The constant, incessant, ever-changing weather conditions meant that only a handful of matches managed to go ahead across Nottinghamshire’s non-league at the weekend, with mixed fortunes for the county’s sides.
Basford United, in the Southern Premier League Central Division, paid tribute to the recently passed ‘legend’ Malcolm Storer, in the best possible way, three points, and three goals, in a match, with visiting Alvechurch, which was dedicated to his memory.
With Kevin Da Silva Bastos making his home debut, alongside several changes to the starting eleven it was to be Courey Grantham put the hosts on their way with the opening goal inside ten minutes, firing past Daniel Jezeph to finish off a beautiful, sweeping move; Ben Starkie then doubled the home advantage ten minutes before the interval as he buries a first-time volley, into the bottom corner.
With twenty minutes remaining Lewis Carr made it three for the hosts, heading home from close range following a cross from Grantham, and Storer’s legacy was sealed with a beautiful win, from his favourite team.
Victory for Basford sees them in twelfth place, eleven above the dreaded drop-zone, and eight off Coalville Town, holding the last, play-off spot.
BASFORD UNITED – Kieran Preston, Owen Betts, Josh Barnes, Lewis Carr, Dom Roma, Adam Chapman, Kevin Bastos, Ben Starkie (Nathaniel Peters, 70), Kameron Campbell (Gregg Smith, 61), Anthony Dwyer, Courey Grantham (Louis Nicholson, 77)
In the Northern Premier League East, Worksop Town’s record-breaking winning streak came to halt when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Bridlington, but their unbeaten run, it continues, and was stretched to some 21 matches, thanks to a late, late equaliser.
The visitors took the lead with ten minutes remaining in the first, Andy Norfolk netting then, after several chances for the hosts, they levelled on the stroke of half-time, skipper, Hamza Bencherif, heading home his first for the club, the sides going in level at the break.
As with the first, the visitors regained the lead midway through the half, this time Ali Aydemir gets onto a Norfolk through-ball and finishes well past Sebastian Malkowski on the home goal then, with time running out, and the hosts looking like they were going to suffer defeat for the first time since the opening day, Josh Wilde would get on the end of a goalmouth scramble, in the 95 minute, to snatch a point.
Worksop, they currently boast a healthy, fourteen point advantage at the top of the table, and with a game in hand on second place Stockton Town, with sixteen left to play.
WORKSOP TOWN – Sebastian Malkowski, Regan Hutchinson (Liam Hardy, 84), Josh Wilde, Sam Wedgebury (Jamie Hanson, 72), Hamza Bencherif, Jack Broadhead, Terry Hawkridge, Aleksandrs Starcenko (Vaughan Redford, 65), Luke Hall, Liam Hughes, Jay Rollins
There wasn’t much joy in the United Counties League Premier Division however, the four Notts clubs that were in action, all suffered defeat with Newark & Sherwood United going down 1-0 at home to Skegness Town, and that of Sherwood Colliery, Eastwood CFC, and Selston, all losing on the road, to Heanor Town (3-1), Boston Town (1-0) and leaders Loughborough Students (2-0) respectively.
Whilst in Division One, the continual postponements withstanding, the two games that were played saw eleven goals netted, Hucknall Town easing to a 4-1 win at home to West Bridgford, and Dunkirk shocking leaders Aylestone Park when holding them to a 3-3 draw.
Kieran Knight would help himself to a fifteen-minute, second half hat-trick as Hucknall took all three points in their local affair with West Bridgford, opening the scoring after fifty minutes following a goalless, first half.
Having doubled the lead less than ten minutes later, the visitors would find themselves back in the game thanks to a Harry Hudson goal just after the hour mark, but, with Knight making it three with fifteen to go, the points were wrapped up shortly afterwards when Craig Westcarr chipped in with a goal of his own.
Meanwhile, at Dunkirk, they shared a six-goal thriller with the league leaders, but will be disappointed not to come away with all three points; a goal down at the interval, the hosts fired three without reply in the first twenty of the second period, Max Taylor getting them level just after the restart.
McKenna Parton put Dunkirk in front eight minutes later and, in the 66 minute, the hosts were in dreamland when Jack Oldham made it three. The leaders though, weren’t going to take that lying down and pulled the game back at the death thanks to a stoppage time equaliser through Tendai Daire to earn a point.
Both Notts clubs in the Northern Counties East saw their games postponed, whilst the Central Midlands League Premier saw three of the regions clubs in action, Linby Colliery Welfare and Arnold Town both falling to defeat, on the road, in the South.
The North meanwhile, is dominated by Retford United, and they registered another victory, a comfortable one, when away to AFC Phoenix, Mark West (eleven in thirteen) bagging a hat-trick for the second game running to put the Badgers on the way, scoring three times in ten, first half minutes.
The other three goals came in the final twenty as Brandon Kane (fourth of the season), Jonathan Froggatt (twelve in seventeen), and Craig Mitchell (ten in fourteen), all registered for the leaders, who are currently eighteen clear of second place Thorne Colliery, although have played three more than them, and four more than third place Dearne & District, the gap though, it’s sufficiently strong.
As for the Nottinghamshire Senior League, Premier Division, Keyworth United hold a four point advantage at the top, with a game in hand, following a comfortable, 5-0 win, at home to AFC Dunkirk, Ian Marley scored twice, along with goals from Harry Chiarella, Harvey Grice and Benjamin Rimmer.
A hat-trick from Liam Taylor keeps Wollaton in second, on goal-difference from FC Sez, after the former won 4-1 at home to Basford CFC, and the latter edged visitors Radcliffe Olympic 2-1, meanwhile, Stapleford Town, who may be down in eighth place, have numerous games in hand on those above them, and kept the only, unbeaten record intact, on Friday night.
At home to Cotgrave, on Friday 13, the hosts romped to a 5-1 win thanks to goals from Kieran Diver, Oskar Kruk, Aaron Large, Michael Robb, and substitute Lance Cunningham, whilst in Division One, Stapleford Reserves picked up a big win when seeing off hosts, Bilborough Town, 7-0, Bradley Scard with a hat-trick, and two from Ross Parker.
Division Two leaders, South Notts, meanwhile, have slipped up of late, conceding fourteen in two of their last three, both 7-0 defeats, the latest coming when home to a Greyfriars side who moved into second place, a point behind, and with four in hand, Greg McLean firing a four-goal salvo for the victors.
There was also plenty of goals in the game between FC Mansfield, and Shirebrook Soldiers, the hosts winning 5-3 as Joshua Brentnall scored three for the victors, Ben Charlesworth with a brace in reply.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @Basfordutdfc Ben Starkie celebrates his goal for Basford.