown got both of their goals in a 2-1 win, the first on 42 and the second on 88 before Adam Morley pulled one back in stoppage time. This after Prims had played the last 40 minutes a man short after Bradley Scard’s red card.
CLIFTON ALL WHITES broke some sort of unwanted record in their 5-0 blasting of BELPER UNITED – they recorded the lowest attendance in the League since the departure of the now defunct Greenwood Meadows, of just ten spectators. Jevin Seaton set the ball rolling with the only first half goal on 22 minutes, Jurgan Charlesworth, a brace from Corbi Brown and a late fifth from Kyle Stovell brought up the five.
DUNKIRK remain top but the Boatmen had to come from behind to beat KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE at Lenton Lane. Robbie McNicholas and Callum Smith had given the visitors a two goal lead inside the first five minutes. Tyrell Shannon-Lewis pulled one back on 16, but they had to wait until the second half for goals from Jordan Alls and Lewis Wilcox to give them the points.
Not for the first time this season EASTWOOD COMMUNITY drew the League’s biggest gate of 161, who saw them overcome SHIREBROOK TOWN 5-2 bringing their tally of goals to 13 for the week. Once again Paddy Webb led the riot with a brace supported by Ben Gowing, Kieran Knight and an own goal. Carter Widdowson, who scored at both ends, and William Dodds had both scored for the visitors inside the first twenty minutes.
First half goals from Tom Hubbard and Joe Ashurst saw HUCKNALL TOWN return to winning ways with a 2-0 win over WEST BRIDGFORD at Watnall Road.
What happened to League leaders RADFORD though? They never recovered from Sam Kee on eleven minutes and Alex Rose nine minutes later putting visiting BARROW TOWN on top. Dan Jelly got a third just before half time and further goals from Sam Richards on the hour and Harry Allcock right at the very end gave the Riversiders a very welcome if somewhat surprising 5-0 win.
Battling INGLES almost stopped HEANOR TOWN in their tracks at a windswept Town Ground in a game watched by the Lions lowest crowd for a league game for some considerable time of just 73. Nick Hall’s header gave Heanor a 24th minute lead but some splendid football led to Kyle Fowkes restoring parity four minutes later. Jamie Sleigh provided the pass for Tristram Matthews to restore home advantage two minutes before the break, but eight minutes into the second half Chris Sykes levelled things up for a second time and for a spell the visitors looked like they might go on to win it, But Heanor had the better of the late exchanges and Jamie Sleigh’s 73 minute spot kick gave the Lions their 17th win from their last 18 unbeaten league games. Heanor are now the League’s only unbeaten side.

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