Stotfold’s fightback earns first win
Tuesday night football Stotfold picked a great ground to record their first league win of the season – Rowley Park, the home of old rivals St Neots. The Rokermen went a goal down after 10 minutes but recovered to claim the three points. St Neots Steve Ku
Tuesday night football
Stotfold picked a great ground to record their first league win of the season - Rowley Park, the home of old rivals St Neots.
The Rokermen went a goal down after 10 minutes but recovered to claim the three points.
St Neots' Steve Kuhne fired into the top of the net from close range after Nigel Blower got down well to parry Simon Claridge's header.
But the lead only lasted three minutes as Ryan Nichol's free-kick set Wayne Blows free on the right.
Instead of crossing the ball into the box, he looped a shot over keeper Martyn Patching and into the far top corner.
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Ricky Geraghty came close to giving them lead on three occasions - after having a header cleared off the line, he then shot straight at Wayne Blows and had a header tipped over the bar.
On 29 minutes Richard Beckett's ball forward allowed both Lee Downham and Ian Thorne to beat the offside trap with Thorne taking the ball into the box and rounding the keeper for a tap in.
Marc Holmes linked up well with Thorne on the right to create the best chance of the second half forcing the keeper to tip his shot onto the bar on 76 minutes.
St Neots' best chance was disallowed when they bundled the ball over the line shortly afterwards.
Rokermen: N Blower, Alcide, Purton, Geraghty, Drury, Beckett, S Blower, Nichol, Blows, Thorne, Downham (Holmes 63).
Arlesey Town were beaten 3-1 after extra time at home by Premier Division Slough in the Ryman League (Westview) Cup.
There were few chances on target in the first half, Slough shading it.
They went close on the restart when Harris rifled a shot into the side netting.
Arlesey were looking sharper than they had in the opening half.
Good exchanges between Martin Young and Fabian Forde enabled Young to fire a cracking shot forcing Drake to tip his shot over the bar. From the corner, Young fired in another scorcher that rattled the post.
The tie went to extra time and Slough's Leish Mason struck a tremendous shot from 12 yards which Luke Bliss beat away.
But the Blues were finally undone on 97 minutes, an intricate move ending with the unmarked Odhiambo firing home from close range.
Forde hit a first-time shot that was well blocked by keeper Drake and the tie slipped from their grasp midway through the second period of extra time when Harris cut in from the right and scored with an unstoppable drive.
And with Arlesey committed to attack, the inevitable third goal came from Matt Glynn.
Arlesey got their reward when Michael McKenzie headed the ball home from close range in the final minute.
Team: Bliss, McElroy, Bloss (Lee), Finch, George, Stanley, Barr, Linford (Tekell), Forde, McKenzie, Young.
Langford made progress in the SML Challenge Trophy as a late strike from substitute Kevin Patterson was enough to win 1-0 at New Bradwell St Peter.