The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League
Sunday saw Dun Cow reach yet another KLM Challenge Cup final as they overcame Stevenage Leisure. Sam Gittings was the hero again with a hat-trick, while Shaun Marshall, Scott Mahoney and Ryan Jenner also netted. Chris Tillbrook had earlier equalised for t
Sunday saw Dun Cow reach yet another KLM Challenge Cup final as they overcame Stevenage Leisure.
Sam Gittings was the hero again with a hat-trick, while Shaun Marshall, Scott Mahoney and Ryan Jenner also netted.
Chris Tillbrook had earlier equalised for the Third Division side who battled well for the entire game.
In the Premier Division Cup semi-final, Lee Horsley rounded off a good move involving Dean Horsley and Dean McCullagh to put Bottles in front before Andy Yates' half-volley from 20 yards restored the lead after Probuild had levelled through Barry Greenway. They did so again through Lee Allinson to force extra time before Rich Hall gave them the lead for the first time.
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However, Bottles responded immediately as the energetic Piers Le-Grand was rewarded for his effort as he chased down a loose back pass. In the second period, with legs beginning to tire, Probuild pressure failed to pay off and Le-Grand won it.
Nirankari Sports Sabha edged out JAP Builders on penalties after two hours of score-less football.
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The top two will meet in the Division One final. Champions-elect Pied Piper saw top scorer Steve Teale smack an early penalty off the crossbar.
He did, however, give them the half-time lead. He completed a hat-trick after the break, while Luke Mitchell, Lee Kitching and Kologo Richards also scored. Adam Burnage crossed for George Harrison to head home a late consolation for Breachwood Lions.
John Johnston and Ryan Chilcott each netted a brace as Pig and Whistle made it through with a win over Putterills (Sam Harte and an own goal).
Dun Cow Res' perfect season continued as they saw off Marquis of Lorne in the Division Two semis despite a Jason Lovelock brace. James Dillnutt (two), Pete Brewster, Danny McIver, Jason Drackford and Mark Phillips were on the mark for the whites.
Bryan Every and Dave Pateman gave Royal Oak a two-goal lead. However, Old Social were unfortunate not to force extra-time despite pressure being rewarded when Stuart Archer netted his 25th goal of the season.
In Division One action, Times Club stunned their opponents by taking a two-goal lead at the break through Martin Griffin.
Captain Matt Freeman put through his own net from Chris Goodyear's ball into the box to give Emperors Head a lifeline.
Club captain Tom Bradshaw grabbed the equaliser with a great individual effort on the hour.
Sam Archer and Anthony Charles were brought on with 10 minutes remaining, which proved to be inspired substitutions as they combined for the late winner. Archer sent a great cross to Charles at the far post who headed across goal into the top corner.
Adam Stevens (six), Paul Ryan (two), Dave Baldwin, Sean Soards, Graham Kear and Rob Allen were on target for Pin Green against Stevenage Colts Old Boys (Oliver Wisker).
In the sole Division Two game, Bottles Res (Chas Bailey) shared the points with Fox (Gary Henniker).
King Pin United were looking to push for second place in Division Three and got the breakthrough after 15 minutes when Dave Holmes converted to become the club's joint top scorer with James Wyatt.
Carl Lingwood's mazy run was brought to an abrupt end in the box and Danny Lingwood stepped up to slot home from the spot to double the lead. A couple of slips at the back allowed Lingwood to convert his second and Adam Bannister to score. Hogshead managed consolation goals through Calvert Garnes and Dan O'Brien.
A1 Trophies slipped up in their quest for promotion as they dropped two points against bogey side MBDA.
Ashley Kersey gave the latter the lead as he converted one of his three one-on-ones in the first 10 minutes.
Greg Bradbury toe-poked the equaliser past Andy Gibb from a long ball forward before Rob Barton restored the lead with a bobbler before the break. Bradbury netted again to share the spoils, but there were plenty of other chances.
In Division Four, Nirankari Sports Sabha Res were handed three points against Rileys who failed to field a side.
This meant Stevenage Fencing had to win to stay top - this they did, just! Gaz Smith toe-poked home after an Arin Fehmi corner for the opener before another one fell to brother Kev Fehmi to curl home.
He completed a hat-trick of assists which saw Neil Roskilly chest home. Kev Fehmi then grabbed his second with a cross-shot. Joe Whittaker completed a hat-trick with two late goals for Yorkshire Grey to add to his earlier goal.
In what was effectively a face-off for third place, Roebuck Gate were three-one to the good at half-time in the first of the double header, from then on it went pear-shaped.
Daniel Swales, Matt Jackson and Mark Hollis had netted, before North Herts Celtic pulled one back through Dan Burley.
Leigh Pollard and Sam Le-Moir then levelled and with only two minutes remaining, a free-kick saw young striker Darren Curry score the winner.
The game was slightly tarnished when Celtic's Pollard and Gate's Andy Hall saw red for after a scuffle ensued.
With both teams tiring, the second game was goalless.
Brad Harrison (six), Mark Chalkley (hat-trick), Craig Brooks, Nick Cosky, Ben Collins and Lee Stokes saw Broadhall Res annihilate Woolmer Green Foxes.
