In the Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division, leaders Newark Flowserve will attempt to preserve their 100% record as they travel to Hollinwood Lane to face Calverton Miners Welfare. The hosts make a number of changes to the squad that lost out to AFC Dunkirk in midweek, including the return of last season’s top two scorers, Sam Buckle and Dane Bennett.
Cotgrave are the division’s only other unbeaten side; they welcome Attenborough to Woodview. Boro’s five matches so far have included seven goals on average, unfortunately they have only outscored their opponents once. By contrast, Cotgrave drew 0-0 last time out.
Bilborough Town, on a four game winning streak, welcome back Conner Croft, Chris Rhodes and Ian Jackson to give them a full squad bar Jake Kane as Underwood Villa are the visitors to the Harvey Hadden Stadium.
Basford United Community have Danny Brown, Diaz Cameron and Raequon Noon-Brandy back in the squad following their absences last week, but will be missing Sam Winch and Joe Harrison through injury, as they host Southwell City at Greenwich Avenue.
Sandiacre Town take their three game winning run to the Forest Recreation Ground to face FC Cavaliers, who had a series of three wins on the trot themselves until they lost to Magdala Amateurs in midweek.
That was Magdala’s first win of the season. They will try and build on that as they host Gedling Southbank at Roko. Gedling are looking for their first points of the season but have only had two outings so far.
Awsworth Villa entertain Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC, who are under the caretaker stewardship of Andy Miller and Danny Staley, at The Shilo.
After opening with a win and a draw Ruddington Village have since suffered a run of four defeats. They will hope for an upturn in fortunes as they travel to the WSA to play Wollaton.
Bingham Town will be looking forward to being back home at Butt Field after a three game losing spell on the road. AFC Dunkirk are the visitors.
In Division One, Ravenshead have found life difficult in their first three games since their promotion. They will attempt to register their first point as Beeston Rylands visit Cornwater. They will have to do so without Ryan Faulconbridge, however, and there are also late fitness tests for Chris Bovey and Steve Radzynski
Kirkby hits four, King five...
In the Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division, last season’s Senior Cup winners, Cotgrave, continued their strong start to this campaign with a 5-1 win at newly promoted Gedling Southbank. A Lee Potts free-kick got Cotgrave off the mark after eight minutes then Jay Kirkby doubled the advantage soon after. Gedling managed to pull one back before the break but Kirkby restored the two goal cushion from the penalty spot before adding two more to take his tally for the day, and indeed season, to four.
After dramatically overturning a three goal deficit in midweek to win 4-3 against Southwell City there was less doubt about the outcome of Newark Flowserve’s encounter with Attenborough as they ran out 8-0 victors, preserving their 100% record. Elliott King opened the scoring then the next three goals were shared between Daryl Price, Sol Miller and Jack Beckett. King added his second to make the half time score 5-0 then struck three more after the interval.
FC Cavaliers stayed third thanks to a 3-0 win over Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC. Mustapha John, David Kolapo and Steven Beejer were the scorers. Matt Hind departed the manager’s role at Kimberley after the defeat.
Southwell City leapfrogged Sandiacre Town into fourth on goals scored after they were 5-0 winners at Underwood Villa. Romello Nangle won and converted a penalty after five minutes then went on to complete his hat-trick with strikes in the 43rd and 72nd minute. Jonathan Nussey drove home soon after and a Dalton Stephens header rounded out the victory.
Sandiacre saw off Ruddington Village 4-1. Blaise Duruaku was the main man for Town, scoring two and setting up one for Charlie Goodwin.
After opening with two defeats Bilborough Town have now won the next three, the latest being 2-1 against Calverton Miners Welfare. Luke McKeag put Town ahead before Kamar Davis doubled the lead on his debut. Lewis Wheelhouse pulled one back for Calvo.
Jake Fisher netted a hat-trick for Wollaton, including two in two minutes midway through the first half, as his side saw off AFC Dunkirk 4-1. Callum Barratt was the other Wollo scorer, Ross McCaughey with the Boatmen’s consolation.
A Ryan Whitehurst brace saw Awsworth Villa to their first win of the season, 2-0 against Bingham Town.
Basford United Community also registered their first three point haul as they overcame Magdala Amateurs 4-1. The Basford goals were shared between Riece Bertram, Harry Wakefield, Ian Green and Anthony Graham; James Beavon got Magdala’s reply.
Division One leaders Netherfield Albion weren’t in action but newly promoted Selston Reserves moved into second with a 2-0 win at Southwell City Reserves. New team Stapleford Town continued their encouraging start to life in the NSL by defeating Bilborough United 4-2, taking third spot in the process.
