Saturday's South Division action review

9 months ago By David Watters

The EVO-STIK League South fixture list on Saturday saw only a couple of weather casualties at Frickley Athletic and Sheffield FC, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

The game of the day though between runaway leaders Basford United and in-form Corby Town did go ahead and it saw the Nottinghamshire side stretch their lead at the top of the table to a massive 21 points after an emphatic 4-0 home win.

The game was described as being a “fantastic advert for the Evo-Stik South” and it saw Basford take command with two goals six minutes before half-time from Deon Meikle and Kieran Wells. Top scorer Liam Hearn eventually added a vital third with 10 minutes to go, and Aidan Austin made it 4-0 just 4 minutes later.

The Steelmen`s defeat – their second successive over Christmas – allowed Bedworth United to move above them into second after a 3-2 Oval win over struggling Peterborough Sports.

The visitors took an early third minute lead through Avelino Viera. Luke Keen pulled the Greenbacks level after 13 minutes, but Sports took a lead into the break, thanks to a 28th minute Mark Jones effort.

Recent signing Barry Fitzharris equalised in the 72nd minute and just two minutes later, Levi Rowley scored what proved to be Bedworth`s winner.

Stamford AFC, who beat Corby on Boxing Day, missed the chance to go above them after being held to a 1-1 draw at the Zeeco Stadium by a Stocksbridge Park Steels side who are tenth, but only three points behind the Daniels in a very tight division.

It looked as though Steels were heading for all three points after leading through Richard Stirrup`s 66th minute opener right until the 89th minute when Henry Eze popped up with Stamford`s equaliser.

Cleethorpes Town are level on points with the Daniels and have games in hand after winning 1-0 at Kidsgrove Athletic, a Brody Robertson effort five minutes into the second half winning it for Clee.

Leek Town moved up to seventh, level on points with sixth-placed Frickley after Jordan Johnson's goal 10 minutes after half-time earned them a 1-0 victory at Harrison Park against Loughborough Dynamo.

Chasetown are also on 37 points after a more emphatic 4-0 win at The Moat against lowly Gresley FC.

Chasetown started brightly and took the lead in the 14th minute through George Cater before doubling their lead in the 35th minute when Cater tapped home from close range. A third goal arrived five minutes into the second half when Matt Gardner rose well to head home before Cater completed his hat-trick to seal an emphatic away win with a 77th minute headed goal.

However, the biggest winners of the day were Lincoln United, who hammered beleaguered Belper Town 8-1 at Ashby Avenue.

It was `one of those days` for the Nailers as everything the Whites tried and hit went in. In fact, United had to come back from being a ninth minute Jahvan Davidson-Miller goal down!

Matt Cotton levelled within five minutes and by half-time, Lincoln led 5-1 with goals from Jack Wightwick, Cotton again, James Blunden and former Nailer, Paul Grimes. Scott Matthews on 56 minutes added the sixth and Wightwick the seventh with his second on 73 minutes – Jack McGovern rounding things off with an eighth in the 80th minute.

Peterborough Sports find themselves bottom of the table after Romulus earned a point with ten-men at Coles Lane against Carlton Town.

Dan Elliott gave the visitors a 20th minute lead that Reece Hutchinson cancelled out just two minutes later. Jordan Francis had the Roms in front nine minutes after half-time but they had to play the final few minutes with ten-men when Yohan Rutty-Smith was sent-off for a foul on Riece Bertram – Aaron Hooton levelling from the spot.

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