Probuild lay foundations for county cup success

The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League Sunday was a total washout in Stevenage once again after the snow melted, followed by rain, leaving the pitches waterlogged. In the only game that took place with CSSFL interest, Probuild s excellent season conti

The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League

Sunday was a total washout in Stevenage once again after the snow melted, followed by rain, leaving the pitches waterlogged.

In the only game that took place with CSSFL interest, Probuild's excellent season continued as they flew the flag in Watford in the Herts county cup.

They were facing a formidable Oaks side, unbeaten all season and top of Division One in the Watford league.


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Probuild, who travelled with a full squad, controlled the first 20 minutes and Lee Allinson fired them into the lead with a cool finish. The lead did not last long as Oaks levelled.

Stuart MacKenzie restored the lead when, after running the full length of the pitch, he played a neat one-two with Allinson.

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But the old adage of being the 'most vulnerable when you've just scored' surfaced again as the sides went in level.

The second half was going to be hard, playing uphill and against a strong wind, but Allinson scored his second of the game with a class finish from the edge of the box.

There was no further scoring until 15 minutes from time when the home side restored parity for a third time as their impressive striker completed his hat-trick.

They went in search for the winner, and if it was not for the brilliance of Stuart Howard in goal, the game could have been over.

However, with just five minutes to go, man of the match Terry Pateman beat three players down the wing and sent a cross in for Lee Gribben to seal the win with a class shot on the turn.

This put the Stevenage side through to the quarter-finals on March 11.

As for the remaining fixtures, some teams will now definitely face midweek games, double headers or both.

Looking at the divisions, there are just two points between the top five in the Premier and it has to be the best quality the top division has been for some years.

Nirankari's three successive draws have made it interesting, and their meeting with Bottles later in the season should be worth watching.

In Division One, leaders Pin Green are yet to meet second-placed Probuild, who are still in all competitions. Third-placed MBDA are still to play both sides, while Pig and Whistle may also still have a say.

An interesting development has taken place as Coopers and Probuild were each found guilty of causing an abandonment, so their game became null and void.

Division Two looked all over but after leaders FC Rising Sun lost three points due to Emperors Head's withdrawal, coupled with Norwich Union's loss against them being wiped, it is wide open again.

In Division Three, White Horse look red hot favourites. Their 3-3 draw with second-placed Bottles Res earlier in the season when they were 3-0 down is looking costly for the latter.

The Invitation Cup took as twist as King Pin United were awarded the three points as Probuild made a Sunday signing - forbidden in cup competitions.

* Compiled by Darren Statto Jones(statto@cssfl.co.uk, www.cssfl.co.uk)

RESULTS

Sunday, February 11

Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, fifth round: Oaks 3 Probuild 4.

All other games off due to waterlogged pitches.

FIXTURES

Sunday, February 18

Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, fifth round: Newcotech v Hornsmill Utd (HP3).

KLM Challenge Cup, first round: Bottles Res v Granby St George (KG1).

KLM Challenge Cup, second round: Bedwell Ath v Pin Green (HP2), Bottles v Royal Oak (KG2), Dun Cow v Pig and Whistle (MP), Mallard v Old Red Lion (KG3), MBDA v Probuild (10.15, Barc), Station v Peartree (SP3).

Premier Division: Nirankari SS v Broadhall (Bald).

Division One: Coopers v Aston Ath (RE5), Stev Colts OB v SCS (10.00, SP1).

Division Two: Emperors Head v FC Rising Sun (off; Emperors Head withdrew), King Pin Utd v Old Social (PP3), ProCladd v Crooked Billet (CW4), Rapidsource v Norwich Union (off), Rapidsource v FC Rising Sun (PP5), Triage v Newcotech (off; due to Newcotech's County Cup involvement).

Division Three: AFC Stev v MBDA Res (CP1), Fox v Chequers (RE3), MC Racing v Ath Timebridge (RE4), Twin Foxes v Rileys (10.30, SP5), White Horse v North Herts Celtic (10.30, SP4).

Invitation Cup: Breachwood L (1v0) Hermit of Redcoats (Brea).

(cup games kick-off 10.00, league games 10.15,unless otherwise stated)

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