Keyworth United were the weekend’s biggest winners in the Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division. They overcame Bilborough Town 6-0 with last season’s Division One top scorer, Scott Litchfield, grabbing a hat-trick. Ian Marley, Daniel Chadwick and Goran Seymour were also on target.
Eastwood CFC Development are new to the NSL this season and helped kick off the season on Friday night against Wollaton. Eastwood opened the scoring through Takunda Mushambi just before the interval but were pegged back not longer after the restart by Matt Goodwin. With half an hour remaining Kieran Knight headed the home side back in front before Eastwood further asserted themselves in the closing stages as Dave Jones scored either side of Knight notching a second to make the final score 5-1.
Last season’s runners up, Awsworth Villa, opened with a 2-0 win at Calverton Miners Welfare on Friday. There was a goal in each half, the first from Jake Fisher, the second from Ben Branston.
Also on Friday AFC Dunkirk and Magdala Amateurs shared the points with a 1-1 draw. Ethan Hunter was on target for Dunkirk, Ryan McMillan for Magdala.
On Saturday, Cotgrave edged past Attenborough 3-2. Lee Potts put Cotgrave ahead midway through the first half before Sam Adams doubled the advantage early in the second period. Boro hit back with two goals in two minutes from Kieran Whalin and Adam Gillot but the home side snatched the win with a great finish from Adam Sinnot.
Despite having a number of first teamers unavailable Bingham Town managed to secure a 0-0 draw away at FC Cavaliers.
In Division One, newly promoted Woodthorpe Park Rangers laid down a marker with an 8-2 win at Kimberley Miners Welfare. Markell Bailey netted a hat-trick for the Division Two champions alongside efforts from Cory Johnson, Connor Parkin, Dean Bussey, Kieran Wheat and Adam Forry. Daniel Orme and Joshua Lewis replied for Kimberley.
The two other promoted sides, Bridgford United and Burton Joyce also won, 4-2 at Beeston and 3-2 at Southwell City Reserves respectively. Jarrod Westcarr was on target twice for Bridgford while Burton Joyce let a two goal lead slip before nabbing the points in the final minute.
Basford United Community were 5-2 winners at Radford Reserves, including a brace from Kimani Wilson. Ruddington Village came from behind to win 3-1 at Bestwood Miners Welfare. The home side missed a penalty before Stefan Dalmedo put them ahead. Ruddington drew level thanks to a spot kick of their own, dispatched by Fraser Cannon-Brownlie, then James Howard and Jamie Neep rounded off the win.
Kirton Brickworks missed a penalty in their match against Awsworth Villa Reserves but managed claim a 3-2 victory. Ryan Keeley bagging a brace for the Brickies.
Netherfield Albion and Wollaton Reserves drew 1-1.
In Division Two, Stapleford Town Reserves ran riot against Keyworth United Development, winning 15-0. There were hat-tricks for James Aspinall, Ashley Cook and Rory Green but Aaron Hall went two better, netting five times. Daniel Love was also on target.
Leighton Nicholson also scored five, for Newark Flowserve Reserves in their 9-1 win over Gedling Southbank Reserves. Cotgrave Reserves won 2-0 at Nottingham Community and Barrowby saw off Ravenshead Reserves 1-0.
AFC Clifton were 2-1 victors at Kirton Brickworks Reserves while it was honours even between AFC Top Valley and Ruddington Village Reserves (2-2) and Magdala Amateurs Reserves and Clifton All Whites Development (0-0).
The new season of the Nottinghamshire Senior League gets underway on Friday evening, 10th August. In what promises to be a very competitive Premier Division, runners up for the last two seasons, Awsworth Villa, commence proceedings with a trip to Hollinwood Lane to face Calverton Miners Welfare. It will be a much changed Villa line-up after losing their manager in the off season but there will be many familiar faces for Calvo as they look to improve on their seventh place finish last time out.
