The top three clubs in the Euro Soccer Premier Division all collected victories on Saturday, with Ilkeston U23s top-scoring when hitting double figures when home to Attenborough, whilst both leaders Sandiacre Town, and second place Stapleford Town, won away from home.
Sandiacre, top by two, but having played more than those around them, edged hosts FC Sez 2-1, Owen Hayes and Perry McGrath with their goals, Liam McCormack replying, whilst Stapleford, they hit Aslockton & Orston for six without reply, Lance Cunningham and Troy Carty grabbing a brace apiece.
Meanwhile at Ilkeston, they saw off visitors Attenborough, who are sixth bottom, with a comfortable, 10-1 win, both Kieran Cummings and Lamin Manneh registering hat-tricks, Calrick Dunkley adding two in the rout – they’ve a minimum of three in hand on those around them, and only three points off the leaders.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division there would be home wins for Southwell City, 3-1 over Cotgrave, and for both Wollaton and Woodthorpe Park Rangers, 2-1 against FC Cavaliers and Bilborough Town respectively.
In the former of those, mid-table Southwell picked up their second league win of the season when at their Memorial Ground home, Bradley McDonald netting before the break, Taylor Jaine and Calum Law adding further goals late on, Cotgrave’s reply came via Lewis Robertson.
In the First Division meanwhile, it’s a little on the tight side as just four points split the top eight sides, Radford Reserves leading the way, on goal difference, from Beeston, whilst Beeston Old Boys and Gedling Southbank are a point behind, those of Radcliffe Olympic, West Bridgford, Top Valley and Hucknall Town Reserves make up the rest.
Radford maintained their early season start with a comfortable, 5-1 home win over Meden Vale Colts, Buba Cessay with a brace, whilst Beeston hit visitors Stapleford Reserves for eight without reply at the Trent Vale Road Sports Ground, braces landing via Benjamin Knight, Tom Coupe, and substitute Nathan Hodges.
Beeston Old Boys enjoyed their afternoon when seeing off visitors West Bridgford 4-2, Shaun Smith at the double for the hosts, whilst there was also a pair of high-scoring games for spectator enjoyment.
Hucknall Reserves won by the odd goal in seven away to Top Valley in their top-half battle, and nine goals were registered as Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves lost 5-4 to visitors FC Geordie, Troy Smith with a four-goal salvo for the victors, including a nineteen-minute, first half hat-trick, and a 91st minute winner.
Bestwood Colliery and Nottingham Community are both still unbeaten in Division Two North, the former enjoying a 7-1 home win over AFC Cresswell on Saturday, Jake Fisher with a five-goal haul, and Robbie Breslin a brace, whilst in the latter they edged past Trent Vineyard 2-0, goals from Nicky Jones and substitute Keenan Edwards to remain three adrift, with a game in hand.
Also boasting a game in hand, are the new Division Two South leaders, East Leake Robins, after they won 9-3 away to Bingham Town Reserves; it’s the fifth time, in seven league and cup games, the Robins have hit more than five in a game – Saturday’s scorers were Mason Ball and Ashley Way with three apiece, James Dalton, Thomas Hardy and Matthew Lowe.
The Robins’ goal difference, with six wins from six, currently stands at +41, they’re a point clear, with a game in hand on those beneath them of which second placed Fenwood Foxes won 4-0 at home to Cotgrave Reserves, goals coming from Rares-Madalin Fratila (2), Romen Carr and Darik Samson.
Carlton Town Lions opened up a five point gap atop of the Foundation Division when they saw off visitors AFC Rufford 5-0, and with five different scorers in Kieran Parker, Jordon Percival, Harry Pezzolla, Felix Sarpong, and Aaron Sisson, whilst the early pace-setters of the new Development Division sees Dunkirk Development and Clifton All Whites Development share leadership with nine points apiece, and Basford United Development three points behind.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @southwellcityfc Southwell City beat Cotgrave 2-1 in their clash.