ALFRETON SUNDAY FOOTBALL LEAGUE
THE battle for the leading goalscorer mantle hotted up again with THE FARM S Stu Smith smashing a second consecutive six-goal haul.
Smith was in red-hot form again as his side overwhelmed visitors GEORGE & DRAGON 10-1 in the second division.
Smith tookhis tally so far to 25, all but two of which have come in the league but it was Steve Abbott who began the taming of the Dragon as early as the first minute with a close range header.
Richard Eley headed in a corner for 2-0 on 20 minutes and ten minutes later Paul Bowmer made another flag-kick count with another header before Stu Smith began his scoring spree with the last goal of the first half as The Farm went in 4-0 ahead.
Smith added two more for six before Kenny Andrews notched his first goal of the season and the best of the game with a delightful chip on the run from 20-yards over the George 'keeper at the end of a solo break from the half-way line.
Smith added the eighth and ninth, the latter from the penalty spot before Mark Barnett grabbed George s consolation but red-hot Smith had the final say as he wrapped up the points with the tenth and his sixth of the game.
SWAN & SALMON tasted league defeat for the first time in eight outings as visitors SHIRLAND MW maintained their promotion challenge with an impressive 5-0 success.
Colin Haggerty and Paul Ford put Shirland 2-0 up at the break with volleys from well-worked corners and further goals came from Barrie Saunders and a brace from Matt Farley in the second half.
DERBY ARMS kept their promotion bid going with a 6-1 home win over ILKESTON VICTORIA who were 3-1 down at the interval after Jay Green had pulled one back at two-down.
Danny Allsopp and Leigh Swingler led the Arms with a brace apiece while Matt Allsopp and Gary Smith were also on target.
Despite playing more games than their rivals, ILFORD CLUB 2000 are still in with a big shout after a 4-2 win at MARKET HOTEL who were 2-1 down at the interval.
Phill Smith and Chris Pilkington put Ilford two-up before Lee Richardson pulled one back and Market had visions of some points reward when Matt Reeve equalised from the penalty spot.
However, further strikes from Ilford s Mark Dilks and Jono Wright, his 18th in the league and 20th in total so far, sealed three good away points.
LEABROOKS CLUB 2000 had the brothers Newbold to thank for their third straight league win as they triumphed 5-0 at RIPLEY BAR.
For the second game running Simon Newbold hit a four-timer, two in the first half and two in the second, this after brother Thomas had opened the scoring.
Leabrooks had goalkeeper Danny Williams to thank for their clean sheet though as he produced a string of saves to keep the Ripley side off the scoresheet, including a tip against the bar from Dale Easom s 35-yarder.
LEADERFLUSH SHAPLAND showed no signs of rustiness despite playing their first game since November 19th as they romped to a 9-2 win at RAYS ARMS who are still pointless after 11 straight defeats.
The one crumb of comfort for Rays was that they won the second-half 2-1 after trailing 8-0 at the break!
Colin Manchester and Stuart Reeve got the Rays goals in the second period but the damage had obviously already been done with Liam Dean leading the way with a hat-trick for Leaderflush.
Michael Parr fired a brace with John Holdstock, Steve Barnes, a Kevin Cooper penalty and a Richard Blackwell 15-yard steered in own goal making up the big tally.
JOLLY FARMERS had their home game with GREENHILL postponed.
There were just two games in the first division with OUT OF TOWN recording their biggest league win of the season after drubbing spirited visitors GKP DYNAMICS 8-1.
The main feature of this game was the fact that Phil Whitehead extended his rich vein of scoring by notching his third hat-trick in succession for Town.
Tim Greenslade, Tarick Naylor and Shaun Dolan were also on target in the first half which ended with Town leading 5-0.
Dolan also blazed a second-half penalty over the bar but Greenslade added his second of the game, Whitehead clinched his hat-trick and Sid James had the last laugh with a 25-yard screamer. Aaron Hopkinson notched the GKP consolation at eight down.
WHITE LION cut the gap on leaders Higham Crown Inn to four points with two games in hand after a 5-1 home win over BULLS HEAD who turned round 2-0 down.
Richard Daley opened the Lion s account inside two minutes with a 10-yarder, this being added to with an 18-yard drive from the angle of the penalty area by Steve Hunt midway through the first period.
