Keyworth United narrowed the gap on the top four sides in the Euro Soccer Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division, but have played more than those around them, after the collected a big win when home to visiting Bilborough Town.
Second bottom of the division, Bilborough, would ship nine goals when at Platt Lane, their consolation coming via Connor Barnes; the hosts though were already pretty much out of sight even by then.
Leading by four at the break, Keyworth eventually ran out 9-1 victors as Thomas Siswick notched a hat-trick, Isaac Wealthall a brace, alongside further efforts from Jonathan Andrews, Ian Marley, Jack Smith and Callum Wolloch; the win moved them a point behind third place Stapleford Town.
Only two other games were played in the Premier Division, Wollaton and Cotgrave consolidating their respective, mid-table positions, with wins on the road at Attenborough, and Awsworth Villa respectively.
Wollaton eased to a 4-0 win, Archie Wood grabbing three of the goals, whilst Cotgrave edged the odd-goal-in-five, Matthew Antcliff with a brace for the hosts, Sam Brakewell two in reply, Lucus Cotterill also scoring.
Division One leaders, Radcliffe Olympic, also won on the road, comfortably seeing off hosts Calverton Miners Welfare 7-0 to start the year with a four-point advantage, and with a game in hand on second placed West Bridgford.
Kyle Waddell, and substitute Christian Montezola both chipped in with braces for a side who’ve won thirteen and drawn one of their fifteen to date; West Bridgford meanwhile maintained the pressure when they also won away from home, Jerome Tomlinson and Christopher Richards with doubles in a 4-1 win at Ruddington Village.
The three remaining games in the division all resulted in home wins as FC Geordie saw off Stapleford Tow Reserves 4-2, Southwell City Reserves defeated Gedling Southbank 3-1, and a lone effort from Nick Westerman gave Meden Vale Colts the points when home to Hucknall Town Reserves.
The battle at the top of Division Two North swung back in the favour of Bestwood Colliery after they edged a nine-goal thriller away to Arnold Town Reserves, and second placed Nottingham Community lost by the odd-goal-in-five away to Netherfield Seniors.
Kasey Fisher’s brace would help the leaders on their way to the narrow win, he being joined on the score-sheet by Jake Fisher, Carey Knight, and Macauley Tinsley, Jake Fisher’s record now up to 36 goals in just fourteen games so far this season; Arnold would reply through a Kian Leavesley hat-trick, and one for Liam Cunningham.
Meanwhile Nottingham Community would be pegged back by Netherfield Seniors, who won 3-2 at home a s Kieran McElhone, Greg McLean, and sub James Needham notched; Shirebrook Soldier also won, they’re third, and edged hosts Trent Vineyard 2-1, whilst there was narrow home wins for FC Mansfield (4-3 against Blidworth Welfare Red), and Rushcliffe (2-1 against Ravenshead Reds).
Then there’s the small matter of East Leake Robins, goal-difference will not be a problem in Division Tow South, the leaders having racked up a fourth, ten-goal plus victory so far this season.
Robins’ victims this time around were to Beeston Reserves, the game seeing fourteen goals overall as the hosts nicked a 10-4 success; Nathan Ball and Thomas Hardy both grabbed braces for the victors who boosted their goal-difference up to +71 (in 12 games), Luke Barson’s hat-trick proving the merest of consolations.
Also with a game in hand, victory sees the Robins five clear of second place Bingham Town Reserves, who were held to a 2-2 draw when away to the Rossoneri, whilst there was also victories for Keyworth Reserves at Cotgrave Reserves, Elston United at home to Pass Move Grin Reserves, and West Bridgford Reserves, who saw off the visiting Burton Joyce Senior Blue 4-2, Bradley Evans at the double.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @robhornby the Keyworth and Bilborough players shake prior to kick off.