First defeat fails to derail T8’s title chase

NHUD11-2150-3'Linby v Wollaton'Damien Mann
NHUD11-2150-3'Linby v Wollaton'Damien Mann

County cup winners T8’S remain poised to land the NOTTS SUNDAY MORNING LEAGUE’S Premier Premier Division title -- despite suffering their first defeat of the season.

T8’s came up short against a good Trentside team, going down 3-2 despite goals from Chay Bettridge and player/manager Reece Jackson. The home side netted their deserved winner in stoppage time.

T8’S LINE-UP : Northmore/ Conn, Hayes, Peberday, Murray, Davies, Brooks, Ryan, Short, Allen J., Bettridge. Subs: Pearson, Jackson, Mee.

However, Jackson’s men had hammered Old Colonial 5-1 in midweek, thanks to strikes from Andy Start (2), Aaron Ryan, Damian Mann and Danny Gamble. And they went into this week’s midweek programme needing only six points from their last five games to catch leaders Nuthall, who completed their fixtures with a 7-0 whitewash of another Hucknall side, PLOUGH BARFLYS.

Barflys were well below the form they had shown in midweek when downing Trowsers 2-1.

West Bridgford outfit Trowsers recovered to hold GREEN DRAGON 1-1 in a key bottom-of-the-table battle last Sunday.

Dragon could have donewith all three points but at least the draw kept alive their hopes of staving off the drop, with four games to play.

The locals took a 23rd minute lead when the ‘keeper allowed a 30-yard free-0kick from Matt Lucas to slip through his fingers.

But the visitors levelled with an equally soft goal as Rob England’s scuffed shot spun into the net off a post.

The second half was stalemate, with man-of-the-match Taylor making several saves at one end and Matt Lewis stabbing a shot just wide at the other.

DRAGON LINE-UP (4-4-2): Taylor J./ Crowson, Neale, Smith, Brandley/ Humphreys, Matthews J., Haskey, Lewis/ Lucas, Bernard. Sub: Sisson.

Both THE MASONS and THE EMPIRE can still gain promotion from Premier Division Two providing they win their last matches of the season.

Only four points separate the top five sides, with Masons in second place after winning 4-0 at Premium and Empire in fourth spot, despite being held to a 1-1 draw in a midweek local derby against PREMIERE TRAVEL.

Masons’ goalscorers were Sean Williams (2), Rory Smith and Gary Richardson.