The Hitchin Sunday Football League

Last Sunday saw the remaining first round matches played in the Challenge Cup and it was a great day for Premier Division PJ Hitchin as they netted 11 against SMU with just one reply. Scoring for PJ were Angelo Mattia (2), Richard Szarvas (2), Ricky Small

Last Sunday saw the remaining first round matches played in the Challenge Cup and it was a great day for Premier Division PJ Hitchin as they netted 11 against SMU with just one reply.

Scoring for PJ were Angelo Mattia (2), Richard Szarvas (2), Ricky Small (2), and one each for Tom Wilshere, Gareth Grant, Craig Skelton, James Blows and Lyndon Small.

Wanderers had a comfortable 7-1 win against Dynamo Letchworth in a very sporting contest where both teams were a credit to the respect campaign.

Mark Norris scored the opener after 10 minutes smashing the ball into the net and then followed up with another well taken goal a few minutes later as Wanderers took control of the game with some exquisite football.

Stuart Smillie got on the end of a Graham Poplett cross and made good use of his shoulder to get a third for Wanderers.

Graham Poplett then got on the scoresheet himself with a fantastic volley over the keeper to make it 4-0 at half time. Immediately after the restart Barney Buck increased the lead to five before Darren Gibson scored with a screamer.

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However, Wanderers were not done and a cool finish from defender Rob Hazzard and a goal from Gavin Fowler, who should have had a hat-trick, sealed the win for the impressive Wanderers.

North Herts Hatters overcame Broadmead by a score of 4-1. Operation Swordfish suffered a rare defeat, but only after extra time, losing to Premier Division HTS Barleycorn 4-3 after extra time. Chris Powell had a great day by getting all four goals for Barleycorn.

Oceans Eleven managed to get double figures as they beat Clifton Sunday 10-4.

Getting the goals for Oceans were John Coley with five goals on his debut, plus one each from Alex Taylor, Alex Byrne, Scott Antoniak, Glen Stunt and a rare header from Andrew Bliss. In reply for Clifton there was a wonder goal by Sam Oliver and others from Jacob Kirby, Chris Coveney and Dan O'Sullivan.

The George John Memorial Trophy also kicked off last weekend with two first round ties being played. Goals from midfield maestro Phil Moorcroft and player manager Alex Thompson were not enough for Red Hart as Green Man Ickleford came with a late flurry to claim a 6-2 victory in the atrocious arctic conditions.

Athletico Hitchin had a fantastic day by beating Jackmans Jackdaws who are two divisions higher 12-1. The goals coming courtesy of Ian Hutchison with four, a hat-trick from Anthony Humphries and one apiece from Brian Humphries, Paul Regan, Stephen Oakman, Andy McGuire and a penalty scored by goalkeeper Tim Reney.

Due to the two cup competitions there was only a limited league programme last weekend.

The one game played in the Premier Division saw Red Star and Cannon share the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Stuart Umney getting the goal for Cannon. The result moved Cannon up to third in the table.

The Park and Crown Stotfold should have played but unfortunately the latter could not raise a team.

In Division One AC Malones' promotion hopes suffered a setback and they had to rely on an own goal for their consolation goal as they lost 5-1 away to HTS Barleycorn Reserves.

Getting the goals for Barleycorn were Ben Dixon, Terry Shafe, Richard Pearson plus two own goals. Kcinsatop Reserves went five points clear at the top of the table after an impressive 4-1 victory against Chequers Stotfold.

In Division 3, AC Malone Reserves extended their winning run to four games by beating bottom of the table Paynes Park 6-2 thanks to a hat-trick from Darren Mathews, a brace from Dean Stephenson and a goal from Michael Power.

The final game of the day saw Wanderers Reserves pick up a valuable three points away to third-placed Wilbury. Wanderers opened the scoring through Mayo Fadaka, who has averaged a goal a game this season, before Wilbury levelled the game.

Things then took a turn for the worse for Wilbury as they were reduced to nine men following two red cards and Wanderers took advantage of this as substitute Dean Burns netted the winner.

The league tables and full match reports can also be viewed by logging on to football.mitoo and clicking onto Herts and then Hitchin Sunday Football League.

Information compiled by Dave Rush (daverush99@yahoo.co.uk).

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