The Comet Stevenage Sunday League
Dun Cow Res will represent The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League in the last four of the Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup. Many of their senior cup winning side are now plying their trade in Division Two as age has finally caught up with them. They set
Dun Cow Res will represent The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League in the last four of the Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup.
Many of their senior cup winning side are now plying their trade in Division Two as age has finally caught up with them.
They set up a potential semi-final with Pig and Whistle after a comfortable win over Sun and Harrow. They started the brighter of the sides and despite having a goal disallowed for offside, they went in front when a crossfield pass from left to right was played back inside for Adam Paine on the half hour.
Paine ran from the left-back position across to the right, down the wing, beat a defender and fired a terrific ball across the six-yard box for Pete Brewster to knock home.
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Just five minutes later, they doubled the lead from a corner straight from the training ground as Danny McIver's kick saw Danny Lane guide home after a near post run.
Sun attempted to turn up the heat after the break, but failed to really trouble Cow.
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Some great domestic cup ties also went ahead after a frosty start delayed some.
In the Premier Division Cup, a close game saw Bottles take an early lead through a Richie Vannon free-kick.
Bedwell Athletic drew level midway through the second half courtesy of Rob Binding.
Both teams had chances, with Bottles' Dean McCullagh hitting the crossbar. Extra time saw tired legs take over, so the lottery of a penalty shoot-out was needed. Bottles keeper Wayne Daily proved the hero with a great save to send them through.
Mallard blew a 4-1 lead with 20 minutes left through Perry Phillips, Ian Baker, Andy Pilgrim and Barry Hazelton.
JAP Builders forced extra-time through Jake Banton, Gem Samuel, Negus Johnson and Leon Ettiene. Fabian Mullings incredibly put them in front, but Timothy Smith equalised to force penalties, where JAP triumphed.
They await the winners of the Nirankari Sports Sabha versus DC Out Bar tie.
In all ill-tempered affair where Ken Slack (Probuild) and Dave Kiddie (Dun Cow) saw red for their part in a mass brawl, Probuild went through to a tie with Bottles.
Barry Greenaway put them in front from 20 yards halfway through the first half. Adam Furness equalised for Dun Cow after out-pacing the defence on the hour.
The winner came shortly afterwards when a long goal-kick from Lee Allinson found Greenaway who coolly lobbed the keeper.
The Division One Cup saw four 'away' wins. Runaway league leaders Pied Piper were not as comfortable as usual against lowly Times Club for whom Richard Neville scored a late consolation from Karl Rickaby's assist. Oliver Moeni-May (two), Kologo Richards (two) and Steve Teale netted.
Scott Durham and John Johnston scored as Pig and Whistle saw off Pin Green.
Breachwood Lions opened the scoring against Emperors Head in their tie after 20 minutes when a long free-kick was met at the far post for a trademark diving header from Iain Turkentine. They soon doubled their lead when Warren Hearne finally netted his first goal for the club.
Emperors upped it after the break and Michael Gwilliam found the net with a fantastic finish.
Lions could not deal with Martin Barrett in the air and after twice hitting the bar, his header caused the most controversial moment with five minutes remaining.
It hit the bar and Chris Goodyear followed up to put the ball into what their team claimed as over the line, the defender headed the ball out, it hit the keeper and went back over the line for a second time, play was allowed to carry on.
In the last couple of minutes, Adam Burnage broke down the wing and pulled the ball back across the goal for George Harrison to guide it into the net to seal a tie with Piper.
Strugglers Stevenage Colts Old Boys put up a brave fight and managed to contain Putterills well in the first-half with Sam Harte's lob giving the latter a slender advantage at the break.
They continued to battle valiantly but fell further behind when James Anderson crossed for Dave Banks to score. Ian Woods and Andy Bailes both struck the bar before Banks added two more from outside the box.
Colts pulled one back with a header from a cross and Lee McCarthy wrapped it up with Putterills' fifth. They now face Pig and Whistle.
Stevenage Leisure shocked ProCladd for the second time in a few weeks to make the semi-finals of the Division Three Cup.
New signing Garry Smith continued his scoring spree by netting a hat-trick inside 15 minutes. His best was his last when a complete solo effort saw him round three defenders and the keeper to slot the ball home.
James Tyrer pulled one back early in the second half, but it was not enough as Richard Williams and Ian Morton were rocks at the back. Leisure sewed up the win with James Brooks scoring a simple tap in. They now meet Hogshead or MC Racing for a place in the final.
In league action, A1 Trophies consolidated their place in second in Division Three despite going two behind to third-placed Twin Foxes.
Mick McGrinder followed up a Rob Smith effort to give them a deserved lead before a Paul Jones throw-in took a touch off the keeper for the second.
A1 then turned the game on its head, starting with a 25-yard free-kick from Paul Tully. They soon equalised when James Wilson unselfishly laid the ball to Greg Bradbury to drill home.
Bradbury then doubled his tally when his initial shot was well saved by the keeper, but the ball fell to him again to coolly slot home.
Then came the goal of the game as Simon Longman took the ball on the halfway line and sprinted through the defence to round the keeper and slot home a superb solo effort just before half-time. It was much tighter after the break and Daniel Pinkerton netted the only goal at the second attempt.
Chequers continued their fine form of late as they ended MBDA's eight-game unbeaten run. Jason Smith tackled keeper Andy Gibb on the edge of the box to net the opener before doubling the score from the penalty spot after Nigel Tingey was adjudged to have fouled him.
