The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League round-up

MH Goldsmith s flying start to the season continued in the Premier Division as John Johnston got among the goals beginning with a superb finish from the edge of the box (writes Darren Statto Jones). Terry Pateman equalised for Probuild before heading st

MH Goldsmith's flying start to the season continued in the Premier Division as John Johnston got among the goals beginning with a superb finish from the edge of the box (writes Darren 'Statto' Jones).

Terry Pateman equalised for Probuild before heading straight at the keeper as they looked to go in front. A short back pass saw Ricky Lawrance restore the lead. Ryan Murphy and two more strikes from Johnston (to complete his hat-trick) gave the score a flattering look.

Roebuck Scaffolding took the lead on the half hour when Tony Waters finished well from a Luke Mitchell through ball. Josh Watson was the first of their three players sent off. Liam McQueen received a second yellow to become their second to leave the field. Bedwell Athletic turned the game around to take the points thanks to Dean Wylie and Steve Underwood's last-minute winner before Paul Harvey went at the final whistle to leave Roebuck with eight.

JAP Builders created the better chances of a good first half and went into the lead midway through with a good finish from Negus Johnson. Dun Cow refused to give up the fight in the second half, Nick Wellings and Shaun Marshall struck in the last 10 minutes to turn the game on its head.

Champions Nirankari Sports Sabha went in front thanks to an own goal just five minutes in when DC Out Bar's Martin Gono poked the ball home. Things got worse when keeper Kyal Currey dropped the ball as he was challenged for a high ball and they lobbed home a second.

Neat footwork from Lee Metselaar earned a penalty when he was tripped. Josh Dance stepped up to confidently to convert for DC. Two more before the break and two more after it saw Nirankari win comfortably in the end.

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In Division One, a tight first half saw the best chance go begging as Bottles' new striker Rob Verdia hit the post with a header. Dun Cow Res' best chance saw a Nicky Randall header cleared off the line by Rob Yates.

After the break, Cow lost a man for violent conduct before Verdia won a penalty. He stepped up himself and sent the keeper the wrong way. With 20 minutes to go, Verdia doubled his tally a sublime chip from the edge of the box for his seventh goal in three games.

In a game where both sides at last got their respective league campaigns off and running, Richard Bell ran on to a through ball to bag the opener for Putterills. On the half-hour, the scores were level when Jake Mongston slotted in from close range for Broadhall.

The game turned around when Gregg Fogg's cross was met by the head of David Herbert. A well-delivered corner was met by the head of Kris McMahon for his first for the club to restore parity.

They attempted to go in front again, but went behind to a great strike from Mongston from a free-kick. He completed his hat-trick when a clearance from Fogg found him to coolly shift around the keeper to slot home.

With five minutes remaining, Mongston got his fourth and best strike of the game when his half volley from 25 yards flew into the top left corner.

Nirankari Sports Sabha Res hit a dozen past Emperors Head. Only three at the break, they ran riot afterwards. Russell Bull hit another hat-trick, Pete Duffy scored a wonderful solo goal, while Liam Castle scored a beauty from 40 yards. Danny Hillard grabbed the consolation goal with a header from Chris Chalat's corner.

Herts Fencing had a much stronger start than previous weeks but still managed to concede to Pin Green's Colin Field against the run of play. They equalised after Riki Dance coolly slotted home from a deflected clearance. They edged in front from a pea-roller from Simon Lewis. He grabbed his second before Russell Ayles joined the scoresheet. Sean Soards pulled one back before Ayles' second.

Lewis Benn hit a superb goal to give A1 Trophies the lead, but Josh Bartlett's equaliser preserved Stevenage Colts Old Boys' unbeaten start and the Division Two leadership.

Charlie Barnett hit a hat-trick as last season's Division Three champions Pro-Cladd won at Breachwood Lions. Jack Floyd and George Rowe were also on target.

After a goalless first half hour, King Pin United notched three times before James Khakpour-Smith replied for Hartham Press. After the break, United pulled away as Mark Wright (four), Dave Holmes (two) and Carl Lingwood (two) were on target.

Dave Stroomer and Stuart Archer gave Old Town Wetherspoons a two-goal lead at the break. Lewis Littlechild pulled one back for Times Club before Tony Davies' first goal for Wethers restored the cushion. However, Michael Cook and Karl Rickaby earned Times a deserved point.

Division Three leaders Stevenage Leisure Ltd maintained their 100 per cent start. The opening goal came from Ben Field who found the top corner. Jason Drackford scored either side of the break, but North Herts Celtic pulled one back through a James Brooke own goal before a Max Howard penalty brought them to within one. Darren Bickell then picked out Jamie Drackford to net from a header.

A Trevor Cunningham goal narrowed the gap again before James Batchelor finally netted having hit the woodwork three times. It was left to Jason Drackford to complete his hat-trick to sew it up.

