Awsworth Villa 2-1 Real United
Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves 3-1 South Normanton Town (aet)
The Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League reaches its conclusion this weekend with the finals of the Junior and Senior Cups.
South Normanton Town will be attempting to achieve the double of winning Division One and the Junior Cup when they face Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves in the final this evening at the New Manor Ground, Ilkeston, kick-off 7.45pm. Kimberley are attempting to retain the trophy that they won for the first time last year.
The final match of the whole season is the Senior Cup final on Saturday afternoon, 3pmkick-off, at the Ron Steel Sports Ground, Dunkirk. Real United and Awsworth Villa will both be battling to win the trophy for the first time in what will be a keen contest given the two sides finished in close proximity in the upper reaches of the Premier Division table.
Real reached the final with a comfortable 3-1 win over Clifton All Whites in the semi-final with top scorer Tim Hopkinson bagging a brace. Awsworth edged out Newark Flowserve 2-1 in their semi-final, Ryan Whitehurst scoring the second half winner.
Admission to each game is £3, concessions £1. Programmes are available.
The Junior Cup Final between South Normanton Town and Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves will now be played on Friday 13 May at the New Manor Ground, Ilkeston, 7.45pm kick-off.
Adults £3, concessions £1. Programme available.
Thank you to Ilkeston FC for stepping in at short notice following Tuesday's postponement.
Ruddington Village claim Premier Division title, Awsworth Villa Reserves steal top spot in Division Two
Ruddington Village are the new champions of the Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division after they left it late to secure the three points needed for the title away at Bilborough Town.
With the game heading towards the final 10 minutes the deadlock was broken when Bilborough’s Mark Palmer put through his own net. The breakthrough gave Ruddington a lift and Daniel Cocks soon doubled the advantage.
The 2-0 win lifted Village to four points clear of Wollaton in second with only one game remaining, thereby sealing their first ever Premier Division title.
Division Two was also decided on Saturday with Bilsthorpe Reserves just needing a win at Aspley Park Reserves to overhaul Keyworth United Reserves and claim top spot. Despite twice being in front, it was not to be for Bilsthorpe.
Stuart Grainger put the visitors ahead with a penalty before James Owen equalised, also from the spot. Jack Warman then gave Bilsthorpe renewed hope but that lasted less than a minute as Sean Holmes got Aspley Park back on level terms from the restart. Bilsthorpe hit the woodwork late on but the score remained 2-2.
This result opened the door for Awsworth Villa Reserves to take the title if they could overcome Selston Reserves at home. And overcome them they did as goals from Jake Brooks, Ben Watson and Morgan Whitehurst gave them a 3-1 win which meant they were crowned Division Two champions.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Burton Joyce played their last ever match as the team is disbanding after the season. They went out on a high, though, as they demolished Attenborough 8-2.
Newark Flowserve completed their remarkable turnaround in the second half of the season to stave off the threat of relegation with a 3-0 win at home to Beeston. Wayne Ord (2) and substitute Leighton Nicholson did the damage with all the goals coming after the break.
Cotgrave should also be safe from relegation after they won 8-1 at Sandhurst on Friday evening. Adam Gray scored a hat-trick alongside efforts from Luke Buck, Dougie Mills and Adam Sinnott. Sandhurst scored two own goals but William Cox also managed a consolation strike in the correct end.
Unity held off late Bingham Town pressure to win 2-1 and Underwood shared the spoils with Real United in a 1-1 draw.
In Division One, Ruddington Village kept alive their hopes of finishing second as they defeated bottom club Kirton Brickworks 3-2. Ashland Rovers promotion bid was dented by a 3-0 home reverse to Wollaton Reserves whilst Bilborough United won by a similar scoreline at home to Netherfield Albion.
Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves rounded out their season with a 4-0 win over Gedling Southbank.
Tonight's scheduled Junior Cup final between South Normanton Town and Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves has had to be postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
A new date for the tie will be confirmed in due course.
The Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division title could be decided this weekend. Ruddington Village currently head the table by one point from Wollaton. Ruddington have two games to play whereas Wollaton only have one remaining. If Ruddington win on Saturday, the title is theirs, any other result and it all comes down to Wednesday night’s match between the two sides.
Bilborough Town are Ruddington’s opponents on Saturday at Greenwich Avenue. Town are without Lyam Webster, Carl Woodward and Dale Kane but hope to welcome back up to six players who missed last week’s draw with Newark Flowserve.
