A weekend that was again hampered by the weather, also saw the announcement of the unfortunate passing of one of Nottinghamshire’s non-league players, Sandiacre Town’s Kial Thurman, with their Nottinghamshire Senior League side, AFC Sandiacre, Town dedicating their 1-0 win at East Leake Robins, to him.
Thurman, who’d played three times for Sandiacre this season, scoring once, in the recent 3-2 home success against West Bridgford, having made twenty appearances overall last (2022-23) season for Eastwood CFC and Radford.
Sandiacre made the announcement on their socials on Saturday (2 December) lunch-time with the following words –
“As a club we are deeply saddened to have to inform you of the passing of Kial Thurman 1 of our 1st team players.
“He was a lovely lad & well-liked by all whom met him.
“We offer sincere condolences to all his family & friends at this difficult time.”
As was expected, the outpouring of love and support to Thurman’s came from far and wide, as well as the county’s clubs including that of Eastwood CFC, Radford, Hucknall Town, Kimberley Miners Welfare, Newark Town, and more…
Meanwhile, and on the football field, only a handful of games were actually played with Basford United being denied three points following a last minute equaliser from visiting Whitby Town’s Jacob Gratton.
Goalless at the break, Basford took the lead in this Northern Premier League Premier Division match through Joshua Barnes’ effort just before the hour mark, however, the spoils were shared when Gratton levelled in the 90 minute.
Retford very much enjoyed their afternoon in the only Northern Counties East Division One match, they firmly putting visitors Swallownest to the sword.
Shipping goals at the bottom of the division, Swallownest conceded another nine when in Nottinghamshire, the Choughs, and Alex Wonham in particular, being as clinical as they could.
Wonham, with a twenty-minute first half hat-trick, finished that opening forty-five with a 38-minutes, four-goal salvo to help his side lead by six at the break, Zach Casburn having made it 3-0, and Matthew Thompson with the games’ fifth.
Taking their foot off the accelerator in the second, Retford only added three more, in front of 132 strong crowd – Liam Bennett made it seven early in the second, Aaron Sennett-Nielson added number eight just after the hour mark, and an own-goal competed the 9-0 rout with twenty minutes remaining.
The opening goal for Wonham arrived after just 45 seconds in a dominant performance from the hosts as they moved up to twelfth in the table.
Retford – Ethan Cowan, Liam Marsden, Jack Johnson, Harvey Rodgers, Steve Wankiewicz, Liam Bennett, Zach Casburn, Matt Thompson, Liam Frost, Alex Wonham, Aaron Sennett-Nielson
United Counties League Premier Division North duo, Eastwood CFC and Sherwood Colliery, both had a rare off-day, the former exiting the FA Vase when suffering a 4-1 defeat at home to Stourport Swifts, Tyler Blake netting what proved a consolation for the Red Badgers minutes before the interval, the hosts registering twice in each half.
League leaders Sherwood Colliery meanwhile suffered their first (league) defeat of the season, at the sixteenth time of asking, losing narrowly when at fellow promotion-chasers, Loughborough Students.
Division One meanwhile witnessed a seven-goal thriller in a local derby between Newark Town and Gedling Miners Welfare as the top ten duo fought tooth-and-nail in a classic, and a game of the proverbial two halves.
The hosts dominated the first, leading 4-1 at the break, and took the lead inside five minutes when Jamie Lloyd and Lewis Chambers combined for Ryan Smith to net the opener; that was followed up less than ten minutes later with a scrappy effort.
Jack Beckett played the ball across and it found Ryan Smith lurking, his effort somehow finding the back of Josh Mitchell, in the visiting goal, net, the hosts opening up a 2-0 lead; that advantage was halved just after the half hour mark when Gianfranco Ciaurro cut inside and curled past home shot-stopper, Eddie Cooper, from twenty yards out.
Five minutes later and the two-goal advantage was restored when a corner from Jack Beckett was headed back across goal and Lewis Chambers finished; a fourth arrived shortly after when Josh Randall nipped past a defender and fired home from wide on the right, Town taking in a 4-1, interval lead.
The hosts came close to extending their advantage early in the second period, Bennett smashing one off Mitchell’s crossbar before the hosts made a plethora of changes; Elliot King, on for Chambers ten minutes prior, tested the visiting Mitchell twice as the game headed towards the final ten minutes, the ‘keeper saving well.
The visitors reduced the deficit though with ten minutes remaining when Ciaurro bagged his second of the afternoon then, with minutes remaining, the visitors made for a nervy close when a free-kick finds the back of Cooper’s goal courtesy of Kieran Harrison, Town clinging on at the end for a 4-3 win to jump into second place, seven behind leaders Bourne Town, but having played a game or two more than those around them.
Newark Town – Eddie Cooper, Sam Bartle, Jordan Haywood, Joe Braithwaite, Luke Andersen, Jamie Lloyd, Jack Beckett, Alex Hales, Lewis Chambers, Ryan Smith, Josh Randall
Gedling Miners Welfare – Josh Mitchell, Semilore Kassim, Buba Ceesay, Ross McCaughey, Kieran Harrison, Jack Vipond, Zac Hill, Darren Fotso, Jack Jepson, Stuart Hendrie, Gianfranco Ciaurro
Only one match involving Notts clubs was played in the Central Midlands Alliance, Woodhouse Colts going down 8-1 away to Dinnington Town in the South, whilst in the Notts Senior League just a handful of games beat the weather, in Division’s One and Three.
AC United are fourth in Division One following a 4-0 home win over Bingham Town, Felix Agyekum with a brace for the victors; meanwhile, both AFC Sandiacre Town and Keyworth United Reserves, won 1-0 on the road, at East Leake Robins and West Bridgford Colts IIIs respectively, Luis Appiah-Kubi netting just after the half hour mark to give Sandiacre a heart-felt, three points.
The only other game played, in Division Three, saw a nine-goal thriller as Elston United won 6-3 away to Cotgrave Reserves, James Scott with a hat-trick as the two went in level at twos apiece at the break.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @btfcboss Kial Thurman (right) doing what he loved most in his days at Bilborough Town.