It’s a fine, Sunny day for the new Division Two league champs
The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League FC Rising Sun became Division Two champions as Lee Kitching (two), Luke Mitchell (two), Chris Bunker and Andrew Davis netted in their easy win over Granby St George. The main movers in the Premier Division saw Be
The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League
FC Rising Sun became Division Two champions as Lee Kitching (two), Luke Mitchell (two), Chris Bunker and Andrew Davis netted in their easy win over Granby St George.
The main movers in the Premier Division saw Bedwell Athletic go third as Steve Underwood blasted home from six yards after a goalmouth scramble.
Station were level courtesy of Liam McQueen sending Aaron Springham the wrong way from the penalty spot a couple of minutes after the break after he was brought down by Liam Errington.
Tony Wells delivered a delightful ball into the mixer and Joel Mason performed a scissors kick from 10 yards out to restore the lead before crossing for Andy Kelly to add another from a volley.
Kelly was provider this time, feeding Underwood, who saw Mason net again from a rebound.
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AFC Proverbial hit double figures against a sorry Broadhall. Martin Wilson (hat-trick), James Bywater (hat-trick), Russell Bull (two), Darren Mortimer and Callum Simpson were on the mark.
Hermit of Redcoats pulled out on Saturday night due to shortage of players, handing Mallard the points.
Controversy at Langford as the Nirankari Sports Sabha versus Dun Cow failed to take place. The committee will now need to decide the outcome.
Mallard also claimed a walkover against a suspended AFC Proverbial last Wednesday, while Bottles beat Hermit of Redcoats who had John Vooght sent off for the team without a win since December.
Wayne Coleman, Lee Horsley and Dean McCullagh were on the mark for the side who are unbeaten in the league since October 1.
MBDA had a perfect day as they went back to the top of Division One. Jamie Campany (two), Pete Gentle's penalty and a Tom Younger strike saw them beat Coopers comfortably in the first part of a double header.
In match two, Campany opened the scoring again from Gav Bowler's pass. Alan Kenney teed up Ade Barry, who lashed home number two. However, Coopers woke up and scored a fantastic goal when Michael Gwilliam struck into the top corner from 30 yards.
Moments later, Tom Bradshaw levelled the scores, tapping home after a Danny Wardell corner. Gentle headed home to restore the lead, Campany scored again to go top of the Golden Boot table, before substitute Chris Chalat knocked in a fifth.
Peartree had only nine players in the week for the first half hour against Probuild who had already done the damage before a 10th player turned up.
On Sunday, it was a different story with their top striker James Khakpour-Smith in the side. He pulled one back after Craig Hadley and Rich Hall had given Probuild a two-goal lead early on.
Terry Pateman extended the lead but Steve Cobb pulled Peartree back into it when he controlled the ball on his chest, turned and volleyed over the keeper from 25 yards.
They continued to press and were rewarded when Cobb's through ball found Ben Downham, whose shot was blocked, but it fell kindly for Khakpour-Smith to roll in the equaliser.
It looked like they had ended Probuild's unbeaten domestic record in the last minute but Paul Blantern had knocked the ball home with his arm.
Richard Griffiths opened the scoring with a bullet header from a corner to give Pin Green the lead. However, Pig and Whistle kept up their slim chances of the title as Scott Durham equalised, and Darren Bartlett grabbed a winner.
Danny Bowey was on target again as he rounded two players to slot home as Aston Athletic saw off SCS. A Stuart Clarke tap-in confirmed the win.
Apart from the FC Rising Sun party, the only other game in Division Two saw Newcotech move up to fourth. Unfortunately, King Pin United lost the top scorer James Wyatt due to a broken wrist on a hard Hampson Park pitch.
The game restarted and a stray back pass was miskicked straight to Steve Bannister who swerved the ball home. It was not too long before the clinching second, a through ball from Russell Hughes found Adam Pratt on the right, he cut in and struck the ball with the outside of his foot from 20 yards.
Norwich Union, Old Social and Rapidsource had walkover wins over a defaulting Crooked Billet, ProCladd and Triage.
In Division Three, Bottles Res' chances are fading fast. Glen Day netted on Sunday but Nik Tribe gave a 10-man MC Racing a point.
White Horse stretched their lead when Darren Lovelock netted after brother Jay had a shot blocked by the Chequers keeper. He extended the lead in the second-half with a header from a Danny Wishart cross. Jamie Robertson grabbed number three from a James Flynn corner. Frazer Triggs chipped the keeper before they went nap through Jay Butler with 10 minutes to play.
