Cup football has begun in the Euro Soccer Nottinghamshire Senior League, that’s right, good old, knock-out football, just as we like it, and the weekend gone, it was just that, as we all like it.
Amidst tributes to the recently departed, 17-year-old, Dylan Rich, the Notts Senior League would see both their Senior Cup, and Intermediate Cup competitions, begin in earnest.
The one game played in the Senior Cup (Stapleford Town received a home walk-over in the other match) saw Sandiacre Town claim a 4-0 win on the road at Elkesley Road, home of Meden Vale Colts, and with all four goals coming in a strong, first half from the visitors.
Stephen Gray put Sandiacre in front inside ten minutes, before Howard Waby doubled prior to the twenty minute mark; as half-time was reached, two suddenly became four as Waby doubled his tally for the day, and Yoan Pevkov also found the net to wrap up proceedings.
In the Intermediate Cup, a number of matches were played, a couple resulting in high-scoring, away wins, Pythian putting hosts Calverton Miners Welfare to the sword in devastating fashion, winning 8-0 in extra-time with goals from Jordan Dilks (2), Nicholas Federici, Dominic Furniss, Anthony White, Ryan Watson, as well as substitutes William Palacio and Philip Smith.
East Leake Robins also hit big numbers, their game witnessing ten goals, winning 7-3 at Blidworth Welfare Red, Charlie Eggleston and Mason Ball both scoring braces for the victors; whilst there was eight goals, and a penalty shoot-out required at Keyworth.
In hosting Beeston Reston Reserves at the Community Football Club, Platts Lane, Keyworth United Reserves progressed 4-3 on penalties following a high-scoring, 4-4 draw, Noah Lacey with a brace for the visitors.
Both Kimberley Miners Welfare, and Fenwood Foxes, registered four goals each in their wins, the former winning 4-2 at home to Netherfield Seniors, the latter seeing off visitors Radford Reserves 4-1, whilst there were also wins for FC Mansfield, Trent Vineyard, FC Geordie, and Southwell City Reserves.
As for the league, in the Euro Soccer Premier Division, Wollaton moved into second place courtesy of a 2-1 home win over mid-table Bilborough Town, Luke Davies firing both the hosts’ goals, whilst Ilkeston FCB slotted into joint third with a 2-0 win away to Stapleford Town.
Another moved in the NSL was Keyworth Untied, they claiming a comfortable, 4-1 win, away to bottom club, Attenborough, Callum Wolloch’s brace being added to by efforts from Harry Chiarella and Isaac Wealthall, George Chetwynd replying.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division the games between Awsworth Villa and FC Sez, and Aslockton & Orston and FC Cavaliers, finished in draws, 2-2 and 1-1 respectively.
In Division One West Bridgford moved up to fourth place thanks to a 2-0 win away Stapleford Town Reserves; goalless at the interval, the visitors struck through Ryan Duncan-Brown, and Devontei Gibson, whilst Ruddington Village moved into the top half of the table with the same score-line, when at home to Hucknall Town Reserves.
The standouts results in the Second Division would be Phoenix Inham, winning 3-2 away to Arnold Town Reserves in the North, Jacob Marshall with two for the hosts, Josh Reynolds (2) and Patrick Fearn replying; whilst Lord Bennington saw off the challenge of West Bridgford Reserves, 4-2, in the South, goals coming from James Scott (2), Owen Rowley and Korban Read, Julian Cortes and Alex Hammond with the consolations, victory putting the hosts top by two.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @Beeston_FC action between Beeston and Top Valley which ended 1-1.