Bottles set up an exciting cup tie
Bottles set up a mouth-watering KLM Challenge Cup tie with Dun Cow Res this Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals after a comfortable-looking win over Emperors Head. Just two-up at the break thanks to a back header and a wickedly deflected second, Bott
Bottles set up a mouth-watering KLM Challenge Cup tie with Dun Cow Res this Sunday for a place in the quarter-finals after a comfortable-looking win over Emperors Head.
Just two-up at the break thanks to a back header and a wickedly deflected second, Bottles only sewed the game up late on after Emperors had a good spell.
Three players shared the goals, Leeroy Odd (hat-trick), Dan Hartland (two) and Dean McCullagh (two).
An Adam Stevens hat-trick was the key factor in Pin Green's advance to the last eight. Brothers Sean Soards and Steve Soards also netted.
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Putterills replied through Dave Banks, Steve Smith and an own goal in an eight-goal feast.
JAP Builders are through following a convincing victory against Yorkshire Grey.
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The game was put beyond any doubt by half-time thanks to a superb hat-trick by Leon Palma, two of them 20-yard strikes.
Greg Philip made it four as his shot flew into the top corner after a neat one-two exchange with Mandell Mullings, before the latter was on the scoresheet as he latched on to the end of a defence splitting 40-yard pass from Palma. The rout was completed by Negus Johnson with a sublime volley.
Nirankari Sports Sabha made it through to the quarter-finals without kicking a ball as it would seem Woolmer Green Foxes just did not fancy it and pulled out of the tie on Saturday.
Dun Cow Res became the first side to make it through to a semi-final when they saw off Fox with ease in the Division Two Cup.
Goals came courtesy of Pete Brewster, Mark Phillips, James Dillnutt, Adam Paine and an own goal.
Premier Division leaders Mallard had an absolute stroll against Bedwell Athletic to take them five points clear.
They were six-up by half-time. A hat-trick from Craig Reynolds, two Barry Hazelton headers and goals from Ian Baker, Andy Pilgrim and Tim Smith rounded off a cracking team display.
A great defensive display by Ricky Phillips inspired Probuild to a well-earned point. They had chances to take the lead too; Gary Pomfret hit the post with a free-kick before Ash Mawer saved well when faced one-on-one with Jamie Campany.
The same player lobbed just wide before goalkeeper Lee Allinson struck the bar with a free-kick. Dun Cow were stung into action and substitute Adam Furness saw an effort well saved by Allinson.
It was Furness who then set up James Ougham to put them in front at the far post.
However, in the last minute, Probuild were awarded a penalty when Campany was fouled and Allinson came up to level from the spot.
In the solitary Division One game, Pig and Whistle kept up their chase on leaders Pied Piper with a tight win. Ryan Chilcott (two) and Scott Durham (two) grabbed the goals.
Peartree replied through a Michael Bunker penalty, after James Khakpour-Smith was brought down, and Gary Baker.
After being held to an incredible 5-5 draw by SCS earlier in the season for the latter's only point, Division Two leaders Morecambe Wanderers won with ease this time. Another Russell Ayles hat-trick, Simon Lewis, Stephen Hayes and Paul Hannington saw them home.
Old Social won a nine-goal thriller thanks to a brace from veteran Dave Stroomer, plus two from the prolific Stuart Archer and a first of the season for Mike Coombes. Royal Oak replied through Dave Pateman (two), Bryan Every and an own goal.
Division Three leaders ProCladd were beaten for the second time in three games. MBDA thoroughly deserved the win as the only shot on target at goalkeeper Andy Gibb was cleared by Ashley Kersey.
Craig Sutherill and Kyle Watson had hit the post after the break and it was Sutherill who struck a terrific solitary goal just over 10 minutes from time.
Due to the importance of the game between two sides with title ambitions, it started out cautiously with most of the football being played in the midfield and both defences dealing with anything that managed to get through.
Then the second-half saw A1 Trophies take the lead after James Harrod cut in and drilled home a low, hard shot.
Some pressure paid dividends when Garry Brown pulled the ball across the box and Daniel Pinkerton side-footed into the back of the net for a second.
Twin Foxes finally got the bit between the teeth in the last quarter and once Leslie Chappell struck to get them back in the game, it was an exciting finish. The A1 defence was just that and they held out for a terrific win.
Bottom-placed Chequers had their first win of the season against the team directly above them. Carl Thompson (four) hit half of the goals; Paul Osborne (two), Jason Smith and Lee Wilson were also on the mark. Gary Smith and Dan O'Brien replied for Hogshead.