Fox moved into second with an easy win over MBDA Res in the final league game for both teams. A disputed penalty from Gary Henniker set the ball rolling after three minutes before a wonder strike from Kev Ward from 35 yards put them two up. Richard Veness got the third before a great team move culminated in the impressive Henniker bagging another. Ward and Veness each struck a post late on.
Twin Foxes made it seven league wins on the bounce. Athletico Timebridge turned up with nine players but still managed to create a couple of decent openings in the first few minutes but two goals from Jason Aldridge and strikes from Pete Duffy and Rob Smith put Foxes four-up at the break.
The second-half was a non-event as Duffy added another from a 30-yard free-kick.
The goal of the game saw Jim Hamilton net a consolation with a dipping shot from outside the area.
And the fight for the four semi-final places in the Invitation Cup hots up. Old Red Lion eliminated Stevenage Colts Old Boys.
They already look to be making it through, although this was an additional fourth game. Reis Albon (two), Gary Smith and Tom Hillard were on target. Steve Payne and James Marshall replied.
Rileys' chances took a blow as they did not add to their two-goal advantage at Breachwood Lions who won with ease through Ian Canning (hat-trick), Ben Marlow (two), Danny Jefferies and an own goal.
On Tuesday night, Aston Athletic grabbed a draw in a six-goal thriller with Peartree who will need a win from their final game now.
Stuart Clarke, Kelvin Starr and Danny Bowey were on target for the rejuvenated Aston, while James Khakpour-Smith, Ross Jackson (penalty) and a late equaliser from Andy Parrish secured a point.
AFC Proverbial look to have qualified as they almost hit double figures for the second time in three days.
Jim Bywater grabbed a hat-trick, Darren Mortimer (two), Russell Bull, Liam Castle, Keith Satchell and Martin Wilson also netted against Rileys.
This Sunday will see the KLM Cup finalists known as giant-killers Probuild tackle Station and Dun Cow meet Bottles.
P Compiled by Darren Statto Jones
Sunday, April 15
Premier Division:AFC Proverbial 10 Broadhall 0, Mallard v Hermit of Redcoats (off; home win), Nirankari SS v Dun Cow (off), Station 1 Bedwell Ath 4.
Division One: Coopers 2 MBDA 5, MBDA 4 Coopers 0, Peartree 3 Probuild 3, Pin Green 1 Pig and Whistle 2, SCS 0 Aston Ath 2.
Division Two: Granby St George 0 FC Rising Sun 6, Newcotech 2 King Pin Utd 0, Norwich Union v Crooked Billet (off; home win), ProCladd v Old Social (off; away win), Rapidsource v Triage (off; home win).
Division Three: Bottles Res 1 MC Racing 1, Chequers 0 White Horse 5, Fox 4 MBDA Res 0, Twin Foxes 5 Ath Timebridge 1.
Invitation Cup: Breachwood L 7 Rileys 2, Old Red Lion 4 Stev Colts OB 3.
Tuesday, April 17
Invitation Cup: AFC Proverbial 9 Rileys 4, Aston Ath 3 Peartree 3.
Sunday, April 22
KLM Challenge Cup, semi-finals: Dun Cow v Bottles (MP), Probuild v Station (SP3).
Premier Division: Bedwell Ath v Broadhall (10.00, HP2, double header), Nirankari SS v Mallard.
Division One: MBDA v Peartree (Barc), Stev Colts OB v Pin Green (10.30, SP1).
Division Two: FC Rising Sun v Triage (KG2), Newcotech v Norwich Union (10.00, HP3, double header).
Division Three: MC Racing v Twin Foxes (RE4), Rileys v White Horse (PP3).
Invitation Cup: AFC Proverbial (0v2) Rapidsource (KG3), King Pin Utd (0v1) MBDA Res (10.15, KG1).
Tuesday, April 24
Invitation Cup: King Pin Utd (0v2) Rileys (HP3), Peartree (0v2) MBDA Res (PP1).
Tuesday, April 24
Premier Division: Dun Cow v AFC Proverbial (MP), Mallard v Bedwell Ath (CW4).
Division One: Royal Oak v Probuild (CP3).
(cup games kick-off 10am, league games 10.15am, midweek games 6pm, unless otherwise stated)