In the Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division leaders Bilborough Town suffered their first league defeat of the season, 3-2 at the hands of Newark Flowserve. Elliott King broke the deadlock for Newark in the opening minutes before Ricky Cross equalised with a free-kick after a quarter of an hour. Another free-kick from another Ricky – Law this time – put Bilborough ahead just after the break but the underdogs struck back as King grabbed his second and substitute Chris Self secured the three points.
Second placed Awsworth Villa were three down in the opening 30 minutes at home to Magdala Amateurs thanks to some clinical finishing from the visitors. Villa managed to eventually spur themselves into action and ended up running out 5-3 winners through Ryan Whitehurst (2), Matt Goodwin, Josh Niblett and Jos Butterfield-Steele.
At the other end of the table the bottom two sides at the start of the day met as FC Cavaliers hosted Bingham Town. Tom Spencer scored just before half-time then scored a penalty with 15 minutes remaining to give Bingham a 2-0 victory that lifts them up to 14th.
Attenborough have dropped into the bottom two after they went down 4-0 at third-placed Basford United Community. Harry Wakedfield (2), Ezra Kitungano and Joe Harrison were the Basford scorers.
A Jake Fisher brace put Wollaton on the road to a 2-1 victory at AFC Dunkirk. Pierce Bird’s effort was too little too late for the hosts. Cotgrave and Aston United shared the points with a 1-1 draw. Lee Potts was on target for Cotgrave, Shay Wiggins for Aston.
Nottingham Trent University beat Sandiacre Town 2-0 in a match that saw both sides reduced to 10 men. Jack Mordecai netted a penalty on the stroke of half-time and Will Daly rounded off the scoring early in the second period.
Clifton All Whites saw off Unity 5-0 thanks to Niall O’Rafferty (2), Jaylee Hodgson, Sam Leggitt and Kyle Shaw.
In Division One AFC Bridgford missed the opportunity to close the gap on the top two as they went down 2-0 at Kimberley Miners Welfare. Alex Shipley scored in the first half, Matt Clowes doubled the advantage after the break.
Gedling Southbank won 2-1 at Netherfield Albion while Reece Campbell bagged a brace for Southwell City Reserves in their 3-1 win over Birchover Park.
Kirton Brickworks got back to winning ways as they overcame AFC Clifton 3-1; Bilborough United and Awsworth Villa drew 1-1.
Wollaton Reserves and Keyworth United Reserves were in NSL Junior Cup action. Scores were level at 1-1 after 90 minutes but ultimately Wollaton had more gas in their tank as they won 4-1 after extra-time.
In Division Two Aslockton Cranmers inflicted leaders Selston Reserves’ first defeat of the season and, in so doing, preserved their own unbeaten record. In a close fought encounter Aslockton took the lead after three minutes then managed to keep their noses ahead to eventually win 4-3.
Team DNF maintained their 100% record with a 2-1 win at Bingham Town Reserves and Basford United Community were 3-2 winners at home to West Bridgford AFC.
by Robin Griffiths