Southwell City 1-1 AFC Dunkirk: Notts Senior League’s return offers drama and goals galore
A new-look Notts Senior League burst into life on Saturday afternoon as spectators had the chance to choose from action from all five divisions.
After a re-shuffle over the off season, the league moved from three divisions to five, with more than 20 new clubs joining.
The NSL now boats a Premier Division, which is classed as step seven, Division One, Division Two North, Division Two South, and a Foundation Division.
In the Premier Division, Southwell City opened their campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to AFC Dunkirk.
The match wasn’t shy of drama as the opening half saw two red cards with both sides dropping down to ten men.
Dunkirk had the better of the early exchanges as City keeper Max Danby was forced to make several good saves.
As the hosts started to find their feet, a late, knee-high challenge on Morgan Shelvin saw Dunkirk’s Daniel Chadwick see red.
And within four minutes the numbers were evened out as referee Gavin Rice dismissed Danby for handling the ball outside of his box.
With no goalkeeper on the bench, central midfielder Anthony Brown filled the void between the Southwell posts.
The second period saw City have the lion’s share of chances, but Kain Bell’s 80th minute effort saw the visitors go ahead against the run of play.
The game was then levelled in the 88th minute when James King won and scored a penalty following build-up play down the right-hand side.
Southwell return to action tonight, this time hosting Calverton.
Bingham Town moved top after their 6-1 win over Sandiacre Town thanks to a Euan Sweeting hat-trick following goals from Jake Hardy (two) and Tom Spencer.
Aslockton & Orston went down to ten men in their 4-1 loss to Wollaton. James Hallam hit the late consolation.
In Division One, Southwell City Reserves were 3-0 winners at Ruddington Village, while Radcliffe Olympic matched that scoreline against Radford Reserves.
In Division Two South, Fernwood Foxes, Elston and Long Bennington all made their NSL debut.
Elston had the most success winning 5-0 against Colsterworth.
Fernwood were also involved in a goal-fest, drawing 3-3 against Cotgrave Reserves.
Long Bennington were on the wrong end of a six-goal thriller, losing 4-2 to Burton Joyce Reserves.