Shiners mount a fine comeback

A Shane Newton brace helped South Normanton Athletic to a 3-2 Central Midlands League Black Dragon Division - South victory at Mickleover Royals on Saturday.

Having lost 2-1 to Pinxton on Boxing Day, a reaction was expected from the Shiners - and they duly provided it.

Normanton opened the scoring just four minutes into the game. The goal was made by Andy Mottershead, who was pulled down on the 18-yard box.

His free kick made the keeper work and the ball rebounded for Shane Newton six yards out, who directed his shot into the goal.

At that stage, it was all South Normanton but in the 29th minute, a Normanton defender slipped and gave Royals striker Chris Martin a simple finish ,which was a blow after all the Shiners’ pressure.

But there was drama just after the Royals’ goal when Niall Mather for the Royals got himself sent off, which should have helped the Normanton cause, but at half-time the game was still level.

On 50 minutes, South Normanton went 2-1 down against the run of play again and this prompted manager Mark Wilson to make three changes which proved to be decisive.

In the 80th minute, from a Danny Roberts long throw, Shane Newton headed home to level the game up for his brace.

One minute later, the game was over after Lee Sutton got the winner after more great football down the left to get a good cross in.

Sutton was on hand to tap in from three yards out to take all three points.

From then on, the Royals lost discipline and and had two more players sent off.

This has been a tough week for Normanton but manager Mark Wilson has pulled his side together to keep things on track.

There was some more good news for the new year with Kyle Wadsworth, who played well for his new club, who are at home to Real Utd, on Saturday, January 4 (3pm kick off).