Belper United rattle Rolls to stay one point clear at the top

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM -- another goal by Sam Vickers (right) for Belper United. (PHOTO BY: Terry Fletcher).
PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM -- another goal by Sam Vickers (right) for Belper United. (PHOTO BY: Terry Fletcher).

A convincing victory at home to Hucknall Rolls Leisure kept title-chasing Belper United top of the pile in the South Division of the Central Midlands League.

United cruised to a 3-0 win, courtesy of a another goal from Sam Vickers, who coolly converted a penalty, a strike by Alfie Holland and also an own goal.

It was their 13th success from 18 games so far this term and maintained their one-point advantage over second-placed Selston, who have two games in hand but an inferior goal-difference (plus-44 to plus-39) at this stage.

United now face struggling local-derby rivals, Holbrook St Michael’s, tonight (Wednesday) before a crunch match away to fellow high-fliers, Hucknall Town, this coming Saturday.

In their latest fixture, Hucknall suffered their fourth consecutive defeat since the turn of the year when going down 1-0 at bottom-of-the-table Southwell City. In one of the shocks of the season, a Stewart Gill header on the hour was enough to earn victory in his first match in charge for Southwell’s new boss Tom McDonald.

There were no such slip-ups by Selston, however, for they licked Linby Colliery Welfare 4-1. They were three up inside the first 22 minutes thanks to goals from Ben Moore, Carl Moore and Joe Riley and although Ash Winfield pulled one back for Linby on 55 minutes, Selston sealed the points with a strike by Tom Widdowson two minutes from the end.

Meanwhile the poor season for Holbrook St Michael’s continued with an 8-1 hammering at the hands of rapidly improving Blidworth Welfare, who sailed to their fifth win on the bounce. There were two goals each for Gaz Curtis and Max Curzon, wile the others were shared by Keenan Leeds, Jordan Harris, James Vickers and Tom Price. It was the Saints’ 12th reverse in 17 games and they are now level on points at the foot of the table with Southwell.

The other match in the South Division on Saturday resulted in a 3-1 home win for Collingham against Clay Cross Town. Tomas Poole gave the visitors a 31st minute lead, only for Collingham to hit back only two minutes later with an Adam Stone penalty and grab all three points via goals from Jordan Clucas five minutes from the break and Jordan Wapplington in stoppage time.

In the league’s Reserves Division, Holbrook Sports enjoyed a 4-2 victory at Eastwood Community Reserves thanks to goals from Callum Green, Niall Mather, Jake Dodds and Allan Hahn, but bottom-of-the-table Holbrook St Michael’s Reserves, who have yet to pick up a single point this term, fell to an agonising 1-0 loss at home to Pinxton Reserves.