AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Saturday 9th November
Four of the nine league games were lost to the weather, and considering that the East Midlands and South Yorkshire took the brunt of the rains perhaps we should consider ourselves fortunate that five games were played. And the result of these five games ensured that the top three places in the league table all changed hands.
If my old memory serves me correctly I believe that today GEDLING MINERS WELFARE top the table for the first time during their membership of the League, and that came as a result of their 3-1 home win over BARROW TOWN. Not to be outdone by other statistics, Courtney Hastings bagged two of their goals, his first after just eight minutes and his second three minutes from the end, to leapfrog everyone else into pole position in the league goalscoring charts with 21 league goals for the season. Felix Hogg grabbed the other home goal whilst a Dwayne Brown own goal was the Riversiders contribution to the final score.
HUCKNALL TOWN went second with their best away win since joining the league, 7-1 at CLIPSTONE. Indeed, they were seven up before the Lido Ground team found the net in the 65th minute through Joshua Ing. Sam Sims started things off in the second minute; Joe Butler added a second two minutes later, and by the ninth minute mark Joe Ashurst had hit the first of his threesome. Ashurst got a second and Jamie Crawford joined the scorers before half time leading the former to complete his hat trick and Matty Brian to score the last in the 57th minute. Wonder why everyone gave up scoring in the last 25 minutes?
Ellis Evans got DUNKIRK in the right mood with a second minute goal at SHIREBROOK TOWN and a brace from Tyrell Shannon-Lewis and one from Jordan Alls ensured that the Boatmen ended the week-end in third place in the table.
After an excellent run of results which had many sitting up and taking notice, WEST BRIDGFORD seem to have fallen from grace following their exit from the FA Vase last week end. Their visit to rapidly improving RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE saw the home side claim all three points as a result of goals from Adeleye Blessing on 15 minutes and Aiden Harris six minutes into the second half.
The only other game played saw RADFORD and KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE have to settle for a point each from a goal-less draw at Selhurst Street.