Nabb and Bestwood on promotion trail in Notts Sunday League

NOTTS Sunday League round-up.
NOTTS Sunday League round-up.

The promotion prospects of THE NABB INN and BESTWOOD MINERS WELFARE were given major boosts by convincing wins in Senior Division two of the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE.

Nabb routed Real United Sunday 6-1 to leap into second place, above Carlton Top Spot Reserves, who were licked 5-1 by Bestwood. Both remain some way behind leaders ACAF Sycamore Saints, whom Bestwood play this Sunday, but they have valuable games in hand.

Nabb’s romp was spearheaded by a hat-trick from Gareth Wainwright and supplemented by strikes from Dave Chapman, Lucas Elliott and Dom Masotano. The Bestwood goals were scored by Alex Carr (2), Luke Mitchell (2) and Ricky Robinson.

DECISIONS to play ‘double-headers’ (two matches of 30 minutes each/way on the same morning to ease fixture congestion) backfired for two Dispatch district sides. For HUCKNALL TOWN SUNDAY, in the Premier Premier Division, and THE EMPIRE, in Premier Division One, lost them both.

Goals from James Randall (2) and Elliott Christie enabled bottom-of-the-table Town to fight back from 4-0 down to be pipped 4-3 in a pulsating opening game against title-chasing Trentside, for whom Nathan Kelly fired a hat-trick. But they were defeated 3-0 in the second one.

Empire were taken to the cleaners twice by Premium, crashing 3-0 and 5-0, to stay with fellow Hucknall side ATHLETICO T8’S in the bottom four of the table. Athletico became the latest victims of leaders Robin Hood, going down 3-0.

A PLUCKY performance by struggling BARFLYS H2O gave promotion-pushing ABP a fright in the Premier First Division. For despite falling 2-0 behind, they kept plugging away and were rewarded with goals from Jack Patterson and Christian Bennett in a 3-2 reverse.

Barflys remain next to bottom, which is the same position occupied by HALF MOON in the top flight after their 11th defeat in 12 matches -- 6-1 at home to high-flying Carflton Top Spot.

In a raging wind that spoiled the game, Moon cancelled out the visitors’ early opener when striker Martin Lester made no mistake after good work by defender Nathan Thomas. However, Top Spot struck twice either side of the break and although Lester bagged his second, three more goals sealed Moon’s fate, despite a man-of-the-match display by Kane Matthews.

TWO goals from Jonny Bernard helped relieved AFC DOWHAN return to winning ways in the Senior Third Division with a fine 3-2 victory away to fourth-placed Kingswell Rangers.

Left-back Tom Coupe drilled Dowhan in front and then Bernard bagged his first, embarking on a solo run before cutting inside to beat the ‘keeper at his near post.

Kingswell pulled one back on the stroke of half-time but after Rodgers had hit the bar, man-of-the-match Bernard all but wrapped up the points when ghosting past two defenders to roll the ball home, although a late consolation at the other end meant a nervy finale.