HEANOR TOWN remain seven points clear at the top of the table following a happy start to the New Year with a 3-1 win at HOLWELL SPORTS. But they had to come from behind to do it. Jamie Kirkby gave the hosts a lead in just four minutes but Ryan Cancellara’s brace put the Lions in front by the break. Substitute Jake Vernon made the points safe ten minutes from the end.
BORROWASH VICTORIA remain hard on their heels. After suffering a surprise home defeat last week they hit back to beat visiting RADFORD 2-0 with goals from Shane Newton after 15 minutes and Marc Finlay on 70.
The biggest crowd of the day, 204, saw OADBY TOWN and BARROW TOWN share the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Jermaine Gordon put the home side ahead after 32 minutes but Cameron Gray levelled after 64 and Barrow, who have lost only once on their travels this season, might have snatched it near the end.
BLACKWELL MINERS WELFARE kept up the challenge with a stunning six goal performance at GEDLING MINERS WELFARE. Saxby opened the scoring for the visitors in the first minute, Ryan Campbell added another seven minutes later and Bacon hit a brace with one from Danny O’Donnell in between to give Blackwell a 5-0 lead at the break. Jimmy Spiers got the sixth from the penalty spot deep into stoppage time after Gedling had produced a better second half performance.
At the bottom of the table there was a welcome point for ELLISTOWN from a 1-1 draw against ANSTEY NOMADS. Shane Gibbs broke the deadlock on 67 minutes to give the visitors a short-lived lead. Four minutes later Carl Benson levelled and that was how it stayed.
RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC gave another improved performance with the team now being more settled, but it was visiting HOLBROOK SPORTS who pinched the points on their visit to the Recreation Ground with the narrowest of scorelines given to them by Rob Harrison’s 62nd minute winner.
ST ANDREWS maintained third spot in the table with another excellent home performance against BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC. Goals from Nicky Brett after 29 minutes and Jon Stevenson three minutes from the end wrapped up the points.
THURNBY NIRVANA made it six games on the trot without defeat with another convincing performance against IBSTOCK UNITED. The visitors are going through a difficult spell at the moment and had Jack Lewis’s goal just before the break as their only consolation. Ryan Amoo had given Thurnby an early advantage with a brace of goals on 6 and 17 minutes. A second half strike from Matt Melbourne twenty minutes into the second half made the lead comfortable and an own goal three minutes from the end completed another afternoon of woe for Ibstock.
A solitary goal from Mike Williams won the basement clash on Tuesday evening at Lenton Lane in favour of visitors GRAHAM STREET PRIMS over GREENWOOD MEADOWS.