Have a football, will play – that’s becoming the name of the beautiful game in the present day, and so it was in the Euro Soccer Nottinghamshire Senior League on Saturday afternoon, with only a handful of matches going ahead across league, and cup.
As the Premier Division leaders, Sandiacre Town, were being held to a 1-1 draw away to Awsworth Villa, Woodthorpe Park Rangers were moving themselves into second place with a comfortable, 4-1 road win, at AFC Dunkirk.
At the Shilo Recreation Ground, the league leaders took a first half lead through Alex Beno, but were pegged back in the second as the Villa earned a share of the spoils with an equalising goal from Matthew Antcliff; meanwhile, at the Ron Steel Sports Ground, hosts Dunkirk fell to a 4-1 defeat, William Skillington’s goal in vain against a Park Rangers side challenging at the top, and who scored themselves through Markell Bailey (2), Luke Jordan, and Dalton Stephens.
Victory for Park Rangers would see them move into second place, with three games in hand, and just two adrift of Sandiacre, whilst the remaining, Premier Division game, saw Southwell City defeat visitors Aslockton & Orston 3-1 to move into fifth place, nine adrift of the leaders, and with four in hand themselves as well.
Just the two games were played in Division One with Radcliffe Olympic opening a four point gap after a 3-0 home win over Southwell City Reserves, Benjamin Castell and Kyle Waddell netting, whilst seventh place Meden Vale Colts boosted their goal difference somewhat, with a comfortable, 10-2 home win over Stapleford Town Reserves with Brandon Clarke firing a four-goal salvo, Jake Smith three, and substitute George Camps a brace, as well as a further goal from Jordan Smith, in the rout.
A number of games were played in both Division Two North, and South, the standout result in the former being that of Nottingham Community, who continue to push Bestwood Colliery, the pair neck-and-neck on 31 points, just goal-difference splitting the two.
Arnold Town Reserves would be the visitors to the Community Football Club, and were dealt a six-goal spanking with both Adam Walker and Moussa Sylla notching braces, Kain Bell and Nicky Jones also scoring.
The standout result in the South belonged to Bingham Town Reserves, who consolidated second place with a 4-1 home win over visiting Fenwood Foxes, in third, Tom Giles with a brace for the victors.
Of the other games, there was two contested in the Notts FA Senior Trophy with Stapleford Town defeating Beeston Old Boys Association 2-0, and Top Valley won 5-2 away to FC Cavaliers, Joseph Gunn bagging a hat-trick for the victors.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @Robhornby action from the Shilo as Awsworth draw with Sandiacre.