Empire toast England after striker’s EIGHT-goal blast

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Title-chasing EMPIRE had every reason to toast England during their Christmas and New Year celebrations.

No, not England the country, but England, the player.

Striker Robbie England, to be exact. For he plundered no fewer than EIGHT goals in a landslide 9-1 victory for Empire in the Premier Division of the NOTTS SUNDAY COMBINATION.

The Bulwell side routed bottom-of-the-table Beechdale to ensure that they ended 2013 in top spot and seven points clear of their nearest rivals, Blacks Head.

Alan Pallett bagged Empire’s other goal.

IT was a case of two points dropped, rather than one gained, when depleted but frustrated LINBY COLLIERY WELFARE RESERVES were held to a 2-2 draw by Gedling Southbank Reserves in Division One of the Notts Senior League.

Even though they could field only a threadbare squad and even though they went a goal behind, in-form Linby expected more against a Southbank side below them in the table.

Dan Neary gave them home side a 15th minute lead, but two goals from Ross Cheeseman, including an exquisite 20-yard lob on 22, gave the locals a 2-1 advantage by the interval.

It looked to be enough until ten minutes from time when Darren Gent headed home Marcus Eaton’s free-kick to salvage a share of the spoils for Southbank.

LINBY CW RESERVES LINE-UP (4-4-2) -- Guyatt/ Bernard J., O’Neill, Austin, Miller/ Murray, Potter (man-of-match), Ryan, Wallis/ Cheeseman, Jackson R. Sub: Martin S.