Magala Amateurs late winner sinks Notts Senior League leaders Southwell City
Southwell City’s league hopes took a hit as they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to mid-table side Magdala Amateurs.
Having earned two points from a possible nine over the festive and New Year period, the title is now in the hands of second-placed Stapleford Town, who could go ten points clear if they win their four games in-hand.
However, with 45 points still to play for, and a fixture between the top two on March 16, there will be more twists and turns in the run in.
On Saturday, Southwell started well, something they have struggled to do as of late.
Oliver Clarke saw two early chances saved by the goalkeeper and George Caudwell’s incredible run which started in his own half was also denied.
With ten minutes to play and the three points still up for grabs, Magdala were awarded a penalty by referee Roman Easom after an incident in the box which saw Anthony Brown sin-binned.
Neil Morgan stepped up, and to everyone’s surprise, fired wide, but his blushes were spared as left-back Ryan Clements finished a sweeping counter-attack in the 87th minute to steal the points at the death.
Bingham Town stretched their unbeaten league run to 12 following a 2-1 win over Sandiacre Town.
The three points moved Bingham into fifth place, one point clear of local rivals Aslockton.
Ed Hodgson’s looping effort opened the scoring, but Jordan Smith, the visitors’ number nine, equalled things up.
That was until Mike Jepps’ second-half effort, which wrapped up the win.
Under the new management of former Newark Town coach Chris Bennett, Radcliffe Olympic were heading to their sixth win of the season, and Bennett’s first.
However, it wasn’t to be as late goals from Cameron Gray and Scott Litchfield saw Keyworth United run out 2-0 winners.
Braces from Julian Joachim and Rob Lakin saw Aslockton And Orston come from 2-0 down to win 4-2 against Attenborough.