Local derby win keeps Athletic on top

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Central Midlands League

Premier Division South

Pinxton MW 1

South Normanton Athletic 2

South Normanton Athletic remain top of the league after a brilliant win at Pinxton.

This game was why all the good people work so hard to keep the young lads playing football, this fixture was against two villages which join each other and had at least 200 spectators who enjoyed the atmosphere which can only be created by such a fixture.

The game started well for Pinxton who came out the traps at speed, and within five minutes took the lead. Wayne Cooke found himself one-on-one with the visiting keeper and he curled the ball around James Baker’s left-hand with a quality finish.

Steve O’Conner levelled just before half-time thanks to brilliant refereeing from young Tim Walker. Pinxton’s Sam Rawson clashed with Danny Briscoe who fell to the floor 19 yards from goal. The Shiners appealed for the free kick but Walker let play go on.

O’Conner put the ball to the right of the keeper leaving him on the floor before placing the ball home just before half-time.

The winning goal came on 56 minutes from the brilliant Adam Nicholls. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Nicholls picked the ball up in midfield, advanced ten yards and shifted the ball in his favour before unleashing a screamer of a strike from 25 yards out which smashed into the top right-hand corner of the Pinxton net leaving Dave O’Hare no chance.

It was the perfect way to win a nervy local derby.

Pinxton had the last attack on goal thanks to a good effort from Jay Cooper, and his strike needed tipping over the bar from South Normanton’s keeper, James Baker who was superb on the day.

This Saturday, South Normanton Athletic are away at Calverton MW.