County cup interest is over for the campaign

The Hitchin Sunday League s interest in this season s county cup competitions came to an end at the weekend. The remaining two sides exited from the Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup at the fifth round stage. Baldock Engine travelled to play East Herts and fe

The Hitchin Sunday League's interest in this season's county cup competitions came to an end at the weekend.

The remaining two sides exited from the Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup at the fifth round stage.

Baldock Engine travelled to play East Herts and fell to a 2-1 defeat, while fellow Division One side Kcinsatop Res lost 5-3 to Hogshead.

In the Premier Division, the title race continues to be wide open after AEK Letchworth gained revenge on Red Star ICL and claimed the three points. Keith Milburn scored twice to give the Premier Division new boys victory, while James Campbell netted for Red Star.

In Division One, The Park moved to within three points of top spot with a convincing 5-1 win against Whitwell Res. Ben L'Honore helped himself to a treble and Jermaine Lalitte and Aaron Harvey also scored. Alex Blair netted Whitwell's consolation.

Division Two's draw specialists Radcliffe Arms made it five for the season so far as it ended all square in their game with Ocean's Eleven. Trevor Long had given Ocean's the lead, but Phil Hart got on to a Steve Jones cross to snatch a point.

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Shillington did their goal difference no harm at all as they thumped Wilbury 10-2 - and this after they fell two goals behind. Kieron Dempsey helped himself to a nap hand, Danny Bridge scored twice and Mark Baker, Ross Woodbridge and Alex Felstead all contributed a goal apiece.

In the Challenge Cup, PJ Hitchin became the first side to make it into the quarter-finals after destroying a depleted Three Tuns Galacticos side 14-0 in Henlow.

Craig Skelton (two), Tom Wilshere, Ross Kitely (three), Gareth Grant, Ricky Small (three), Adie Turner (three) and John Woodbine all got involved in the rout.

In the George John Memorial Trophy, Whitwell made it into round two after winning the all Premier Division tie against HTS Barleycorn.

Alan Eathorne and Alex Zacharias scored for HTS but goals from Wayne Ewington-Kirby, Gordon Guile and Simon Chipperfield guaranteed Whitwell's progress.

Four second round ties took place and all resulted in one-sided encounters.

AC Malone beat Dynamo Letchworth 4-0 thanks to strikes from Sean Duignan (two), Paul Lamont and Dan Esmund.

Clifton Sunday bounced back from conceding two early goals to beat Green Man Ickleford 9-2.

Shaun Jenkins scored three goals, all from Phil Mansford corners, while Mansford himself scored twice as did substitute Glenn Clarke. Guisseppi Follano also scored from the spot while Che Houghton also got on the scoresheet with a neat finish.

Chequers Stotfold disposed of Paynes Park 6-1, Gareth Head (two) and Lee Smith (three) continued their good scoring form this season while Pete Saunders bagged as he returns to form on Sundays as well as Saturdays.

It was also 6-1 in Shillington as Broadmead inflicted a heavy defeat on the Shills who reside one division down from them. Steven Young scored a hat-trick while Ashley Reynolds (two) and Greg Dedman also scored.

Angels Reply beat SMU 3-0 in the Division One Cup, and in the Division Two Cup, Offley Parish continued their impressive season with a 4-0 win at AC Malone Res.

Cannon Res are this season's first finalists after they beat Wanderers Res 5-1 in the Reserves Cup thanks to goals from Nick Ryall (two), Mick Jones, Ross Cook and Paul McKenna.

The subsequent demise of SMU Res means that Cannon now have a bye into this season's final.

Two games took place in the Subsidiary Cup.

Crown Stotfold beat Division Three The Phoenix 7-1, Matt Evans (three), Matt Franklin, birthday boy Luke Nichol, Ryan Nichol and tough tackling Paul Gilchrist all on target.

In group two, North Herts Hatters were 4-1 winners at Walsworth. Mike Bryder scored for the home side, but they had no answer to goals from Paul Woodhead, Carl Beddard and Marcus Sarll.

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Sunday, January 27

Premier Division: Red Star ICL 1 AEK Letchworth 2.

Division One: The Park 5 Whitwell Res 1.

Division Two: Radcliffe Arms 1 Ocean's Eleven 1, Wilbury 2 Shillington 10.

Challenge Cup, round two: Three Tuns Galacticos 0 PJ Hitchin 14.

George John Memorial Trophy, round one: HTS Barleycorn 2 Whitwell 3.

George John Memorial Trophy, round two: AC Malone 4 Dynamo Letchworth 0, Clifton Sunday 9 Green Man Ickleford 2, Chequers Stotfold 6 Paynes Park 1, Shillington Sunday 1 Broadmead 6.

Division One Cup, round two: Angels Reply 3 SMU 0.

Division Two Cup, round two: AC Malone Res 0 Offley Parish 4.

Reserves Cup, round one: Wanderers Res 1 Cannon Res 5.

Subsidiary Cup, group one: Crown Stotfold 7 Phoenix 1.

Subsidiary Cup, group two: Walsworth 1 North Herts Hatters 4.

Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, round five: East Herts 2 Baldock Engine 1, Hogshead 5 Kcinsatop Res 3.


Sunday, February 3

Premier Division: Cannon v AC Malone, Red Star ICL v Crown Stotfold, Whitwell v Kcinsatop, PJ Hitchin v AEK Letchworth.

Division One: Angels Reply v Cannon Res, Baldock Engine v Chequers Stotfold, HTS Barleycorn Res v The Park, SMU v Whitwell Res.

Division Two: Dynamo Letchworth v Radcliffe Arms.

Division Three: Green Man Ickleford v Shillington Sunday.

George John Memorial Trophy, round one: Offley Parish v Operation Swordfish.

Division One Cup, round two: Wanderers v Kcinsatop Res.

Division Two Cup, round one: Ocean's Eleven v Shillington.

Subsidiary Cup, group one: Broadmead v Paynes Park, Phoenix v HTS Barleycorn.

Subsidiary Cup, group two: North Herts Hatters v Jackmans Jackdaws, Wilbury v Walsworth.