Match Report 04/09/2021
Euro Soccer Notts Senior League action returned on Friday night as four games kicked off the weekend. Both wings of Southwell City fell to losses as the first team went down 4-3 away to Dunkirk in the Premier Division, and the reserves losing another high-scoring tie, 2-3, at home to Beeston Old Boys in Division One. Elsewhere in Division One, Radcliffe Olympic hosted Radford Reserves in a top of the table clash that resulted in a 1-0 win for the hosts to put them at first place after 3 games played. The final Friday night fixture saw, in Division Two South, a battle of the reserves with Cotgrave Reserves defeating Pass Move Grin Reserves in a 3-1 win thanks to goals from Shay Larcombe, Marcus Cox, and substitute Brannon Blackamore.
The rest of the Premier Division kicked off on Saturday. Wollaton drew 2-2 away to Aslockton, coming back from 2-0 down in the second half, dominating possession and getting the all-important equaliser through Luke Davies and the away side almost made it 3-2 with a last-minute header that just went wide. If lots of goals are what you want from a grassroots tie then Butt Field was the place to be as Bingham Town hosted Woodthorpe Park in an entertaining 5-5 draw. Another high-scoring fixture came to Ilkeston Town as Cotgrave couldn't replicate their reserves' success from the night before, falling 5-3 to the Robins' development side. Other results include Cavaliers getting their first win of the season over FC Sez, Sandiacre Town and Stapleford Town achieving wins over Attenborough and Keyworth United respectively. Ravenshead squandered a 2 goal lead to Bilborough at the Harvey Hadden Stadium to only come away with a point.
Division One saw 6 games on the fourth of September. FC Geordie lost their 3-1 lead away to a Benjamin Cummings inspired AFC Top Valley to come away with a 4-4 draw. An emphatic 4-0 win, with four different goalscorers, over Kirton Brickworks puts Beeston into second place. Ruddington Village got their season up and running getting their first win of the season against Medan Vale Colts at Elms Park, scoring four goals. Results elsewhere included Stapleford Town Reserves falling 2-1 to Gedling Southbank, Hucknall Town Reserves blowing Pythian out of the water with a 5-2 away win. Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves picking up a point in a 2-2 draw away to West Bridgeford, the travelling side conceding an 89th minute goal from Jerome Tomlinson.
Across both the North and South of Division Two, we saw some great games. This weekend saw the North Division give us 33 goals across 6 games, Shirebrook Soldiers continued their top form with three wins in three beating Rushcliffe 6-2, being 4-0 up at halftime and Ben Charlesworth getting his hattrick. Jake Fischer did one better and got 4 goals as Bestwood Colliery beat Blidworth Welfare by 8 goals to 2, we got two 5-1 games with Nottingham Community overturning Education FC, to keep the home side winless, and Ravenshead turning over Phoenix Inham. The two fixtures not like the others with regular scorelines saw Arnold Town's reserves beating Netherfield 2-0 and Trent Vineyard getting the three points at home to FC Mansfield with a 1-0 win.
Only 4 games in the South Division but still as exciting as the North. Keyworth United Reserves moved to the top of the table with a commanding 8-1 win over Aslockton & Orston Reserves, Benjamin Widdowson with four goals for the victors. East Leake Robins hosted AC United, the home side's manager telling his players that you're playing top of the league and that was all the motivation they needed. However, East Leake would find themselves 2-0 down at half time, AC United a physical side beating East Leake to the ball. The second half was all East Leake though, hitting the woodwork twice before eventually getting an all important goal that inspired them to achieve a wonderous 3-2 win thanks to a late goal from Ash Way. Division Two South also saw Fernwood Foxes defeat Elston United 2-0 away from home and AFC Colsterworth beating Beeston's reserves 4-2.
The Foundation division kicked off properly this weekend and gave us two 4-4 draws, Wollaton Reserves conceding a late penalty away to South Notts AFC and another late goal meant Manor FC didn't come away with three points away to AFC Rufford, in what has been described as an exciting affair with Manor being 4-1 up until a sending off swung the momentum in Rufford's favour. Sutton Travelers lived up to their name and won away to the development side of Stapleford Town with Sutton edging a six goal affair for a 4-2. Our final showcased fixtures included AFC Bull Farm and Carlton Town Lions achieving the all-important three points over their opponents Phoenix Inham Reserves and Rushcliffe Reserves.