2013-2014 Season
East Midlands Counties Football League
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Borrowash Victoria prepare for one of their biggest games in recent memory when they welcome North West Counties Premier Division promotion chasers Glossop North End to the Watkinson Construction Bowl for the highly anticipated Derbyshire Senior Cup.   For those akin to watching their football in state of the art stadia with Million Pound plus players providing the entertainment you can be forgiven if the competition does not roll of the tongue as the priority for the season.  For clubs like Borrowash Victoria, run, loved, and followed by a team of dedicated volunteers, the club are certainly “Up For the Cup!”   A trip of nearly two hours on a cold Wednesday is never looked upon fondly, epescially for the most hardened player, manager, official or fan of a club, so, as in previous rounds this season following victories over Belper Town and Chesterfield can the Vics take one more scalp on route to the final?   The game is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 12th February with a 7.45pm kick off.  Adult entry is £5, Concessions £3 and Under 16s just £2.  Full refreshment and bar facilities are also on offer, so come on down and witness the Vics make history.   For further information please contact:   John Robinson Secretary 07843 197950 jarobinson@rocketmail.com   Frazer Watson Chairman 07726683957 watsonfrz@aol.com
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AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON   Whilst most East Midland Counties league clubs were once again forced to sit things out because of the weather, HOLWELL SPORTS and BARROW TOWN were having a very busy time, the former quite successful as well.  It all began for them on Wednesday evening when the two clubs met at the Riverside in the Quarter Final of the League Cup competition sponsored by Jenkins & Jenkins.  Graham Keast gave visiting Holwell the lead just four minutes in,  and Scot Mooney doubled their advantage eighteen minutes later.  It got even better for Sports in the second half as Mooney added two more and Keast got a fifth before John Grady pulled one back with eight minutes left.  Ben Law got a second for Barrow in the last minute but the Riversiders still went down 5-2/ After consultation with both clubs the Derbyshire County Football Association switched the Senior Challenge Cup game between GRAHAM STREET PRIMS and Heanor Town to the Town Ground.  And despite facing a partisan home crowd of 178 and going a goal down when Jared Holmes tapped home Chris Shaw’s cross after just 51 seconds, Prims were anything but overawed by their Step 5 opponents.  On a glue pot of a pitch with what looked like almost the entire Southport beach on it, Prims contained the Lions in the first half to hit back strongly after the break.  Jack Bodill levelled after 68 minutes and former Lion James Rushby put them ahead with eleven minutes left.  Strong defending and excellent goalkeeping looked to have won Prims a semi-final tie at Ilkeston FC until a beautifully controlled half volley from Heanor leading scorer Kieran Debrouwer restored parity in the 88th minute.  Debrouwer, who had been kept very quiet during the game, struck again two minutes into stoppage time when his pass put Gary Webster through for a home winner. Only two of the scheduled fixtures beat the weather on Saturday and both involved HOLWELL SPORTS and BARROW TOWN.  Holwell continued where they had left off when their pitch passed an inspection allowing the game with RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC to go ahead.  Sam Bettison gave Sports a seventh minute advantage,  but Ryan Smith and Tom Kemp changed all that round by reversing the situation before the interval.  Chis Hibbitt restored parity on the hour and Ian Bitmead’s winner five minutes before the end completed a 3-2 win and made it a good week for Sports. Barrow Town’s second home game of the week saw them take a step nearer to safety as a result of a 2-2 draw at the Riverside against FA Vase-bound ST ANDREWS.  The Saints had to come back with a late goal to rescue a point after Ben Law had given the Riversiders a 26th minute advantage.  Toby Warner levelled for the first time after 74 minutes but Law’s second goal of the game and his third of the week put Barrow back in front within three minutes.  Then Ben Stephens came up with that late leveller.


