By Craig Gealy

This week in the Nottinghamshire Football Combination League has seen better results than last week in the Minor Cup, combined with some impressive victories from all divisional teams.

In the Sunday Minor County Cup rounds, two of our own teams have secured a place in the next round – those being Clifton United and Athletico Rangers. Clifton. Clifton worked hard to keep their unbeaten record alive, by winning 2-0 away over Top Valley Athletic. Two goals in the first half were enough to secure their result. Ian Gibbons smashed a twenty-yard free kick, taking a slight deflection off the wall, hence going in off the underside of the bar. Shortly after, Niel Horsley set up Scott Riddle for a cool low side foot finish into the corner. In the second half, Clifton's back three of McBride, Burkinshaw and Heys were solid to ensure the score remained the same - allowing Clifton United to march into the second round. The Rangers also went to take the overall victory by scoring 4-3 against Inham Celtic. Whilst being 3-0 down at half time, a goal from Marcus Young, coupled with Reece Bestwick’s hat trick secured the win for Athletico Rangers. Fanzines United Reserves just stole the win from our own Beeston Hornets 2-1 away – even with a strong goal from Liam Mcdonald (assisted by Elliott Caine), it was not enough to gain the win. Walesby also took the win, this time from Eastwood Community 3-1. Walesby went 2-0 up in the first half, for Eastwood to score straight after half time from Adam Hassle. Unfortunately, the third was gained by Walesby in the 91st minute after Eastwood continue to push them all the way, after hitting the post once too.

Only two games went ahead this week in Division 1 – however Bear now sit at the top of the table with Radford after a 3-1 away victory over Aspley United. Wayne Evans fought bravely for Aspley, however a hat trick from Mo Saibu tipped the score into Bear’s favour. White Swan also come into the running for the top spot after beating visiting side Lord Nelson 2-1. We saw a great individual goal from Ashley McKay from the Swans to open the scoring, followed by a cracking strike from a long distance for Lord Nelson's equaliser – Adam Newbold. Ashley then finished off the game with his goal being the final kick of the day.

In Division 2 , we see Clifton United lose their top spot to Medina – sitting pretty on seven points after an outstanding 10-4 away win against Notts United. Braces from both Callum Cossey and Zak Williams were not enough this week, and Medina stormed home, with goals from Ali Khan, Dean Hickman and Omari Sadler. A brace from Saleem Mozley and a brilliant five goals from Edward Smyth sealed the game’s fate. Arnold Victory move into fourth place after beating Reckitt Benckiser as a visiting side 5-2. Single goals from Kurt Butterworth, Kane Orange, Jake Bodill, Sam Croll and Jamie Simons allowed Arnold to live up to their name – even with a brace coming from RB’s David Papworth. Friar Tuck sit just behind Medina after a 6-2 home win over Kingswell Rangers II. Even with Chris Mellors and Matt Selby scoring for the Rangers, Friar Tuck clinched the victory with goals from Chris Denman and Anthony Pregon, with a great double brace from Martin Gee.

In Division 3, Scorpion United FC won 3-0 against Beeston Mariners, letting them sit just behind the leaders, but currently third on goal difference. Dean Boden, Jason Roberts and Adam Kwiatkowski all scored for Scorpion. FC Galaxy extend their lead of the table, now sitting with nine points, after a close battle with Duke of St Albans, leaving the final score at 4-3 to Galaxy. A brace from Connor Scott, followed by a single from Dale Hatton was not enough for the Duke – and goals from Sean Craven and Matt Colson, coupled with Nikki Attkin’s brace left FC Galaxy retaining their winning streak – with the Dukes not yet moving off the starting block. Sports Direct finally move into scoring after a 2-2 draw with home side FC Eagle. Reece Devlin and Matthew Hubbard scored for Sports Direct, whereas Pete Sounders and Jake Hutchinson scored for the Eagles. Finally, Gremio sit with six points, second in goal difference on the table after a 2-1 away victory over Nuthall County, despite being a close game. Nuthall took the lead twenty minutes in with a toe poke from Reece Cannon. Gremio then went on to equalise with Nicky Moon capitalising with a tap in from a corner. Gremio then took the lead just before half time with a long freekick - headed through with Saul Sanders to half volley the through ball. Scoring then petered out in the second half, allowing Gremio to take the victory.

By Tylah Marston

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