Bottles stun Cow
After coming back from two down, Bottles stunned Dun Cow in the Premier Division Cup. Cow took the lead after a neat passing move involving Adam Furness, who provided the killer ball for Scott Mahoney to slot home. They doubled their money despite Andrew
After coming back from two down, Bottles stunned Dun Cow in the Premier Division Cup.
Cow took the lead after a neat passing move involving Adam Furness, who provided the killer ball for Scott Mahoney to slot home. They doubled their money despite Andrew Palfreyman making two good saves, as Mark Phillips tapped in.
The second-half began with Bottles undertaking a master tactical change to move to a 3-5-2 formation. Lee Horsley managed to grab a quick early goal and the game was made all square when Robbie Yates sidefooted home from 18 yards after some good work from Piers Le-Grand.
Good pressing from Horsley saw him square the ball to Yates for three before Horsley's deflected shot from outside the area confirmed a meeting with Mallard on Easter Sunday for a place in the final against Nirankari Sports Sabha.
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To complete an excellent day for Bottles, there was a first defeat of the season for Nirankari Sports Sabha in the Premier Division. Despite having registered 64 bodies, they fielded only 10 men against Station at their Baldock fortress.
Mark Barnes and Ben l'honore were absent, while Bobby Dhillon and Dave Moulton were forced to play. Sam Gittings opened the scoring for the away side, but the champions hit back through Shaun Soloman and Ricky Case.
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A Liam McQueen penalty restored parity before Marc Holmes grabbed the winner as Station won for the second successive week and moved into third.
Division One saw another crucial set of games at the top. The game of the day saw Pin Green race into a two-goal lead against unbeaten Probuild. Gazzan Afana opened the scoring with a brilliant volley into the top corner from 20 yards before Richard Griffiths' excellent lob over Stu Howard from a Sean Soards pass made it two.
Lee Allinson struck twice after the break as Probuild showed their spirit but Soards smashed home almost instantly to restore the lead. However, Allinson was not to be denied and completed his hat-trick.
Pig and Whistle jumped four places to go top of the league thanks to a double header win over Royal Oak. The prolific John Johnston grabbed all four in the first of the one-hour clashes against eight men.
Oak managed another player in time for match two but were beaten by two more this time to make it double figures over the tie. Headers from Ryan Chilcott and Darren Bartlett saw them two-up before a Jason Milburn hat-trick and another for Johnston, who moves on to 26 league goals in total, just one behind overall scorer Jason Lovelock (White Horse).
MBDA stay sandwiched in between in second as Jamie Campany and Tom Younger each bagged hat-tricks and Stef Sarwa also chipped with a late header to see off Aston Athletic. Younger's third saw him volley home Campany's volleyed cross to show the two are on the same wavelength as they hit a combined 67th goal of the season.
Peartree went in front through Andrew Black's great turn and volley. Simon Cornish equalised for Stevenage Colts Old Boys.
Coopers had some chances early in the first-half as their opponents took a little longer to settle defensively. However, Breachwood Lions grabbed the only goal when a good move culminated in an Adam Burnage cross being driven across the face of goal and Michael Weeks arrived late to slot home.
The top game in Division Two saw FC Rising Sun fend off nearest challengers Norwich Union. It was a good open game despite the lack of goals. This was the first goalless draw in the CSSFL all season!
Triage stormed into a two-goal lead inside 20 minutes via a 25-yard screamer in the top corner from Jim McGarry and, after Newcotech keeper Andy Gibb allowed the ball to bounce and bobble off his legs, it fell straight to Lee Hewitt for a tap-in.
Andrew Nash cleared off the line to prevent a third before Adam Pratt netted following a corner before the break. Triage lost a man due to a prior engagement before their opponents levelled as Steve Bannister unleashed a 30 yarder into the bottom corner. Pratt's header put them in front before another corner was met by Bannister for his second.
Granby St George went in front when Greg Bradbury helped Si Longman's shot over the line before returning the favour for Longman to double the lead. Brother Craig conceded a penalty, from which Crooked Billet captain Lee Falanga pulled one back. Si scored again from a tight angle as Granby grabbed a good win.
Scott Taylor gave Old Social the lead 10 minutes into the second-half. Despite plenty of chances, King Pin United finally levelled through a scrambled goal for Jamie Kellett's first of the season.
