Derby day win sees Ollerton Town end 2020 top of the table
The Christmas festivities were put to one side as Boxing Day became derby day in the East Midlands Counties League as Ollerton Town made the short — and worthwhile — trip to Shirebrook Town, where they ran out 4-0 winners.
Ollerton almost took the lead in the third minute after Gav King played in Ben Partridge down the right and, after cutting inside, the Town winger squared the ball to Sam Stretton.
The skipper took a touch and hit a superb left-footed effort that thudded off the Shirebrook bar with home ‘keeper Mike Ball beaten.
A minute later, they did take the lead.
Quick-thinking from Lewis Bingham saw him find King, who got to the by-line and cut the ball back to James Matthews who kept his calm and passed the ball into the bottom corner.
Shirebrook had the ball in the net in the seventh minute when Connor Roberts converted from close range after an excellent cross from Moore, but the joy was short-lived as the scorer had strayed into an offside position.
Ollerton manager Dave Winter was delighted moments into the second half as the visitors doubled their lead thanks to good link-up play between Partridge and King, with the latter crossing to the back post where Lewis Bingham finished to make it 2-0.
Less than two minutes later it was 3-0 with the visitors turning defence into attack and a sweeping move saw Matthews finish with the help of a deflection.
Ollerton completed a devastating ten minute opening spell to the half by making it 4-0 in the 55th minute.
King was alert as the home side tried to play out from the back, making a good interception and finding Aaron Hewitt with a back-heel. The winger’s shot beat Ball, only to see the shot cleared off the line, but he responded quickly as the ball came back to him, finding King, who made no mistake.
The win saw Ollerton go top ahead of the new year, and record their ninth clean sheet in 12 league games.