AROUND THE COUNTIES
By STAN WILTON
Midweek to 6th November
It wasn’t a good week for our teams in the FA Vase. All three faced difficult away trips and, sadly, none made it to the Third Round.
One felt a bit for DUNKIRK, the Boatmen having to make the long journey in midweek to Bromsgrove for their tie against Midland League strugglers Worcester City. They more than held their own until the 36th minute when Luke English put City in front. Dimitri Brown extended that advantage only four minutes later but Tyrell Shannon-Lewis pulled one back within a minute. Dunkirk were close to taking the game into extra time until Craig Jones stepped up to put City through with three minutes of the tie remaining.
EASTWOOD COMMUNITY lost on their visit to United Counties League side Lutterworth Town, but they did take their opponents into extra time. Kieran Knight’s last gasp goal four minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game setting up the extra period but the Red Badgers finished up bowing out to a 4-2 score line.
SHERWOOD COLLIERY also lost out to Central Midlands South leaders and in-form side Clay Cross Town. The Millers are in tremendous form on their Mill Lane enclosure and backed by a big crowd went in front through Josh Scully on 24 minutes. Jobe Shaw levelled for Colliery seven minutes later and parity was retained until Josh Parfitt put Clay Cross back in front seven minutes from the end. With Sherwood pushing up to save the game Grant Mitchell scored a third for the Millers two minutes into stoppage time to settle the tie and give them a great 3-1 win. They will be away to the winners of the South Normanton Athletic/Rothwell Corinthians game in the Third Round.
The only league game played was at the Stag Ground where Adam Nelson’s 89th minute equaliser salvaged a point for visiting HUCKNALL TOWN. Early goals had come from Jordan Smith for KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE in the first minute and Aaron Short for Hucknall two minutes later. Josh Barr-Rostron put the Stags back in front on 22 and Isaac Wealthall extended that score line on 31. Matty Brian reduced the deficit to just one goal before the break but Jordan Smith’s second of the game on 55 put Kimberley back in the driving seat by two goals. Sam Sims on 62 kept the 91 fans happy with another goal for Hucknall and Adam Nelson swooped at the end for a point each.
Records tumbled at the Impact Arena where HEANOR TOWN lost 2-0 to a very strong Alfreton Town side in the Third Round of the Derbyshire Senior Cup. It was only Heanor’s second defeat of 2019, both of which have come in cup ties; and it was also the first time the Lions have failed to score in a game since they lost 2-0 at Selston on 5th January. The experienced Amari Morgan-Smith did the damage with two early goals on 7 and 28 minutes. Heanor had chances in the second half to reduce the deficit but the Reds, four steps higher than the Lions in the Pyramid of Football, were in no mood to surrender to lower opposition.