County cup take centre stage in the top division

By Craig Gealy

Week two, and teams are still giving it their all to try and secure their important three points to add to their lead, or to ensure that they move on to the next round in the County Cups. Many teams have played well this week, and even though only a few m

Phoenix Athletic move straight into round two of the Senior Cup, as Muskham cancelled, and so forfeited their place. However, our other teams were not as fortunate. AFC Nottingham drew level with Wheatsheaf United 3-3 at full time, but were unfortunately beaten 5-4 on penalties. Bear FC also got knocked out, but this time by Queen Adelaide 5-3. Even with some great goals from Michael Gillott, Luke Stephenson and Mo Saibu, Bear just couldn’t seal the victory. The Vale lost away against Rifle Volunteer 4-2 – with goals from Daniel Lang and Luke Britton. Finally, Aspley United also suffered an unfortunate penalty fate – with the score standing at 1-1 at full time against visitors Cavendish Social Club with a goal from Andrew Barratt, they just missed out 5-4 on penalties.
The County Intermediate Cup also knocked out our team White Swan in the first round – with visiting side Navigation gaining a 3-1 victory, despite a goal from the Swan’s Ashley McKay.

Radford tasted sweet victory in Division 1 this weekend over Sycamore St Anns, and rise to the top of the divisional table with a 9-0 away win! Sycamore were no match for Radford, and allowed goals from Shawn Evans, Liam Honeyman and Grant Humpfrey to slip by their goalkeeper. A brace from Adam Pemberton and a double brace from Nicholas Hallam secured their win.

In Division 2, we see last season’s underdogs, Clifton United, climbing up to the top of the table, after a brilliant 8-3 win against visitors Notts United. A solid performance was given from both teams, with a tight first half showing some good attacking displays from both sides. Clifton were 4-3 up at half time with Anthony Wood's free kick on stroke. Even with goals from Ryan Richardson and Zak Williams (2), Clifton then proceeded to dominate and take chances in the second half. The two veterans playing up top scored five goals between them – Dan Martin grabbing a perfect hat trick left right and header, and Niel Horsley with a brace. Scott Riddle also chipped in with a goal in the second half - rounding the keeper well and curling the ball in. Dec Heys then scored with a corner that took a slight deflection on its way. Medina sit behind Clifton on four points after a 2-2 draw against home side Arnold Victory; with Saleem Mozley scoring a brace for Medina, and Lee Haskey and Kurt Butterworth scoring for AV. Home victories this week for new kids on the block Eastwood Community and reigning champions Southbank – firstly with Eastwood gaining their first three points after a 6-1 win over Dowlings. A sound goal from Tashinga Mugwara was just not enough for Dowlings, and allowed Adam Thomas and Stu Housley to score, coupled with a quality hat trick from Adam Hassle. An unfortunate own goal from the away side sealed the match’s fate, and Eastwood Community hope to continue to add to their score – jumping straight into third place on goal differences. Southbank gain a 3-1 victory against Reckitt Benckiser – with goals from Ryan Bramley, Alex Hayes and Daniel Eddyshaw for home, and Dale Hayes scoring for RB. Kingswell Rangers II and visitors Toton Hill are all tied up this weekend at 2-2 – giving each team a valuable point each. Curtis Williams and Matthew Wright scored for the Rangers, whilst Shane Thompson and Josh Davenport were on the ball for Toton.

Division 3 also see some quality scores – with the first being newcomers FC Galaxy taking the lead in the table after an impressive 7-3 away win over Scorpion United FC. Even with goals from Michel Bean, Dean Boden and Colin Brown-John, the Scorpions could not gain the lead. Instead, Galaxy hit hard with hat tricks from both Sean Craven and Nikki Aitken, and a single from Shane Barker topping it off. Also, with one of Aitken’s goals being an impressive Benteke-style overhead kick – FC Galaxy could not be stopped. FC Eagle sit just behind Galaxy after gaining a point through a home draw against Beeston Mariners 1-1 – with goals coming from Jordan Ward and Chris Blair for home and away respectively. Nuthall County rise three places in the table after a 6-3 away win this week over Sports Direct. Esekiel Osundina and Matthew Hubbard (2) fought hard for the home side, but goals from Shane Walker, Ste Jackson, Ryan Syson and Reece Cannon allowed the game to fall in Nuthall’s favour. A final brace from Tremere Lindo sealed the game’s fate. Finally, Gremio gain the important three points after a 4-1 away win against Duke of St Albans. Gremio took the initial lead with a near overhead kick from Tobias Wort. St Albans then equalised from a great free kick by Dale Hatton. Gremio then took the lead just before half time as Paul Langley chipped the keeper from outside the box. Liam Bradbury then scored a half volley from just inside the box, with Kane Jarvis finishing off the scoring with a thumping header – and sealing the game.

By Tylah Marston

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