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[31 AUG 98] NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL NEWS
Results Round-up

Nuneaton Borough (0) 2  Grantham Town (0) 0  
[DR MARTENS PREMIER LEAGUE]

Nuneaton Borough soared to the top of the Dr Martens Premier Division as they maintained their 100 per cent record with a stirring second half show in front of almost 2,000 fans.

Again youngster Malcolm Christie, being watched by a host of clubs including Coventry City, was on the mark, his fourth goal in four games, along with partner Anton Thomas.

The visitors, on a three-match winning run themselves, had chances to take the lead but never looked capable of responding once Thomas had fired the Borough in front.

Thomas struck with just 23 minutes left when he was the first to react as Gary Statham’s close-range header was beaten out. His 10-yard shot fizzed into the roof of the net.

Grantham were still trying to regain their composure when Christie got away down the right only for his centre to be handled by Emeka Mwadike. The youngster coolly sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Manager Brendan Phillips was confident his side would do well this season, but they have made a dream start and proved against Grantham they have the firepower to match the other high-fliers. Their ultimate success may depend on how long they can hang on to Christie.

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Worcester City (0) 1   Atherstone United (1) 2  
[DR MARTENS PREMIER LEAGUE]

Owen Wright’s last-gasp effort brought the Adders their first Premier Division win of the season in a frantic ending at Worcester.

Ron Bradbury’s men had looked on course for victory far earlier in the game after Kim Green had fired them in front 10 minutes before the interval. The experienced Green pounced on a defensive mix-up to fire home into an open goal.

Atherstone had to weather a second half storm and were just looking set for victory when replacement Sam Bowen, who had earlier wasted a good chance, won a goal-mouth scrap to score from close range.

But then, right at the death, sub Owen kept his head when Lee Middleton, who missed a penalty on Saturday, put him through and he beat the keeper with confidence.

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Bilston Town (1) 1   Bedworth United (1) 1  
[DR MARTENS MIDLAND LEAGUE]

At last a goal for Bedworth .

Billy Hollywood’s men had gone more than 300 minutes without finding the net when John Halford put them in front at Bilston.

Halford slotted in from 10 yards after Jai Stanley’s cross had been stopped on the line.

But the joy of finally breaking that goal-duck, obviously proved too much for Bedworth and they were still celebrating when the Black Countrymen pulled level through Scott Voice.

Bedworth went all out for victory but Bilston looked solid at the back and hung on for their point.

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VS Rugby (0) 1   Hinckley United (0) 1  
[DR MARTENS MIDLAND LEAGUE]

Former Sky Blues youth team player Jamie Lenton staged a late, late show to bring VS a welcome home point.

The midfielder managed to connect with Lee Lavery’s far post cross and head in to bring a well-earned point.

The two sides fought the game out in for the first hour and although United twice went close to taking the lead it was a scrappy encounter.

It needed a goal, but VS boss Martin Sockett will not be happy that it came the way of the visitors – Dave King made the most of a mess in defence. Sockett was unhappy with the defending at Bloxwich the previous week, but at least his side showed the character to come back two minutes into injury time.

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Stamford (2) 4  Racing Club Warwick (1) 1
[DR MARTENS MIDLAND LEAGUE]

Racing looked all set to chalk up a fine away win, but finished on the end of a drubbing.

Striker Tony Agar opened his account for the season in the 10th minute when he headed in a deep cross from Stuart Clarke.

But rather than knocking back the home side, it seemed to rouse them from their slumber and they came to life with a vengeance.

Stamford pulled level after 20 minutes when Matt Carmichael drilled a low shot past Tony Anstiss, and then took the lead two minutes before the break when Mark Harbuttle scored.

The home side were safe by that stage and wrapped the game up with two more goals before the hour mark.

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