Around the Counties By STAN WILTON

By Stevan Broadhurst

21-27 December 2011

It has been a good week for OADBY TOWN but one to forget for BARDON HILL. The Quarrymen lost two home matches. Goals at the end of each half by Danny Wilson and Jon Stevenson gave Oadby Town victory on 21st December and first half goals from Keiron Linnett (10 and 17 minutes) and second half strikes from Kris Stevenson on 65 and James Mee on 87 gave ST ANDREWS a 4-0 win there on Boxing Day. Oadby continued their success though with a 4-1 success at RADFORD with goals from Jake Duffy, James Gordon (2) and Jon Stevenson. Boxing Day won’t be remembered with much joy by ANSTEY NOMADS either. They lost their long unbeaten league run which had taken them to third place in the table to two first half Karin Ibrahim penalties which gave bottom club GREENWOOD MEADOWS a 2-0 win and their third away win of the campaign. THURNBY NIRVANA kept up their excellent recent form with a 2-1 win at BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC. Brett Marvin was responsible for giving them the points. He gave Thurnby a fifth minute lead, and after Leon Doughty had levelled twenty minutes later, Marvin was on target seven minutes from the end with the winner. RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC will perhaps look upon their Christmas Holiday fixture as the turning point of their season. Goals from Jack Smith, Ashley Whitt and a brace from leading goal getter Ryan Smith gave them a most acceptable 4-0 win at GRAHAM STREET PRIMS. It is a win which lifts the Torch Bearers well away from the relegation places and into the comfort zone. With HOLBROOK SPORTS game against BORROWASH VICTORIA being called off after a power failure to the ground, HEANOR TOWN took advantage to move seven points clear at the top thanks to a hard-earned win over a GEDLING MINERS WELFARE side visiting the Town Ground. For long periods of the game the visitors were confident with their blanket defence until Nathan Benger’s 26th goal of the season unlocked it six minutes before the break. Despite hitting the woodwork five times in the second half the Lions did not seal victory until the 72nd minute when full back Jason Foster scored direct from a corner. The highest scoring game of the Christmas Holiday took place at IBSTOCK UNITED’s Welfare Ground where then and visiting HOLWELL SPORTS shared six goals. Andrew Parry put the home side in front after 19 minutes, but Jamie Kirkby levelled four minutes later. Ben Smedley gave Holwell the lead for the first time in the 36th minute but Parry was on hand to square things up again two minutes before the interval. Ben Smedley@s second goal of the game five minutes after the break put Holwell in front again but Lee Chamberlain restored parity on the hour and neither side could match the scoring power of six goals in 60 minutes and the last half hour remained goal-less and the points were shared.

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