AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Saturday 25th January
WEST BRIDGFORD remain the only side in the league unbeaten at home following their 2-0 success against CLIPSTONE. Elliot King on 55 minutes and Ryan Wheatley ten minutes later gave them the points.
RAINWORTH MINERS WELFARE continued their improved form with a 2-0 success at INGLES with new signing Nathan Benger from Central Midlands League side Pinxton opening the scoring on 66 minutes. Charlie Hardwick made sure of the points with a second goal five minutes from the end.
Escape of the day fell to HEANOR TOWN who found themselves trailing at the break to fellow title challengers DUNKIRK. The Boatmen had broken the deadlock through Michael Fitzhugh in the 44th minute and in first half stoppage time Jordan Alls added a second. Kieran Debrouwer got one back just before the hour but it
was then left to a penalty five minutes into stoppage time from cucumber cool Jamie Sleigh to save the Lions a point.
HUCKNALL TOWN hoisted themselves into third place with a 5-2 win over TEVERSAL with Matt Brian claiming a brace. Other scorers were Adam Nelson, Jamie Crawford and Michael Bannister, with Kurtis Bamford levelling after 34minutes and Phil Griffiths levelling for the second time ten minutes later. But after Adam Colton was sent off five minutes into the second half things started to turn against Tevie and they crumbled.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY hit fourth spot but had to fight hard in a seven goal thriller to finally overcome KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE. Gareth Curtis claimed the only hat-trick of the day putting the home side two up after Jamie York had given them a 15th minute lead. Daniel Hopkins pulled one back for Kimberley on 28 minutes but Curtis made them pay for that with his side’s third goal before the interval. Jordan Lambert brought the score back to 3-2 on 55 minutes and then the crowd had to wait until the very end for further action. Curtis claimed his hat-trick on 86 minutes and Bijan Pakrouz still had time to leave just one goal between the teams at the final whistle.
Leaders EASTWOOD COMMUNITY had to settle for a point from their visit to GRAHAM STREET PRIMS. Ben Gowing put the Red Badgers ahead two minutes before half time, but Lee Fell rescued a point for Prims with an equaliser on the hour.
GEDLING MINERS WELFARE consolidated their place in the top six with a 3-0 home win over CLIFTON ALL WHITES but they had to wait until the second half to come up with the goods. Felix Fogg breaking the deadlock two minutes into the second half and Courtney Hastings on 64 and Curtis Millward on 88 making sure of the points.
BARROW TOWN had the day’s best win hitting six without replay on their trip to struggling SHIREBROOK TOWN. Harry Dunn started the net bulging with an eighth minute spot kick and claiming a second before the interval. Other scorers were Sam Moore, Dominic Watts, Ryan Foster and a Frankie Kuncyusz own goal.