The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League round-up
If the previous week s performance by the league s sides in the county cup was bad, Sunday was not much better (writes Darren Statto Jones). However, the talking point of the week was once again provided by Nirankari Sports Sabha who handed in a written
If the previous week's performance by the league's sides in the county cup was bad, Sunday was not much better (writes Darren 'Statto' Jones).
However, the talking point of the week was once again provided by Nirankari Sports Sabha who handed in a written request to fold their first team, champions of the Premier Division for the past three seasons.
Under county FA rules, this is not possible, so they folded their reserve side. There are still doubts over the future of the club. Due to this, they forfeited the first team's National Cup tie as well as the reserves team's county cup tie.
In the Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, Stevenage teams lost all seven ties played but benefited from four walkovers, while also conceded one.
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The teams through without kicking a ball are Broadhall (vs Nirankari SS Res), Old Town Wetherspoons (vs Golden Lion), King Pin Utd (vs Caesars Palace) and Dun Cow Res (vs Lemsford). Marquis of Lorne conceded against Cannon.
Putting up the biggest fight on the day were Hartham Press. Their defence held firm against an extremely capable passing and moving team in New Riverside Res. This allowed Graeme Hulstrom to storm up from the back and score with a diving header to give them the half-time lead.
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Despite plenty of pressure, it looked like Hartham would hold on, until they conceded an equaliser with just one minute to go. Riverside then netted with 10 minutes remaining of extra time, but Hulstrom again netted with a powerful header. Barrie Curtin, Andrew Black and Michael Fortune levelled the penalty shoot-out at three each before they failed with their last two. Paul Orchard's excellent save was not enough.
Simon Flecknell (two), Jonny Gardner and Kev Ward's goals seemed to be sending Fox through but Grange Utd Res equalised in the 90th minute, before crushing them in extra-time.
Emperors Head conceded against Old Albanian after 10 minutes when Steve Harris volleyed into his own net. They equalised through Matt Arlick, hooking home from a corner. An own goal on the hour put them in front before three late goals saw them go out.
Putterills' campaign came crashing down after their barren spell in front of goal continued. Cheshunt Sunday scored three before the break and twice after it, Jim Anderson nearly pulled one back, a great run past three players culminated in a 20-yard chip off the inside of the post.
Stevenage Colts Old Boys were comfortably beaten at Broxbourne Rangers Old Boys. Bradmore Rovers went nap against A1 Trophies. Pin Green just were not in it at all against West Herts who fell one short of double figures.
In the Premier Division, there were 28 goals across an action-packed four games. With the leaders out of action, MH Goldsmith took advantage to regain the lead. John Johnston and Richard Griffiths put them two up. Mallard woke up and levelled through Glen Lamacraft and Jim Bywater. Then, despite chances to nick it in the second half, Griffiths stole the points.
Bedwell Athletic started the game with 10 men and were forced to play with their fourth different keeper in five league games.
Probuild made their advantage count with 20 minutes gone when Rich Hall drove home. Steve Underwood sent the teams in at half time level when he blasted home.
Bedwell were up to a full quota at half time and took the lead when Joel Mason let fly with a blistering drive into the bottom corner. They scored again when James Blythe played a neat one-two with Mason and unleashed a power drive from just outside the box.
Terry Pateman pulled one back but Aaron Mason scored for Bedwell and the final nail in the coffin came as they broke from a corner, Joel Mason fired home from out on the touchline.
Arin Fehmi's hat-trick saw Roebuck Scaffolding grab the points. Tony Waters also netted, while Ryan Jenner and Adam Furness replied for Dun Cow.
The bottom two met and James Brewster bagged a hat-trick for the second week in succession for JAP Builders as they beat his former club.
DC Outbar had taken a fifth minute lead via Josh Dance before Brewster bagged his strikes without reply before the goal of the game on the half hour.
Dance held the ball up and laid it off to Gav Bowler 25 yards out, after one bounce it was despatched into the keeper's top corner with a sweet left-foot strike.
The lead was stretched again before the break thanks to a free-kick from Luke Gumble. Another quickfire hat-trick, this time from Negus Johnston, sealed the game before Jay Smith headed home from a pinpoint Dave Byatt cross.
In the sole Division One game, leaders Bottles improved their position despite being down at the break. Herts Fencing started well and Ryan Eadie attacked a cross from Russell Ayles to open the scoring. Andrew Yates equalised before a mistake at the back found Paul Hannington who coolly lobbed the keeper.
The leaders then turned on the style after the break. Rob Yates set up older brother Andrew for his second, before he returned the favour for Rob to put them in front. Andrew then headed home from a Justin Brown cross to complete his hat-trick. A Darren Welton header and Andrew's fourth completed the scoring.
In Division Two, there was just one game. A weakened Times Club were no match for rampant leaders Pro-Cladd who have recovered hugely since their opening day defeat. There were five different scorers in the shape of Carl Fletcher, James Tyrer, Barry Mullaney, Danny Halliday and Neil Henderson.
The top two met in Division Three in a game that had a bit of everything. A great start for Stevenage Fencing after 15 minutes saw Aaron Springham cross for Joe Delasalle who headed home on his return from injury.
Jason Drackford pulled Stevenage Leisure Ltd level when he rounded the keeper. Fencing restored the lead when Karl Bradley put away a magnificent free-kick from 25 yards just two minutes after coming on.
