Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League round-up

PUBLISHED: 15:58 20 January 2011




Mixed day in the cups for league sides

It was a mixed day in the County Cups on Sunday, writes Darren “Statto” Jones.

Senior Cup Fourth Round

Ean Browne and John Johnston were on target to bring Broadhall level against PJ Hitchin. However, two goals in extra-time saw PJ through.

Senior Cup Third Round

Our last hopes are Marquis United, who made it through to the last 16 after beating Oxhey Estates by the odd goal in five. Barry Hazelton (two) and Craig Reynolds grabbed the important goals.

Junior Cup Fifth Round

Bedwell Rangers went behind to PSV Shades from Hertford after Jamie Fannon-Hall conceded a 17th minute penalty. Despite this setback, they grew in confidence and found themselves level following a scrambled goal from Danny Bacon in the 25th minute and a Luke Smith goal five minutes later following excellent work from Bacon.

Just as it seemed they would go into the break ahead, PSV equalised with a header from a corner.

Three goals in nine minutes put the result beyond doubt. Firstly, on the hour, Smith converted a spot-kick, Alex Willcocks headed in Jamie Morris’ corner and Smith completed his hat-trick to make it 5-2. The visitors notched with 10 minute left, but Smith bagged his 24th of the season a minute from time to ensure Bedwell’s win. Joint-managers Stephen Swain and Craig Grieves cannot praise the lads highly enough for the performance. They now face a quarter-final at home to Bricklayers Arms from Bishop’s Stortford.

Callum Freeman (two) and Chris Bunker netted as Walkern Construction were beaten after extra-time at Carefree Athletic.

Rhys Flavell’s goal for Granby was a consolation as their run came to an end at FC Hedgehog 2010.

Premier Division

Nirankari Stevenage maintained their 100 per cent record at the top as David Iweduino, Martin Young, Michael Ettienne, Leon Gutzmore and a Paul Otim debut brace saw off Highview. Nick Wellings and John Vooght replied.

Despite both sides having excellent chances to take the lead in the first-half. Neil Henderson capitalised on a mix-up to score from a tight angle to put Almond Tree United in front. Dave Holmes made it two before Henderson struck his second to secure all the points with 20 minutes remaining against MBDA.

Division One

Lacklustre leaders Nirankari Stevenage Reserves did enough for the points as Dan Gregory and Adam MacKenzie were on the mark against Marquis of Lorne.

Stevenage Fencing are starting to show some form despite playing players out of position. They’re in a pack of five who are separated by four points, all looking at the runners-up spot. Billy-Joe Sewell netted from Garry Smith’s through-ball for the opener before the same combination doubled the lead. Joe Delasalle finished from a one-on-one for the third before adding another. Delasalle was first to his hat-trick as Smith supplied again before he added another via the post from Luke Gumble’s cross.

Sewell reached his hat-trick from the spot after Gumble’s run was cut short in the box. Delasalle had the final say, cutting in to finish with ease.

Broadhall Reserves replied through Mark Chalkley and Alex Elmes.

Division Two

TC United extended their lead at the top. Lewis White’s deflected effort put them ahead before Hartham Press were back on level terms courtesy of Richard Edwards’ own goal. Terry Lock headed home after the break to restore the lead before Alan Gifford finished well and Lock completed the scoring when he found the bottom corner after a solo run. Hartham’s cause wasn’t helped when they had a man sent-off mid-way through the second-half.

Mallard Old Boys had a comfortable win over FC Squirrel to move into second. Gav Bowler hit a rare left-foot strike from outside the box and Si Parnell, Sean Lamacraft and Dave Hollands added to it.

Division Three

Odyssey still lead after Will Cubitt, Jan Pearce, Dave Sell and Gary Henniker put Stevenage Colts Reserves to the sword.

Broadhall A are the only unbeaten side and are two off the lead. Phil Stevens latched on to Andy Lee’s knock down, rounded the ‘keeper and then scored with a brilliant finish before he added to it with a good free kick, with Matt Henning’s penalty making it three.

Rileys Athletic then conceded a fourth courtesy of when Michael Carter before a Stevens penalty made it five in the second half.

Chequers had a comfortable win over Times Club (John Wilson). Carl Thompson replaced the four goals he had removed for a club discrepancy when a big win was overturned. Mark Brennan and John Mikiel also scored.

Division 4

Roebuck Gate lead the table after a comfortable win. Dave Morton (two), Lewis Collins (two) and Ian Levy were on the mark again Stevenage Old Town. Richard Stewart and Steve Arno replied.

In the final game of the division, Breachwood Lions put six goals past Proverbial, who scored twice in reply.

Results (Sunday, January 16)

Senior Cup Third Round: Marquis Utd 3 Oxhey Estates 2.

Senior Cup Fourth Round: Broadhall 2 PJ Hitchin 4 (aet).

Junior Cup Fifth Round: Bedwell R 6 PSV Shades 3; Carefree Ath 4 Walkern Construction 3 (aet).

Premier Division: Almond Tree Utd 3 MBDA 0; Bottles P Dun Cow P (Bottles suspended, result pending); Highview 2 Nirankari Stev 6.

Division One: Marquis of Lorne 0 Nirankari Stev Res 2; SCS P Coopers P (waterlogged pitch); Stev Fencing 8 Broadhall Res 2.

Division Two: Hermit of Redcoats P Putterills P (waterlogged pitch); Mallard Old Boys 4 FC Squirrell 0; Stev Leisure Ltd P A1 Trophies P (waterlogged pitch); TC Utd 4 Hartham Press 1.

Division Three: Broadhall A 5 Rileys Ath 0; Chequers 6 Times Club 1; Odyssey 4 Stev Colts Res 0; Timebridge AFC Res P ABC Taxis P (waterlogged pitch).

Division Four: Breachwood L 6 Proverbial 2; Icon Onederers P Granby P (waterlogged pitch); Lorne R P Crooked Billet Boro P (waterlogged pitch); Roebuck Gate 5 Stev OT 2.

Fixtures (Sunday, January 23)

Herts Senior Cup Fourth Round: Marquis Utd v Offley Moat (King Georges).

Herts Intermediate Cup Fifth Round: Nirankari Stev Res v Hadley Green (Alleynes); Stev Fencing v Phoenix Res (Alleynes).

KLM Challenge Cup Round One: Highview v Almond Tree Utd (Shephalbury); Odyssey v Stev Colts (Benington); Rileys Ath v Nirankari Stev (Chells); Stev Colts Res v Marquis of Lorne (Shephalbury).

KLM Challenge Cup Round Two: Dun Cow v Bedwell R (Meadway); MBDA v ABC Taxis (Barclay).

Premier Division: Broadhall v Bottles (Shephalbury).

Division Two Cup Quarter-Finals: FC Squirel v Stev Leisure Ltd (Ridlins); Timebridge AFC v Hermit of Redcoats (King Georges); Putterills v A1 Trophies (Canterbury).

Division One: Broadhall Res v SCS (Shephalbury); Coopers v Shephall Artois (Canterbury).

Division Three: Chequers v Timebridge AFC Res (King Georges); Emperors Head v Broadhall ‘A’ (Ridlins).

Division Four: Icon Onederers v Granby (Peartree); Proverbial v Crooked Billet Boro (Woolmer Grn); Roebuck Gate v Breachwood L (Ridlins).

Frank Neville Memorial Cup: Hartham Press v Times Club; TC Utd v Stev OT (both Peartree).

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