A free-scoring Mason guides team through
The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League THE weekend saw the rearranged Herts Sunday Senior Cup ties and two CSSFL sides made it through, one went out. Bedwell Athletic will travel to Oakview in the quarter-finals after a terrific win. Opponents Hammer
The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League
THE weekend saw the rearranged Herts Sunday Senior Cup ties and two CSSFL sides made it through, one went out.
Bedwell Athletic will travel to Oakview in the quarter-finals after a terrific win. Opponents Hammer began well before Bedwell got the breakthrough Joel Mason was sent through by Chris Matthews and kept his head to calmly finish.
The second was a great team move, Alex Headington flicked the ball to Mason on the right wing, he accelerated away and produced a pinpoint cross and Steve Underwood executed a bullet header.
Then a fine corner from Liam Errington was powerfully headed goalwards by Adam Buckingham and Mason smashed the ball past the helpless keeper.
The second-half began in the same vein, Errington played the ball over the defence for Mason to run onto and lob the keeper. By this stage, the Hammer defence seemed to think that Mason only had a right foot, so he took on four players and blasted the ball home with his so called 'weaker' left.
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Two quick consolation goals followed before Errington netted with a sublime cross-shot. The final nail in the coffin came from yet another assist combination from Errington and Matthews, the predatory Mason grabbing his fifth with a calm finish.
An amazing finish saw Dun Cow battle through to a meeting with Nirankari's conquerors St Joseph's.
Against a team of 'giants', they defended superbly, well marshalled by Andy Brosnan, with Danny Lane rolling back the years in midfield.
After soaking up a lot of pressure, it was the introduction of Mark Phillips which forced the breakthrough, cutting inside the defender to allow the oncoming Ryan Jenner to smash home with 10 minutes remaining.
Skew Bridge levelled almost immediately and the game looked certain for extra-time. However, the winner came with two minutes left, Adam Furness coolly slotting home after a fine solo run to leave the visitors stunned.
Ian Woodfield and Sam Gittings netted as Station fought back from two goals down before half-time. No further scoring until qob won it with a deflected shot in extra-time.
In the Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, Division Two side Newcotech won through to a last 16 tie against Hornsmill Utd by giving the CSSFL yet another win against a team from the Hitchin Sunday League.
AEK Letchworth were beaten by a goal in each half, Danny Hukin unleashing a low 30-yard screamer for the opener before poor defending allowed an easy tap-in for Russell Hughes' first goal of the season.
Probuild produced a superb performance to earn a trip to Oaks. Terry Pateman gave them the lead before Vision scored either side of the break. Rich Hall coolly slotted home to restore parity before they strode home. Stuart MacKenzie fired home before Lee Allinson stole the show by running the defence ragged. His hat-trick included a fine drive, sandwiched by two penalties.
Jamie Campany's 22nd goal of the season was to no avail as depleted MBDA were thrashed at last season's Herts Sunday Junior Cup winners Bushey.
Calvert Garnes also scored a mere consolation as Royal Oak were well beaten at TJ Rangers.
FC Rising Sun are rescheduled to play AFC Cheshunt this Sunday with the winner earning a trip to Apoel.
Hermit of Redcoats became the first team to make it through to a divisional cup semi-final as they 'won' their Premier encounter with AFC Proverbial due to a suspension for the latter due to non-payment of pitch fees.
Division One leaders Pin Green beat SCS comfortably. Gazzan Afana opened the scoring with a curled shot before the Richard Griffiths show kicked in.
Firstly, he scored with the rebound from his saved penalty, then slotted home after some fantastic football between Sean and Steve Soards. His hat-trick came before the break and he netted a fourth from the edge of the box. Matt Steer also got in on the act, scoring his first for the club.
Steve Bush gave Stevenage Colts Old Boys the lead with a superb goal early on before Simon Cornish doubled it from 25 yards after a poor kick from new Coopers keeper Nigel Baker. They got back in it when a Tony Goodman cross from the right was flicked on by the head of Steve Harris who found Danny Wardell to net past Kyal Currey right on half-time. Tom Bradshaw almost levelled when his header hit the bar before Barry Mullaney clinched it for Colts.
In Division Two, Crooked Billet lost further ground on the leaders with a surprise defeat. King Pin United took the lead midway through the first half when Perry Maranian completed a great run with a cross to Dave Holmes, who chipped home. Holmes extended the lead on the hour before a late consolation.
