In the Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division, Bingham Town upset the form book by defeating table toppers West Bridgford 4-2.
Jay Archer put Town ahead after 15 minutes before Bridgford’s top scorer, Jurgen Charlesworth, levelled matters. John Morley restored Bingham’s lead before a Tom Spencer free-kick eluded everyone to take them in at the break 3-1 up.
Pat Newsome pulled one back for the home side to make it an interesting last quarter of an hour but the points were secured for Bingham when Spencer was brought down in the box and he dispatched the resultant penalty himself with three minutes remaining.
Clifton All Whites closed the gap at the top to 11 points with two games in hand after they beat Beeston 2-1. Beeston took the lead on 21 minutes but Clifton struck back either side of half-time through Jake Richardson and Craig Meakin.
Sam Winch’s first half strike was sufficient for Ruddington Village to see off Attenborough for the second time in as many weeks. The win leaves Rudd in third, 13 points off the top but, crucially, with six games in hand over West Bridgford.
Wollaton went two up at home to Burton Joyce thanks to Will Heath and Sean Green but BJ hit back through Tom Lawson and Kieran Fenton to claim a 2-2 draw.
Newark Flowserve continued their unbeaten run since Stephen Kirkham took over the reins as they secured their first league win of the season – 1-0 versus AFC Dunkirk – thanks to a Joe Hurst cross-cum-shot on the half hour mark.
Cotgrave recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time this season with a 1-0 victory over FC Cavaliers. Jordan Laird was the scorer.
In a scintillating NSL Senior Cup quarter-final Awsworth Villa edged past Unity 5-4 after extra-time. Ryan Whitehurst was the hero for Villa netting four times. Awsworth equalised in the 89th minute to take the tie into extra-time at 3-3 then claimed the winner in the 120th.
In Division One, South Normanton Town extended their lead to six points with a 3-0 win at Southwell City Reserves.
Ruddington Village Reserves bounced back from a 5-0 defeat the previous weekend to record a win by the same margin at Gedling Southbank. Sam Dunstan was on target four times with Des Orchard adding the other.
Aspley Park and Wollaton Reserves shared the points with a 2-2 draw. Sam Mannion and Gary Harris netted for Aspley, Ant Fragola and Oliver Reeves for Wollaton.
Jamie Crawford put Netherfield Albion ahead at home to Bilborough United but a Rob England hat-trick gave United the 3-1 victory.
Nottinghamshire and Clifton All Whites Reserves drew 1-1. Mark Greensmith scored for Notts, Brett Soiza for Clifton.
In Division Two, Keyworth United Reserves were the day’s biggest winners – 8-0 versus Bilborough Town Reserves.
Selston Reserves took a 2-0 lead into the break at home against Bulwell Reserves. The visitors drew level midway through the second half but two goals in the final two minutes for Selston gave them the 4-2 win.
Underwood Villa edged out Watnall Athletic 3-2 and Aspley Park Reserves drew 1-1 with Cotgrave Reserves.
by Robin Griffiths