One of the new teams to the NSL, Eastwood CFC Development, are also in action, as they welcome Wollaton to the Play Soccer USA 3G Arena. Eastwood will be looking to push on at the top end of the division after dominating at a tier lower last term whereas it is more likely to be a season of consolidation for the visitors.
Rounding out the Friday Premier Division ties are AFC Dunkirk and Magdala Amateurs who meet at the Ron Steel Sports Ground.
There’s also Friday night action in Division One, however, where Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves, after taking voluntary relegation, entertain the Division Two champions and Junior Cup holders, Woodthorpe Park Rangers, at the Stag Ground. Woodthorpe are hoping that they are able to persuade their, and Division Two’s, top marksman from last season, Markell Bailey, to re-join their ranks for the coming campaign.
Radford Reserves make their bow in the NSL as Basford United Community who, similar to Kimberley, have also chosen to step down from the Premier Division, are the visitors to the CDW Arena.
On Saturday in the Premier Division there’s a meeting of teams who were two divisions apart last season as Radcliffe Olympic, joining from the East Midlands Counties League, welcome Stapleford Town, promoted as winners of Division One, to the Wharf Lane Recreation Ground.
Aslockton & Orston make their second debut in the NSL following FA league realignment but it will be their inaugural Premier Division encounter as they host Southwell City at Orston Recreation Ground.
Bilborough Town, who narrowly escaped relegation last term, entertain Keyworth United at the Harvey Hadden Stadium. Cotgrave and Attenborough meet at Woodview, FC Cavaliers kick off their campaign by welcoming Bingham Town to the Southglade Sports Centre and Sandiacre Town open with a trip to Eagle Valley to face Gedling Southbank.
Former Premier Division champions, Ruddington Village, find themselves in Division One for the coming campaign. They start with a trip to Bestwood Miners Welfare following their move over from the NAA.
The teams promoted from Division Two alongside Woodthorpe, Bridgford United and Burton Joyce, begin with trips to Beeston and Southwell City Reserves respectively.
There are a number of new teams in Division Two, a couple of which meet at Sherwood Fields as Robin Hood Colts host Clifton All Whites Development.
Newark Flowserve and Woodthorpe Park Rangers complete a 'double double'
A ‘double double’ was completed in the Nottinghamshire Senior League as Newark Flowserve added the Senior Cup to their Premier Division title and Woodthorpe Park Rangers took home the Junior Cup to complement their Division Two title.
Newark won the Senior Cup by seeing off Basford United Community 4-0. Elliott King got the ball rolling on 16 minutes as he converted a penalty after Daryl Price was felled by Jake Wood in the Basford goal. King got his and Newark’s second in the 37th minute when he fired into the bottom corner from just outside the box. Newark hit the crossbar in the dying moments of the first half so it remained 2-0 at the break. After a quarter of an hour of the second period Price had a shot saved but Michael Attard pounced on the rebound to slot home and make it 3-0. King then completed his hat-trick with five minutes remaining as he turned his marker in the box and slammed the ball into the roof of the net.
Woodthorpe Park Rangers were 3-2 winners against Burton Joyce with all the goals coming in the first half. Markell Bailey struck early for Woodthorpe with a back post header and, when Kieron Wheat made it 2-0 on 15 minutes it looked like there would be only one winner. BJ had other ideas, however, and they got themselves back into it five minutes later with a Jack Hopper header. Bailey gave Woodthorpe breathing space with his second on 39 minutes and it was much needed as only three minutes later Ricky Garner turned the ball into the net for Burton Joyce following good work down the right by Mark Faflik. In the second half Simon Hill had the ball in the net for BJ but it was correctly ruled out for offside and Bailey struck the crossbar with a free-kick but 3-2 it remained.
Elsewhere, in the Premier Division, Bilborough Town condemned Ruddington Village to finish in last place with a 3-2 win at Gedling Southbank. Underwood Villa made themselves safe from relegation with a 2-1 win over Magdala Amateurs and Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC ended Bingham Town’s hopes of finishing in the top three by beating them 4-1.
