AS Plant United take giant step to winning Midland Amateur Alliance Premier Division


AS Plant United took a giant step to claiming the Midland Amateur Alliance Premier Division Championship at their first attempt.

They defeated their nearest challengers Bestwood MWSC 2-0 having been reduced to ten men in the first half of a competitive encounter.

Wes O’Rourke netted the only goal of the first half and an excellent strike from James Thorpe settled the matter after Bestwood had been thwarted by some excellent defending in the second half.

Callam Atkinson’s double for AFC Farnsfield was matched by Ashley Swain for Mansfield Hosiery Mills, who went on to win 4-2 thanks to further goals from Andrew Widdoson and substitute Jay Checkley.

Joe Machin’s 82nd minute goal for Kirkby Athletic turned what appeared to be a comfortable 2-0 victory for Beeston OBA into a nail-biting finish with Beeston holding on for the win.

Sean Creer Thorton’s goal for Ravenshead proved insufficient to prevent Woodborough United from retaining second spot in the table thanks to their 3-1 victory.

Jake Bradder netted the only goal in the first half from the penalty spot for Rainworth Rangers against Southwell City, who then conceded a second goal netted by substitute Graham Beavis at the start of the second half.

Alan Welsh then completed the scoring to ensure a 3-0 victory for Rangers.

Old Elizabethans enjoyed a 7-2 win over Trent Vineyard.

Leaders AFC South Winfield 93 increased the gap at top of Division One to nine points thanks to a 7-1 victory at the expense of Old Bemrosians, whose consolation goal came from James Lawson.

Prolific striker Jay Miles netted five goals and Chris Evans claimed a double for the winners.

Derbyshire Amateurs relinquished their second place after Ashfield FC netted a late equaliser through Rob Bradley, who claimed his double as well as gain an unlikely point in a 2-2 draw.