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AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON   Only three games beat the weather on Saturday when the excitement was confined to the bottom of the table rather than at the top.  Just two of the scheduled league games went ahead to buck the trend. After a really difficult end to 2013 and an equally poor start of 2014, ANSTEY NOMADS gave their travelling supporters something to celebrate with a 2-1 win at fellow strugglers RADFORD.  The win lifted the Nomads out of the bottom two and left their hosts deeply in it.  An own goal put Anstey in front two minutes before the break.  Ashley Cheetham levelled this up with just six minutes of the game left, but Danny Blythe’s last minute winner lifted some of the gloom which has recently settled around Cropston Road.  Very valuable points indeed and transferring the gloom to Selhurst Street. AYLESTONE PARK and BARROW TOWN battled out their basement encounter without either of them being able to find the net.  It was a result which left the Riversiders just three points adrift of Radford at the bottom of the table. The third game to beat the weather saw ST ANDREWS continue with their season long love affair with cup competitions.  They made progress in the Leicestershire & Rutland County FA Jelson Homes Senior Cup at the expense of BARDON HILL.  The semi-final beckon for the Saints after their 4-2 win, but in order to progress both sides agreed to transfer the match to Leicester’s Saffron Lane ground with a 4G pitch and a 3.45pm kick off after Canal Street failed an inspection.  Rob Tarry put Bardon Hill ahead after just four minutes. But two goals in two minutes midway through the first half from Ben Stephens and teenage midfield starlet Brady Hickey changed the advantage.  Sam Taylor extended the Saints advantage on 75 minutes, and although Rich Hanslow pulled one back for the Quarrymen, Taylor engineered his side’s semi-final appearance with his second goal of the game to restore the two goal advantage.


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AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON   In the seven days ended Saturday 25th January the weather restricted our teams to just four games, but there were no shortage of thrills, spills and goals despite what will probably be labelled the wettest January on record come the end of the month. Tuesday brought the best return of two games. THURNBY NIRVANA faced BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC in the Quarter Final of the Leicestershire & Rutlands FA’s Westerby Cup.  It turned into a rush of action at both ends of the match where all the goal scoring was done, but what happened in the middle?  Aaron Preston got the game off to the best possible start with two goals inside the first five minutes to put Blaby in the driving seat.  His first came in the very first minute of the game, and his second from a fourth minute penalty.  And as his side were the only one to play two games during the week it turned out to be the first of a double brace of goals from the Blaby hitman.  Thurnby were not able to reduce the arreats until Ash Day’s 87th minute goal but they couldn’t find an equaliser and it is Blaby who progress in the competition. On the same evening ST ANDREWS and STAPENHILL managed to fit in their League encounter at Canal Street with the Saints showing all their magnificent FA Vase form to come back first of all from being three goals in arrears, and then from falling behind for a second time, to finally take the points.  Harry Austin gave Stapenhill a good start in the second minute.  Steve Hart added a second seven minutes later, and in the 18th minute made it three.  Dan Henfrey started the come-back in the 26th minute but the Saints were still 1-3 in arrears at the break.  Two minutes into the second half Kieran Linnett closed the game further and Toby Warner restored parity to the occasion after 51 minutes.  Must have been something they put in the half-time tea!!  However, Paul Furniss put Stapenhill back in front  just before the hour only for Toby Warner to level things up again on 65 minutes.  Ben Steven got the winner for the Saints with just seven minutes remaining. Progress for BORROWASH VICTORIA in the Derbyshire Senior Cup on Wednesday evening when they overcame a strong Chesterfield XI by a 3-0 scoreline at the Robinson Construction Arena in front of a healthy crowd of over 170 spectators.  Scot Staniland gave the Vics a sixth minute lead and he added to this after 28 minutes from the penalty spot.  A 68th minute own goal completed the scoring. Saturday’s only game to beat the weather again involved BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC who had home advantage against GREENWOOD MEADOWS.  Four goals in fourteen minutes between the 24th and 38th minutes but the home side in charge as Darren Wheeler, Mason Hurst and Aaron Preston all found the net.  Preston duly netted his fourth goal of the week to put Blaby four goals up at the interval.  Matt Clowes pulled one back for the Greens from the penalty spot after 53 minutes but Mark Preston restored the four-goal advantage in the 79th minute to ensure Blaby’s 5-1 win.  