In Division One, Ashland Rovers claimed the runners up spot with a 4-1 win at Netherfield Albion. Keyworth United Reserves nudged Netherfield down into fourth place with a 3-2 win at Selston Reserves and Southwell City Reserves won by a similar scoreline at Awsworth Villa Reserves.
Newark Flowserve 4-0 Basford United Community
Woodthorpe Park Rangers 3-2 Burton Joyce
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In the Nottinghamshire Senior League, on the day where Newark Flowserve picked up their championship trophy they recorded their 31st win of the campaign, 4-2 against neighbours Southwell City. Elliot King set Newark on their way before Richard Brewer volleyed home the second from a James Cullingworth cross. Romello Nangle halved the deficit for Southwell but not for long as King grabbed his second from the penalty spot soon after. Sam Agar further extended the lead after the break before William Stocks made the scoreline slightly more respectable late on.
Awsworth Villa sealed the runners up spot for the second year in succession with a hard fought win over Cotgrave, Matt Murphy with the goal. It was Ryan Doherty’s last match at the helm for Villa as he is stepping down after three years.
Bingham Town still have a chance to sneak into third but they will have to turn around their current form, having lost three of the last four, including a 2-1 defeat to Attenborough on Saturday. Bingham had the bulk of the chances but only found the net once through Tom Spencer as they were otherwise denied by a solid defensive display. Paul Ireson and Jason Jude nabbed the three points for Borough.
Calverton Miners Welfare rounded out their season with a 5-1 win at Wollaton, including a Sam Buckle hat-trick. James Davis and Thomas Thraves were also on target, Daniel Chadwick with Wollo’s consolation.
Basford United Community have scored 21 goals in eight days after they saw off Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC 6-0. Ezra Kitungano (2), Betilson Paixao, Jack Wood, Anthoy Bedward and Ryan Oates all netted.
George Bosworth struck a hat-trick for AFC Dunkirk in their 4-0 win at Sandiacre Town. Sam Harbottle had set the ball rolling after 10 minutes.
A solitary Fionn Coffey effort saw Magdala Amateurs past Bilborough Town 1-0 despite Jack Cooper hitting the woodwork twice for Town.
Underwood Villa edged a nine goal thriller against Ruddington Village with all the goals scored by different players. Matthew Gooch, Craig Dainty, Stuart Grozier and Jake and Joe Wright netted for Villa, Danny Blanchard, Daniel Johnson, Jake Johnson-Foster and an own goal for Rudd.
Stapleford Town were crowned champions of Division One and celebrated with a 3-2 win over Mansfield Hosiery Mills. Ashland Rovers kept their hopes of the runners up spot alive with a 4-3 win at Selston Reserves.
In Division Two, champions Woodthorpe Park Rangers suffered only their second defeat of the season as they went down 5-2 at Southwell City Development while second placed Bridgford United finshed their campaign with a 2-2 draw against Burton Joyce.
Bingham Town Reserves and AFC Clifton also drew 2-2. Newark Flowserves Reserves won 5-3 at Nottingham City and Welbeck Lions Reserves overcame Keyworth United Development 2-0.
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Andy Frawley is a retired semi-professional footballer, however nowadays you will find him either running the streets of Nottingham or cycling on the roads across the county in a bid to keep fit and raise funds for Prostate Cancer – a charity very close to his heart. In 2013 Andy’s father told him he had prostate cancer, as you can imagine he was devastated by the news and automatically thought the worst. Andy, by his fathers’ side, watched him fight and beat this horrible disease. All of this was made more bearable by the fantastic support from the team at Prostate Cancer UK.
