NSL Roundup: Sandiacre Slip Up

Woodthorpe lead by a point as Sandiacre slip up on a busy day in the Euro Soccer Nottinghamshire Senior League.

A 5-1 home win for Woodthorpe Park Rangers over Ravenshead kept them a point ahead of Sandiacre Town on Saturday afternoon after the second place side in the Notts Senior League Premier Division side slipped to a 4-2 defeat away to Wollaton.

With Ilkeston still in third place (they’ve not played since mid-December) there’s still a lot to play for in this title race, just ask those of Stapleford Town, Keyworth United and Southwell City, they making up a strong, top six.

Victory for Wollaton, at home to Sandiacre, would see them narrow what it is a sizable gap between the top six and the rest of the Premier Division, Tommy Street’s hat-trick the feature in the 4-2 win and puts that gap, at ten points.

There was also a big win for Southwell City, when away to FC Sez, Calum Law grabbing a hat-trick in a 5-1 success, one that, with games in hand, puts a good advantage in their hands heading into the business end of the season.

AFC Dunkirk are level with Wollaton at the front of that pack, and they won 3-1 away top FC Cavaliers and Aslockton & Orston held visitors Keyworth United to a 1-1 draw.

Division One leaders Radcliffe Olympic hold a four-point advantage on West Bridgford, the former winning comfortably at Radford Reserves as Ed Smyth scored twice in a 4-0 win, Andrew McLean and Kieran Humphreys also netting, whilst the latter edged hosts Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves 3-2, the game seeing five, different scorers.

Beneath the top two are that of AFC Top Valley and Gedling Southbank, joint third, and seven adrift of second place – of the two, Top Valley were in action and won 3-1 at home to Beeston with both Jacob and Joseph Gunn netting as well as one for Callum McBride.

Gedling claimed a comfortable, 4-0 win, when at home to Pythian with Mason Coy bagging two, whilst there were also victories for Beeston Old Boys (4-1 at home to Meden Vale), Ruddington Village (5-3 at FC Geordie) and for Stapleford Town Reserves (3-1 away to Southwell City Reserves).

Division Two North meanwhile has taken a little in recent weeks as Nottingham Community have fallen off the pace with back-to-back defeats, their latest, a demoralising 9-2 thumping away to third place Shirebrook Soldiers, whilst Bestwood Colliery keep going and now have a six-point advantage when they saw off hosts Rushcliffe 4-2.

At Rushcliffe all six goals were netted in a hectic, opening forty-five minutes, Jake Fisher with a four-goal salvo for the victors, his tally now standing at 40 for the season, the hosts’ replies coming via Dane Bennett and Alex Ward; meanwhile at Shirebrook, they went goal crazy against Nottingham Community and fourth place Netherfield Seniors claimed a 3-0 home win against Trent Vineyard.

Unbeaten in nine matches, Bingham Town Reserves are now within five points of Division Two South leaders, East Leake Robins, following their 3-1 home win against Cotgrave Reserves.

Having last suffered defeat back in mid-October, Bingham’s second string claimed their tenth league win of the season with goals from Jacob Boyes, Tom Giles and Phil Leggett, the visitors replying through Patrick Ferguson.

With Fenwood Foxes and Keyworth United Reserves making up the top four, there is a comfortable, nine point gap between Bingham and Fenwood with sides having games in hand – it’s going to get interesting!

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @robhornby action between Beeston Old Boys and Meden Vale which ended 4-1.

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