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 AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON   SAINTS THROUGH TO LAST 16   Against all the odds brilliant ST ANDREWS made it through to the FA Vase last 16 with a tremendous showing at high-flying United Counties League side AFC Rushden & Diamonds in front of the competition’s biggest gate of the day of 948.  The Saints stunned their big spending opponents by taking the initiative right from the start and taking the lead after just six minutes when Leon Doughty headed home a looping cross.  And it might well have been two before the break had home custodian Tom Cross made a blinding save from the outstanding Brady Hickey.  Hickey was then the man-of-the-moment at the other end when he cleared a Russ Dunkley header off the line to preserve the Saints lead.  Doughty missed a good chance five minutes into the second half as the Saints continued to press, but two minutes later Dan Henfrey broke free to crack the ball past Cross to the delight of the travelling supporters.  Mitch Warner saw red just before the end but by that time the Saints were home and dry. HOLWELL SPORTS were the only team to get two games in during the rain-lashed week, and they suffered mixed fortunes.  Tuesday evening saw them go down at home to BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC with the visitors overturning a two goal deficit.  Scott Mooney had given Holwell the lead on 22 minutes with Graeme Keast adding a second a minute later.  It stayed like that until seven minutes after the break when Mason Brown scored and five minutes later Aaron Preston restored parity.  Even then Sports looked likely to get a point until Darren Wheeler put the visitors ahead with five minutes remaining and Aaron Preston rounded off the scoring with a last minute penalty. There were better fortunes for Sports on Saturday as they won 3-1 at RADFORD.  Marc Tinsley gave them a sixth minute advantage which Scott Mooney added to nine minutes later.  Sheriff Babatunde reduced the arrears on 27 minutes for the Nottingham side but Marc Tinsley had the final say in the second half with the visitors third. THURNBY NIRVANA missed the chance to open up five point gap at the top of the table when they could only share the spoils with GEDLING MINERS WELFARE on their visit to Plains Road.  Will Gonga gave the home side the lead in the 78th minute but Luke Stanley ensured that the points were shared eight minutes later. The best win of the day came in the only other game to beat the weather as AYLESTONE PARK found some splendid form to rattle five goals past BARDON HILL without reply and thus move out of the relegation positions at the bottom of the table.  Kade Lewis opened the scoring two minutes before the interval and he went on to complete a hat-trick in the second half with further goals after 61 and 78 minutes.  Shaq Brookes on 73 and Marshall Keenan four minutes from the end added further goals for jubilant Park.    


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 AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON   RADFORD had their Selhurst Street pitch declared fit for their midweek encounter with ST ANDREWS, but failed to improve upon their position in the table when they went down by the odd goal of three despite taking a 32nd minute lead through John King.  Toby Warner’s 64th minute spot kick levelled matters and the visitors went on to pick up the points courtesy of Leon Doughty’s winner eight minutes from the end. Four games survived the weather in Saturday’s League programme and pride of place must go to GRAHAM STREET PRIMS’ striker James Rushby who scored all five of his side’s goals in their odd goal of nine win at HOLWELL SPORTS.  Scott Mooney had given Sports an early lead inside the first four minutes.  But Rushby had restored parity by the tenth minute, only for Sam Bettison to put Sports back ahead again inside two minutes.  Rushby then struck twice in the last five minutes of the first half to sent Prims in at the break in front.  Enter Mike Stevenson and Mooney, with his second goal of the game, with two goals in four minutes early in the second half to change the lead back in favour of the hosts once again.  Rushby though had the last word, rattling in further goals in the 63rd and 71st minutes to give his side three welcome points from a thrilling 5-4 win. There were plenty of goals at the Riverside as well where ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED departed with a 4-3 win over hosts BARROW TOWN who are still entrenched at the foot of the table.  And it was another game of fluctuating fortunes and lead changes.  Rob Lee gave the visitors a great start with a goal after seven minutes.  Luke Phillips then stepped up with an equaliser 19 minutes in, and then he snatched the lead for his team four minutes before the break to send them in with hope of three points.  And that was how it stayed until Tendal Chitiza restored parity with twenty minutes remaining to spark off a rush of four goals in as many minutes.  Jake Webster again restored equality to the score line giving Barrow hope of putting at least a point on the board, but goals from Adam Joynson and Chris Rudkin inside a minute saw the visitors walk off with the win. Goals, however, were not so easy to come by at BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC where visitors GEDLING MINERS WELFARE returned home with a surprise win and three most welcome points courtesy of Tom Watson’s ninth minute goal. BORROWASH VICTORIA moved back into the top five and into title contention mode with a narrow home win over RADFORD.  Kane Jellyman got them off to a good start with a goal inside the first quarter of an hour.  An own goal eight minutes into the second half doubled the advantage.  The Radford consolation came from Jahred Russell with practically the last kick of the game.  The win sets the Vics up nicely for the visit of League Two Chesterfield to the Watkinson Construction Bowl Arena on Wednesday evening (7.45pm) in the Fourth Round of the Derbyshire FA Senior Cup.  


