South Normanton maintain grip at top of East Midlands Counties table


South Normanton maintained their position at the top of the East Midlands Counties table with a clinical 5-2 win against lowly Holwell Sports.

After an even opening, the Shiners scored with their first meaningful attack when Kyle Wadsworth scored from 12 yards after a good build-up involving Tom Leighton.

The Shiners though went further ahead on the half hour when the hapless Randall fouled Fay in the box and Newton fired home from the penalty spot.

The home side were looking to finish the game quickly and Newton had a tremendous strike from 20 yards well saved by Cragg who pushed around for a corner. This was repelled at the expense of another corner and, from the second, Mottershead had an effort well saved.

The visitors were rocked right on the stroke of half-time in a repeat of the first goal when Newton setting up Wadsworth for his second of the season.

The visitors came out unchanged and once again pressed the hosts, but the contest appeared to be over on 50 minutes when a lighting break from one end of the field to the other saw Fay set up Newton to score his 12th goal of the campaign.

Holwell did however get back into the game firstly on 65 minutes when, from a short corner, Chapman knocked in a great cross to pick out Graham Wells who headed home past Smith from six yards out.

This stirred the home side back into action when another passage of play saw Fay and Griffiths engineer an opening for Leighton who fired home a delightfull shot into the top corner from 25 yards with Richard Cragg powerless to react.

Scott Mooney was introduced for the visitors straight after and he provided problems immediately and was rewarded with another great strike from 20 yards to entertain the watching crowd.

South Normaton face Borrowash Victoria on Saturday at the M J Robinson Structures Arena.