Shirebrook's flawless start to season bites the dust
The 100 per cent start to the season by Shirebrook Town bit the dust in an embarrassingly heavy defeat at the hands of fellow high-fliers, Yorkshire Amateur, in the First Division of the Toolstation Northern Counties East League.
Shirebrook had won their four opening matches to fuel hopes of a promotion challenge. But they crashed 5-1 to Yorkshire Amateur, another team who had begun the campaign with an unbeaten record.
Shirebrook started well enough, seeing a lot of the ball and creating chances for both Kieran Watson and Danny Williams. But against the run of play, the hosts opened the scoring in the 15th minute through Daniel Naidole, and things got worse two minutes later when the league’s top scorer, Ashley Flynn, was left unmarked in the box to double the lead.
The visitors got back into the game in the 26th minute when Watson’s shot was parried by the ‘keeper into the path of Sam Dockwray. But they were let off the hook late in the half when both Flynn and Fernando Moke squandered opportunities to score and although Shirebrook saw chances of their own go begging early in the second period, Yorkshire Amateur scored three times in the last 19 minutes through T’nique Fishley and Moke (2).
IN THE same division, the promising start to the new season by Ollerton Town is also well and truly over after a couple of heavy defeats inside four days.
After wins in four of their first five games, Ollerton crashed 4-1 in a tough midweek trip to Campion, despite scoring the opening goal through Brandon Shaw in the 56th minute. And then on Saturday, Rossington Main inflicted a 4-1 spanking on Dave Winter’s depleted side, missing nine players.
Rossington were ahead from the ninth minute when Declan Howe beat ‘keeper Ryan Brooks. But another injury meant they had only one recognised defender on the park by the time Jason Stokes doubled the lead, and they were down to ten men when Brooks was sent off as he conceded a 78th minute penalty that Howe converted. Callum Wiffen added a third past replacement ‘keeper, winger Kyle Clarkson.