However, when keeper Leeroy Litchmore asked his defender to leave a through ball, there seemed no danger. But he slipped, allowing the predatory Carl Smith to walk in the equaliser.
MBDA are third after a sixth win on the trot in all competitions. Ashley Kersey bagged a second successive hat-trick in the first half. Kyle Watson grabbed two and Dan Barton got his first for the club. Chequers replied through Carl Thompson.
Mark Chittenden inspired Probuild Res to victory. The first goal came courtesy of a goalkeeping error and Dan O'Brien slotted home. They missed several chances but went two up when Scott Walker played in Ian Woodfield to round the keeper and slot home.
The third came when skipper Elliott Bunn played in O'Brien for his second. Things are looking up defensively though for Red Lion Woolmer Green.
Dave Coates got one over brother Andy as Sean Stewart and Mark Phipps netted in MC Racing's win over Roebuck Gate (Andy Hall).
Two Max Howard goals and an own goal were not enough as North Herts Celtic were beaten by SCS.
Two of the three 100 per cent sides met in Division Four. Yorkshire Grey took an early lead through Lewis Essam, but Jon Dunne levelled for Athletico Timebridge and Leeroy Odd soon turned the game around.
Just before half time, Terry Lock was brought down by Grey keeper Lee Grimsey, Lock stepped up himself to convert. James Hamilton headed home the rebound after Odd's volley came back off the bar for 4-1.
Essam struck again before Lock scored what turned out to be the winner with a neat finish across the keeper before two late Grey goals from Mark Pickard and Damian Hadlow.
Stev Colts Old Boys Res are still top after a narrow win, opening the scoring midway through a scrappy first half with a Barry Hazleton penalty. Dan Hartland equalised for Coach and Horses almost instantly.
The winner came after 40 minutes from an Alex Williams free-kick. There was real controversy in the final five minutes when an Albie Stafford shot from the edge of the box appeared to be over the line, but an equaliser was not awarded.
Coopers are third - just. Gary Ashley gave Great Ashby the lead before an equaliser courtesy of Calvert Garnes' head. It required a Dan Auld penalty to win it, although Ashby, sponsored by The Granby, hit the post in the dying seconds of the game.
Roebuck Wanderers won their first ever game thanks to Jim Bailey (two), Callum Perrie and Stephen Clibbon against Fox Res.
Broadhall Res had a big win thanks to Stephen Fahey (four), Brad Harrison, Hayden McColm and Ben Collins against White Lion Walkern (Toby Starr, Paul Ingram-Tedd and Stuart Tanner).
Sunday, October 19
FA National Sunday Junior Cup, first round: Nirankari SS v Stanbridge and Tilsworth (off; away win).
Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, second round: A1 Trophies 0 Bradmore Rov 5, Broadhall v Nirankari SS Res (off; home win), Broxbourne Ran OB 3 Stev Colts OB 0, Golden Lion v OT Wetherspoons (off; away win), Grange Utd Res 8 Fox 4 (aet), Hartham Press 2 New Riverside Res 2 (aet, pens 3-5), King Pin Utd v Caesars Palace (off; home win), Lemsford v Dun Cow Res (off; away win), Marquis of Lorne v Cannon (off; away win), Old Albanian 4 Emperors Head 2, Pin Green 0 West Herts 9, Putterills 0 Cheshunt 5.
Premier Division: Bedwell Ath 5 Probuild 2, Dun Cow 2 Roebuck Scaff 4, J.A.P. Builders 7 DC Outbar 3, MH Goldsmith 3 Mallard 2.
Division One: Herts Fencing 2 Bottles 6.
Division Two: Times Club 0 Pro-Cladd 5.
Division Three: MBDA 6 Chequers 1, Probuild Res 3 Red Lion Woolmer Grn 0, Roebuck Gate 1 MC Racing 2, SCS 6 North Herts Celtic 3, Stev Fencing 2 Stev Leisure Ltd 2.
Division Four: Ath Timebridge 5 Yorkshire Grey 4, Coopers 2 Great Ashby 1, Fox Res 3 Roebuck W 4, Stev Colts OB Res 2 Coach and Horses 1, White Lion Walkern 3 Broadhall Res 7.
Sunday, October 26
KLM Challenge Cup, preliminary round: Broadhall v Dun Cow Res (SP4), Coopers v White Lion Walkern (RE5), DC Outbar v Mallard (Alle), Dun Cow v JAP Builders (MP1), Fox v Chequers (RE3), Great Ashby v Pro-Cladd (KG1), MBDA v A1 Trophies (Barc), MC Racing v Putterills (RE4), Nirankari SS Res v Fox Res (off; away win), North Herts Celtic v Breachwood Lions (CW1), Pin Green v Bedwell Ath (PP1), Roebuck W v Stev Colts OB (PP5), Stev Fencing v Stev Leisure Ltd (Alle).
Premier Division: Roebuck Scaff v Nirankari SS (10.30am, SP3).
Division One: Emperors Head v Herts Fencing (HP2).
Division Two: King Pin Utd v OT Wetherspoons (KG3), Marquis of Lorne v Times Club (Marr).
Division Three: Red Lion Woolmer Green v SCS (CP3), Roebuck Gate v Probuild Res (KG2).
Division Four: Stev Colts OB Res v Ath Timebridge (10.30am, SP1), Yorkshire Grey v Coach and Horses (PP3).
(kick-offs: all cup games 10am and league games 10.15am,
unless otherwise stated)