Matt Goode pounced on a half-clearance to net the third from 12-yards before Tony Barker fired the Bulls reply from 18-yards which the home 'keeper failed to hold midway into the second period.
Lion roared back though and sealed the points when Daley slotted in his second of the game from five-yards after rounding two defender and the visiting 'keeper before Steve Hunt added his second when he finished a Lee Cummings cross.
The RIDDINGS RED LION v ALFRETON VICTORIA and RIDDINGS ROVERS '93 v HIGHAM CROWN INN games were both postponed, the latter after a late pitch inspection.
There was one cup match on the day with MAREHAY ROYAL OAK producing a second-half goal burst to overturn a 2-1 half-time deficit at SOMERCOTES ATHLETIC who exited the Dick Windle Trophy at the third round stage on a 7-3 defeat.
Nick Coombs put Marehay in front but Somercotes fought back to lead at the break thanks to goals from Nigel Flintoff and Chris Cartledge.
After Richard Beastall had equalised for the Oak, three goals in five minutes put them firmly in charge with Craig Paulson, Ben Barnicoat and Dave Allen on target.
Barnicoat added his second of the tie - and 19th of the season - for 6-2 before Cartledge reduced the arrears with his second of the game for Somercotes but Marehay were in seventh heaven as substitute John Weston netted his first goal of the campaign.
RIPLEY ATHLETIC had their DCFA Sunday Cup third round tie at Bakerhurst Athletic postponed again and the game is not now likely to go ahead until January 7th,2001.
On behalf of all the league management committee, best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a happy, and successful New Year are extended to all sponsors, players, supporters and officials.
RESULTS FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17th
M. G. Financial Services Division One: Out of Town 8, GKP Dynamics 1; Riddings Red Lion v Alfreton Victoria, postponed; Riddings Rovers '93 v Higham Crown Inn, postponed; White Lion 5, Bulls Head 1.
Mitchell Sports Division Two: Derby Arms 6, Ilkeston Victoria 1; Jolly Farmers v Greenhill, postponed; Market Hotel 2, Ilford Club 2000 4; Rays Arms 2, Leaderflush Shapland 9; Ripley Bar 0, Leabrooks Club 2000 5; Swan & Salmon 0, Shirland MW 5; The Farm 10, George & Dragon 1.
Dick Windle Trophy, 3rd round: Somercotes Athletic 3, Marehay Royal Oak 7 .
DCFA Sunday Cup (Junior Section), 3rd round: Bakerhurst Athletic (Buxton) v Ripley Athletic, postponed.
THERE ARE NO SCHEDULED FIXTURES FOR CHRISTMAS EVE OR NEW YEAR S EVE.
Tables (Up to and inc. 17/12/2000)
M. G. FINANCIAL SERVICES DIVISION ONE
P W D L F A Pts
Higham Crown Inn 10 8 1 1 40 19 25
White Lion 8 7 0 1 44 12 21
Riddings Red Lion 9 4 4 1 38 25 16
Bulls Head 10 5 1 4 20 20 16
Out of Town 9 4 0 5 36 29 12
Riddings Rovers '93 6 3 2 1 29 23 11
Alfreton Victoria 8 2 2 4 20 24 8
Somercotes Athletic 8 2 1 5 22 33 7
Marehay Royal Oak 8 1 2 5 15 25 5
Ripley Athletic 6 1 1 4 10 21 4
GKP Dynamics 8 1 0 7 15 58 3
MITCHELL SPORTS DIVISION TWO
P W D L F A Pts
The Farm 9 7 1 1 51 15 22
Ilford Club 2000 12 6 4 2 44 26 22
Shirland MW 8 7 0 1 49 12 21
Derby Arms 8 6 2 0 52 10 20
Market Hotel 10 5 1 4 43 25 16
Jolly Farmers 10 3 4 3 33 34 13
George & Dragon 10 5 1 4 31 37 13
Swan & Salmon 8 2 5 1 24 14 11
Ilkeston Victoria 9 3 2 4 29 34 11
Ripley Bar 13 3 2 8 26 57 11
Leaderflush Shapland 6 3 1 2 25 15 10
Leabrooks Club 2000 8 3 0 5 19 32 9
Greenhill 10 2 1 7 18 42 7
Rays Arms 11 0 0 11 12 103 0
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