Welfare back on top but Selston favourites

Action from Selton (in blue) v Kimberley last Saturday. Photo by Lizzi Lathrop - neaa 19-04-14 ll-19.

Action from Selton (in blue) v Kimberley last Saturday. Photo by Lizzi Lathrop - neaa 19-04-14 ll-19.

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Kimberley Miners Welfare are back on top of the Notts Senior League - but Selston remain favourites to win it.

Welfare beat Selston 4-2 on Saturday but the latter have two games in hand to overturn a two-point deficit, maintained by both sides winning their matches comfortably on Wednesday night.

Saturday saw Selston take the lead in the eighth minute. Ben Moore picked out Dominic Carragher on the edge of the box and the home skipper fired home via the hand of keeper Matt Walsh.

Kimberley’s Elliot Roulstone’s long throw caused Selston all sorts of problems. It was one of his efforts from the left on 24 minutes that was headed on by Ian Shepherd to Jake Fisher at the far post and the unmarked hitman had the simple task of nodding home.

Fisher put another chance inches wide before Kimberley were reduced to ten men as Michael Murphy was dismissed for two quick yellow cards.

With six minutes of the second-half played Kimberley were behind again when Kieran Heath headed home a terrific ball into the area from Jimmy Barry.

Selston were unlucky not to have increased their lead on 56 when Gregory lifted the ball over Walsh only to see it smash against the bar.

Ian Shepherd had an effort well blocked by the home defence, but when the ball fell to Roulstone ten yards from goal, he steered it home through a ruck of players.

The ten men of Kimberley took the lead with 12 minutes left. A corner in from the left was fired in low and hard, and the first to react was centre-back Shepherd who flicked home from six yards.

In the final minute, Fisher added the fourth after his first shot was parried away by the keeper to seal the win.

On Wednesday, Welfare won 5-0 away at Bilborough Town, Jake Fisher scoring after just 66 seconds and other goals coming from Red Wilmott, Elliott Roulstone, Leon Roberts and Martin Lench.

Selston also won comfortably, 4-0 over Magdala Amateurs thanks to Ben Moore’s two early goals and a further brace for Dominic Airey.

Also on Saturday, Awsworth Villa won 2-1 away at bottom club Nottingham United.

Villa started well with centre-back Danny Tring opening the scoring on 20 minutes after the Nottingham keeper Placinski had parried a shot straight to him.

With Eddie Hallsworth in the Awsworth goal being a spectator, Luke Henson headed the second Villa goal on 35 minutes to open up a two-goal lead at half-time.

The second-half saw a change for Nottingham with Jones coming off of the bench to make an instant impact, as on 75 minutes it was he who provided a cross for Davis to head into the Awsworth goal, but despite late pressure, Villa held on for the points.

Villa followed that win up with another on Tuesday as they disposed of Burton Joyce 3-1.

In Division One on Saturday, Underwood Villa enjoyed a 6-2 away success at Gedling Southbank, Nick Thorpe hitting a hat-trick, Josh Hunt with two and Luke Williams also on target.

Awsworth Villa Reserves beat Nottinghamshire 2-0.

In Division Two, Moorgreen stay third but in with a shout at the title after beating leaders Ashland Rovers 3-2 - Moorgreen with three games in hand on Rovers.

Underwood Villa Reserves won 3-1 against FC Samba, Sam Tring (2) and Greg Kent on target.

Fixtures:

Saturday, April 26:

Premier Division:

Awsworth Villa v Attenborough, Kimberley MW v FC Cavaliers, Selston v Keyworth.

Division One:

Hucknall RRL Res v Underwood Villa, Netherfield Albion v Awsworth Villa Res

Division Two:

Greyfriars v Kimberley MW Res, Notts Res v Moorgreen, Underwood Villa Res v Bilborough Res

Tuesday, April 29:

Premier Division:

Awsworth Villa v FC Cavaliers, Boots Athletic v Selston

Division Two:

Kimberley MW Res v Sandhurst Res

Wednesday, April 30:

Division Two Cup:

Ashland Rovers v Moorgreen (at Kimberley)