Historic match in Division One; Senior Cup holders knocked out...
The weekend’s action in the Nottinghamshire Senior League got underway with an historic match on Friday night in Division One as, for the first time ever, the team of match officials were all female (see attached photo | Captains of Keyworth United Reserves and Stapleford Town pictured with match officials (L-R) Grace Lowe, Stacey Hall and Leanne Woodhead | credit: Robin Griffiths). Keyworth United Reserves came from behind to inflict the first defeat of the season on table-toppers Stapleford Town, 3-1. Liam Honeyman put the visiting side ahead but efforts from Daniel Hough, Liam Smallwood and Scott Litchfield gave Keyworth the three points, moving them up to third.
Also on Friday night the Senior Cup got underway as Bilborough Town hosted Basford United Community. Anthony Graham put Basford ahead before the home side struck back through Connor Croft. Graham then added two more for his hat-trick and a bit of breathing space for his side before Croft netted again for Bilborough, making the final score 3-2 to Basford.
On Saturday two, Premier Division teams departed the cup at the hands of lower division opposition. Ashland Rovers were comprehensive 4-1 winners over Sandiacre Town with two goals apiece for Paul Revuelta and Ben Sherratt. Ethan Winfield got one back for Sandiacre but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation. It was a closer affair between Beeston Rylands and Gedling Southbank with the home side eventually prevailing 4-3. Henry Sainsbury (2), Aden Ashley and Ryan Steel were all on target for Beeston; Joshua Price, Luke Pickard and Raheem Suban for GSB.
Ravenshead came close to emulating their Division One colleagues’ achievements but Wollaton eventually triumphed in extra time following a stalemate at 90 minutes. Jake Fisher and Ryan Tinsley gave the 2015 winners a 2-0 victory. Mansfield Hosiery Mills also made a fight of it against FC Cavaliers as they twice led thanks to a Luke Greaves brace. Goals from David Kolapo (2), Mustapha John and Zibusiso Sibanda ultimately saw Cavs through 4-2.
The current holders, Cotgrave, are out despite having been 3-0 up against Calverton Miners Welfare courtesy of Ben Castell, Jamie Kirkby and Dougie Mills. Calvo hit back through Sam Buckle, Matthew Newton, George Scrivener and an own goal to take the tie 4-3.
Ruddington Village found their shooting boots after a wretched run of form as they saw off Awsworth Villa 5-1. Sam Dunstan grabbed a hat-trick alongside efforts from Fraser Cannon-Brownlie and Jake Dyer; Dan Faulkner with the consolation for the 2016 winners.
In the two other all-Premier Division ties Bingham Town dispatched Attenborough 4-1 thanks to Chris Bradford (2), Scott Buckberry and Tom Spencer; Paul Ireson with Boro’s reply, and Underwood Villa overcame AFC Dunkirk 3-0 with Chris Neilson, Callum Thompson and Jake Hackett all on target.
Southwell City defeated Division One high flyers Netherfield Albion 5-1. Albion actually took the lead through Brent Horton but a Jonathan Nussey hat-trick and Romello Nangle brace saw the higher ranked side home.
In the only tie that pitted two Division One sides against each other, Kirton Brickworks won 3-2 at AFC Bridgford. Ryan Keeley scored his fourth and fifth goals in the last four games to put The Brickies two up but Bridgford hit back through Thomas Teer and Callum Donnelly. The scores were only briefly level, however, as Scott Ricketts sealed the win for the visitors.
In league action in Division One, Bilborough United got their first win of the campaign, 4-1 at Wollaton Reserves, and Real Community saw off Awsworth Villa Reserves 5-2.
In Division Two, leaders Woodthorpe Park Rangers maintained their 100% record, winning 6-3 at Burton Joyce. AFC Clifton were the division’s biggest winners, 7-2 at home to Keyworth United Development. Gedling Southbank Reserves came close to that though, winning 6-2 against Welbeck Lions Reserves. As did Greyhounders, who got their first win of the season, 6-2 at Nottingham City.
Bridgford United edged past Southwell City Development 3-2 and Sneinton Town won by a similar scoreline at home to Bingham Town Reserves