Two great strikes from Lee Buckley were enough to secure the points for CORONATION CLUB as they overcame CODNOR MINERS ARMS 2-1 in the top division; Scott Sisson replying for the visitors.
WESTWOOD ROYAL OAK enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over DERBY ATHLETIC, while RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL were easing past NORMANTON VILLAGER in a much tighter encounter that finished 3-2.
CRIB BAR laid down a marker for the title with an emphatic 5-1 victory margin over SHIRLAND MW. New boy Dean Heron opened the scoring and doubled his tally before another debutant Daniel Ball added a third before half time. Matt Phillips notched two more after the break during a period when the visitors’ custodian was dismissed for a stamping offence. A penalty award saw Crib’s own goalkeeper James Baker brush everyone aside in his eagerness to take the kick before blazing well wide of the target. Even more bizarrely, Crib striker Chris Green then set up Daz Brown who accepted the gift to score a consolation goal for the visitors.
In Division Two, HOLMEWOOD MW finished the game with only nine players but held out to beat RAILWAY (Alfreton) 3-1; Steve Adams, Craig Young and Ash Martin their scorers.
Ross Graney, James Pearce and Wade Marriott scored a goal apiece as NORMANTON UNITED overcame THE WHEEL 3-0.
RAILWAY TAVERN were undone by Adam Hassall who struck home a hat-trick as visitors RIPLEY WHITE LION triumphed 4-3. Liam Bond got the other goal. Chris Burrows, Jake Mee and Shaun Annable were the home team’s marksmen.
TIBSHELF WHITE HART are still in search of their first point and went down in a high scoring encounter to RIDDINGS ROVERS. Brett Sharpe and Des Shay goals were the pick for the visitors who went on to record a 7-3 victory margin.
BOUNDARY ATHLETIC stay top of Division Three after recording their latest 3-1 win over HILCOTE MW through Calun Jenkin, a Steve Allen penalty and Daniel Ryan. Tristan Burrell was the scorer for the opposition.
GALLOWS INN recorded the day’s biggest score in thumping ALLIANCE HEALTHCARE 9-1, while GLADIATORS FC went down again 1-6 to BULLS HEAD.
Dan Cummings (2) and Robert Spencer had shot OUT OF TOWN into a 3-0 interval lead at HEANOR STAFF. However, the home side were able to batten down the hatches in the second half and that proved to be the final score line.