Stapleford Town moved top of the Euro Soccer Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division on Saturday night, on goal difference from Sandiacre Town, the former comfortably seeing off hosts FC Cavaliers 4-0, whilst the latter were held to a 2-2 draw at home to mid-table Southwell City.
It would be substitute Jack Upton that put the seal on the new leaders’ 4-0 win, he coming off the bench to fire a brace, whilst there were also goals for Troy Carty and Michael Robb; the hosts meanwhile finished the game with nine men following the dismissals of Lamin Sisawo and Hameed Chitulu, compounding the bottom clubs’ misery further.
Keyworth jumped above Ilkeston, who were inactive, into third place, following a narrow, 2-1 home win over FC Sez, as did Woodthorpe into fourth following a 3-2 home win over Wollaton, Ilkeston though have a number of games in hand over those above them in the table.
Two of the games in the Premier Division saw the spoils shared as Ravenshead versus Dunkirk, and Sandiacre against Southwell City both finished 2-2, Southwell finishing with ten men in the latter, whilst in the remaining game, between two sides in the bottom half of the table, hosts Attenborough were on the wrong end of a five-goal hammering off visiting Awsworth Villa.
Matthew Antcliff bagged a brace for a side that jumped up to tenth in the table, Steven Bonel, Tristan Comery, and substitute Jack Pyatt also registering, moving themselves within four points of the top six.
Radcliffe Olympic, top of the Division One by two points, and with games in hand, saw off visitors FC Geordie 2-1 at the weekend, Benjamin Castell and Michael McLean netting for the victors who’ve won all seven matches to date, holding a one-point advantage on second place Radford Reserves, who enjoyed their trip to Calverton.
In visiting the Miners Welfare, Radford’s second string picked up a comfortable, 5-2 win, Buba Ceesay again netting, this time claiming a four-goal haul to keep them ahead of a chasing pack consisting Gedling Southbank, Beeston, Beeston Old Boys Association, AFC Top Valley and Hucknall Town Reserves.
Gedling won 2-1 away to Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves, both Beeston sides drew, on the road Beeston drawing 2-2 with West Bridgford, and OBA 1-1 at Hucknall Reserves, whilst Top Valley, thanks to a Joseph Gunn hat-trick, won 3-0 at Ruddington Village.
Meanwhile, at the bottom end of the table, Stapleford Reserves drew 4-4 with Pythian, both sides moving onto three points apiece, Sam Garbett with a brace for the hosts, Dominic Furniss and substitute Anthony White replied with doubles of their own to share the points.
Division Two North leaders, Bestwood Colliery, romped to their fifth win in six (the other a draw) when seeing off visitors AFC Cresswell 7-1, Jake Fisher bagging five, and Robbie Breslin two, as they hold a three point advantage on second place Nottingham Community and four points clear of a five-strong pack all on twelve points.
Beneath the leaders, among that pack, there was a nine-goal thriller at Shirebrook Soldiers, they throwing away a 4-2 interval lead to lose 5- at home to Netherfield Seniors, Liam McElhone netting twice in the final fifteen to seal the win; James Needham also notched two for the victors, whilst there was braces for the hosts’ Levi Brentnall and Jack Lyons.
The top-of-the-table clash in Division Two South saw Fenwood Foxes leapfrog East Leake Robins into top spot after the pair clashed at the Leisure Centre, the Foxes winning 3-1, whilst there was also a handful of games played in the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Trophy.
Keyworth United Reserves progressed with a 7-1 win away to Arnold Town Reserves, Pass Move Grin FC dismissed Bingham Town Reserves 3-0, and Beeston Reserves won 1-0 away to Wollaton Reserves.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @ROFC1876 Radcliffe beat FC Geordie at the weekend.