The proverbial game of two halves took place at Hampson Park where King Pin United roared into an unassailable lead.
Dave Holmes opened the scoring after five minutes with a poacher's strike before Danny Lingwood extended the lead further as he swept home a half-volley from James Wyatt's corner from the edge of the box.
He got his second from the spot before Robbie Duckworth scored the goal of the game with a 20-yard strike into the top right-hand corner.
MC Racing came to life and incredibly levelled the game with still 20 minutes to spare.
Nik Tribe, Stephen Koop, Darren Pitch and James Cox grabbed the goals. Both sides could have won it but they prevented each other from making a charge on the top five.
Despite their 15-point deduction, Athletico Timebridge have shown tremendous spirit to keep going, and were rewarded with a terrific win on Sunday.
North Herts Celtic had only lost once all season in the league, but found themselves behind to a Sam Delasalle strike.
Max Howard did equalise for Celtic as they put some good pressure on.
However, despite a couple of misses, Terry Lock took the ball on his own, skipped past the defence and slotted home the winner for Timebridge.
Despite goals from Neil Roskilly and Alan Widdows, under-strength Stevenage Fencing were no match for Nirankari Sports Sabha Res.
Another hat-trick from Russell Bull set them on their way. Lee Wilson, Pete Duffy, Mark Outram, Sam Spencer and substitute Sam Bickerstaff also netted.
Coach and Horses (Danny Owers) shared the spoils with Broadhall Res (Mark Chalkley).
Nirankari Sports Sabha Reserves are the first of three Stevenage sides looking for a semi-final county cup place in successive weeks this Sunday.
* Compiled by Darren 'Statto' Jones
Sunday, February 3
KLM?Challenge Cup, round one: Bottles 7 Emperors Head 0.
Division Two Cup, quarter-finals: Dun Cow Res 5 Fox 0.
KLM Challenge Cup, round two: Nirankari SS v Woolmer Grn Foxes (off; home win), Putterills 3 Pin Green 5, Yorkshire Grey 0 JAP Builders 6.
Premier Division: Bedwell Ath 0 Mallard 8, Probuild 1 Dun Cow 1.
Division One: Pig and Whistle 4 Peartree 2, Times Club v Pied Piper (off).
Division Two: Marquis of Lorne v Aston Ath (off), Old Social 5 Royal Oak 4, SCS 0 Morecambe W 6.
Division Three: A1 Trophies 2 Twin Foxes 1, Chequers 8 Hogshead 2, King Pin Utd 4 MC Racing 4, ProCladd 0 MBDA 1.
Division Four: Ath Timebridge 2 North Herts Celtic 1, Coach and Horses 1 Broadhall Res 1, Nirankari SS Res 8 Stev Fencing 2.
Invitation Cup: Broadhall v Bottles Reserves (off), Stev Colts OB v Rileys (off), Tom Tiddlers Tavern v DC Out Bar (off).
Sunday, February 10
Herts Sunday Junior Cup, quarter-final: Nirankari SS Res v Mill End Sports (Sun) (PP3).
KLM Challenge Cup, round two: Dun Cow v Pig and Whistle (MP1), Dun Cow Res v Bottles (KG1), King Pin Utd v Stev Leisure (HP3), Pied Piper v Royal Oak (SP3).
Premier Division: Bedwell Ath v Probuild (HP2), Broadhall v JAP Builders (10.30am, SP4), Mallard v DC Out Bar (KG3).
Division One: Breachwood L v Stev Colts OB (Brea), Peartree v Times Club (PP1), Putterills v Emperors Head (CW4).
Division Two: Aston Ath v Tom Tiddlers T (RE5), Morecambe W v Old Social (CP3), SCS v Bottles Res (PP5).
Division Three: Chequers v Twin Foxes (KG2), MBDA v A1 Trophies (Barc), ProCladd v MC Racing (CW1).
Division Four: Ath Timebridge v Coach and Horses (RE4), Roebuck Gate v Yorkshire Grey (10.30am, SP1), Stev Fencing v Broadhall Res (Alle), Woolmer Grn Foxes v North Herts Celtic (Wool).
Invitation Cup: Hogshead (0v1) Rileys (CP2), Marquis of Lorne (1v0) Pin Green (10am, SP5).
(All league and Invitation Cup games kick-off 10.15am, cup games 10am,
unless otherwise stated)