ProCladd turned up without the required amount of players against Rapidsource who take the three points by default.
In Division Three, Athletico Timebridge finally registered their first win. Daniel Carroll's cross went straight in for the opener. However, Chequers turned the game around thanks to Carl Thompson and a John Mikel header. Carroll then walked off the pitch before Athletico showed they could do it with 10 men. Jim Hamilton levelled matters with 10 minutes left before Dave Herbert slotted home the winner.
Twin Foxes put MBDA Res to the sword. Rob Smith opened the scoring before it became 'The Pete Duffy Show'. His first was a magnificent strike into the top corner from 25 yards past a full-stretched Leeroy Litchmore. He then dribbled past a couple of challenges, rounded the keeper and even dummied the player on the line before firing home; he completed his hat-trick late on. It was MBDA's first blank of the season and Foxes' first clean sheet.
Richard O'Donovan gave MC Racing the lead early on before Anthony Koop fired home from 35 yards. Garyth Johnson netted from the spot to pull one back for Rileys. Steve Teale slotted a free-kick around the wall from 20 yards and James Cox made a good run into the box to knock in the fourth for MC.
Mike Oakes (two), Ross Randall, Robbie Lucas, Lee Setterfield and Sean Wallis gave Fox a big win over North Herts Celtic for whom Daniel Burley kept up an impressive scoring run.
AFC Stevenage were suspended, and therefore forfeited against Bottles Res.
Darren Westbrook (hat-trick), Paul Gasson (two), Michael Wells, Stan Matthews and an own goal saw Broadhall see off SCS in the Invitation Cup. In the other game, Hermit of Redcoats turned up with half a dozen players, handing Old Red Lion the points.
P This weekend sees Dun Cow take on Ashwell in the Herts Sunday Senior Cup final. Kick-off is 3pm at the Herts FA headquarters in Letchworth. Entry is £5 for adults (£2.50 concessions).
* Compiled by Darren Statto Jones (email@example.com, www.cssfl.co.uk)
Sunday, March 25
Premier Division Cup, quarter-final: Bottles 4 Dun Cow 2.
Premier Division: Nirankari SS 2 Station 3.
Division One: Aston Ath 0 MBDA 7, Breachwood L 1 Coopers 0, Pig and Whistle 4 Royal Oak 0, Pin Green 3 Probuild 3, Royal Oak 0 Pig and Whistle 6, Stev Colts OB 1 Peartree 1.
Division Two: Crooked Billet 1 Granby St George 3, King Pin Utd 1 Old Social 1, Norwich Union 0 FC Rising Sun 0, ProCladd v Rapidsource (off; away win), Triage 2 Newcotech 4.
Division Three: AFC Stev v Bottles Res (off; away win), Ath Timebridge 3 Chequers 2, MBDA Res 0 Twin Foxes 4, MC Racing 4 Rileys 1, North Herts Celtic 1 Fox 6.
Invitation Cup: Broadhall 8 SCS 1, Old Red Lion v Hermit of Redcoats (off; home win).
Sunday, April 1
Herts Sunday Senior Cup, final: Ashwell v Dun Cow (15.00, Letchworth).
KLM Challenge Cup, quarter-finals: Bottles v Mallard (MP), Station v Bottles Res (SP3).
Premier Division: AFC Proverbial v Nirankari SS (KG3), Bedwell Ath v Hermit of Redcoats (HP2).
Division One: Aston Ath v Breachwood L (CP1), MBDA v Royal Oak (Barc), Peartree v Stev Colts OB (PP1), Pig and Whistle v Probuild (RE3), SCS v Coopers (PP5).
Division Two: FC Rising Sun v ProCladd (KG2), Granby St George v Newcotech (CP2, Double-Header), King Pin Utd v Crooked Billet (off; home win), Rapidsource v Norwich Union (RE4), Triage v Old Social (PP3).
Division Three: Ath Timebridge v MBDA Res (CW1), Chequers v AFC Stevenage (KG1), Rileys v Fox (10.30, SP1), Twin Foxes v North Herts Celtic (10.00, SP5), White Horse v MC Racing (10.30, SP4).
Invitation Cup: Old Red Lion (0v0) Broadhall (10.15, CW4).
(cup games and double headers kick-off 10am, league games 10.15am, unless otherwise stated)