General Sport

Updated 12th January: A digest of sport from across the borough.  Send us your sports stories via e-mail to info(at)erewashsound.co.uk for inclusion on-air and on-line

TOWN IN 3-3 THRILLER AT ST. GILES PARK:
Sandiacre Town 3-3 Magdala Amateurs – Saturday 6 January
Notts Senior League
Although Ilkeston Town were triumphant away at Coventry Alvis by four goals to nil, the arguable pick of the bunch of four borough side fixtures came in the only home game of the four as Sandiacre Town welcomed Magdala Amateurs to St. Giles Park which would, for the neutrals at least, be an absolutely thrilling game, but for everyone else, a bit of a nerve shredder.

Town did not get off to a very good start though and made hard work for themselves within the opening fifteen minutes, falling behind on seven minutes after a mix up in defence and on 14 minutes.

However, there was a quick reply, after Duruaku narrowed the deficit for the Saints with 25 minute gone, 1-2 being a scoreline carried through to the half time whistle.


The break gave time to contemplate a change, and that is what happened, although the reasons for scorer Duruaku being replaced by Walsh were not made known, but the presumption is that it was down to injury.  We may never know.

In any case, whatever the rationale was for the change, it had quite an effect as the second half exploded into even more life than there had been in the first.  Five minutes after the hour, Sandiacre had completed the comeback – Goodwin’s header making it 2-2.

The final fifteen minutes was not far away though when a penalty was given to the visitors.  As the tension continued to build, the pressure must have been felt by the spot kicker – the opportunity missed, the ball, put wide – 2-2 it remained.

With twenty to go, the Saints rolled out two more substitutes, Bull and Bonel on for Nelson and Green respectively as the home side bid to snatch a win that looked so unlikely early in the first half.

The fresh legs contributed significantly – Town hitting the post from a free kick as the push continued for a winner.  Eight minutes from time, the comeback was consigned to recent memory – Grey scoring a Saints third.   However, battle continued to rage between these two sides, and perhaps the nature of that battle made it only fair when the Amateurs scored a late equaliser – 3-3, with just three minutes left of regular time, each of which were played out without further goal action.


TOWN MUSCLE THEIR WAY TO A DRAW AS PLAYERS RETURN:
AFC Dunkirk 2-2 Sandiacre Town – Saturday 23 December
Notts Senior League
The Saturday before Christmas took Sandiacre Town to the Ron Steel Sports Ground on Lenton Lane in Nottingham, to take on a junior side to that of Dunkirk FC who were at Borrowash Victoria on the same day in the East Midlands Counties League.

AFC Dunkirk were the hosts for Town who were boosted by the return of Adam Barber to the club, Morris and Grey getting a debut in the starting eleven too for this away fixture.  The first half saw Sandiacre in control with numerous chances to find the net, but Town unable to do so in response to falling behind after only two minutes.

1-0 to AFC Dunkirk at half time, the second half was only one minute old when Goodwin converted a penalty for 1-1 and just moments later, Adam Barber gave himself hero status, when with 48 minutes on the clock, he scored to put the borough side ahead.

Controversy fell upon Sandiacre four before the hour and things began to look a little more difficult and the 2-1 away lead fragile when Tristan Comery was sent off, a move deemed harsh by a club spokesperson but something they would all have to take on the chin and dig in to get something from the game.

Nevertheless, Craig Comery took to Twitter in the aftermath of the game to criticise league players who he said had been ‘baying for an opponent to receive a red card’ and alleging that both he and his dismissed brother had been verbally abused by the dug out.  Comery also used his social media post to suggest that Dunkirk had collectively displayed intimidating behaviour to officials of a type he said should be left behind, adding that gaining respect from an opponent was, for him as important as three points.

Three points were still intact though until thirteen minutes from the end of regular time – Dunkirk using the extra man to level the game 2-2 and carry the score to the final whistle, Sandiacre doggedly digging in to hold the point amid frustrations at in game injustice.

A club spokesperson took to Twitter on Christmas Eve, festivities still dampened, suggesting players were still feeling a bit raw, after the side had played some good football and kept their composure in the face of intimidation and had left Nottingham with their heads held high and a clean changing room.

