NSL Roundup: Sandiacre Back Top

As AFC Dunkirk and Southwell City were progressing in the Notts Senior League Senior Cup, Bestwood Colliery and Fenwood Foxes in the Intermediate Cup, as well as there being victories for Awsworth Villa (on penalties) and Hucknall Town Reserves in the Notts FA Senior Trophy competitions, the league itself saw business as usual.

Sandiacre returned to the top of the Euro Soccer Premier Division with a comfortable, 5-0 win, when away to a flailing Ilkeston side who’ve lost all four outings since the turn of the year; this time, a hat-trick from Adam Gillott, and further efforts from Jack Pancisi and Tom Slade, afforded the visitors victory, and moved them top on goal difference from Southwell, just a three-goal-swing splitting the duo.

Woodthorpe Park Rangers find themselves in third, by two, from Keyworth United, after they saw off their top-four rivals, 3-1 at Platt Lane, whilst other games in the NSL Premier would see Ravenshead win 3-0 at home to FC Cavaliers, and Cotgrave won 2-0 at Attenborough.

The top of Division One is also a tight affair, just one point separating Radcliffe Olympic and West Bridgford, both collecting victories as the leaders won 4-0 at home to Calverton Miners Welfare, goals coming from Matthew Gamble, Ed Smyth, William Harvey, and Nick Levack, whilst the second placed side, thanks to a brace from Bradley Chukwu, won 3-1 at Beeston.

Meanwhile fourth placed Gedling Southbank failed to close the gap on the top three when they slipped to a 4-1 defeat at home to mid-table Meden Vale Colts, whilst there was seven goals at Kirton Brickworks, they losing 4-3 to Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves.

The games between Beeston Old Boys and Ruddington Village, and Southwell Reserves and Radford Reserves both finished in score draws, 2-2 and 1-1 respectively.

Nottingham Community moved top of Division Two North, by two from Bestwood, after they edged visitors, mid-table Ravenshead Reds, Korrey McLaren and Mark Foster with the goals in a 2-0 win; Shirebrook Soldiers (third) and FC Mansfield (fourth) are still plugging away, the latter of whom have two games in hand.

As East Leake Robins, and Fenwood Foxes, two of the top five in Division Two South, were on cup duty, and numerous others inactive, AC United would move into fourth with a 4-1 win at home to Keyworth United Reserves, whilst Cotgrave Reserves fell to a 4-2 home loss against visiting West Bridgford Reserves.

In the Foundation Division, that of South Notts, and Carlton Town Lions, are joint top of the table, the former of the two having a far superior goal difference, whilst AFC Bull Farm, and Stapleford Town Development, are just a few points off the pace.

South Notts would move ahead of their rivals with a 5-3 win, at Carlton, coming from 3-1 down at the break as the Lions netted through Aaron Sisson (2) and Joshua Brown, Notts hit back emphatically however with efforts from Ruggero Osei and Betilson Paixao, two each, and Christopher Grady.

As for those cup matches, Dunkirk defeated Aslockton & Orston 2-0, and Southwell City saw off Wollaton 3-1 in the Senior Cup, Bestwood, Fenwood and East Leake also won at home in the Intermediate Cup, defeating Pythian (3-1), Trent Vineyard (2-1), and FC Mansfield (6-1, Mason Ball and James Rowley with braces) respectively, whilst in the Notts FA Senior Trophy Awsworth overcame hosts Stapleford 7-6 on penalties following a 2-2 draw, and Hucknall Town Reserves defeated visiting Teversal Reserves 5-1, braces from Alexander Goodall and Jamie Crawford, to progress.

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @robhornby was at Kirton Brickworks v Kimberley MW Res to witness a 3-4 thriller.

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