The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League round-up
After the wettest August on record , I got the call on Saturday morning that I was dreading (writes Darren Statto Jones). Stevenage Borough Council decided all pitches were to be preserved after the persistent rain. Four games in private venues went ah
After the 'wettest August on record', I got the call on Saturday morning that I was dreading (writes Darren 'Statto' Jones).
Stevenage Borough Council decided all pitches were to be preserved after the persistent rain.
Four games in private venues went ahead, and by all accounts, the conditions were excellent.
In the Premier Division, DC Outbar hosted last season's runners-up, Mallard at Thomas Alleyne School.
Perry Phillips opened the scoring for the visitors inside five minutes, volleying home after an Andy Pilgrim free-kick came back off the crossbar. DC equalised when centre-back Si Wagstaff powered in a header from Josh Dance's superb corner.
Pilgrim restored the lead when a shot from 20 yards deflected into the corner, wrong-footing Kyal Currey.
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Dance hit the post as DC searched for an equaliser, but they were dealt a blow when they fell further behind right on half-time when Wagstaff was adjudged to have committed a foul. Barry Hazelton stroked home the spot-kick for the third.
Number four came courtesy of Ian Baker's head as he redirected a Phillips shot.
New summer signing Glen Lamacraft scored a superb individual goal shortly after coming on as a substitute before DC pulled one back. A combined age of 120 years saw Dave Matson, Gav Bowler and Ivan Rock link-up, the latter lifted a sublime chip over the on-rushing keeper.
The final goal for Mallard saw Jim Bywater beat two players before a sweet finish from just outside the box.
Also at the same venue, goals from Joe Delasalle (four), Tom Bowgett (two), Graham Kimber and Danny Delasalle saw Stevenage Fencing home to an easy Division Three win over Chequers (Paul Cotton).
At Barclay School, MBDA's excellent pre-season counted for nothing as James Cox netted for MC Racing inside five minutes who then extended their lead through Tom Kelly.
Ashley Kersey pulled one back for the home side before Darren Pitch restored the two-goal cushion.
Right on half-time, MBDA were awarded a penalty, from which Danny Hukin just about got the ball past Scotty Taylor.
Louis Hare levelled the scores and sub Phil Fisher hit the post as MBDA looked to turn the screw. Poor defending allowed Kelly to notch twice more to complete a hat-trick, just as he had in this fixture two seasons ago.
Two new sides met in Division Four at Walkern as White Lion Walkern beat Roebuck Wanderers. The home team's scorers were Stephen Hehir (two) and Stephen Ward.
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* Compiled by Darren 'Statto' Jones
Sunday, September 7
Premier Division: DC Outbar 2 Mallard 6.
Division Three: MBDA 3 MC Racing 5, Stev Fencing 8 Chequers 1.
Division Four: White Lion Walkern 3 Roebuck W 2.
Sunday, September 14
Herts Junior Cup, first round: Broadhall Res v Haven (10am, SP4), Coach and Horses v Apoel Res (10am, KG3), Cottonmill Warriors v SCS (10.30am), Hedgehog v Fox Res (10.30am), MBDA v AFC Rookery (10.30am, Barc), MC Racing v Lea Valley Royals Res (10am, RE4), Onnett v Probuild Res (10.30am), Roebuck W v AC Finchley Select D (10am, PP5), Stev Colts OB Res v Glendale (10am, SP1), Watford Irish Centre Res v Great Ashby (10.30am), Yorkshire Grey v Green Pk Rov (10am, PP3).
Premier Division: Bedwell Ath v MH Goldsmith (HP2), Nirankari SS v JAP Builders (10.30am, SP5), Probuild v Mallard (Alle), Roebuck Scaffolding v DC Outbar (10.30am, SP3).
Division One: Bottles v Pin Green (KG1), Dun Cow Res v Fox (MP1), Herts Fencing v Nirankari SS Res (CP3).
Division Two: Hartham Press v Stev Colts OB (PP1), Marquis of Lorne v Breachwood L (Marr), OT Wetherspoons v King Pin Utd (RE5), Pro-Cladd v A1 Trophies (CW4).
Division Three: Chequers v Roebuck Gate (KG2), North Herts Celtic v Stev Fencing (CW1), Red Lion Woolmer v Stev Leisure Ltd (CP2).
Division Four: White Lion Walkern v Coopers (Walk).
Invitation Cup: Ath Timebridge (3v0) Broadhall (RE3).
(All games kick-off at 10.15am unless otherwise stated)