The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League round-up
Nirankari Sports Sabha Res have made it through to the final of the Herts Sunday Junior Cup after a tough game against The Malta at Leverstock Green FC. Their opponents took an early lead when a loose ball on the right was smashed home, they then hit the
Nirankari Sports Sabha Res have made it through to the final of the Herts Sunday Junior Cup after a tough game against The Malta at Leverstock Green FC.
Their opponents took an early lead when a loose ball on the right was smashed home, they then hit the crossbar with a 30-yarder and the CSSFL boys were beginning to worry.
However, they started to get a foot on the game and some good work down the left from Lee Wilson resulted in them hitting the bar and then the post.
Wilson then provided hotshot Russell Bull with a through ball and he raced on to it and hit a sweet shot, which this time went in off the post as their luck finally changed.
They were behind again to a tap-in but levelled just before the break from the spot. The penalty was awarded for a foul on Ricky Case, which Bull duly converted. In the second-half, a cross found Wilson to tap home the winner as he was clattered by the keeper.
Manager Bull said: "A special mention to Dave Conyard who pulled out the game of all games and won every header and tackle for us - he was immense! So well done lads, and good luck in the final!"
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They will take on Nicholas Breakspear Old Boys in the final, who needed extra-time in their semi-final, and the game will take place on April 6 at the Herts FA headquarters in Letchworth.
The semi-finalists of the KLM Challenge Cup were decided. There is a real mouth-watering tie on the horizon too.
Nirankari Sports Sabha saw off Royal Oak thanks to Andrew Levy (two) and Rory Spencer.
They will now play Dun Cow Res who will give them a right battle after maintaining their quadruple chances, despite having to come from behind.
James Dillnutt finished well to give Dun Cow the lead but quickfire goals from Martin Young and a sublime lob from the prolific Negus Johnson meant JAP Builders went into the break in front. After the break, a goalmouth scramble fell to Dillnutt to net again to force extra-time.
The turning point saw JAP keeper Jarell Stratton go off with a bad groin injury, Greg Philip replacing him.
However, he could not prevent Cow from winning the tie when, firstly, Pete Brewster converted a header from a corner and Dillnutt completed his hat-trick.
Dun Cow also made it through to set up a potential final against their reserve side.
Adam Furness, Rikki Doyle, Sam Gittings, Shaun Marshall and Ross Cummings were on the mark against Bedwell Athletic.
In reply, Steve Underwood scored a brace, the highlight seeing his 45-yard volley sailing into the net.
Pin Green only fielded 10 men, but despite this they took the lead when they netted with a header. A goalmouth scramble saw Chris Tillbrook level for Stevenage Leisure.
Two hat-tricks after the break saw a stroll ensue. The pick of Carl Smith's three being a 30-yard lob, while Jamie Drackford's best was a shot from the edge of the area that found the top corner.
In the sole Premier Division game, Richard Hall inspired Probuild to three points against Broadhall.
Dean Greenough supplied Hall with the opener on the hour as he curled the ball round the keeper from a tight angle. Terry Pateman made it two from Gary Pomfret's weighted pass.
Paul Gasson beat the offside trap to pull one back but the game was wrapped up when Pomfret played a neat one-two with sub Karl Radband and the former drilled into the bottom corner as they moved up two places to third in their debut season in the top flight.
Nirankari meet Mallard this Sunday in a crucial game in the title race. It is Mallard's last game of the season due to their abrupt cup runs, while Nirankari will go on for some time.
Division One leaders Pied Piper kept up their 100 per cent league record as they strode into a three-goal lead inside half an hour against Emperors Head.
Piper went nap before the break, league's top scorer Steve Teale (two), Tom Hillard, Lee Kitching and Luke Mitchell doing the damage.
Emperors had a consolation when Sam Archer scored with 10 minutes left when the keeper missed a cross from Chris Chalat and he made no mistake.
A dozen goals courtesy of Jason Milburn (hat-trick), John Johnston (hat-trick), Scotty Durham (two), Ricky Lawrence (two), Grant Sullivan and Matt Jackson saw Pig and Whistle keep up their title push against Stevenage Colts Old Boys. Piper meet Pig in a potential title decider this Sunday.
After a goalless first half an hour, Dave Banks lobbed the keeper to give Putterills the lead as they looked to hold on to third spot. Pete Morrison doubled the advantage when he reacted first as the keeper could only parry Jim Anderson's long-range effort.
Banks headed in Graeme Duff's long throw-in after the break and Lee McCarthy finished well for four. Andy Bailes got in on the act with his first of the season, firing in to the roof of the net.
Times Club kept their heads up and Martin Griffin netted with a great curling shot from the corner of the area.
They netted another consolation five minutes from time when some great work in the box saw Scott Cronin pick his spot.
Fox started to play catch-up as they gained all six points in a double header. Kevin Ward celebrated the week of his 24th birthday with a hat-trick, Simon Flecknell and Dave Sell also bagged a goal apiece in the first game, Marquis of Lorne replied through Jason Lovelock, Frazer Triggs and an own goal in an eight-goal thriller after they started the game with nine men.
In match two, Ward and Sell netted again along with Ross Randall as Fox edged it by a goal. Lovelock also netted again for Marquis of Lorne, Darren Harman grabbed the other.
