Blues stunned as Rovers pile on home misery

Saturday football THREE late goals saw Great Wakering Rovers stun Arlesey Town and gain their first away win of the season. This 5-2 result meant another home loss for the management duo of Jon Taylor and Scott Houghton (shown bottom right). The visitors

Saturday football

THREE late goals saw Great Wakering Rovers stun Arlesey Town and gain their first away win of the season.

This 5-2 result meant another home loss for the management duo of Jon Taylor and Scott Houghton (shown bottom right).

The visitors went ahead on 32 minutes as Neil Richmond got the ball past Michael Cox and even though Martyn Patching blocked his first attempt, he was quick enough to slot home the rebound.

The Blues were level just before the break as new boy Lee Summerscales' cross dropped for Stuart Beevor to control and stab home.

Another newcomer Michael McKenzie threatened at the start of the new half for Arlesey while Cartlidge and Richmond again responded in kind for Great Wakering.

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The visitors regained the lead when a corner dropped into the six-yard box and was lashed home by Ettiene-Clarke.

But then keeper Harrison got caught in no-man's land when a huge Patching clearance bounced through Darran Hay and found McKenzie with the ball at his feet in front of an open goal to open his Blues account on 68 minutes.

This was as good as it got for the Blues as just four minutes later Richmond collected his second goal.

After Ozie Foster's shot was magnificently palmed round the post by Harrison, Cartlidge put the result beyond doubt when he fired home following a mix-up in the defence on 80 minutes. And a quick break from their own penalty area saw Ettiene-Clarke slide the ball past Patching two minutes later.

Arlesey had a shot saved on the line and Harrison dived bravely to smother the rebound to deny them a third.

Blues: Patching, Hatchett, Summerscales (Gregson), Tekell, Njotsa, Cox, Foster, Beevor, Hay, McKenzie, Bloss.

Stotfold shared the points at Newport Pagnell in the UCL Premier Division.

After a dour first half, notable for cautions for Ryan Frater and Dean Chapman as much as chances, the game livened up a bit on the restart.

Stotfold went ahead two minutes into the half as Darren Dykes' free-kick towards the near post saw Jason Thomas get a neat flick past keeper Joe Purcell.

Michael Gonzague twice threatened from a Dykes corner before he too was booked for dissent.

Pagnell levelled on 73 minutes as sub Geoff Hansen's cross-shot allowed Vinnie Shrieves to score. Nigel Blower preserved the status quo when he saved from Rob Macdonald's shot and Chapman cleared off the line.

There was still time for Gonzague to pick up a second yellow for a foul. He was walking off the pitch before the referee even got the card out of his pocket.

Rokermen: Blower, McElroy, Chapman, Frater, Gonzague, Beckett, Benton, De Souza (Bailey 79), Thomas, Dykes, Hussain (Daley 65).

Langford were beaten 1-0 at Forde Park by Tring Athletic.

A minute's silence was held before the start for club president Ted Rutt who passed away on Friday morning.

Wayne Blows scored both goals as Arlesey Athletic won 2-0 at Dunstable Town 98 in SML Division One.