ProCladd's revival continued as Cody Kendrick gave them the lead. Whether Emperors Head's equaliser was an own goal or Ray Netherwood's is debatable, but Neil Henderson restored the lead.
Netherwood did score to equalise again before ProCladd's chances were not helped when Danny Halliday was sent off. However, despite hitting the bar, Carl Fletcher was not to be denied as he grabbed the winner after a great run.
After nearly two months out of action, Rapidsource struggled to get going and Old Social took a deserved lead through Scott Taylor. However, Lawrence Allen and Ryan Clifford turned the game around but Social grabbed a point with the last kick of the game via a Paul Staines penalty.
Division Three leaders White Horse left it late for the second week running. Jason Lee gave Rileys the lead early on before Andy Collier equalised. However, a rare strike from Craig Armstrong restored the lead.
Darren Harman levelled again before Ben Coles gave Rileys the lead for a third time on 50 minutes. Frazer Triggs grabbed a soft goal through the keeper's legs with five minutes remaining before substitute central defender Gary Leask nipped in with a dramatic winner.
Bottles Res maintained their challenge in a game where the scoreline is harsh. Robbie Duckworth scored a hat-trick against MBDA Res for the second time this season to join team-mate John Saunders on 18 league goals at the top of the chart.
One of his two goals in the first-half was a sublime lob after some great teamwork, Glen Day grabbed the other to make it three. Sam Bickerstaff netted the consolation with a rocket from 20 yards before Duckworth's third deflected off his dad Tom's boot.
Hotshot Carl Thompson also moved to 18 league goals as Chequers moved into fourth. Ricky Wilson and Mark Greenall also netted against North Herts Celtic (Leigh Pollard, Darren Curry and Aidy Cocks).
AFC Stevenage were beaten by Fox for the second week running, despite Terry Lock opening the scoring after 20 minutes by lobbing the keeper.
Lock then had a goal controversially chalked off for offside before Fox equalised two minutes before half-time through Robbie Lucas. The second-half was tight but Fox claimed all three points with 20 minutes to go through Kevin Ward.
P Compiled by Darren Statto Jones
Sunday, January 14
Herts Sunday Senior Cup, fourth round: Bedwell Ath 7 Hammer 2, Dun Cow 2 Skew Bridge 1, Station 2 qob 3 (aet).
Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, fourth round: Bushey 5 MBDA 1, Newcotech 2 AEK Letchworth 0, TJ Rangers 4 Royal Oak 1, Vision 2 Probuild 6.
Premier Division Cup, quarter-finals: AFC Proverbial v Hermit of Redcoats (off; away win by default).
Division One: Pin Green 6 SCS 2, Stev Colts OB 3 Coopers 1.
Division Two: Crooked Billet 1 King Pin Utd 2, Emperors Head 2 ProCladd 3, Rapidsource 2 Old Social 2.
Division Three: Chequers 5 North Herts Celtic 3, Fox 2 AFC Stev 1, MBDA Res 1 Bottles Res 4, White Horse 4 Rileys 3.
Sunday, January 21
Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, fourth round: FC Rising Sun v AFC Cheshunt (venue tba).
KLM Challenge Cup, first round: Bottles Res v Granby St George (KG1).
KLM Challenge Cup, second round: Bedwell Ath v Pin Green (HP2), Bottles v Royal Oak (MP), Dun Cow v Pig and Whistle (KG2), Mallard v Old Red Lion (KG3), MBDA v Probuild (10.15, Barc), Station v Peartree (SP3).
Premier Division: Nirankari SS v Hermit of Redcoats (Bald).
Division One: Coopers v Aston Ath (HP3), Stev Colts OB v SCS (10.30, SP1).
Division Two: King Pin Utd v Norwich Union (PP1), Old Social v Newcotech (RE5), ProCladd v Crooked Billet (CW4), Rapidsource v FC Rising Sun (off), Triage v Emperors Head (PP3).
Division Three: AFC Stev v White Horse (CP1), Fox v Chequers (RE3), MC Racing v Ath Timebridge (RE4), North Herts Celtic v MBDA Res (CW1), Twin Foxes v Rileys (10.30, SP5).
Invitation Cup: Broadhall (0v1) Breachwood L (SP4).
(cup games kick-off 10.00, league
games 10.15, unless otherwise stated)