Mellish Lord it over Nelson in Bulwell derby

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Stunned by defeat in one local derby the previous week, MELLISH made no mistake when taking in another seven days later.

For they hammered Bulwell rivals, LORD NELSON, 5-0 to move up to third in the NOTTS SUNDAY COMBINATION, Premier Division table.

The title might be all but won by EMPIRE after their success over Mellish in that earlier all-Bulwell clash.

But the runners-up spot is still up for grabs -- and Mellish look well-equipped to claim it after goals from Daniel Farrell (2), Simon Cassidy and Anthony Robinson had sealed the fate of Nelson, who also leaked an own goal.

The home team are now level on points with second-placed Blacks Head and have a game in hand, with five to play in all.

Nelson, meanwhile, sit next to bottom with only six points from 12 games and just two to play to avoid the wooden spoon.

THE only Dispatch district side to survive the stormy weather in the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE were ATHLETICO T8’S in Premier Division Two.

An artificial surface at the Gresham Sports Complex in Wilford enabled Athletico’s match against ABP to go ahead. But they slumped to a 4-2 defeat that helped the home side go top of the table.

The Hucknall outfit were behind from the 15th minute when a sharp piece of inter-passing between Ed Smyth and Dean Hickman freed the latter to go on and beat the advancing ‘keeper.

Striker Hickman hit a post when beating the offside trap five minutes later, but was soon on target again, benefiting from a kindly bounce to beat his defender and smash home.

Athletico tried hard to battle back and were denied only by the home goalie when Ryan Orton raced clear for a one-on-one.

However, ABP made the points safe in the 65th minute when making it 3-0 as Sam Stansfield crossed from the right for Hickman to complete his hat-trick with a volley from the edge of the box.

Never-say die Athletico pulled a couple of goals back late on as Orton curled a right-footed shot into the top corner, after his initial effort had been superbly saved, and Ross Garfield netted in the dying moments.

But in between the two strikes, ABP added another when Hickman turned creator to link up skilfully with brother David Hickman, who placed a shot in the bottom corner.