Kirton Brickworks are up to fourth following their 6-3 win against Real Community while Mansfield Hosiery Mills saw off Ruddington Village Reserves 5-1.
Wollaton Reserves were 3-1 winners against AFC Bridgford.
In Division Two Burton Joyce were the day’s big winners, 10-0 against Barrowby. Cameron Marsh and Harry Woodward both recorded hat-tricks in the rout.
Kirton Brickworks Reserves overcame Gedling Southbank Reserves 3-2 while Sneinton Town won by a similar scoreline at home to Greyhounders.
Bingham Town Reserves defeated Southwell City Development 2-0 while Newark Flowserve Reserves won 3-1 at AFC Clifton
Cotgrave are the early leaders...
In the Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division, Cotgrave are the early leaders following their 4-1 win over Ruddington Village on Friday night. Tom Potts opened the scoring with an individual effort before a long range Gethyn Tustin strike doubled the advantage. Although Ruddington pulled one back, Sam Adams dispatched a penalty after the break to restore the two goal cushion. Potts rounded out the win with his second of the night.
FC Cavaliers’ strong start sees them move up to second with a 6-1 win over Attenborough. Ako Abdullah put Cavs ahead with a free kick before they were pegged back by Liam Slater. Midway through the first half Mustapha John got the home side in front again before another free kick from Abdullah just before the break and Blessing Adeleye steering home in stoppage time making it 4-1. Mathias Amponsem of FC Cavaliers was dismissed on the hour mark but it didn’t prevent David Kolapo getting on the scoresheet and John notching his second to complete the rout.
Southwell City have got into their stride following their opening day defeat; they saw off Sandiacre Town 4-1. Romello Nangle put City in front on 40 minutes from a Calum Law cross. Law himself made it two on the hour mark before Kamen Brown reduced the arrears with a long range effort. Nangle had a spell in the sin bin but won a penalty on his return to the pitch in the 87th minute. He stepped up to bury the spot kick himself then completed his hat-trick with a shot that struck the crossbar and bounced over the line.
Bingham Town almost let a three goal lead slip as they eventually triumphed over Wollaton 3-2. A Tom Spencer double and Phil Leggett strike had the home side cruising but Ben Branston and Jason Rimmell for Wollaton made for a nervy finish to the game which Bingham ultimately held out to win.
Bilborough Town got their first points on the board with a 2-1 win against AFC Dunkirk. Ricky Law got both of Town’s goals midway through the first half. Dunkirk pulled one back before the interval from the penalty spot but couldn’t make further inroads.
Calverton Miners Welfare got their first win of the season on Friday night, 3-1 away at Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC, despite playing the last 20 minutes with 10 men following Sam Buckle’s straight red card. Ryan Easom and Dane Bennett put Calvo two up before Buckle received his marching orders. Substitute Toby King then extended the advantage before an Adam Hassell thunderbolt of a free kick completed the scoring.
Underwood Villa got up and running with a 6-1 win at Gedling Southbank, including being two to the good inside two minutes. Callum Thompson and Jake Hackett both bagged braces alongside efforts from Luke Williams and Ashley Foster. Thomas Jeffries with GSB’s consolation.
Basford United Community and Awsworth Villa are both still looking for their first win of the season as they drew 3-3. Harry Wakefield and Coury Grantham put Basford two up but Matt Goodwin and Josh Niblett got Villa back on level terms. Wakefield got his second from the penalty spot just after the break but Ben Watson ensured it was honours even.
Netherfield Albion are the early pacesetters in Division One as a 4-0 victory at Ruddington Village took them to three wins from three. Selston Reserves and Keyworth United Reserves also have 100% records from the two games they have played. Selston beat Bilborough United 8-0, including four goals from Klarke Greenham and three from Jordan Black. Keyworth also had a four goal striker, in the form of Scott Litchfield, as they won 5-2 at AFC Bridgford.
Aaron Norman struck twice for Kirton Brickworks in their 3-2 win over Southwell City Reserves and Jake Walker got a hat-trick for Ashland Rovers as they opened their campaign with a 6-2 win at Awsworth Villa Reserves.
Beeston Rylands got off the mark by beating Real Community 5-0, there were doubles for Henry Sainsbury and Jason Simnett; while Mansfield Hosiery Mills edged out Ravenshead 1-0.
In Division Two, new boys Woodthorpe Park Rangers lead the way following their emphatic 7-0 victory at Kirton Brickworks Reserves. Chris Bradford scored all four of Bingham Town Reserves’ goals but it wasn’t enough as they went down 5-4 to second placed Welbeck Lions Reserves.
