In a weekend dominated by cup action, matches being played in that of the NSL Senior, Intermediate, and Junior Cup competitions, league action was few and far between, with only a handful of games played in the Euro Soccer Premier Division.
However, it’s in Division One, and Division Two Norther, where there was to be plenty of goalmouth action witnessed; in the upper echelons of the former, and with leaders Radcliffe Olympic being held to a 1-1 draw away to fourth-placed Gedling Southbank, AFC Top Valley would fire themselves into second thanks to an impressively dominant performance when home to Calverton Miners Welfare.
Although Calverton MW are bottom of the table, with just one point from their nine player, you can, as they say, only beat what is put in front of you, and that’s exactly what Top Valley did, registering nine without reply.
Joseph Gunn, and substitute Samuel Atkin both bagged hat-tricks in the 9-0 rout, whilst Jacob Gunn added a brace, and there was also room for an effort from Tom Cowling as the Arnold-based side continued to boost their goal-difference, and moved within two of the leaders.
Elsewhere in Division One there were victories for West Bridgford, 2-0 at Kirton Brickworks, and Meden Vale Colts, 1-0 at home to Beeston.
Division Two North meanwhile, that’s being lit up by the free-scoring leaders, Bestwood Colliery, and their top-scorer, Jake Fisher.
Registering another nine on Saturday, defeating visitors Arnold Town Reserves 9-3, Bestwood won their eighth in nine outings (only Nottingham Community have taken a point of them) as Jake Fisher notched another five goals, alongside efforts from Robbie Breslin, Sam Rothwell, Macauley Tinsley and Ryan Tinsley; Truzzel Spencer (2) and Kian Leavesley with the visitors consolations.
Speaking of Bestwood’s statistics, and that of Fisher himself, they have now registered 49 goals in their nine outings to date, and Fisher, he’s bagged a mammoth 27 of them, registering in eight of the nine matches played and taking two hat-tricks, two four-goal hauls, and two five-goal hauls – they travel to third-bottom Trent Vineyard in their next outing.
Another side to score nine in the same division was Netherfield Seniors, who defeated visiting AFC Cresswell 9-0, substitute Toby King with a brace; whilst in Division Two South, The Rossoneri won 7-3 away to AFC Colsterworth Sport & Social and Bingham Town Reserves won 3-2 at Beeston Reserves.
In the Euro Soccer Premier Division, two games were played on Friday night, and two on Saturday afternoon with Ilkeston U23s defeating visitors FC Sez 3-0 and Keyworth United won 1-0 at Cotgrave on the Friday, whilst Ravenshead won 2-0 at home to Awsworth Villa, and Southwell City defeated Attenborough 3-1 on Saturday.
In the NSL Senior Cup Aslockton & Orston, and Wollaton both progressed, the former winning 2-1 away to Sandiacre Town in extra-time, whilst the last defeated visitors FC Cavaliers 3-1, and in the Intermediate Cup East Leake Robins won by the odd-goa-in-nine when home to Beeston Old Boys Association, Joseph Trimble with a treble for the winners, Patrick Bointon with a brace in reply.
There were also victories for FC Geordie, 3-1 away to AC United, Fenwood Foxes, 1-0 at Keyworth Reserves, FC Mansfield 2-1 at home to Kimberley Reserves, and Pythian, who defeated visitors Phoenix Inham 4-1.
The two games in the Junior Cup witnessed home wins for Stapleford Town Development and Sutton Travellers, the former saw off West Bridgford Reserves 4-0 as Bradley Scard notched a brace, and the latter defeated Rushcliffe Reserves 4-1, Vinny Hill with a hat-trick.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @JimBethell action between Calverton and Top Valley who were easy winners.