NSL Review from Saturday 6th September
by Rob Griffiths
Cotgrave kept both their 100% record and top spot in the Precision NSL Senior Division following their 4-2 victory away at Bilborough Town. Bilborough were missing five players from their previous match through injury but still managed to take a 2-1 lead into half time thanks to a Martin Doyle penalty and an own goal.
Cotgrave were the stronger team in the second half, netting three times to seal the win. The goals were shared between Lee Collinson, Shaun Jackson, Marc Green and Ryan Thorpe.
Another team with a 100% record are Wollaton, who are now up to second after they won by the odd goal in seven at home to Boots Athletic. Aaron Mitchell, Ryan Starke and Anthony Atkins (2) were on the scoreseheet for Wollaton, Chris Roome, Danny Walker and James Starbuck for The Chemists.
Burton Joyce slipped to third as they only managed a 1-1 draw with Beeston. BJ’s Josh Croft scored both the goals to help Beeston to only their second point of the season.
Honours were also even at Forest Lane as Sandhurst and PMG Cavaliers drew 2-2. Eric Pearson and Jamie Charlton were on target for Sandhurst, Jahman Salmon and Joe Onnughalu for PMG, who are fourth in the table.
West Bridgford are in fifth, having the division’s third 100% record but having only played three games. This was their first home appearance and it ended in a 4-0 win over Awsworth Villa. Tim Hopkinson (2), Chris Atkins and substitute Phi Hopkinson did the damage for Bridgford.
Selston are beginning to find their form following a slow start to the season and are now up to sixth. They were made to work hard for their 3-2 victory away at Keyworth United. Aaron Darch stole the points for Selston with an 89th minute winner following an earlier Steve Smith double. Ben Clarke and Scott Lichfield were the United scorers.
Kirton Brickworks’ struggles continue as they are still in search of their first point after a 4-2 defeat away at Ruddington Village. A Philip Bignall hat-trick saw Village take a 3-0 lead after half an hour. Wayne O’Hare quickly pulled one back for The Brickies before Dave Rimmington notched for the home side to make it 4-1 at the break. The only goal of the second half came from Mitchell Hall of Kirton.
A crowd of around 80 at The Strand saw Attenborough record a 3-1 win over Bingham Town in their first home game of the season. Jordan Rook (2) and Aiden Brady were on target for Boro, Edward Hodgson with Bingham’s reply.
Underwood Villa stay top of Division One after their 3-0 away win at Southwell City Reserves. Luke Williams, Greg Simmons and Callum Thompson were the goalscorers.
The division’s biggest winners were Hucknall Rolls Leisure Reserves who overcame Magdala Amateurs 5-1 at Watnall Road. Matt Rick scored twice and Reece Jackson recorded a hat-trick for the home side, Liam McElhone got The Budgies’ consolation.
Ruddington Village Reserves looked like maintaining their winning start to the season after Nathan Dunstan put them into the lead away at Gedling Southbank. However, with just over five minutes left on the clock Darren Gent ensured a share of the spoils for the home side.
Newark Flowserve won 3-0 away at Linby Colliery Welfare Reserves through goals from Simon Greenfield and Rick Glaves (2).
South Normanton Athletic Reserves drew 1-1 with Wollaton Reserves. Stephen Hallam was on target for The Shiners, Alex Reeves for Wollaton.
Kimberley Miners Welfare Reserves beat Nottinghamshire 3-1 at the Stag Ground thanks to a Danny Chaplin brace and one from Luke Hodgman. Ciaran Gibbons got Notts’ reply.
Ashland Rovers saw off Radcliffe Olympic Reserves 1-0 through a goal from substitute Liam Best.
There were plenty of goals around in Division Two with Underwood Villa Reserves winning 9-1 away at Nottinghamshire Reserves. Watnall Athletic defeated Bilborough Town Reserves 8-0 at home and Newark Town Reserves came away from Eagle Valley with a 7-0 win over FC Samba.
Cotgrave Reserves and Aspley Park shared the points following their 3-3 draw at Woodview and the division leaders, Kimberley Miners Welfare AFC, were 2-0 victors away at Keyworth United Reserves.