GET INVOLVED WITH ILKESTON HOCKEY CLUB: Erewash Sound is pleased to support Ilkeston Hockey Club. 2015 was a difficult year for the club which nearly closed due to a lack of players.  'Back To Hockey' was an intiative run during that difficult year which led to enough players being attracted to the club to create a full team to turn out each week and play in the Derbyshire Hockey League.

For 2016, club officials have signed up once more to a national campaign being run in conjuction with England Hockey which works to encourage adults into playing sport and in particularly, hockey.  The sessions are open to men and women and club officials hope to get enough people interested to create a mixed team and be able to call on some subs for the Ladies Team.

More info can be found on the club website, or via englandhockey.co.uk whilst hockey session dates are lsited on the Ilkeston Hockey Club Facebook page.

All the sessions are on a Drop in / pay as you go basis.  The Ilkeston Hockey Club is the only one within a 5 mile radius of Ilkeston, with the closest other club being in Beeston with another in Derby.   Sessions cost just £2 and although there significant interest from local men, club officials would really like to see more ladies join the club.  With more members, more teams can be created, both male and female.

JUNIOR PARK RUN: A new and exciting Junior Parkrun is being held every Sunday morning at West Park in Long Eaton. Junior Parkrun is a series of 2 kilometre runs around West Park and aimed especially at 4-14 year olds but everyone can join in. Adults can run with their children and under 11s must be accompanied by a responsible adult - the event is free and you must be registered to take part.

Everyone taking part should meet near the Rugby Club in West Park at 9am every Sunday - suitable footwear and clothing should be worn. Following the event participants might want to consider cooling off in the swimming pool at West Park Leisure Centre or getting some light refreshment from the Café.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “The weekly junior parkrun is a great way for youngsters and family members to improve their health and well-being, as well as making new friends. The aim is to have fun in the great outdoors, so come along and join in.”

Register for free at www.parkrun.org.uk/longeaton

NEW 5K IS UP AND RUNNING: The first of new weekly Saturday morning 5k runs in West Park at Long Eaton took place on Saturday 13th June 2015.

Launched by Erewash Borough Council, the weekly runs are part of the international parkrun organisation which sees 5k timed runs take place in parks across the world, with the events always free and open to people of all ages and

The Erewash Parkrun series features a session every Saturday at 9am in West Park and anyone from seasoned runners to beginners are welcome to go along.

The runs are entirely free but those taking part need to register with parkrun and print out the individual barcode to take along. Registration only needs to be done once.

The start point for the run is alongside the Rugby Club and cricket pavilion and the course takes runners on two clockwise laps within West Park.

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "We are delighted to announce that we have joined the parkrun community and look forward to seeing young and old taking part in these free, weekly 5k parkruns in West Park. We have been very keen to support this parkrun project as it adds to our wider programme of providing a whole host of opportunities for our residents to have a healthier and more active lifestyle. Our thanks and appreciation goes to the volunteers who are organising these runs and we encourage everyone to have a go – whatever your ability and age – and see how rewarding it is to run in a community event in lovely parkland surroundings.”

The parkrun programme will be run by volunteers and running enthusiasts and has been set up thanks to funding by Erewash Borough Council and the support of several partner organisations, including Derbyshire Village Games, Active Erewash, Jog Derbyshire and Long Eaton Running Club.

For full details and to register visit www.parkrun.org.uk/longeaton.

OVER 50s INVITED TO PLAY WALKING FOOTBALL: 
Over 50s are being invited to take part in 'Walking Football' here in Erewash.

Sessions are held every Monday from 7pm to 8pm at Kirk Hallam School 3G outdoor pitch on Godfrey Drive in Kirk Hallam.  You can take part for just £3 each organised by and as part of Erewash Village Games.

The sessions are run by Stanton Ilkeston FC.  Walking Football is the new initiative by The FA to promote healthier lifestyles and to increase participation.  It is aimed at encouraging people to start exercising and enticing people back in to football in a format that they will be happy with.

