Senior League title is still in Selston’s hands

Kimberley MW B team celebrate their cup success.

Kimberley MW B team celebrate their cup success.

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Selston remain in pole position at the top of the Notts Senior League as the season edges towards a nail-biting climax.

With most of the sides at the top of the table not in action on Saturday, attention turned instead to the midweek games involving the title-chasers.

On Tuesday night, Kimberley Miners Welfare hosted Beeston at the Stag Ground in a match switched to Kimberley despite being officially a Beeston home game.

Kimberley’s 2-1 win moved them to within two points of securing a top three finish.

Kimberley had the better of the opening exchanges and their efforts were rewarded as Red Wilmot fired them ahead after 29 minutes.

Beeston piled on the pressure and got their equaliser on the stroke of half-time through Alex Cook.

Kimberley came out stronly again in the second-half and it was Martin Lench who gave Kimberley the winner on the hour mark from close range.

On the same night Hucknall Rolls Royce’s 2-0 win over Boots meant they remained level on points with Welfare.

Selston then took control at the top once again on Wednesday night with an emphatic 7-2 win at home to Awsworth Villa.

The result puts them a point clear at the top of the league but with two games in hand on title rivals Kimberley and Hucknall RRL.

Selston will host Kimberley on Saturday in a huge match for both sides at the Selston Parish Hall Ground, kick-off 3pm.

Last weekend in the Premier Division, Awsworth Villa were 1-0 winners over in-form Magdala Amateurs at the Shilo.

It took only 13 minutes for Villa to open up the defence as a good save by Magdala’s keeper only saw the ball fall to Ryan Osborne who calmly netted the rebound.

Eddie Hallsworth saved well as the visitors responded, while Villa’s Danny Towle hit the post with a screamer from 20 yards out just before half-time.

The second-half saw Villa dominate, Luke Henson closest to making it 2-0 but seeing his shot cleared off the line by a Magdala defender.

In Division One on Saturday, Underwood Villa were without a game but Awsworth Villa Reserves played out a 3-3 draw at Southwell City Reserves, Damien Holmes, Joe Maguire and Joe Rowley with Villa’s goals.

Division Two action saw Kimberley MW Reserves earn a 1-0 win at home to Nottinghamshire Reserves.

Fixtures:

Saturday, April 19:

Premier Division:

Selston v Kimberley MW, Nottingham Utd v Awsworth Villa.

Division One:

Awsworth Villa Reserves v Nottinghamshire, Gedling Southbank v Underwood Villa

Division Two:

Moorgreen v Ashland Rovers, Underwood Villa Reserves v FC Samba

Tuesday, April 22:

Premier Division:

Awsworth Villa v Burton Joyce

Wednesday, April 23:

Premier Division:

Selston v Magdala Amateurs, Bilborough Town v Kimberley MW

Meanwhile, Kimberley Miners Welfare’s B team secured the club’s third trophy of the season by winning the Notts Minor Cup at Arnold’s Eagle Valley Stadium 1-0 after extra-time against previously unbeaten Ashfield Athletic.

Ashfield hit the post in the first-half but Kimberley were on top for much of the second, Wayne Smith’s shot striking the crossbar and Buster Saunders seeing an effort well saved as the game finished 0-0 after 90 minutes.

Kimberley remained dominant in extra-time after Max Wright saw a great chance go begging early on, man-of-the-match John Whitehurst capping a fine display with the only goal of the game in the 111th minute to bring the trophy home.