The Precision NSL league season came to a conclusion with three games in Division One. The bottom two teams had been decided when Southwell City Reserves drew with Awsworth Villa Reserves in midweek, condemning the latter to the drop alongside Magdala Amateurs. So then it just remained to determine who would finish bottom.
Awsworth were in last place at the start of the day and things didn’t look good after they lost 3-1 at home to Linby Colliery Welfare Reserves. Luke Price scored a first half hat-trick, including two penalties, for Linby; Juan Vickers got Villa’s reply.
Magdala Amateurs, however, contrived to take the basement position, by virtue of an inferior goal difference, after they were beaten 4-0 at Ashland Rovers. Pete Dunn and Richard Guest scored two apiece for Rovers.
Southwell City Reserves stayed third from bottom after losing 7-3 to Wollaton Reserves. Oliver Watson (2) and Charlie Wand netted for City but they were outdone by Perris Thomas (2), Ant Fragola (2), Robert Searcy, Roy Killeavy and Paul Markowski for Wollaton.
Attention now turns to the Junior and Senior Cup finals.
On Tuesday Linby Colliery Welfare Reserves will attempt to defend the Junior Cup when they face Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves at Greenwich Avenue, home of Basford United (7.30pm).
Then on Wednesday evening the teams who finished first and second in the Senior Division, Wollaton and West Bridgford, will contest the Senior Cup final, also at Greenwich Avenue (7.30pm).
It would be a major trophy for West Bridgford, who are only in their fourth season of existence. Wollaton are attempting to win the cup for the first time since 2009 and claim the double in the process, a decade since they last achieved the feat.