It was Groundhop weekend in the Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League with five matches staggered across two days, each attracting crowds in excess of 200.
The bonanza got underway in the Premier Division on Friday evening at The Strand as Attenborough hosted Awsworth Villa. The home side raced into a three goal lead thanks to Jack Warner (2) and Jack Wilkinson. Villa pulled one back in the opening minute of the second half through Danny Walsh but Warner went on to complete his hat-trick and also set up Jordan Smith to make the final score 5-1 to Boro.
The early kick-off on Saturday was between Beeston and Underwood Villa. It was a game of few chances that ended 0-0.
The cavalcade then moved into Division One for the lunchtime match between Bilborough United and Ashland Rovers. Having not seen a goal in the first game of the day the groundhoppers were more optimistic when, after seven minutes Bilborough’s Robert England attempted a lob. The Rovers keeper managed to parry England’s effort but didn’t make sufficient contact to prevent the ball dropping into the net.
That concluded the scoring, however, so Bilborough were 1-0 winners.
The weekend’s highest attendance was the 301 who witnessed Nottinghamshire versus Gedling Southbank in Division One. Southbank won 3-0 with all three goals coming from the boot of Oliver Seagrave.
The final match of the hop was back in the Premier Division where Real United and Unity drew 1-1. Unity took the lead through Kye Hall just after the break but Jamie Spiers equalised for Real with a long range free kick.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Wollaton took top spot from West Bridgford after a 4-0 win at Sandhurst with two goals in each half.
West Bridgford have now finished their league programme so the biggest threat to Wollaton are Ruddington Village, who are two points behind with two games in hand after they were 5-1 winners over FC Cavaliers.
Ruddington’s results on Wednesday evening at home to Sandhurst and on Saturday at Bilborough Town will determine whether their game against Wollaton the following Wednesday (11 May) is a ‘winner takes all’ affair.
AFC Dunkirk defeated Burton Joyce 3-1 and Newark Flowserve edged closer to safety with a 0-0 draw against Bilborough Town.
In Division One, the title has already gone to South Normanton Town, who were 5-2 winners at third-placed Ruddington Village Reserves. Magdala Amateurs gave themselves a fighting chance of finishing second with a 5-0 win over fourth placed Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves in their last match of the season.
Wollaton Reserves won 3-0 at bottom club Kirton Brickworks and Calverton Miners Welfare beat Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves 3-1 on Friday evening.
In Division Two, Awsworth Villa had a chance to wrap up the title if they could overcome Bilsthorpe Recerves at home. It was not to be, however, as the visitors won 1-0 with a second half penalty. The title race therefore rolls onto next Saturday.
Bingham Town Reserves were 6-1 winners over Cotgrave Reserves and AFC Clifton won 5-2 at Underwood Villa Reserves.
by Robin Griffiths