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