Pig of a day in the county cup
Pig and Whistle failed to set up a Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup semi-final with Dun Cow Res after being trounced by half a dozen goals to nil by Cheshunt Corinthians. They claim they did not get the best of the referee s decisions and managed to rack up
Pig and Whistle failed to set up a Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup semi-final with Dun Cow Res after being trounced by half a dozen goals to nil by Cheshunt Corinthians.
They claim they did not get the best of the referee's decisions and managed to rack up six yellow cards and three reds in the process!
In domestic action, the Division Two Cup saw Marquis of Lorne go through to a semi-final tie with the seemingly-invincible Dun Cow Res. It was an extremely tight game and a tough battle against old adversaries Bottles Res where a Jason Butler strike just two minutes from time won it.
Royal Oak did all the damage before half time as both Bryan Every and Dave Pateman bagged a brace. Morecambe Wanderers rallied after the break as most of the play was played in Oak's half. Ryan Eadie attacked the back post and headed home to give them hope.
A handball in the area led to Russell Ayles slotting a penalty 15 minutes from time, but they could not convert their pressure and came away disappointed. Oak now meet Old Social who benefited from Tom Tiddlers Tavern's suspension.
The Division Three Cup incredibly sees none of the top four in the table making the semi-finals.
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Chequers continued their fantastic run of late with an annihilation of Twin Foxes. They were five up in half an hour.
Carl Thompson (hat-trick), Lee Wilson (two), Jason Smith (two) and Paul Osborne netted, Paul Jones replied from the spot.
Chequers now meet King Pin United who won the battle of the under-strength sides. They had eight players at Wembley, while their opponents' huge squad came down to the bare bones.
Dave Holmes poked home the opener after Andy Gibb spilled a low cross from Adam Bannister, and he doubled the lead with a close-range header after a cross from the same player.
MBDA rallied in the second half and Louis Hare finished after Craig Sutherill's strike came back off the crossbar. They changed their formation and pushed men forward in the hope to force extra-time, but two attacks led to further goals as Holmes completed his hat-trick and Robbie Duckworth finished superbly in the last minute from Jamie Kellett's through ball.
Hogshead were beaten by MC Racing who have Darren Pitch and James Cox to thank for setting up a meeting with Stevenage Leisure.
Dean Allen, Pete Duffy, Rich Cookland, Russell Bull and two own goals saw Nirankari Sports Sabha Res through with ease against North Herts Celtic in the Division Four Cup.
Sabha now play Yorkshire Grey for whom Ashley Sealy (two), Lewis Sealy (two) and Joe Whittaker netted in their comfortable win over Broadhall Res.
Coach and Horses are through after Paul Ravilious and Anders Bahn netted against Rileys (Tom Karney).
They will play Roebuck Gate who had a walkover against Woolmer Green Foxes.
In the Premier Division, Nirankari Sports Sabha's fixture backlog has made it necessary for the first of three double headers. This produced two good competitive games.
However, the first one-hour game obviously caught them out and morning signing Leon Gutzmore gave JAP Builders a surprise three points as he finished well after being put through on goal. This ended Nirankari's unbeaten league record.
Part two was more open than the first and it was end-to-end stuff. Gutzmore netted again before the reigning league champions levelled with a great strike from the edge of the box courtesy of David Iwedino.
Martin Young restored the lead for JAP with a screamer from 30 yards.
However, Sabha fought back to level through an Andrew Levy penalty and managed to win it thanks to Leroy Williams in the last minute just seconds after JAP claimed an effort of their own had crossed the line.
Rob Yates gave Bottles the lead before DC Out Bar levelled through Marvin Bates' first goal for the club. Dan Hartland restored the lead, beating Kyal Currey at his near post, but Dave Byatt equalised for DC with a cool finish. DC went on to win thanks to a Stuart MacKenzie brace, the second a magnificent finish.
Broadhall stunned the leaders by taking a two-goal lead! However, Mallard rallied and won comfortably through Ian Baker (four), James Bywater, Perry Phillips and Andy Pilgrim.
Psychologically, they went a step towards the title, but the meeting between them and Nirankari on March 16 could go a long way to deciding it.
In Division One, Emperors Head were finding it hard to break down a 10-man Breachwood Lions who had great attitude and discipline to stick to their tactics to not make it easy.
However, they did go in front on the half-hour mark as good work on the left from Danny Hillard found Chris Goodyear.