Barrowby got their first point on the board with a 1-1 draw at AFC Clifton. It would have been all three but for a late equaliser. Burton Joyce kicked off their campaign with a 3-1 win over Keyworth United Development while Southwell City Development won 2-0 at Gedling Southbank Reserves.
Magdala Amateurs Reserves beat Nottingham City 2-1.
In the Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division, last season’s high flyers, Bilborough Town, haven’t got off to the start they would have wanted with two defeats from two so far. New signings Ryan Clements and Chris Rhodes, and Dale Kane come into the squad that lost to FC Cavaliers in midweek as they welcome AFC Dunkirk to the Harvey Hadden Stadium. Connor Croft is still suspended.
After an abandonment in their first match Sandiacre Town went to Awsworth Villa in midweek and humbled last season’s runners up, running out 5-0 winners. They will look to take that form into their visit to new boys Southwell City’s War Memorial Ground.
Cotgrave managed a draw last time out despite being reduced to nine players before half-time, they welcome Ruddington Village, who also picked up a point in the week, to Woodview.
Gedling Southbank are getting their season underway, after having been part of the abandoned game with Sandiacre, by entertaining Underwood Villa at Hollinwood Lane. Villa are looking to put their first points on the board.
Also attempting to get off the mark are Attenborough and Basford United Community, who visit FC Cavaliers and host Awsworth respectively.
Magdala Amateurs, who have drawn their opening two fixtures, visit Hawton Lane to take on Newark Flowserve.
Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC welcome Calverton Miners Welfare to the Stag Ground whilst Bingham Town entertain Wollaton at Butt Field.
In Division One, Netherfield Albion are top of the pile with two wins from two. They head to Elms Park to play Ruddington Village Reserves.
AFC Bridgford will get their season underway with the visit of Keyworth United Reserves to Gresham Sports Park whilst Ashland Rovers also have their first run out with a trip to The Shilo and Awsworth Villa Reserves.
New boys Beeston Rylands are looking to get off the mark at the third time of asking as they head to the Inspire Stadium to play Real Community.
Kirton Brickworks host Southwell City Reserves, Mansfield Hosiery Mills welcome Ravenshead and Bilborough United head to Selston Reserves.
Woodthorpe Park Rangers have made an impressive start to life in Division Two; they take their 100% record to Forest Lane to play Kirton Brickworks Reserves. Welbeck Lions Reserves have also won two from two, they welcome Bingham Town Reserves to Elkesley Road.
Magdala Amateurs Reserves got off the mark with a win against Sneinton Town in the week, they will try and take that form into their encounter with Nottingham City at Roko.
Burton Joyce entertain Keyworth United Development at The Poplars, AFC Clifton host Barrowby at Charnwood Sports Centre and Gedling Southbank Reserves meet Southwell City Development.
Goals Galore as the Season Gets Underway...
There were plenty of goals as the Nottinghamshire Senior League got underway. Southwell City, having moved across from the Central Midland League, had a baptism of fire as they were involved in a 10 goal thriller with AFC Dunkirk. Romello Nangle netted a hat-trick for the new boys, alongside a Mitchell Slawson tap-in, but it wasn’t sufficient as Dunkirk had a three-goal hero themselves in the shape of Sam Harbottle. Lorcan Hickey, Luis Parkes and Joseph Ellis were also on the scoresheet.
An Elliott King double helped Newark Flowserve on their way to a 3-1 win at Basford United Community. Harry Wakefield pulled one back from the penalty spot for Basford midway through the second half but the two goal cushion was restored with an own goal in the last 10 minutes.
Ruddington Village were also 3-1 winners, at FC Cavaliers. Sam Dunstan, prolific for Rudd’s Reserves in recent seasons, grabbed one of the three with Fergus Cannon-Brownlee and Dominic Pearce the others. Blessing Adeleye replied for Cavs.
Last season’s Senior Cup winners, Cotgrave opened up with a 4-2 win at Underwood Villa. The goals were shared between Lee Potts, Shaun Jackson, Joe Hegarty and Dougie Mills; Matthew and Jason Gooch for Villa.
Tom Spencer and Scott Buckberry gave Bingham Town a 2-0 half-time lead over Attenborough. Spencer’s second after the break meant that Liam Slater and Jordan Ruck strikes for Boro weren’t enough as the home side won 3-2.
Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC got their first season at this level, following promotion from Division One, off to a winning start as a Matt Clowes goal just after the interval was enough to see off Bilborough Town.
Awsworth Villa and Wollaton shared eight goals. Ben Watson put Villa ahead only for Wollaton to strike back through last season’s record goalscorer, Jake Fisher, Ash Kelly and Daniel Chadwick. Watson got his second to reduce the arrears before a Fisher penalty restored the two goal advantage. Awsworth didn’t lie down, however, and Shaw Hutchinson and Matt Goodwin netted in the last 10 minutes to ensure a share of the spoils.
