Rare 2006 league win for Arlesey

Saturday football Arlesey Town chalked up their first league win for nearly two months on Saturday. The Blues won 3-1 at Wivenhoe, their first victory since winning at Uxbridge by the same scoreline on January 21. With Wivenhoe looking to make the play-of

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Arlesey Town chalked up their first league win for nearly two months on Saturday.

The Blues won 3-1 at Wivenhoe, their first victory since winning at Uxbridge by the same scoreline on January 21.

With Wivenhoe looking to make the play-offs it promised to be a tough game, on paper at least.

But despite Wivenhoe's lofty position and a strong wind, the Blues always looked in control.

They went ahead when Ozie Foster lobbed the ball home after evading the attention of two defenders after just 12 minutes.

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Lee Tekell's corner was met by Darran Hay just after and the home keeper made a fine save to prevent the Blues going further ahead.

That merely delayed the inevitable when on 23 minutes Michael McKenzie doubled the lead as his deflected shot gave the keeper no chance.

And the keeper was then lucky when a ball from McKenzie hit the post and bounced straight into his arms.

Arlesey kept the pressure up in the second half and were quickly rewarded with a spectacular goal as McKenzie rifled home into the bottom corner from 25 yards on 56 minutes.

Despite having plenty more possession Arlesey did not add to the score.

Wivenhoe gained a late consolation goal from the penalty spot in the dying minutes.

Blues: Bussey, Hobbs, Bloss, Njotsa, Hay, Cox, Nicholl, Gregson, Foster, McKenzie, Tekell (Williams).

Stotfold shared the UCL Premier Division points at Deeping Rangers.

They took the lead after 21 minutes when Steven Blower took a free-kick left footed and curled a shot over the wall.

Carl Griffiths launched a one-man campaign to equalise but was unsuccessful in the rest of a fairly even first period.

Deeping had the better of the second half and could feel aggrieved they did not pick up three points.

The hosts equalised on the hour as Jarrad Smith's shot was parried by Nigel Blower. The rebound fell for John Duncliffe who returned the ball to Smith to shoot low into the bottom corner.

Deeping continued to threaten and Griffiths, Duncliffe and sub Wayne Oldacre all went close to a winner.

They went even closer on the stroke of full time as Stephen Colanglo's dipping shot from distance bounced off the bar.

Rokermen: N Blower, Beckett, S Blower, Frater, McElroy, DeSouza, Benton, George, Thomas, Grant (Brown 86), Hussain.

Arlesey Athletic earned a point at home to SML Division One champions-elect Colney Heath.

Colney took an early lead but Athletic levelled in the 83rd minute through Wayne Blows from the penalty spot.