For more details, contact Toni Jantschenko on 07584 856292 or e-mail toni(at)villagegames.org.uk or ali_271(at)hotmail.co.uk.

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GOLDEN YEARS BOCCIA: Golden Years Boccia is being hosted in Ilkeston!  Boccia is a seated game where coloured balls are propelled towards a white jack.  This session will be for the over 60s, as well as getting together with like minded people, you'll get a cup of tea or coffee and an optional free health check.  Keep your mind and body active and join in!  Why not share this information with someone who might benefit from taking part?

The sessions started on 26th September 2013 and run from 1:30pm to 2:30pm at St Thomas' Church Hall, opposite the Littlewick Health Centre and cost just £2 per person.

STANTON TENNIS CLUB: Following a grant of £63,000 from the Lawn Tennis Association, four of the outdoor courts have been completely reconstructed to full LTA standard and now Stanton Tennis Club, who play their winter tennis at the indoor court at the sports park, have made the venue their home for the club in addition to giving some access to the public.

Membership rates are affordable and a programme of professional coaching for junior members caters for all ages and abilities.   For more details, e-mail mark(at)stanton-tennis.co.uk (project manager), tony(at)stanton-tennis.co.uk or visit the website for the club at www.stanton-tennis.co.uk.

COME AND HAVE A GO AT BOCCIA!: Boccia is a type of bowls played from a sitting position.  The Boccia Group, open to all, is at West Park Leisure Centre on Sundays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  People of all ages and disabilities are welcome at a cost of £2 per session for each player, whilst carers go free!  For more details, contact John & Kay Milton on 0115 972 7439 or e-mail johnkay46(at)msn.com.  

CROQUET: Long Eaton Park Croquet Club welcome the young and old to join them in regular games including as many as 16 people at dates and times to suit the needs of visiting groups.  For evening games, visitors arrive just before 7:00pm for a start at 7:00pm upon which time members firstly explain and then play as many as two types of Croquet, Gold and Association.  Club sessions are held three times a week from early May to late September, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 2:00pm to 5:00pm and on Thursdays from 6:30pm.  A range of tournaments are entered and the club has four half-size lawns, two which can be converted to full size.  For more details, contact Club Secretary Susan Jackson on 0115 932 2542 - and for more details on the sport in general, visitwww.croquet.org.uk.

GENERAL SPORT: Sports clubs in Erewash are being urged to ensure their details are featured on the Derbyshire Sport website www.derbyshiresport.com.  The on-line directory is the most popular in Derbyshire and includes free discussion forums, news, venue information, photo galleries, a members' database and other features which all help keep everyone in contact with each other.  Clubs will also find the site is an excellent way to gain new members - while it also offers a boost to those wanting to develop their own website and club information.  Roland Harrison, Erewash Borough Council's former Sport and Health Development Manager told Erewash Sound Sport: "The website is a great place for clubs to promote themselves and also enables local residents to find out where to go if they want to take part in a sport that they are interested in. I would urge all local sports clubs to log on and make sure they are listed, ensuring the website is an up-to-date database of sports clubs in Erewash.

It is vital that any clubs already on this site update their information on an annual basis to ensure people can contact the right person in the sports club.

BASKETBALL: Ilkeston Outlaws Basketball Club are based at the Cavendish Centre, Ilkeston. The club has around 130 playing members from the age of 8 to 18, 3 National League sides, local league sides for both boys and girls and a mixed mini basketball side for U12s who have just won the Nottinghamshire Open Mini Championship.  The Outlaws have just joined forces with Mansfield Express EBL Divisional Men's Team and will be based at Bilborough College. The team will be known as Outlaws Express, officially 'Ilkeston and Mansfield Outlaws Express'.  For further information, contact Judy Pittson on 0115 932 6720 or e-mail judypits(at)hotmail.co.uk.

BADMINTON: Dell Badminton Club is seeking new members.  The group meets every Wednesday at West Hallam Community Centre, Station Road, from 8:00pm-10:00pm.  For more details, just turn up at the Centre and ask to speak with club secretary Sue Selby.