AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Saturday 18 th January
All the title contenders took advantage of HEANOR TOWN dropping their fifth pointin their last two games and seven out of their last possible 12 points by closing the gap making it tight at the top. Jamie Sleigh’s 26 th minute goal preserved the Lions
unbeaten away record but Jack Warwick’s 71 st minute leveller gained CLIPSTONE a point.
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY went six points clear at the top with their 12th home win of the season by 3-0 over bottom club BORROWASH VICTORIA. Kieran Knight’sdouble on 34 and 59 minutes paved the way for the points with Ben Gowing
adding the third on 71. HUCKNALL TOWN moved back into second place following their 4-0 home win over RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE. Jordan Phillips opened the scoring for them on 20 minutes and Aaron Short (26) and Matt Brian (41) gave them a comfortable
interval advantage added two by Sam Sims getting his name on the scoresheetwith four minutes to go.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY recorded their second big win of the month with a 2-0 success over a very good WEST BRIDGFORD side. The deadlock in this game was broken by Tim Gregory seven minutes before the break with Jamie York adding a second midway through the second half.
DUNKIRK continue to keep everyone on their toes and they recorded the day’s best
win with a 6-1 thrashing of TEVERSAL. Blair Anderson gave the Boatmen the best possible start with a goal in the first minute. Josh Madin levelled things up in the 25th minute from the penalty spot but the game changed dramatically in the second half started by an Aaron Pride own goal on 57 minutes and followed by goals from substitute Sam Ilesanmi on 67 and a hat-trick from Tyrell Shannon-Lewis between the 72 nd and 80 th minutes.
GEDLING MINERS WELFARE remain hard on the heels of all of them as they recorded a whopping 5-1 success away to struggling SHIREBROOK TOWN. Kieran Harrison after 10 minutes, Paulo Piliero on 31, Joe Meaking on 55, Courtney
Hastings on 63 and Charlie Roberts on 76 had all found the net before the aptly named Robbie Savage got the home side’s consolation eight minutes from the end.
GRAHAM STREET PRIMS recorded their third away win of the season with a 4-2 success at BARROW TOWN. Charlie Goodwin, with the day’s second hat-trick, was their hero for the ten-men Derby side who had gone in front from a storming start with two goals in the first five minutes from a George Lynam penalty and Goodwin’s first of the game. Henry Dunn’s penalty on 19 and Sam Moore ten minutes later had restored parity to the occasion by the break. Goodwin restored Prims advantage on 59 minutes before Josh Piggott was sent off five minutes later. But Goodwin completed his threesome with five minutes left and Prims came home
with the points.
BELPER UNITED and KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE shared a goal-less draw at Christ Church Meadows, and whilst this was United’s first home draw of the season it was the visitors seventh away from home and their eleventh of the season.