He blasted a shot goalwards, only for Lions defender Andy Dye to intervene and send a deflection spinning over keeper Graham French and in. Emperors midfielder Gary Saunders suffered a fractured shoulder when he fell awkwardly in an innocuous challenge.
Lions' Ian Canning had a goal disallowed and his side still pushed for an equaliser and George Harrison smacked a header against the crossbar.
With 10 minutes to go, the 11 finally sewed up the points, a good through ball from Tony Goodman found Goodyear who superbly lifted the ball home.
James Khakpour-Smith made it 12 goals in three games for him with four more in Peartree's rout. Ben Coles (hat-trick), Michael Wenn and Jordan Dineen added goals.
Also on the mark was Andrew Black from the penalty spot, given the chance to celebrate the birth of his daughter, which he took.
Oliver Wisker netted Stevenage Colts Old Boys' consolation.
Although they are still only one place off the bottom, Fox hope to start a climb up the table as they play their games in hand. Kev Ward (two), Jan Pearce, Matt Arlick, Gary Henniker and Dave Sell netted in their win over SCS.
With all their players finally available again, Stevenage Fencing routed Athletico Timebridge in Division Four as Arin Fehmi netted from Marv Hall's pass to open the scoring.
The second came when the same players combined, leading to Alan Widdows volleying home. Gary Hillard then won a tackle, played a one-two with Widdows and hit from 30 yards into the bottom corner before Ricky Bridge headed home Fehmi's cross who then netted his second.
Gary Smith had a shot blocked, but it fell to Neil Roskilly to slot home. He then fed Hall for his first before a great run from Smith saw Widdows net again after Fehmi's shot was saved.
The latter then combined with brother Keven and hit the ball top corner from the edge of box.
The final nail in the coffin saw a goal-kick fall to Roskilly who lobbed the keeper from 45 yards to make it double figures. Danny Carroll and Terry Lock replied in style from fully 25 yards.
n Compiled by Darren 'Statto' Jones
Sunday, February 24
Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, quarter-final: Pig and Whistle 0 Cheshunt Corinthians 6.
Division Two Cup, quarter-finals: Marquis of Lorne 1 Bottles Res 0, Old Social v Tom Tiddlers Tavern (off; home win; Tiddlers suspended), Royal Oak 4 Morecambe W 2.
Division Three Cup, quarter-finals: Hogshead 0 MC Racing 2, King Pin Utd 4 MBDA 1, Twin Foxes 1 Chequers 8.
Division Four Cup, quarter-finals: Coach and Horses 2 Rileys 1, Nirankari SS Res 6 North Herts Celtic 0, Roebuck Gate v Woolmer Grn Foxes (off; home win; Woolmer failed to field a side), Yorkshire Grey 5 Broadhall Res 1.
Premier Division: Bottles 2 DC Out Bar 4, JAP Builders 1 Nirankari SS 0, Mallard 7 Broadhall 2, Nirankari SS 3 JAP Builders 2.
Division One: Emperors Head 2 Breachwood L 0, Stev Colts OB 1 Peartree 10.
Division Two: SCS 0 Fox 6.
Division Four: Stev Fencing 10 Ath Timebridge 2.
Sunday, March 2
Premier Division Cup, quarter-final: Nirankari SS v DC Out Bar (PP1).
Premier Division: Bedwell Ath v Broadhall (HP2), Dun Cow v Mallard (MP1), Probuild v JAP Builders (Alle).
Division One: Peartree v Breachwood L (PP3), Pin Green v Times Club (HP3), Stev Colts OB v Pig and Whistle (10.30am, SP1).
Division Two: Bottles Res v Morecambe W (KG1), Fox v Dun Cow Res (RE3).
Division Three: Hogshead v King Pin Utd (10am, CP3, double header), Stev Leisure v Chequers (Marr), Twin Foxes v ProCladd (10am, SP5).
Division Four: Rileys v Stev Fencing (KG3), Woolmer Grn Foxes v Nirankari SS Res (Wool, double header), Yorkshire Grey v North Herts Celtic (Alle).
Invitation Cup: Ath Timebridge (2v0) Royal Oak (RE4), Bottles (0v2) Marquis of Lorne (KG2), MBDA (2v0) Emperors Head (Barc), Pied Piper (0v1) Tom Tiddlers Tavern (10.30am, SP3), SCS (0v1) MC Racing (PP5).
(All league and Invitation Cup games kick-off 10.15am,
cup games 10am, unless otherwise stated)