The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League round-up
Despite more frustrations with widespread cancellations, Nirankari Sports Sabha took a huge stride towards the Premier Division crown as they saw off league leaders Mallard. David Iwedino, Ricky Case and Shaun Turner were on target. Mallard have now finis
Despite more frustrations with widespread cancellations, Nirankari Sports Sabha took a huge stride towards the Premier Division crown as they saw off league leaders Mallard.
David Iwedino, Ricky Case and Shaun Turner were on target.
Mallard have now finished their games, while the champions sit in sixth place, 16 points behind, but with eight games remaining!
Division One saw a huge shock as Pied Piper were almost certainly handed the league title by Breachwood Lions. After a goalless first-half, Pig and Whistle countered midway through the second, and John Johnston found the Lions net for an unsurprising opener for the second-placed team.
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However, after going in front, they seemed to take their foot off the gas. Lions' Adam Burnage played a telling pass into the box that allowed sub Ben Dye to beat the offside trap and nip the ball past the keeper for the leveller.
Moments later, Danny Jefferies' flick-on landed in the danger zone between the last defender and the 'keeper, allowing the canny Ian Canning to poke home the winner.
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In Division Three, King Pin United moved into third place after a comfortable win over MBDA.
In a game which could have ended 12-6, both teams missed a hatful of chances, while the goalkeepers also made some terrific saves.
James Wyatt grabbed the opener before Dave Holmes assisted Carl Lingwood for number two.
After the break, Holmes slotted home before Wyatt got his second with a good finish.
Stevenage Leisure won again after Carl Smith set them on their way with two in the first 10 minutes. James Batchelor netted the third after Chris Tillbrook's shot was blocked.
Tillbrook added another, but it was Dan O'Brien who finished the scoring before the break for Hogshead.
Jamie Drackford grabbed the only the goal of the second-half when his volley from the edge of the area was too strong for the keeper.
Nirankari Sports Sabha Res saw off one of the contenders in Division Four. Lee Wilson (hat-trick), Martin Wilson (two), Sam Spencer, Mark Outram and Pete Duffy netted against Roebuck Gate.
Stevenage Fencing looked to have set up a title decider on April 27 after a comfortable win. Marv Hall (hat-trick), Arin Fehmi (two), Neil Roskilly, Alan Widdows and Mark Baker were on the mark against North Herts Celtic. Max Howard (two) and Daniel Burley replied.
Yorkshire Grey won with ease as Lewis Sealy (two), Robbie Freeman (two), Lee Grimsey and Matt Burton were on target. Coach and Horses' consolation came courtesy of Marvin Miller.
All other games were off due to waterlogged pitches. This included Dun Cow Res in the Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup semi-finals. They are rescheduled for April 20 against Cheshunt Corinthians in their hectic month which sees a minimum of 11 games to play.
* Compiled by Darren 'Statto' Jones
Sunday, March 30
Premier Division: Nirankari SS 3 Mallard 0.
Division One: Breachwood L 2 Pig and Whistle 1.
Division Two: SCS v Tom Tiddlers T (off; home win, Tiddlers folded).
Division Three: Hogshead 1 Stev Leisure 5, MBDA 0 King Pin Utd 4.
Division Four: North Herts Celtic 3 Stev Fencing 8, Roebuck Gate 0 Nirankari SS Res 8, Yorkshire Grey 6 Coach and Horses 1.
Premier Division: Nirankari SS v Broadhall (PP1).
Division One: Emperors Head v Pin Green (HP2), Times Club v Pied Piper (SP3).
Division Two: Dun Cow Res v Morecambe W (KG1), Fox v Royal Oak (PP5), Old Social v Bottles Res (HP3).
Division Three: A1 Trophies v MC Racing (SP1).
Division Four: Rileys v Woolmer Grn Foxes (KG3).
Sunday, April 6
Herts Junior Cup, final: Nirankari SS Res v Nicholas Breakspear OB (3pm, Herts FA HQ, Letchworth).
Premier Division Cup, semi-finals: Bottles v Probuild (10am, KG3), JAP Builders v Nirankari SS (10am, CW1).
Division One Cup, semi-finals: Breachwood L v Pied Piper (Brea), Pig and Whistle v Putterills (RE3).
Division One: Peartree v Pin Green (PP3).
Division Two: Dun Cow Res v Bottles Res (KG1), Morecambe W v Royal Oak (CP3), Old Social v Fox (RE5).
Division Three: King Pin Utd v A1 Trophies (HP3), MBDA v Stev Leisure (Barc), ProCladd v Hogshead (CW4).
Division Four: Broadhall Res v Woolmer Grn Foxes (10am, SP4), Coach and Horses v Rileys (PP5), Roebuck Gate v North Herts Celtic (10.30am, SP3), Stev Fencing v Yorkshire Grey (Alle).
Invitation Cup: Emperors Head (1v0) Bedwell Ath (HP2), MC Racing (3v0) DC Out Bar (RE4), Stev Colts OB (0v3) Twin Foxes (10.30am, SP1).
Tuesday, April 8
Premier Division: Nirankari SS v Dun Cow (SP3).
Division One: Putterills v Pin Green (KG3).
Division Two: Dun Cow Res v Marquis of Lorne (KG1).
Division Three: King Pin Utd v Twin Foxes (HP3).
Division Four: Ath Timebridge v Coach and Horses (HP2), Nirankari SS Res v Yorkshire Grey (SP1).
(All Sunday league and Invitation Cup games kick-off 10.15am, cup games 10am, unless
otherwise stated, midweek games 6pm)