Ruddington Village claim Premier Division title, Awsworth Villa Reserves steal top spot in Division Two
Ruddington Village are the new champions of the Precision Nottinghamshire Senior League Premier Division after they left it late to secure the three points needed for the title away at Bilborough Town.
With the game heading towards the final 10 minutes the deadlock was broken when Bilborough’s Mark Palmer put through his own net. The breakthrough gave Ruddington a lift and Daniel Cocks soon doubled the advantage.
The 2-0 win lifted Village to four points clear of Wollaton in second with only one game remaining, thereby sealing their first ever Premier Division title.
Division Two was also decided on Saturday with Bilsthorpe Reserves just needing a win at Aspley Park Reserves to overhaul Keyworth United Reserves and claim top spot. Despite twice being in front, it was not to be for Bilsthorpe.
Stuart Grainger put the visitors ahead with a penalty before James Owen equalised, also from the spot. Jack Warman then gave Bilsthorpe renewed hope but that lasted less than a minute as Sean Holmes got Aspley Park back on level terms from the restart. Bilsthorpe hit the woodwork late on but the score remained 2-2.
This result opened the door for Awsworth Villa Reserves to take the title if they could overcome Selston Reserves at home. And overcome them they did as goals from Jake Brooks, Ben Watson and Morgan Whitehurst gave them a 3-1 win which meant they were crowned Division Two champions.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division, Burton Joyce played their last ever match as the team is disbanding after the season. They went out on a high, though, as they demolished Attenborough 8-2.
Newark Flowserve completed their remarkable turnaround in the second half of the season to stave off the threat of relegation with a 3-0 win at home to Beeston. Wayne Ord (2) and substitute Leighton Nicholson did the damage with all the goals coming after the break.
Cotgrave should also be safe from relegation after they won 8-1 at Sandhurst on Friday evening. Adam Gray scored a hat-trick alongside efforts from Luke Buck, Dougie Mills and Adam Sinnott. Sandhurst scored two own goals but William Cox also managed a consolation strike in the correct end.
Unity held off late Bingham Town pressure to win 2-1 and Underwood shared the spoils with Real United in a 1-1 draw.
In Division One, Ruddington Village kept alive their hopes of finishing second as they defeated bottom club Kirton Brickworks 3-2. Ashland Rovers promotion bid was dented by a 3-0 home reverse to Wollaton Reserves whilst Bilborough United won by a similar scoreline at home to Netherfield Albion.
Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves rounded out their season with a 4-0 win over Gedling Southbank.