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 AROUND THE COUNTIES By STAN WILTON   Saturday proved to be not such a good day for our clubs in the FA Carlsberg Vase; three of them slipping to Third Round defeats.   ST ANDREWS proved to be the only one of the quartet to safely make it through to the last 32.  Sam Taylor got them off to the best possible start with a goal after six minutes.  But Midland Combination visitors Bolehall Swifts, at this stage of the competition due to a bye caused by both would-be opponants Heanor Town and Kirby Muxloe playing ineligible players, drew level through Thomas Stazke within five minutes.  Two goals in two minutes from Brady Hickey ten minutes before the break put the Saints back in control once again, and Fraser Tuttle put the icing on the cake eight minutes from the end made it 4-1. GRAHAM STREET PRIMS put up a sterling performance at AFC Rushden & Diamonds before bowing out to goals from Matt Gearing two minutes before half time and Devon Ellwood in the very last minute of the game.  But a share of a fantastic gate of 563 will be some consolation for the Derby side from their best ever run in the competition. HOLWELL SPORTS also had a bumper crowd of 202 for the visit of Midland Alliance side Coleshill Town, but Scott Mooney’s goal was not enough to get them through to Round 4.  A brace from Matt Brown and one from Dan Tymon took the visitors through. And there was heartbreak too for BLABY & WHETSTONE ATHLETIC, whose exploits in cup competitions have not only put themselves on the map this season, but also the East Midlands Counties Football League.  Jack Pearman gave visiting Causeway United the lead just five minutes in only for Jermaine Gordon to level within three minutes.  Pearman got the visitors winner after 54 minutes. ARNOLD TOWN’s 4-0 win in the league over visiting RADFORD saw them swap places at the top of the table with THURNBY NIRVANA who were held to a 1-1 draw at SUTTON TOWN AFC.  Liam Corrigan, Simon Hore and Jimmy Spiers gave the Eagles a convincing interval advantage and James Price added another within two minutes of the start of the second half to make their win more emphatic.  Steve Owens had given Sutton Town AFC the lead in their top rung game midway through the first half only for Ash Day to ensure that the points were equally shared courtesy of his 63rd minute spot kick. And the sharing of spoils was a similarity  which fell to BARDON HILL and GREENWOOD MEADOWS.  Cayce Maxwell put the Greens in front after 21 minutes but immediately on the restart Rich Hanslow brought the Quarrymen back on terms.  Kaz Fawzi put the visitors in front again in the 58th minute but Andy Fell grabbed a share of the spoils for Bardon Hill with just three minutes remaining. ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED continued their quite remarkable rise up the table and now occupy fifth place following their 5-2 win over ANSTEY NOMADS.  Tom Rowell, a brace from Chris Rudkin and one from Tendal Chitiza had put United into a comfortable 4-0 advantage by the interval.  Chitiza bagged his second of the game within two minutes of the restart but Nomads found their form in the last fifteen minutes and goals from Shane Gibbs and Oliver Creese made the final score look more respectable. There was home joy for HOLBROOK SPORTS who have not had too much to cheer about of late.  Mark Szuta and Josh Wright gave them a two goal interval advantage and Jordan Smith added a third five minutes from the end.  Bottom of the table BARROW TOWN managed an injury time consolation through Dan Agar. The highest scoring game of the day was at Maple Grove where STAPENHILL beat RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC in a ten goal thriller.  Steve Hart put the home side in front after 2 minutes but Tom Kemp brought the visitors level on 24, but goals from Phil Whieldon on 27 and Steve Hart on 29 restored the home side lead.  Nelson Burgess pulled another back again on 33 minutes as the score stayed 3-2 at half time. Then there was another fantastic burst of scoring in the second half when goals from  Burgess (56) and Jack Smith (57) put Olympic in front only for Steve Hart to restore parity in 59 minutes.  Phil Whieldon’s second goal on 79 minutes and a last minute own goal sent the points Stapenhill’s way. Midweek games featured cup ties for our teams.  In the Nottinghamshire FA Senior Cup GREENWOOD MEADOWS lost out by a 4-0 scoreline to Northern Counties East League side Clipstone FC and RADCLIFFE OLYMPIC found another NCE side, Basford United, too strong for them and lost by three clear goals at The Wharf.  SUTTON TOWN AFC’s task was probably the hardest of the three with a visit to Evo Stik Northern Premier League Carlton Town.  They went down by the odd goal of three, Luke Chambers their scorer after 65 minutes. In the Jenkins & Jenkins sponsored East Midland Counties League Cup there was progress, and a welcome result, for BARROW TOWN who triumphed 4-1 away to RADFORD.  Jake Leader did what his name suggests and lead the way with a brace.  George Hayes from the penalty spot and Ben Law got the other goals with Ayedoshi Ikesemori getting the home side’s strike.