Old Social returned to action after a four-week break and the rustiness showed as Dave McColm kept them at bay early on in the SCS goal.
Social were thankful to the ever reliable Stuart Archer who is in the process of growing the worst beard in history!
Also on target were Mike Coombes, Matt Keane, Michael Potter, Scott Taylor and Lee Hollingsworth. Dave Brown, Chris Fletcher and Ian Evans netted in reply.
ProCladd have got over a New Year blip and could take the Division Three title with a win on Easter Sunday against King Pin United. Sunday saw a comfortable win over nearest challengers A1 Trophies. Neil Henderson and Charlie Barnett hit the goals as A1 fell to only their second league defeat, both against the champions elect.
Twin Foxes had their first win for some time, keeping them in third place.
They took the lead when Leslie Chappell skilfully put away a chance he created himself, despite being surrounded by opposing defenders.
Hogshead got themselves back in the game through Paul Dowse before taking the lead through Dan Auld. Unfortunately, Foxes' Paul Jones was taken to hospital after a clash of heads just before the break. They got level through a 30-yard screamer by Manjit Singh before evergreen Simon O'Reilly headed the winner.
King Pin United secured all six points from their double header to jump into fourth. Robbie Duckworth, Adam Bannister and James Wyatt gave them control of the first game before Robbie Duckworth scored his second after an excellent one-two with Wyatt in the second half to kill the game.
A consolation for Chequers came from Jason Smith after a mix-up in the defence.
In the second game, Chequers were reduced to 10 men after only five minutes with a straight red for offensive language towards the linesman.
They still made King Pin United work hard through and it was not until five minutes before the break when Carl Lingwood broke the offside trap to open the scoring. He got his and the team's second.
Dave Holmes then made it three with an excellent chip after Nick Collins shot ricocheted into his path. The dangerous Carl Thompson netted twice to set up a tense finish.
MC Racing's second goal-less draw of the season could have been avoided had Anthony Koop's penalty not been saved by MBDA keeper Andy Gibb. Both sides had chances, Kyle Watson shot into the side netting in the last minute for MBDA.
Athletico Timebridge's Terry Lock netted the opener from the penalty spot after being brought down himself to continue his run of scoring in every league game he has played.
The 10 men saw Dan Carroll extend the lead from fully 35 yards before Broadhall Res netted a last-minute consolation through Mark Chalkley.
Darren Curry (two), Paul Cockburn and Daniel Burley were on the mark for North Herts Celtic against Rileys (Craig Armstrong and Garyth Johnson).
Robbie Freeman (five), Lewis Sealy (four), James Whittaker (two) and Damian Hadlow netted in Yorkshire Grey's dozen goal win at Woolmer Green Foxes.
n Compiled by Darren 'Statto' Jones
Sunday, March 9
Herts Sunday Junior Cup, semi-final: Nirankari SS Res 3 The Malta 2.
KLM Challenge Cup, quarter-finals: Dun Cow 5 Bedwell Ath 2, JAP Builders 2 Dun Cow Res 4 (aet), Royal Oak 0 Nirankari SS 3, Stev Leisure 7 Pin Green 1.
Premier Division: Broadhall 1 Probuild 3.
Division One: Pied Piper 5 Emperors Head 1, Pig and Whistle 12 Stev Colts OB 0, Times Club 2 Putterills 5.
Division Two: Bottles Res v Tom Tiddlers T (off; home win; Tiddlers suspended), Fox 3 Marquis of Lorne 2, Marquis of Lorne 3 Fox 5, Old Social 9 SCS 3.
Division Three: Chequers 1 King Pin Utd 4, King Pin Utd 3 Chequers 2, Hogshead 2 Twin Foxes 3, MC Racing 0 MBDA 0, ProCladd 2 A1 Trophies 0.
Division Four: Broadhall Res 1 Ath Timebridge 2, Rileys 2 North Herts Celtic 4, Woolmer Grn Foxes 0 Yorkshire Grey 12.
Invitation Cup: DC Out Bar 2 Breachwood L 1, Morecambe W 4 Peartree 3, Roebuck Gate 6 Bottles 3.
Sunday, March 16
Premier Division: Bottles v Probuild (MP1), Dun Cow v JAP Builders (KG3), Nirankari SS v Mallard (PP1).
Division One: Emperors Head v Times Club (HP2), Pied Piper v Pig and Whistle (10.30am, SP3), Pin Green v Breachwood L (CW4), Stev Colts OB v Putterills (10am, SP1).
Division Two: Dun Cow Res v Morecambe W (KG1), Fox v Tom Tiddlers T (10am, RE3, double header), Marquis of Lorne v Old Social (10am, SP5), Royal Oak v Bottles Res (CP2).
Division Three: Hogshead v MC Racing (CP3), King Pin Utd v Twin Foxes (HP3).
Division Four: Ath Timebridge v Coach and Horses (RE4), Broadhall Res v Stev Fencing (PP3), North Herts Celtic v Nirankari SS Res (CW1), Rileys v Yorkshire Grey (KG2).
Invitation Cup: Broadhall (0v3) Chequers (10.30am, SP4), SCS (0v2) Roebuck Gate (PP5), Stev Leisure (3v0) DC Out Bar (Marr).
(All league and Invitation Cup games
kick-off 10.15am, cup games 10am,
unless otherwise stated)