THE feature of the game involving RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL and SHIRLAND MW was the unusual achievement of central defender and skipper Shaun Archbold.
His sorties upfield for set pieces resulted in him getting an all-headed hat-trick, albeit his second owed something to a deflection off a defender.
Midfield general Mark Slinn drove home another direct from a free kick before substitute Steve Wright scored the goal of the game; then Andrew Spencer rounded things off to give Shirland a 6-0 victory that takes them to the top of Division One.
The game was marred by a last minute incident that saw home defender Steven McFarlane red carded for kicking an opponent that prompted a mass confrontation that could have led to further dismissals.
Despite playing some of their best football of the season and dominating the first half, CRIB found themselves trailing at the break to a shot-cum-centre from their former player Cory Bowler that gifted visitors MARLPOOL WHITE LION the interval lead.
Kyle Wadsworth levelled things up soon after the restart when his run from the half-way line culminated in his rifling the ball home for a truly memorable equaliser.
Crib’s joy was short-lived, though as Richard Groves scored first from a corner kick, then with another cross that found its way into the net.
To add insult to injury, Matt Britt drove home a disputed penalty kick to give the visitors an unassailable lead before a Dean Owen header provided some scant consolation for Crib whose 4-2 defeat owed a lot to bad luck and decisions that did not go their way.
Lion’s win means they remain unbeaten and are in a strong position to mount a title challenge with games in hand of the leaders.
Sean Dunn put DERBY ATHLETIC in front against JACKSDALE MW who levelled things up through Jamie Renshaw, and went in front when Gareth Haslam netted.
However, prolific goal scorer Kev Morrow pulled a rabbit out of the hat to square things up at 2-2.
AMBER ATHLETIC opened up a seven point gap at the summit of Alfreton Insurance Services Division Two following a 4-2 away win over NORMANTON UNITED. Matt Wilders got a couple with Craig Buxton and Matt Wright adding to the total.
Wade Marriott’s brace for the home team proved to be in vain.
There was nothing between RAILWAY INN and RAILWAY TAVERN until the visitors had a player sent off for opening his mouth too wide.
From that point on, Inn dominated but were unable to convert their superiority into goals and conceded in the 85th minute totally against the run of play when Adie Davis scored.
After throwing their goalkeeper up front and into the fray, Jay Cooper grabbed a last gasp equaliser and the game ended 1-1.
OUT OF TOWN were made to fight all the way against opponents SEVEN STARS and their task was made that much harder when they had Michael Hollis sent off.
A penalty kick that Robert Spencer converted was all they could muster but that was enough to give them the points and a seven point cushion at the top of Division Three.
Veteran Andy Merrin and the younger Reece Wigley were on the mark for HEANOR STAFF who should have had a hat full of goals but were made to settle for a 2-0 victory margin over lowly GLADIATORS, whilst BULLS HEAD beat ALLIANCE HEALTHCARE 4-1 in the only other game.
Fixtures for Sunday, February 5
Alfreton Insurance Division 3
Bulls Head v Hilcote MW
Gallows Inn v Seven Stars