West Bridgford well placed at top
WEST Bridgford sit proudly on top of the Midland Premier Division of the ENER-G League after winning two matches on the road in a double-header weekend.
On Saturday, with two open play goals in each half from Todd Mills, Chris Collison, Adam Innocent and Mills again, they won 4-1 against Northampton Saints.
Twenty-four hours later, Sam Curtis, Ben Farrar, Collison, Mills and Innocent were on target at Edgbaston as Bridgford built a 5-1 lead on their way to a 5-3 win.
As the League enters its final month, Bridgford are three points clear with a much superior goal difference over their nearest rivals Rugby and East Warwicks and face Telford and Wrekin, Stourport, Sutton Coldfield and Harborne, all currently in the bottom half of the table, on their final run in.
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Nottingham University kept their four-point lead at the top of Midland Premier Division with a 4-0 victory at bottom club Melton.
Leading scorer Chris Harden hit a perfect hat-trick, scoring in open-play and converting a penalty stroke in the first half and then converting a penalty corner before an open play goal from Andy Sutherland completed the scoring.
One of the student side's main challengers came unstuck when South Nottingham were beaten 4-2 by Worcester at Nottingham Trent University's Clifton Campus.
Surinder Saini scored a spectacular equaliser from Dharminder Hundal's long pass after the visitors had struck first, but the Reds lost their way in the second half conceding three more goals before Dharminder converted a late penalty stroke.
Happier times in the East Midland Premier Division for Sikh Union (Nottingham) at The Forest where they inflicted a 2-1 defeat on second-placed Wellingborough after Harj Gataora and hard-working left winger Pritpal Dhanjal had given the home club a two-goal lead.
North Notts took full advantage of Wellingborough's set-back, moving above the Northants club with a 4-1 win in their local derby with Nottingham at the Manor Park Sports Centre.
Jason Barton opened the scoring for North Notts but Martin Sieder put Jason Byrne through to score for the visitors. Second-half goals from Allen Butler (2) and Barton gave the Mansfield Woodhouse club the 4-1 win that lifted them to second place behind Barton.
Sunday's clash of the top two at Barton saw the home side race into a three-goal lead and complete a 5-3 win in spite of William Butler's hat-trick for the Blues.
Boots, minus four regulars, lost narrowly at home to Leicester Thursday in spite of scoring first after 14 minutes as Manny Soar was put through by Stephen Poole. Then Boots lost the initiative and Thursday scored in each half to win 2-1.
Trailing 1-0 at Loughborough Sharks, Steve Dockrell's thunderous penalty corner was only partially saved by the keeper and Angus Yeats scored from the rebound to earn Nottingham Players a point.
Mansfield lost 7-0 at Market Harborough while at the Magnus School, Newark's good form continued with a 3-0 victory over Rolls Royce.
Open-play goals from Steve Littlewood and, after the interval, Scott Robinson and Danny Hendrie extended the Green's unbeaten run to 11 matches in East Midlands Division Two.
ENER-G Second Team League: Midland Premier Division: Belper 9 Beeston 3, West Bridgford 1 Leek 3. Midland Division 1: Nottingham University 1 Khalsa 2. East Mid Prem Div: Chesterfield 1 North Notts 2, Leicester 0 Boots 0, Nottingham 0 South Nottingham 3. East Mid Div 1: Mansfield 3 Leicester Westleigh 4 Nottingham Players 1 Newark 2.
ENER-G Third Team League: Midland Premier Division: Beeston 7 Edgbaston 1, Leek 7 West Bridgford 2, Stourport 1 Nottingham University 4. East Mid Prem Div: Boots 1 Rugby and East Warwicks 2, North Notts 0 Nottingham 3. East Mid Div 1: Ashby 1 South Nottingham 5, Nottingham Players 4 Derby Asterdale 1. East Mid Div 2: Newark 4 Mansfield 0.
ENER-G Central League: Midland Premier Division: Edgbaston IV 7 Beeston IV 0, Nottingham University IV 5 West Bridgford IV 1, West Bridgford V 4 Edgbaston V 1. East Mid Prem Div: Belper IV 4 Boots IV 1, Warwick University IV 6 Beeston V 1. North East Div 1: Burton V 1 Nottingham V 2, Nottingham IV 0 West Bridgford VI 4, South Nottingham IV 2 Burton VI 3, West Bridgford VIII 4 Belper VI 8. South East Div 1: Beeston VI 6 Coventry and North Warwicks IV 3, West Bridgford VII 3 Coalville Town IV 1. East Mid Div 2: Belper VII 4 West Bridgford IX 1, Derby Asterdale IV 0 Boots VI 3, North Notts V 1 Nuneaton IV 1, Nottingham VI 0 Leicester Westleigh IV 5, West Bridgford X 1 Northampton Saints VI 1.
ENER-G Midland League
Midland Premier Division: West Bridgford v Telford and Wrekin
Midland Division 1: North Stafford v South Nottingham, Nottm University v Warwick
East Mid Prem Div: Chesterfield v North Notts, Corby v Sikh Union (Nottm), Derwent v Boots
East Mid Div 1: Leicester University v Mansfield, Nottm Players v Market Harborough
East Mid Div 2: Panthers (Leicester) v Newark