There was an all-action, high-scoring weekend, across the Euro Soccer Nottinghamshire League, with plenty to shout about across all divisions, just ask Foundation Division outfit, South Notts – more on them shortly…
The NSL Premier Division saw Sandiacre Town take leadership as an Adam Gillott hat-trick afforded them a 3-0 win on the road at Keyworth United, with Woodthorpe Park Rangers second, and Ilkeston FCB third, both inactive.
The chasing pack, behind that top three, is led by Stapleford Town, who were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Dunkirk, a result that was also seen in the game between Wollaton and FC Sez.
Two goals from Steven Broad helped Awsworth Villa on their way to a 5-1 win at FC Cavaliers, who replied through Arnyda Wenazo, Aslockton & Orston defeated visitors Attenborough by the odd-goal-in-three, and there was seven goals netted in the game between Ravenshead and Cotgrave.
Caven Robb scored twice for a Cotgrave side who moved within a point of their hosts, Sam Brakewell and James Leach also netting, the hosts replying through Joe Maguire, Perris Thomas, and substitute Oliver Higgins.
There would be plenty of goals netted in Division One, ten of which came in the Calverton derby, nine at Kirton, and seven at both Beeston OBA, and Radcliffe, with differing outcomes.
In Calverton, at the William Lee Memorial Park, there was a first meeting between hosts FC Geordie, and visitors Calverton Miners Welfare, and it couldn’t have been more one-sided.
With both sides languishing at the bottom end of the division, Calverton MW propping up the table with zero wins from their nine outings, prior to kick-off, number ten resulted in just that, for the hosts, as Brinsley Kirkham proceeded to claim a four-goal haul, and James Scott-Parkin a hat-trick, in a game which finished 10-0, to the hosts.
Kirkham and Scott-Parkin would be joined on the scoresheet by Adam Limb, Barry Payne, and Morgan James, the hosts at least easing their early, relegation worries, whilst the visitors, it’s looking somewhat dire at the bottom.
Both Kirton Brickworks, and leaders Radcliffe Olympic, netted five apiece, the former in a 5-4 home win over Radford Reserves, and the latter against Beeston, and in doing so ensured they lead the table by four from West Bridgford, who won the Friday night game at home to Meden Vale Colts.
Meanwhile, in the other, high-scoring game, Stapleford Town Reserves also won by the odd-goal-in-seven as Bradley Scard notched a hat-trick in a 4-3 win away to Beeston Old Boys, for whom Shaun Smith scored twice.
As for the two, Division Two’s, they’re a little on the tight side.
A goal-difference of one now splits Bestwood Colliery and Nottingham Community atop of Division One North, whilst in the South, and beneath leaders East Leake Robins, who’ve a five-point advantage, just four points split the next four sides.
Both sides would win away from home, with Bestwood winning 3-2 at Netherfield Seniors, Jake Fisher among their scorers, whilst Nottingham Community won 5-0 at AFC Cresswell, Moussa Sylla bagging a hat-trick.
Of the games played in the South, Burton Joyce Senior Blues top-scored when they won 6-1 at home to Pass Move Grin Reserves, Reece Mellor with a brace for the victors.
As for the afore-mentioned, South Notts, didn’t they do well?
Both they, and hosts Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves, had a mouth-watering tie already lined up in the next round of the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Trophy, and both sides battled all the way to earn that spot.
Some ten goals, and five converted penalties, eventually split the two sides, they being 5-5 in game-time as Matt Dickinson and Corey Cresswell notched braces for the hosts, Remel White with a hat-trick for the victors.
Having also scored one of those ten goals during the game, Nathaniel Morris registered the decisive penalty as South Notts progressed to the next round, 4-1 on penalties.
Their reward, a trip to Central Midlands League Premier North side, Retford United (on 11 December).
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @JimBethell action between FC Geordie and Calverton Miners Welfare.