Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League round-up There was an anti-climax as Nirankari Sports Sabha eventually made the fourth round of the Herts Sunday Senior Cup against Bottles after two postponements. Bottles fielded 10 men due to circumstances out of

Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League round-up

There was an anti-climax as Nirankari Sports Sabha eventually made the fourth round of the Herts Sunday Senior Cup against Bottles after two postponements.

Bottles fielded 10 men due to circumstances out of their control, and a rampant Nirankari's goals came from Mark Barnes (four), Andrew Levy (hat-trick), Ricky Case, Parmdeep Johal, 16-year-old Leeroy Williams and an own goal.

They now travel to South Oxhey to face St Joseph's, runners-up last season and winners in 1993, 1998 and 2001.

Nirankari, along with Bedwell Athletic, Dun Cow and Station, are one of four CSSFL sides in the last 16 as they all vie for a place in the final at Letchworth's County Ground on April Fools' Day, 2007.

FC Rising Sun continued their fantastic start to the season with a terrific win at Robin Hood in the Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup.

Michael Hatch bagged four goals, one of which was a 25-yard curling lob. Paul Harvey also hit a brace but a missed penalty denied him a hat-trick.

They now host AFC Cheshunt in the last 32 on January 14, where MBDA, Royal Oak, Probuild and possibly Newcotech will also compete on behalf of the CSSFL.

Despite goals from Robbie Duckworth and Carl Thompson, defeats for Bottles Res and Chequers saw CSSFL involvement in the Herts Sunday Junior Cup end at the fourth round stage in defeats at Briery and Hemel/Chesham Rangers respectively.

In the Premier Division, Hermit of Redcoats consolidated third place with a big win. John Vooght bagged five, Craig Templeton (two), Giuseppe D'Angelo, Francesco Vooght, Mark Vooght and Bobby Dance were also on target against AFC Proverbial, for whom Martin Wilson (two) and Jim Bywater netted.

Station are fourth as they continue an amazing run of results. After being beaten by a single goal in their opening three matches, they have won 11 games on the trot!

Chris Simpson (hat-trick), Ryan Skeggs (two), Sam Gittings, Marc Holmes, Tony Heath, Richard Tansley and Ian Woodfield struck. Woodfield was also sent off against basement boys Old Red Lion who were let down by some regulars on the day.

Despite goals from Bruce Bass, Paul Eddy and a Paul Gasson penalty, Broadhall were well beaten by Mallard. Man of the match Justin Griffiths hit four, Andy Pilgrim (hat-trick) and Riki Dance (two) also chipped in with some well-taken goals.

Adam Furness netted a brace as Dun Cow showed some of their old form. Rikki Doyle also hit two, the second a 30-yard volley. Joel Mason and Paul Underwood replied for Bedwell Athletic.

Peartree ended Division One leaders' Pin Green's unbeaten record. They took a point off them earlier in the season too.

James Khakpour-Smith grabbed the opener when he latched on to a through ball but Dave Baldwin equalised. Andy Parrish restored the lead from close range, Baldwin again netted before the break.

A Dan Curtin free-kick sent Khakpour-Smith through for his second but with 10 minutes to go, Pin Green restored parity again through James Pirie. Finally, Peartree won a pulsating match as an inswinging corner saw Mike Wenn left unmarked to prod home from a few yards out.

Brendan Moulton, Lee Dowsett, Calvert Garnes and Jack Izzard netted first-half strikes for Royal Oak, Brad Harrison netted Coopers' consolation from a great ball from Tony Goodman. Ricky Mait scored twice in the second-half, sandwiching a Gavin Acton header for Coopers from Harrison's corner.

SCS looked the most likely team to score as they sought to take advantage of Peartree Park pitch five's slope with a succession of corners and free-kicks.

It was Breachwood Lions' defensive team work that ensured the scoreline was level at half-time. Midway through the second-half, Lions got the only goal as Danny Jefferies anticipated George Harrison's headed flick into space and ran on to slot home. Wayne Gardner pulled off a string of excellent saves to preserve the points.

Barry Hazelton netted with a free-kick with 20 minutes remaining to give Stevenage Colts Old Boys the lead. However, Pig and Whistle had a 'supersub' up their sleeve as Scott Durham grabbed his first two goals for the club to win it as they leapfrogged Colts into sixth place.

Callum Gardiner and Ryan King struck as Crooked Billet closed the gap at the top of Division Two. Dalziel Geary replied for Rapidsource.

Si Longman (hat-trick), Greg Bradbury (two) and Paul Saunders found the net for Granby St George to heap more woe on a faltering Emperors Head (Matt Hanley and Marc Chittenden).

Neil Roskilly (two) and Jim McGarry netted as Triage still look for their first point. Old Social grabbed the points thanks to four goals from Dave Stroomer, plus Scott Taylor and Matt Keane.

