NOTTS SENIOR LEAGUE REVIEW FOR SATURDAY 16th AUGUST 2014
by Robin Griffiths
The opening weekend of the Nottinghamshire Senior League saw last season’s Senior Division champions, Selston, pitted against the Divison One victors, Kirton Brickworks, at Station Road.
A rebuilding operation has been undertaken at Kirton during the off season, following a large number of first team regulars leaving the club, so it was always going to be a tough debut in the Senior Division against a club like Selston.
Although the Brickies were the home side they set themselves up to frustrate their opponents in the hope of catching them on the counter right from the beginning.
The tactics appeared to be working as they made it to half time at 0-0. The turning point came five minutes into the second half when Jordan Bellis, the Kirton right back, was sent off for an off-the-ball incident.
Selston finally managed to turn their possession into a goal after 61 minutes when Josh Harbor crossed for Wayne Cooke to head home. They then sealed the points by making it 2-0 with ten minutes remaining courtesy of a 20 yard strike by Jay Cooper.
Despite hitting the woodwork twice in the first half Bingham Town, another of the promoted sides, were beaten 1-0 at home by Cotgrave, the goal coming from Jamie Kirby after 80 minutes.
West Bridgford, the third promoted team, faired the best of the new Senior Division sides as they defeated Sandhurst 5-1 at Forest Lane and now sit in top spot in the fledgling table. Bridgford’s goals came from Chris Atkins (2), Aaron Large (2) and Simon Labatte. Jamie Charlton provided Sandhurst’s consolation.
There was a seven goal thriller at Greenwich Avenue as Bilborough Town came from behind three times to eventually defeat Boots Athletic 4-3. Ash Moorcroft got the 90th minute winner for Town after they had previously pegged back their opponents through goals from Leigh Copeland, Louis Grayson and man of the match Ricky Cross.
The Chemists’ scorers were Thomas Kemp, Daniel Walker (pen) and Christopher Roome.
Burton Joyce overcame Ruddington Village 2-1 at Elms Park thanks to a Sam Buckle brace. Phil Bignall scored Rudd’s reply.
Wollaton were another away winner as they defeated Awsworth Villa 4-1 at The Shilo. Jordan Alls, Adam Campbell (2) and Lee Day netted for the visitors, Sam Hallsworth with Villa’s consolation.
PMG Cavaliers won 3-1 against Attenborough in the division’s other game.
There were some big wins in Division One, the largest being newly promoted Newark Flowserve’s 6-2 demolition of relegated Nottingham United at Hawton Lane. Simon Greenfield scored a hat-trick, with Flowserve’s other goals coming from Jordan Mack, Rick Glaves and George Paling. Saddam Al Annaren and Declan Banton were on target for United.
Nick Westerman scored a hat-trick in Southwell City Reserves 5-1 win over Radcliffe Olympic Reserves. Aaron Burns and Liam Wilkinson also netted for City, Adam Sinnott for Olympic.
There were also three goals for Callum Thompson as Underwood Villa defeated Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves 5-1. Tom Harrigan and Mike Thomas got Villa’s other goals, Josh Lewis with KMW’s consolation.
Gedling Southbank shared six goals with Linby Colliery Welfare Reserves at the Inspire Stadium. Chris Baker-Beall (2) and Chris Day scored for Southbank, Luke Price (2) and Charlie Niblett for Linby.
Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves edged past Awsworth Villa Reserves 3-2 courtesy of strikes from Andrew Start, Matt Rick and Lee Cooper. Devon Lawson and Jordan Chambers’ goals weren’t quite enough for Villa.
Netherfield Albion opened their campaign with 4-2 home defeat against Ruddington Village Reserves. Samuel Dunstan (2), Scott Bolstridge and Jordan Richardson were the match-winners for Village. Kieran Johnson and Chris Kemp were on target for Albion.
In Division Two new club Bilborough United won the local derby against Bilborough Town Reserves 6-2 and Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC suffered a 3-0 home reverse against Nottinghamshire Reserves.