Selston win crucial encounter in title race

Martin Lench was among the Kimberley scorers as they beat Magdala Amateurs last Friday night, netting from just inside his own half with a spectacular goal.
Martin Lench was among the Kimberley scorers as they beat Magdala Amateurs last Friday night, netting from just inside his own half with a spectacular goal.

Kimberley MW 2 Selston 3

The race for the title in the Notts Senior League Premier Division has swung in Selston’s favour after they overcame current leaders Kimberley MW on Wednesday night.

Welfare stay top but Selston have three games in hand with just five points separating the two sides, meaning the title is very much in Selston’s hands going into the final weeks of the season.

Things started well for Kimberley as Josh Stevenson fired home a free-kick from 20 yards out to put them in front, only for Selston to level from the spot through Dominic Airey.

Kimberley led once again as Danny Chaplin headed home Jake Fisher’s cross, but the sides were level again at half-time as Steve Smith capitalised on an error at the back to score.

The game was settled in the second-half as a rare mistake from Matt Walsh allowed Sean Gregory to net the crucial winner, despite late Kimberley pressure.

Last Friday night, Kimberley had proved too strong for Magdala Amateurs, running out 2-1 winners at the Stag Ground.

Having won the return fixture by the same scoreline just three weeks earlier, Welfare were confident going into this encounter although the first-half was very tight and one of few chances.

The best fell to Jake Fisher who was put through on goal with only the keeper to beat but shot wide, and Josh Stevenson who hit the crossbar from outside the area.

The half did provide the opening goal, however, and it was a remarkable effort, as Magdala’s keeper dribbled the ball outside his area and launched the ball downfield, only for Martin Lench to hit the ball on the volley from just inside the opposition#s half straight into the goal with the keeper stranded at the edge of his box.

Lench saw two more chances go close early in the second-half, one saved and the other hitting the post, while Shaw Hutchinson saw an effort pushed onto the crossbar.

The second goal arrived when Fisher carried the ball into the area and fired home via the goalkeeper to make it 2-0.

Magdala pulled a goal back with ten minutes to go, but Kimberley held on for a good win.

Elsewhere in the Senior Division at the weekend, Selston were 2-1 winners at home to Burton Joyce with Jay Cooper and Steve Smith their scorers.

Awsworth Villa secured a welcome win at Ruddington Village, their 2-0 success moving them up to 12th spot.

In Division One action, sixth-placed Underwood Villa were 2-0 winners away at Linby CW Reserves, Callum Thompson and Nick Thorpe scoring the goals.

Awsworth Villa Reserves were 2-1 victors over West Bridgford.

The Division Two Cup continued to the semi-final stage with Kimberley MW Reserves falling 1-0 at home to Ashland Rovers.

Moorgreen, however, enjoyed a 2-1 win at Newark Flowserve and will now face Ashland in the final.

Fixtures:

Saturday, April 5:

Premier Division: Attenborough v Hucknall RRL, Awsworth Villa v Cotgrave, Beeston AFC v Selston, Boots Athletic v Magdala Amateurs, Nottingham Utd v Burton Joyce, Ruddington Village v FC Cavaliers, Wollaton v Kimberley MW.

Division One: Bingham Town v Awsworth Villa Res, Hucknall RRL Res v Wollaton Res, Magdala Amateurs Res v Kirton Brickworks, Nottinghamshire v West Bridgford, Radcliffe Olympic Res v Southwell City Res, Ruddington Village Res v Underwood Villa.

Division Two: Greyfriars v Sandhurst Res, Kimberley MW Res v Newark Flowserve, Moorgreen v Underwood Villa Res

Division Two Cup: Kimberley MW Res v Ashland Rovers, Newwark Flowserve v Moorgreen.