Magdala Amateurs came from behind twice to earn a point at newly promoted Calverton Miners Welfare in a 2-2 draw. Dane Bennett and Sam Buckle were on target for Calvo; Daniel Barton and Tom Haw for The Budgies.
Sandiacre Town’s match with Gedling Southbank unfortunately had to be abandoned following a serious leg injury to Town’s captain, Lukas Room.
In Division One, Keyworth United Reserves were the only home team to win, and they had to come from behind to eventually prevail 6-1 over Bilborough United, Scott Litchfield netting a hat-trick.
In a clash of two teams new to the NSL Stapleford Town took the honours with a 4-0 win at Beeston Rylands. There were 3-0 wins for Ruddington Village Reserves, Selston Reserves and Awsworth Villa Reserves at Mansfield Hosiery Mills, Ravenshead and Real Community respectively.
Meanwhile, Netherfield Albion won 2-0 at Southwell City Reserves and whilst Kirton Brickworks and Wollaton Reserves drew 2-2.
There are a number of new teams in Division Two, most notably Woodthorpe Park Rangers saw off Barrowby 5-0 while Bridgford United won 6-2 at Kirton Brickworks Reserves, including a Nathan Francis hat-trick.
Chris Self also bagged three goals as Newark Flowserve Reserves overcame Gedling Southbank Reserves 5-1. Welback Lions Reserves won 4-2 at Magdala Amateurs Reserves and AFC Clifton got off to a winning start at home to Greyhounders, 2-0.
In the meeting of the two development sides Southwell City edged past Keyworth United 2-1 while Nottingham City and Bingham Town Reserves drew 1-1
14th season set to kick off...
The Nottinghamshire Senior League is back and is stronger than ever as it kicks off its 14th season on Saturday. With 52 teams across three divisions, including 17 that have joined the league this season, it is looking likely to be the most competitive campaign yet.
With champions Clifton All Whites gaining promotion, last season’s runners up, Awsworth Villa, will look to go one better this term as they kick off at The Shilo against Wollaton. Bilborough Town were leaders for much of last season, they get underway by welcoming the promoted Division One runners up, Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC, to Greenwich Avenue.
The Division One winners, Calverton Miners Welfare, make their top flight bow by entertaining Magdala Amateurs at Hollinwood Lane, while Southwell City, having moved across from the Central Midlands League, open up away at the Ron Steel Sports Ground against AFC Dunkirk.
Newark Flowserve, with Stephen Kirkham back in the management team alongside Craig Roche, travel to Greenwich Avenue to face Basford United Community. With a new look backroom team, former champions Ruddington Village take on FC Cavaliers at Elms Park.
Sandiacre Town host newly promoted Gedling Southbank at St Giles while Underwood Villa entertain last season’s Senior Cup winners, Cotgrave. Bingham Town and Attenborough meet at Butt Field.
In Division One, two promoted teams renew rivalries as Ravenshead welcome Selston Reserves to Cornwater. The hosts have three new signings in the squad in the shape of ex-Selston front man Steve Radzynski, Dean Bussey and Corey Ashley.
Two of the league’s new teams face each other as Beeston Rylands kick off against Stapleford Town at Chilwell Olympia. Bilborough United are back and get underway with a trip to Platt Lane to play Keyworth United Reserves.
A reformed Real Community host last season’s Junior Cup winners, Awsworth Villa Reserves, at the Inspire Stadium while promoted Mansfield Hosiery Mills will test themselves with the visit of Ruddington Village Reserves to The Fieldings.
Kirton Brickworks entertain Wollaton Reserves at Station Road and Southwell City Reserves welcome Netherfield Albion to the War Memorial Ground.
There are a host of new clubs in Division Two, including new arrival from the Grantham and District League, Barrowby, they get underway with a trip to Eagle Valley to face fellow new boys Woodthorpe Park Rangers.
While Barrowby are to the east, Welbeck Lions Reserves are extending the league’s footprint to the north. They open up with a visit to Roko to play newly formed Magdala Amateurs Reserves. Two other new reserves sides, from Gedling Southbank and Newark Flowserve, meet at Hollinwood Lane.
Southwell City and Keyworth United are helping to bridge the gap between youth and open age football by bringing Development sides to the NSL, they go head-to-head at Fiskerton Road.
Nottingham City, joining from the NAA, host Bingham Town Reserves at Birchover Park, while there is a first meeting between AFC Clifton and Greyhounders at Charnwood Sports Centre following the former’s relegation last term.