After the break, Carl Thompson struck twice to all but end the game. However, MBDA stormed back to net three in less than 10 minutes through Craig Sutherill (two) and Ashley Kersey. They could not level and Paul Osborne put it beyond doubt to make it three on the bounce for them.
Another win for Roebuck Gate gave them breathing space at the top of Division Four. They took the lead early on when Ian Levy turned home a flicked-on throw-in to take his season tally to 10 from midfield.
A goalmouth melee was diverted into his own goal by Athletico Timebridge's Dan Carroll to double the lead by the break. They pulled one back when Carroll fed Terry Lock who lobbed the keeper, but Daniel Swales put the result beyond doubt by placing a free-kick into the bottom corner.
Lee Wilson (four), Russell Bull (hat-trick), Bruce Bass and Dean Allen were on target as Broadhall Res were put to the sword by Nirankari Sports Sabha Res.
Marvin Miller (two), Mark Davis (two), Steve Cornwell, Steve Buckley, Danny Owers and Stewart Smith scored as Coach and Horses jumped two places off the bottom. Chris Jeffreys replied for the hapless Woolmer Green Foxes.
North Herts Celtic took the lead inside 10 minutes against Rileys as Jamie Hatch latched onto a ball in the area and drove home. Shortly after, Darren Curry netted with a tight, angled drive before he ran rings around the defence to add his second.
Curry completed his hat-trick on the hour. There was a consolation when a long ball over the top saw Dave Waugh run through to put away before a goalkeeping error gave them a second through Dean Haskins.
More chances were created by Celtic, they hit the post twice and the crossbar and were thwarted by good goalkeeping and last-ditch defending. Ten minutes from time, Hatch picked the ball up just over the halfway line, went past two challenges and drove a 30-yard shot home.
In the Invitation Cup, King Pin United all but booked their place in the semi-finals as they beat Fox (Jan Pearce, Matt Arlick and a Kieran Bowden own goal). Their goals came via four from Nick Collins - three of them headers courtesy of James Wyatt corners, Robbie Duckworth and Carl Lingwood.
Sean Stewart's strike and a first for two years from Dave Coates was not enough as MC Racing lost out to Marquis of Lorne who made it two wins from two. Gary Leask (two), Pete Summers, Darren Lovelock and Jason Lovelock netted.
Peartree annihilated SCS who played with 10 men and were goalless after 15 minutes. Goals came from James Khakpour-Smith (five), Dan Curtin (two), Michael Fortune (two), Ben Coles (two) and Barry Curtin.
Aston Athletic have folded for financial reasons and their record in Division Two has been expunged.
Compiled by Darren 'Statto' Jones
Sunday, February 17
Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, quarter-final: Dun Cow Res 2 Sun and Harrow 0.
Premier Division Cup, quarter-finals: Bottles 1 Bedwell Ath 1 (pens 4-3), Mallard 5 JAP Builders 5 (pens 3-4), Nirankari SS v DC Out Bar (off), Probuild 2 Dun Cow 1.
Division One Cup, quarter-finals: Emperors Head 1 Breachwood L 3, Pin Green 0 Pig and Whistle 2, Stev Colts OB 1 Putterills 5, Times Club 1 Pied Piper 5.
Division Three Cup, quarter-finals: ProCladd 1 Stev Leisure 5.
Division Two: Aston Ath v Morecambe W (off; Aston folded), Royal Oak v Bottles Res (off), Tom Tiddlers T v Old Social (off; away win; Tiddlers suspended).
Division Three: MBDA 3 Chequers 5, Twin Foxes 2 A1 Trophies 5.
Division Four: Broadhall Res 0 Nirankari SS Res 9, Coach and Horses 8 Woolmer Grn Foxes 1, North Herts Celtic 5 Rileys 2, Roebuck Gate 3 Ath Timebridge 1, Stev Fencing v Yorkshire Grey (off).
Invitation Cup: Broadhall v Hogshead (off), Fox 3 King Pin Utd 7, MC Racing 4 Marquis of Lorne 5, SCS 1 Peartree 12.
Sunday, February 24
Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup, quarter-final: Pig and Whistle v Cheshunt Corinthians (RE3).
Division Two Cup, quarter-finals: Marquis of Lorne v Bottles Res (SP5), Old Social v Tom Tiddlers Tavern (RE5), Royal Oak v Morecambe W (CP2).
Division Three Cup, quarter-finals: Hogshead v MC Racing (CP3), King Pin Utd v MBDA (HP3), Twin Foxes v Chequers (SP4).
Division Four Cup, quarter-finals: Coach and Horses v Rileys (PP1), Nirankari SS Res v North Herts Celtic (PP3), Roebuck Gate v Woolmer Grn Foxes (10.30am, SP3), Yorkshire Grey v Broadhall Res (10.15am, Alle).
Premier Division: Bottles v DC Out Bar (MP1), JAP Builders v Nirankari SS (10am, CW1; double header), Mallard v Broadhall (KG3).
Division One: Emperors Head v Breachwood L (HP2), Stev Colts OB v Peartree (10.30am, SP1).
Division Two: SCS v Fox (PP5).
Division Four: Stev Fencing v Ath Timebridge (Alle).
(All league and Invitation Cup games kick-off 10.15am, cup games 10am,
unless otherwise stated)