Rainbow nail their colours to the Alfreton Sunday League title mast
AFTER the opening day's fixture list was virtually wiped out - only a single game involving HEANOR MW and HARVEYS BAR surviving the monsoon conditions and resulting in a 2-0 win for the visitors - the season kicked off in earnest last Sunday.
RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL were pipped on the post to the previous season's division one championship by their first day opponents CRIB BAR.
However, they exacted some sort of revenge in a comprehensive 4-1 win which had looked unlikely after Kyle Wadsworth had shot Crib into a 1-0 interval lead.
It was a different story after the break as firstly Matthew Wright strode on to a through ball to slot home and level the scores; then Craig Charity with a header, and man-of-the-match Jerry Moran with a 25-yard left-foot volley saw Rainbow ease ahead.
Although a regular goal scorer, Charity doesn't score many with his head, but he added a second late on to secure the victory
Whilst early season form can prove to be misleading, Rainbow have put a marker down and will undoubtedly be amongst the front runners again; in fact, they were unfortunate not to have added to their goals tally.
PINXTON MW entertained SWANWICK GATE INN; two teams who also entertain title aspirations.
The home team had much the better of the first half and went ahead through Danny Evans after 20 minutes. However, Gate fired home an equaliser just before the break and their experience told in the second half as they marched on to a 4-1 victory; unfortunately they provided no goal scorers' details.
Two newly promoted sides faced up to each other when SHIRLAND MW met QUBE BAR.
Although the appointed referee failed to show, this did not prevent an end-to-end encounter that saw the visitors home by the odd goal in seven.
Adam Bellamy, Steve Wright and Dean White were the scorers for Shirland; Qube's goals coming from John Snowball, Craig Buxton (2) and Adie Clark.
SELSTON HORSE AND JOCKEY's pre-season results suggested that they might find life difficult in the top division in this, their first season. A 16-0 demolition at the hands of fellow new boys ADASC served only to reinforce that view. No goal scorers known.
HARVEYS BAR were unable to capitalise on their opening day victory and were taken to the cleaners by a rampant ECLIPSE INN who came away victorious to the tune of 9-2.
Sam Smith led the way with four and he was ably supported by Matt Hunt (2), Michael Martin and Danny Allsop (2).
HEANOR MW edged a close game with local rivals JOLLY COLLIERS by a single, second half goal.
ROSE AND CROWN’S hopes of a solid start were eclipsed by visitors KILBURN FC for whom striker Dean Corney started with a flourish and notched a hat-trick in seeing his side home 5-3.
Shaun Staton and Tom Nelson were the other Kilburn marksmen; Anthony Rowley, Anthony Perkins and Matthew Brookes getting the goals for the home team.
A new look ALFRETON SFC had established a 3-0 lead by the half hour which had left the home team AFC SOUTH WINGFIELD reeling.
Striker Brett Sharpe, who has scored goals regularly at a higher level, had exposed the Wingfield rearguard with his pace and notched twice before Dan Piehandeh smashed home a third direct from a free kick.
Within a minute, however, Lee Purdy reduced the deficit with an opportunist goal and just before the interval Mark Slinn slotted home following a corner kick.
Wayne Hope beat the offside trap mid way through the second half to tie things up before Dean Smith rose to power home a towering header from another corner.
Stacy Hatton compounded the visitors’ misery when he drove home a 25yarder to complete an amazing turn around and leave Alfreton to scratch their heads and wonder where it all went wrong.
Man of the match John Connelly scored on his debut to give SWAN AND SALMON a 1-0 interval lead against SOUTH NORMANTON WANDERERS. Andrew Marshall levelled things up with a strike from the edge of the box before two late goals - from Liam Marshall and a Steven Clement header - secured the home win.
CASTLEWOOD UNITED fell to a 2-4 home defeat at the hands of NORMANTON UNITED for whom Jamie Rhodes, Robert Deakin and Wade Marriott (2) got the goals; the latter continuing where he left off last season. Matt Skidmore and Jack Shadbolt were the Castlewood marksmen.
PJ SNOOKER CLUB were thumped 7-1 by RIPLEY HORSE AND JOCKEY; unfortunately no goal scorers’ details provided.
Newcomers CLOVER NOOK lost 4-1 to RIPLEY WHITE LION.
Fixtures for Sunday, September 21
Dick Windle Trophy
Ripley Horse & Hockey v ADASC
Swanwick Gate Inn v Heanor MW
PJs Snooker Bar v Swan & Salmon
AFC South Wingfield v Rainbow International
Alfreton SFC v South Normanton Wanderers
Kilburn v Peak
Crib Bar v Shirland MW
Bulls Head v Castlewood United
Harveys Bar v Qube Bar
Devonshire Arms v Normanton United
Ripley White Lion v Selston Horse and Jockey
Rose & Crown v Eclipse Inn