The Nottinghamshire Senior League (NSL) also lost long serving and popular referee Andrew Rolph to cancer earlier this year. As a show of solidarity, the three Nottinghamshire referee societies (Newark, Mansfield and Nottingham) have agreed to volunteer five referees from each society to take part in a penalty shootout during NSL finals day on Saturday 12 May, with Andy as the goalkeeper. All the societies have agreed to donate to the charity and this will be topped up by an equal donation from the NSL Referees Society.
His latest challenge is taking part in the Football to Amsterdam bike ride in association with Prostate Cancer. This involves cycling a gruelling 145 miles from Barnsley to Amsterdam over the weekend of 1-3 June 2018. The bike ride is backed by the FA and League Managers Association, and last year raised an incredible £600,000. The whole purpose of the challenge is to raise funds and awareness to beat a disease that kills one man every 45 minutes – a truly shocking statistic. Sadly Andy’s dad passed away in 2014, so he will be completing the bike ride in his memory.
Andy will be completing the challenge with a team of 14 guys from across Nottingham – Team Ding Dings. The team has currently raised just over £17,500 at the time of writing and are sitting second in the league table of fundraisers for the Barnsley start of the ride.
So, as well as hoping to stop the referees scoring in the half time penalty shootout, Andy is hoping to stop prostate cancer killing one man every 45 minutes. Every penny raised today and from the bike ride, will go towards life changing research. This will help towards one day eliminating this horrible disease through research into earlier detection; and also supporting families at their time of need. Every penny counts so please give generously today – you will be helping to save lives.
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Woodthorpe Park Rangers claim Division Two title...
In the Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division it was a good day for the home teams as all seven were victorious. This included Awsworth Villa preventing runaway champions Newark Flowserve from recording their 30th win of the season. Villa went ahead when Soloman Miller put through his own net in the first half following a Matt Goodwin cross. The points were sealed after the break with a Kyle Crofts goal making it 2-0.
The win allowed Awsworth to close the gap to FC Cavaliers in second after they went down 1-0 at Cotgrave. Ben Castell with the only goal.
A Mike Jepps brace saw Bingham Town past Underwood Villa 2-0 while Ruddington Village lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a 3-2 win against fifth placed Calverton Miners Welfare. Fraser Cannon-Brownlie, Daniel Johnson and Cayne Maxwell were all on target for Rudd, with Oliver Clarke and Jamie Humphries replying for Calvo.
Basford United Community were resounding 10-0 winners against Wollaton. John Beraki struck a hat-trick and Gideon Boateng grabbed two goals alongside efforts from Anthony Bedward, Ezra Kitungano, Max Pashley and Betilson Paixao.
Tom Haw netted twice for Magdala Amateurs as they overcame Sandiacre Town 3-1. Fionn Coffey was also on target, Tristan Comery with Town’s reply.
Adam Hassell scored one in each half for Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC in their 2-0 win over AFC Dunkirk.
In Division One, Stapleford Town took a big step towards securing the title with a 2-1 win over the one of the only two teams that can now catch them, Netherfield Albion. James Hunter struck the winner for Stapleford with a thunderbolt free kick into the top corner, his first goal of the season.
Ashland Rovers maintained a mathematical chance of finishing top, albeit they would need to close a huge gap in goal difference, with a 5-0 win over Ruddington Village Reserves. Matthew Hubbard and Paul Revuelta grabbed two goals each alongside one for Lee Townsend.
Kyle Clarkson scored four for Kirton Brickworks as they saw off Beeston Rylands 7-2 and Mansfield Hosiery Mills were 2-1 winners over Awsworth Villa Reserves.
In Division Two, Woodthorpe Park Rangers are champions following a 3-2 win at Newark Flowserve Reserves. Although Nathan Francis scored a hat-trick for Bridgford United in their 4-1 win at Sneinton Town they can no longer catch Woodthorpe.
Bingham Town Reserves were 3-1 winners over Burton Joyce and Welbeck Lions Reserves overcame Magdala Amateurs Reserves 4-3.