MBDA took the lead when Phil Fisher lobbed Leeroy Litchmore. Louis Hare made a two after a terrific team move. Ashley Kersey bagged a third before Stevenage Fencing finally got in the game thanks to Tom Bowgett's finish from an angle. MBDA had several chances to sew up the game, but did not rue them despite Danny Delasalle's stoppage-time tap-in after brother Joe's shot squirmed under Andy Gibb and off the post.

Probuild Res took an early lead when a goal-kick from keeper Stuart Howard was met by Aaron Penfound who coolly lobbed the keeper from the edge of the box.

The lead was soon doubled when Craig Braine found space, his shot was only parried and the advancing Ian Woodfield coolly slotted home. Richard O'Donovan pulled one back for MC Racing five minutes before half-time. The game was made safe late on when the impressive Woodfield raced on to another Howard kick, brushed off two defenders and slotted home.

Five-up at the break against the current whipping boys, Roebuck Gate won by a half dozen thanks to Scott Apps, Daniel Swales, Andrew Hall, Ben Broadbent and Danny Bacon, as well as an own goal. Red Lion Woolmer Green have improved defensively in each of their three games and would have taken heart after conceding just one after the break. They even had a penalty to hand them their first goal of the season, but placed it wide.

Jason Smith's double was not enough as Chequers went down to Les Chappell (two) and Jack Pancutt goals for SCS.

Leeroy Odd went nap as Athletico Timebridge thrashed White Lion Walkern. Terry Lock and James Hamilton also scored. Paul Ingram-Tedd replied for White Lion Walkern.

Coopers are top of the table despite a draw. Calvert Garnes and Josh Stock added to a fabulous overhead kick by Brian Challice. Broadhall Res replied through Ben Collins, Mark Chalkley and Steve Fahey.

Gareth Parry (two) and Dean Page netted, as did the returning Barry Hazleton as Stevenage Colts Old Boys Res saw off Great Ashby.

Coach and Horses took the lead after a short corner, which Steve Cornwell squared for Dan Loo to finish. Another Cornwell corner saw John Linehan superbly head home. A couple of top saves from their keeper Joe Jeggo helped them extend the lead to three when yet another Cornwell corner assist was headed home by Loo.

Roebuck Wanderers pulled one back before the game was killed off with a delightful curling free-kick from by Cornwell to cap a marvellous game for him.

Fox Res went in front through a Ryan Palmer penalty, but it was uphill after. Yorkshire Grey were too strong, two more for Lewis Sealy, Lewis Essam (two), Matt Burton and an own goal saw them win comfortably.,


Sunday, September 28

Premier Division: Bedwell Ath 2 Roebuck Scaff 1, DC Outbar 1 Nirankari SS 4, Dun Cow 2 JAP Builders 1, MH Goldsmith 5 Probuild 1.

Division One: Bottles 2 Dun Cow Res 0, Broadhall 5 Putterills 2, Nirankari SS Res 12 Emperors Head 1, Pin Green 2 Herts Fencing 5.

Division Two: Breachwood L 0 Pro-Cladd 5, King Pin Utd 8 Hartham Press 1, OT Wetherspoons 3 Times Club 3, Stev Colts OB 1 A1 Trophies 1.

Division Three: Chequers 2 SCS 3, MBDA 3 Stev Fencing 2, North Herts Celtic 3 Stev Leisure Ltd 6, Probuild Res 3 MC Racing 1, Red Lion Woolmer Grn 0 Roebuck Gate 6.

Division Four: Ath Timebridge 7 White Lion Walkern 1, Broadhall Res 3 Coopers 3, Great Ashby 0 Stev Colts OB Res 4, Roebuck W 1 Coach and Horses 4, Yorkshire Grey 6 Fox Res 1.


Sunday, October 5

Herts Senior Cup, first round: Bedwell Ath v AFC Rangers (10am, HP2), DC Outbar v MK Ginder (10.30am), Hemel Rov v Mallard (10.30am).

Herts Junior Cup, second round: Roebuck Gate v Thorley Saints (10am, KG2).

Premier Division: Nirankari SS v Dun Cow (10am, SP5), Probuild v JAP Builders (Alle), Roebuck Scaffolding v MH Goldsmith (10.30am, SP3).

Division One: Broadhall v Bottles (10am, SP4), Dun Cow Res v Pin Green (MP1), Fox v Nirankari SS Res (RE3), Putterills v Emperors Head (CW4).

Division Two: Hartham Press v Pro-Cladd (PP1), Marquis of Lorne v King Pin Utd (Marr), OT Wetherspoons v Breachwood L (RE5), Stev Colts OB v Times Club (10.30am, SP1).

Division Three: Chequers v Stev Leisure Ltd (KG1), MBDA v Probuild Res (10am, Barc), MC Racing v North Herts Celtic (RE4), Red Lion (Woolmer Green) v Stev Fencing (CP3).

Division Four: Coach and Horses v Ath Timebridge (PP3), Fox Res v Stev Colts OB Res (Wool), Great Ashby v Yorkshire Grey (CW1).

Invitation Cup: Herts Fencing (0v1) A1 Trophies (CP2), SCS (0v1) Roebuck W (PP5).

(all games kick-off at 10.15am, unless otherwise stated)