NSL Roundup: Tight At Top

Just three points presently separate the top four sides in the Euro Soccer Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division following the weekend’s round of matches.

Sandiacre Town currently top the pile after they edged past visitors Aslockton & Orston 2-1, whilst Keyworth United slip to second when they fell to a 3-2 reverse on the road at Attenborough.

Third place Southwell City meanwhile, they have at least four games in hand on the top two and won 2-1 themselves, at home to Wollaton, whilst fourth place Woodthorpe Park Rangers collected the biggest win when seeing off hosts Clifton 4-1.

Even Stapleford Town, themselves in fifth, and inactive at the weekend, have a number of games in hand on those above making them still able to make an impact during the run-in whilst the remaining Premier Division game played would see Awsworth Villa, alongside a brace from Steven Bonel, defeat visitors FC Cavaliers 4-0 and move into seventh place.

Division One’s top two sides, West Bridgford and Radcliffe Olympic, boast a sizeable lead at present, the former beating Stapleford Reserves 4-0 as Christopher Richards bagged a treble whilst Radcliffe’s 2-0 win at Southwell Reserves kept the difference up top to two points.

Beneath them the duo of Radford Reserves (won 2-1 at FC Geordie) and AFC Top Valley (drew 3-3 home to Ruddington Village), the latter holding a number of games on those above them; Gedling Southbank and Kimberley MW Reserves make up the top six as the former drew at Beeston, and the latter won 3-1 at Meden Vale Colts, Jamie Haskins on a double.

Elsewhere in Division One Kevin Bersch bagged three and Gavin Carr two as Beeston Old Boys claimed a 5-1 win at home to Calverton MW, ending a run of four without a win, and Kirton Brickworks saw off visiting Pythian 4-0 at home,

Shirebrook Soldiers continue to close the gap on the top two in Division Two North and are six behind Bestwood Colliery, and four off Nottingham Community, the Soldiers having claimed a big, 7-0 win, away to AFC Creswell, whilst the front-runners were both held to draws.

Ben Charlesworth scored twice for the Soldiers as they ran riot, he being joined on the scoresheet by Keane Darby, Kieran Darby, Lewis Foster, and substitutes Owen Biddle and Thomas Bradley, meanwhile, as they were winning, leaders Bestwood were being held to a 2-2 draw away to Ravenshead Reds, and second place Nottingham Community were being held at Blidworth Welfare Red.

Fourth place Netherfield Seniors also hot seven, they doing so whilst on the road to Phoenix Inham, registering a 7-1 success as both Toby King and Greg McLean grabbed hat-tricks.

Meanwhile, in Division Two South, Bingham Town Reserves closed the gap on leaders East Leake Robins to nine points, they now having played the same number of games, Bingham seeing off visitors PMG Reserves 3-2, whilst third place AC United won 2-1 at home to Fenwood Foxes, and Cotgrave Reserves drew 2-2 with visiting Burton Joyce Senior Blue.

And, with the top two inactive in the Foundation Division, third place Sutton Travellers took the chance to narrow the gap on Carlton Town Lions and South Notts, they defeating Stapleford Town Reserves 5-1 with both Joshua Braddow and substitute Luke Shepherd scoring twice, and Wollaton Reserves edged visitors Manor 3-2 in a bottom of the table clash.

*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).

*Main image @robhornby action between Blidworth Welfare and Nottingham Community which ended 1-1.

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