Hitchin Sunday Football League

After two postponements due to the weather Shillington Sunday finally managed to play their Beds Centenary Cup match against Renhold. The game had to be switched to Shillington and it was worth waiting for as the home side took full advantage to come out

After two postponements due to the weather Shillington Sunday finally managed to play their Beds Centenary Cup match against Renhold. The game had to be switched to Shillington and it was worth waiting for as the home side took full advantage to come out 2-1 victors.

It wasn't such good news for Operation Swordfish as they were knocked out of the Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup at the fourth round stage by Offley Parrish. However, Swordfish went down fighting and took the game to extra time before eventually losing 5-3.

In the first round of the George John Memorial Trophy Chequers Stotfold from Division One won 3-2 away at Divsion Two Oceans Eleven. Getting the goals for Chequers were Jez Wiseman with two plus Darren Westbrook.

There were four games in the second round of the same competition and the pick of these was probably the match between Wanderers from Division One and Clifton Sunday from Division Two. It was a competitive game with end to end action in a very open match as both teams went for goals, and there were certainly plenty to speak of as the score after 90 minutes finished up 4-4.


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Wanderers took the lead in extra time only for Clifton to equalise and force a penalty shoot-out. The penalties went to sudden death and it was Wanderers who held their nerve to go through to the next round.

Broadmead from Division Two upset the form book by winning away 4-1 at AC Malone from Division One. The high-flyers from Division Three Athletico Hitchin had a good win against SMU from Division One getting three goals without reply. On the score sheet for Athletico were Richard Gates, Ian Hutchison and Stephen Oakman. The final game of this competition saw Premier Division The Park win 7-3 against Dynamo Letchworth from Division Two.

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There was a cracking game in the first round of the Premier Division Cup between HTS Barleycorn and Whitwell. Both teams appeared to have let their defenders go Christmas shopping as the match ended up 7-5 to Barleycorn. Hitting the target for Barleycorn were Chris Powell, Ryan Gaydon, Simon West, Dan Hart, Phil Strahan and Dean Smith, who scored two.

The Division Three Cup match was a one-sided affair with Wilbury coming out 4-0 winners against AC Malone Reserves. Wilbury go through to the semi-final for the first time since the club started four years ago.

AC Malone started the game with only 10 men and Wilbury took full advantage. Goals from Luke Taggart, Daniel Levy, Lee Pollard and Jamie Hatch were enough to see Wilbury through.

The Reserves Cup also kicked off with HTS Barleycorn Reserves from Division One narrowly beating Wanderers Reserves from Division Three 2-1. Richard Pearson opened the scoring for Barleycorn from the penalty spot before Wanderers equalised through Ben Shanahan. However, Barleycorn snatched victory with a last minute winner from Richard Pearson for his second of the game.

Back to league action and in the Premier Division Kcinsatop and Cannon played out a hard fought 1-1 draw with Danny Bennett getting the goal for Cannon.

Meanwhile, PJ Hitchin extended their unbeaten league run to eight games with a 3-0 win away at Red Star. The win put them seven points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand. Scoring the goals for PJ were Craig Skelton with a brace and one from Ricky Small.

In Division One there was a very rare league defeat for promotion hopefuls Shillington as they went down 1-0 away to league leaders Kcinsatop Reserves.

Paynes Park couldn't build on their first point gained the previous week in Division Three as they lost 8-2 to Walsworth, who move up to third in the table.

Complied by Dave Rush (daverush99@yahoo.co.uk)

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