Town (from): Ivanov, Lee, Battison, Caoduro, Jackson, Street, A Webster, Nadif, Roome, Palmer, Hayles, Cooper, J Kane, Hayles, T Law, R Law, Copeland, Morgan
Rudd (from): Benwell, Blanchard, Carver, Cocks, Davies, Edge, Hassell, Hopkinson, Hudson, Joseph, McGlaughlin, McMullen, Osborne, Rhodes, Rimington, Sansom, Sissons, Starbuck, Winch
The destination of the Division Two title will definitely be determined, with three teams still in the running. Keyworth United Reserves currently sit atop the table but they have already finished their league programme and therefore will be watching results elsewhere.
Bilsthorpe Reserves are away at Aspley Park Reserves, if they win they take the title but any other result opens the door for Awsworth Villa Reserves who are at home to Selston Reserves and can reach the summit with a win.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Burton Joyce will be playing their last ever game as the team is disbanding after this season. Attenborough are the visitors to The Poplars, they add Chris McGeown to the squad that defeated Awsworth in the groundhop game last weekend.
BJ (from): S Buckle, Cooper, Easom, Elsam, Fountain, Fraser, Lawson, Moorcroft, Rocca, T Ward, M Ward
Boro (from): Merritt, Cotton, Winfield, Bowles, McGeown, Oldham, Clarke, J Knight, N Knight, Smith, Warner, Cannon, Hobson, Allen
In Division One Ashland Rovers will be attempting to move into the top three when they host Wollaton Reserves. Rovers Manager Joe Kearney will be without up to nine regulars, including their three top scorers, Daniel Bircumshaw, Graham Beavis and Paul Revuelta.
Rovers (from): Goss, Greenham, Hall, Jackson, Langford, Martin, Mellors, C Mercer, G Mercer, Moss, A Revuelta, D Smith, L Smith, Summers
Wollaton (from): Chambers, Fawcett, Fragola, Killeavy, Klyman, B Labbate, F Labbate, Reeves, Sharpe, Thomson, Turner, Khachatour, Markowski
It was Groundhop weekend in the Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League with five matches staggered across two days, each attracting crowds in excess of 200.
The bonanza got underway in the Premier Division on Friday evening at The Strand as Attenborough hosted Awsworth Villa. The home side raced into a three goal lead thanks to Jack Warner (2) and Jack Wilkinson. Villa pulled one back in the opening minute of the second half through Danny Walsh but Warner went on to complete his hat-trick and also set up Jordan Smith to make the final score 5-1 to Boro.
The early kick-off on Saturday was between Beeston and Underwood Villa. It was a game of few chances that ended 0-0.
The cavalcade then moved into Division One for the lunchtime match between Bilborough United and Ashland Rovers. Having not seen a goal in the first game of the day the groundhoppers were more optimistic when, after seven minutes Bilborough’s Robert England attempted a lob. The Rovers keeper managed to parry England’s effort but didn’t make sufficient contact to prevent the ball dropping into the net.
That concluded the scoring, however, so Bilborough were 1-0 winners.
The weekend’s highest attendance was the 301 who witnessed Nottinghamshire versus Gedling Southbank in Division One. Southbank won 3-0 with all three goals coming from the boot of Oliver Seagrave.
The final match of the hop was back in the Premier Division where Real United and Unity drew 1-1. Unity took the lead through Kye Hall just after the break but Jamie Spiers equalised for Real with a long range free kick.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Wollaton took top spot from West Bridgford after a 4-0 win at Sandhurst with two goals in each half.
West Bridgford have now finished their league programme so the biggest threat to Wollaton are Ruddington Village, who are two points behind with two games in hand after they were 5-1 winners over FC Cavaliers.
Ruddington’s results on Wednesday evening at home to Sandhurst and on Saturday at Bilborough Town will determine whether their game against Wollaton the following Wednesday (11 May) is a ‘winner takes all’ affair.
AFC Dunkirk defeated Burton Joyce 3-1 and Newark Flowserve edged closer to safety with a 0-0 draw against Bilborough Town.
In Division One, the title has already gone to South Normanton Town, who were 5-2 winners at third-placed Ruddington Village Reserves. Magdala Amateurs gave themselves a fighting chance of finishing second with a 5-0 win over fourth placed Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves in their last match of the season.
Wollaton Reserves won 3-0 at bottom club Kirton Brickworks and Calverton Miners Welfare beat Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves 3-1 on Friday evening.
In Division Two, Awsworth Villa had a chance to wrap up the title if they could overcome Bilsthorpe Recerves at home. It was not to be, however, as the visitors won 1-0 with a second half penalty. The title race therefore rolls onto next Saturday.
Bingham Town Reserves were 6-1 winners over Cotgrave Reserves and AFC Clifton won 5-2 at Underwood Villa Reserves.
by Robin Griffiths