Norwich Union are four points off the lead after a farcical game. ProCladd started the game with nine men and went behind as Craig Dillnutt's shot went through the keeper's hands but claimed an equaliser through Carl Fletcher.

It all went sour for them as Dillnutt headed a second before finishing well for his hat-trick. James Anderson helped himself to a goal and Dave Banks also notched a hat-trick, including a fine curling effort from the edge of the box.

ProCladd stuck it out until half-time but four of their players decided enough was enough and the referee was forced to abandon the game. The result is expected to stand and it is hoped that ProCladd can carry on after a crisis meeting.

White Horse stayed top of Division Three, but despite Andy Collier netting in style at the back post from Darren Lovelock's centre, Steve Koop finished well to give MC Racing - who ended Bottles Res' unbeaten start - a point.

MBDA Res leapfrogged Rileys after beating them in an all-action game. An own goal by Rileys keeper Lee Cole from Alan Kenney's cross and a superb volley from Sam Bickerstaff - 17 this Sunday - put MBDA two-up.

However, Jason Lee and a direct corner from Mark Ancora levelled matters as Rileys were on top. It changed again after Dave Warren hauled down Steve Stapleton in the box, and the latter dusted himself down to net from the spot before Bickerstaff sewed it up. A frustrated Lee was sent-off.

A sour note saw an ambulance arrive for Steve Bull, who will be in plaster for eight weeks after damaging knee ligaments.

AFC Stevenage were up to their usual - great going forward, awful at the back.

Pete Duffy struck four times for Twin Foxes, he also assisted two more from corners. Rob Barnes got his first hat-trick for many a year, Rob Smith also hit a treble. Tony Davies, Alan O'Neill and Jason Aldridge got the others.

It was 9-2 at half-time, the second-half was more competitive with AFC having several chances. Bobby Buckley, Terry Lock, Dean Shakespeare and Lewis Bray got their goals.

Athletico Timebridge are still bottom but grabbed another point. Behind to a Darren Curry penalty for North Herts Celtic, Kyle Brown equalised. Leigh Pollard netted for Celtic, who were guilty of some poor finishing, but Timebridge's goalkeeper Dean Cooper came up from a corner to net the equaliser!

In the Invitation Cup, an inspired display by player-manager Dan Gregory helped Probuild to the points.

Kevin Coker actually extended King Pin United's original one-goal handicap before Rich Hall scored. Terry Pateman then capped a fine performance by scoring a second-half double. Pin almost equalised late on but a fine stop by debutant Ricky Phillips secured victory after he replaced the injured keeper after the hour mark.

P Compiled by Darren Statto Jones



Sunday, December 10

Herts Sunday Senior Cup third round: Nirankari SS 11 Bottles 0.

Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup third round: Robin Hood 1 FC Rising Sun 6.

Herts Sunday Junior Cup fourth round: Briery 4 Bottles Res 1, Hemel and Chesham Ran 4 Chequers 1.

Premier Division: Broadhall 3 Mallard 9, Dun Cow 4 Bedwell Ath 2, Hermit of Redcoats 11 AFC Proverbial 3, Old Red Lion 0 Station 10.

Division One: Peartree 4 Pin Green 3, Royal Oak 6 Coopers 2, SCS 0 Breachwood L 1, Stev Colts OB 1 Pig and Whistle 2.

Division Two: Crooked Billet 2 Rapidsource 1, Emperors Head 2 Granby St George 6, Old Social 6 Triage 3, ProCladd 1 Norwich Union 7 (abandoned at half-time, result expected to stand).

Division Three: Ath Timebridge 2 North Herts Celtic 2, MC Racing 1 White Horse 1, Rileys 2 MBDA Res 4, Twin Foxes 13 AFC Stev 4.

Invitation Cup: King Pin Utd 2 Probuild 3.


Sunday, December 17

Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup third round: Onnett v Newcotech (10.30).

Premier Division: Bottles v Mallard (KG3), Broadhall v Dun Cow (SP4, 10.30), Old Red Lion v Bedwell Ath (PP1).

Division One: Breachwood L v MBDA (Brea), Coopers v SCS (HP2), Pig and Whistle v Stev Colts OB (RE3), Probuild v Aston Ath (10.00, SP3), Royal Oak v Pin Green (CP3).

Division Two: Crooked Billet v ProCladd (KG2), King Pin Utd v FC Rising Sun (HP3), Norwich Union v Triage (CW4), Old Social v Emperors Head (RE5).

Division Three: Chequers v Bottles Res (KG1), Fox v Ath Timebridge (RE4), MBDA Res v AFC Stev (Barc), North Herts Celtic v MC Racing (SP1, 10.30).

(all games kick-off at 10.15 unless

otherwise stated)