Bottles (Lee Horsley netting) are in real danger of relegation from the Premier Division after James Blythe, Joel Mason and Richard McGregor gave Bedwell Athletic the points on Tuesday night.
Nirankari Sports Sabha beat Probuild to move closer to the title. A Ricky Case penalty and Ben L'Honore did the job.
ProCladd were crowned Division Three champions after Neil Henderson, Danny Halliday, James Tyrer and Charlie Barnett netted against Hogshead. It is some achievement as they finished second bottom in the previous two campaigns, and have not strengthened hugely, although Tyrer has been impressive.
It is the one-year anniversary of Paul Saunders' death this weekend, and in a fitting tribute to him, A1 Trophies grabbed promotion in the last minute under the dusky, rainy skies.
Club secretary Paul Metcalf said: "Most of the lads have said he has been the 12th man."
They took the lead through Si Longman, but King Pin United were knocking at the door after hitting the crossbar twice and were denied from the spot by a terrific save from Matty Stanton.
They equalised through Robbie Duckworth from Del McGivern's flick after the break. Dave Holmes put them in front from an angle and it seemed the second guaranteed promotion slot was going down to the wire, but captain Craig Longman sent a looping shot over his own head and into the top corner with 30 seconds remaining.
James Brooke gave Stevenage Leisure the lead after a few minutes of sustained pressure.
However, MBDA came out better after the break and Ashley Kersey poached two goals from close range to give them the points. The winner came from a sublime tee-up from Rob Barton.
Mark Phillips (two), Danny Lane and Keith Coughlin gave Dun Cow Res yet another three points against Royal Oak on Tuesday night.
Division Four saw Yorkshire Grey thrash Rileys (Dave Waugh two, Dan Barnes and Chris Simpson). On the scoresheet were Ashley Sealy (hat-trick), Robbie Freeman (two), Lewis Essam, Damian Hadlow, Mark Pickard, Gareth Lewis and Joe Whittaker.
* Compiled by Darren 'Statto' Jones
Thursday, April 10
Invitation Cup: Broadhall 13 Rileys 8, Roebuck Gate 4 Bedwell Ath 6.
Sunday, April 13
Invitation Cup: Broadhall 13Leisure 1 Dun Cow 6.
Premier Division Cup, semi-finals: Bottles 4 Probuild 3 (aet), J.A.P. Builders 0 Nirankari SS 0 (aet, pens 4-5).
Division One Cup, semi-finals: Breachwood L 1 Pied Piper 6, Pig and Whistle 4 Putterills 2.
Division Two Cup, semi-finals: Marquis of Lorne 2 Dun Cow Res 6, Royal Oak 2 Old Social 1.
Division One: Emperors Head 3 Times Club 2, Stev Colts OB 1 Pin Green 13.
Division Two: Bottles Res 1 Fox 1.
Division Three: A1 Trophies 2 MBDA 2, King Pin Utd 4 Hogshead 2.
Division Four: Broadhall Res 14 Woolmer Grn Foxes 0, North Herts Celtic 4 Roebuck Gate 3, Rileys v Nirankari SS Res (off; away win), Roebuck Gate 0 North Herts Celtic 0, Stev Fencing 4 Yorkshire Grey 3.
Invitation Cup: Ath Timebridge 10 Peartree 4, MC Racing 6 DC Out Bar 3, Morecambe W 7 Broadhall 4.
Tuesday, April 15
Premier Division: Bottles 1 Bedwell Ath 3, Probuild 0 Nirankari SS 2.
Division One: Peartree v Pig and Whistle (off; away win).
Division Two: Royal Oak 0 Dun Cow Res 4.
Division Three: King Pin Utd 2 A1 Trophies 2, MBDA 2 Stev Leisure 1, ProCladd 4 Hogshead 0.
Division Four: Rileys 4 Yorkshire Grey 10.
Sunday, April 20
Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, semi-final: Cheshunt Corinthians v Dun Cow Res (at Royston Town FC).
Division Three Cup, semi-finals: Chequers v King Pin Utd (CW1), MC Racing v Stev Leisure (SP4).
Division Four Cup, semi-finals: Coach and Horses v Roebuck Gate (MP1), Yorkshire Grey v Nirankari SS Res (10.15am, Alle).
Premier Division: Bedwell Ath v JAP Builders (HP2, double header), Nirankari SS v Bottles (SP1, double header).
Division One: Pied Piper v Pig and Whistle (10.30am, SP3), Pin Green v Breachwood L (HP3).
Division Two: Fox v Morecambe W (Wool), Royal Oak v Old Social (CW4).
Division Three: Twin Foxes v MBDA (10.30am, SP5).
Invitation Cup: Probuild (0v4) North Herts Celtic (Alle).
Tuesday, April 22
Premier Division: Bedwell Ath v Nirankari SS (HP2).
Division One: Peartree v Pin Green (SP1).
Division Two: Morecambe W v Royal Oak (MP1), Old Social v Dun Cow Res (HP3).
Division Four: Coach and Horses v Rileys (SP3), North Herts Celtic v Nirankari SS Res (CW4).
Invitation Cup: JAP Builders v tba (CW1).
(All Sunday League and Invitation Cup games kick-off 10:15am, cup games and double headers 10am, midweek games 6pm,
unless otherwise stated).