Calum Law hit a stunner as Southwell City continue their perfect start
SOUTHWELL CITY’S remarkable start to the Notts Senior League Premier Division season continued with a 3-0 home win over 11th-placed Sandiacre Town.
It was their fifth successive victory and left them joint top of the table, behind leaders Awsworth Villa on goal difference, but with a match in hand.
City, who were not in action the previous weekend, started in a high-paced style, taking an early lead through attacker Calum Law.
After winning a free-kick 25 yards out, Law stepped up and bent the ball into the top right-hand corner.
The goal seemed to change City’s tempo and the visitors began to dictate play.
Sandiacre continued to push for a first-half equaliser but were almost caught out when they over-played at the back.
Law stole the ball but his toe-poked effort rebounded off the post.
The second-half started with City on top and they doubled the lead in the 53rd minute when Robert Haigh got on the end of William Stocks’ free-kick.
Haigh then earned City a penalty after being pushed over in the area.
Captain Anthony Brown stepped up to take the spot-kick and his side-footed effort flew into the top right corner.
At 3-0 down things got worse for the visitors as they were reduced to ten men following a straight red card for a challenge on Morgan Shelvin.
Sandiacre’s players were annoyed by the officials’ decision and striker Charlie Goodwin was sin-binned for using offensive language toward the referee.
Playing against nine men, City won a second penalty when Law was clipped after running in behind the defence.
Brown again stepped up to take the spot-kick but this time he dragged his effort wide.
With a few minutes left Simon Ratcliffe came on for City and injured his groin, meaning the game finished with ten against nine.
Next for City is a trip to bottom-of-the-table Bilborough Town, who are without a win in six, picking up just one point.
Southwell City Reserves’ match at Kimberley Welfare Reserves in Division One was abandoned after a City player, Huw Plume, broke his leg.
The game was tied at 1-1 prior to the injury and City have since released a statement sending their best wishes to Huw on a speedy recovery.