Gallery: Nirankari have magnificent debut season
Nirankari are officially the kings of the North and Mid Herts Football League after a magnificent debut season. They have stayed unbeaten all season in winning the quadruple of the county cup, plus the league s Premier Division, the Greg Cup and finally t
Nirankari are officially the kings of the North and Mid Herts Football League after a magnificent debut season.
They have stayed unbeaten all season in winning the quadruple of the county cup, plus the league's Premier Division, the Greg Cup and finally the Benevolent Shield.
Nirankari beat Probuild 6-2 last Thursday night at Hitchin Town's Top Field to complete a remarkable season playing together for the first time this season under the management of Craig Abbiss.
The league champions opened the scoring on six minutes when Scott Orphanou outpaced the Probuild defence to calmly slot home.
Probuild equalised on 15 minutes when a long ball from defence saw Terry Pateman rise above the defence to head in.
Nirankari regained the lead on 22 minutes with a second goal for Orphanou.
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At the start of the second half, Nirankari introduced David Iwediuno and within minutes, Shaun Turner had added a third goal and Iwediuno a fourth himself.
Nirankari then used their two remaining subs, Leeroy Williams and Glenn Abbiss, with Williams adding number five on 80 minutes with a superb run and cool finish.
Probuild scored their second goal on 84 minutes with a wonderful strike from Stephen Teale.
But Nirankari had the last word with their sixth goal on the night from the league's top goalscorer Ben L'Honore on 88 minutes.
Nirankari squad: E Windsor, T Holloway, L Gibbs, R Spencer, A Atherley, G Austin, M Yearwood, R Small, S Turner, B L'Honore, G Abbiss, S Orphanou, A Levy, D Iwediuno, A Iwediuno, L Williams, R Williams, S Raj, R Dale, G Stuart.
St Ippolyts Res won 3-0 against basement boys Westwell in Division One North thanks to goals from Ben Holloway, Callum Perrie and Calvin Crook.
Thursday, May 1
Benevolent Shield, final: Probuild 2 Nirankari 6.
Saturday, May 3
Division One North: St Ippolyts Res 3 Westwell 0.
Saturday, May 10
Division One North: Westwell v White Hart.