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East Midlands Counties League Round-Up

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WEST BRIDGFORD are East Midlands Counties League champions for the second successive season.

Promoted last season as title winners in the Nottinghamshire Senior League, they have gone one better this term to earn promotion to Step 5 of the non-League Pyramid next season.

A point would have been enough for them and it took only 14 minutes for Carl Westcarr to put them on their way.

Dan Rowley equalised for hosts BORROWASH VICTORIA just before the break and for a long time that is how it looked like staying until Westcarr hit is second with 6 minutes remaining and Ryan Stark got a third in the last minute to start the celebrations.

The only other side who could pip them, SOUTH NORMANTON ATHLETIC, needed to win their last three games to have any chance if West Bridgford dropped any points.

The Shiners battled hard but Luke Thorogood put hosts ASHBY IVANHOE ahead in the 59th minute.

They then had Conor Bennett sent-off, but it took until the last minute for Kevin Hemagou to level and the Shiners will now have to battle for runners-up.

BIRSTALL UNITED nipped back into second place with a 2-0 home win over DUNKIRK, but likely as not they will finish third.

Not bad for another team experiencing their first season as a Step 6 club. Mitch Williams after 6 minutes and Adam Boulter near half-time got the home goals.

ANSTEY NOMADS ended their season with a 2-0 home win over KIMBERLEY MINERS WELFARE, Mark Preston after 28 minutes and Joe Hartopp on 46 were their scorers.

Poor ELLISTOWN & IBSTOCK UNITED couldn’t end their dismal season with a win, although it took a Dan Agar goal 8 minutes from the end to give BARROW TOWN their second win of the week.

Earlier Tom Burdett had put Ellistown in front on 8 minutes and Ben Law had levelled less than a minute later.

It has been a dismal season for both GRAHAM STREET PRIMS and HOLBROOK SPORTS, and they both lost their last games of the season at home. BELPER UNITED, who will be highly delighted with their first season in the league, won with three second half goals from Michael Dunne, Adam Dring and Mark Atwal at Prims, whilst AYLESTONE PARK had an even more comfortable success at Holbrook by 7-2.

Sam Carline and Mason Brown both recorded two goal hauls with Kieran Neat, Sam Hall and Jack Jepson also scoring for them. Labrada Domini and Phil Summerfield were the Brookies scorers.

In the other match played, STAPENHILL, thanks to a second half hat-trick from Steve Hart, beat ARNOLD TOWN who could only manage two goals from Jack Allen in reply. However, more significant was the fact that Hart’s second goal on 71 minutes was his 50th of the season, and his total season’s tally of 51 will make him this season’s `golden boot` winner – an honour Hart has had previously in the league with other clubs.

(Stan Wilton)

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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