The Hitchin Sunday Football League round-up
Three Tuns Galacticos were firmly put to the Sword in the Division Three Cup final on Sunday night. In what has been a memorable first season in the Hitchin Sunday League for Operation Swordfish, they took their first trophy in a quest for the treble in a
Three Tuns Galacticos were firmly put to the Sword in the Division Three Cup final on Sunday night.
In what has been a memorable first season in the Hitchin Sunday League for Operation Swordfish, they took their first trophy in a quest for the treble in a one-sided encounter at Arlesey Town's ground.
Watched by a crowd approaching 150, Operation Swordfish won the game with goals from Kane Dougherty (two), Callum Donnelly, Clive Wetherall, Myles Lee, Bal Basra, Josh Butina and an own goal as the final score was 8-0.
On a more unpleasant note, the game ended nine versus 10 as first Craig Edwards and Anthony Bowskill were dismissed at the start of the second half after an unsavoury incident and then with full-time approaching, keeper Craig Chadwick was sent for an early bath after giving away a penalty.
In the Challenge Cup semi-final, Shillington Sunday were eliminated 2-1 by Baldock Engine in a scrappy encounter.
However the result was overshadowed by an unfortunate injury to Simon Jenkins, son of the manager.
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After challenging for a 50-50 ball, Jenkins remained motionless and was taken off to hospital where it was discovered he had broken his foot, putting an early end to his season.
Both clubs have expressed their best wishes to the player for a speedy recovery.
On the pitch, goals from Marc Haynes and Anthony Beedell booked the Engine's place in the final, while Daniel Fleming scored for the Shills.
In the Premier Division, two goals from Phil Robertson gave Red Star ICL a 2-1 win at Whitwell to move to 32 points.
PJ Hitchin's gallant effort at giving themselves a chance of winning the league by a large margin proved in vain as their eight-goal winning margin against AC Malone means the best they can hope for is runners-up spot. Craig Skelton (four), Ricky Small (three) and Ryan Foster hit the goals.
Cannon and HTS Barleycorn drew 1-1, Matt Gentle scoring for Cannon while Kevin Burness replied for HTS.
In Division One, Kcinsatop Res drew 2-2 with Angels Reply which may prove decisive in deciding which way the title heads.
The Park and Chequers Stotfold were involved in a 14-goal thriller, Chequers finally winning 8-6 with goals from Graham Albon, Dan Eely, Lee Smith (four) and Gareth Head (two).
Jackmans Jackdaws won 2-1 at Walsworth in Division Two to keep alive their league hopes.
However Offley Parish did themselves few favours as they dropped two more points after winning 1-0 and drawing 0-0 in a double header with Wilbury.
AC Malone Res and Radcliffe Arms earned three pints each as their double header produced two 2-0 scorelines, one going the way of either side. In Radcliffe's win, Adam Myers and Steve Cox scored.
Chris Coveney's goal was not enough for Clifton as they lost 3-1 to Phoenix in the Subsidiary Cup, Richard Gates and Ian Hutchison (two) scoring for Phoenix. Dynamo Letchworth also picked up three points as they beat Paynes Park.
The first trophy of the season went to Kcinsatop Res as they beat Cannon Res 2-1 in the Reserve Cup final last Wednesday.
April 27: Arlesey Town (6.30pm): Baldock Engine v Kcinsatop Res - Division One Cup.
May 4: Hitchin Town (6.30pm): Kcinsatop Res v Operation Swordfish - George John Memorial Trophy.
May 7: Hitchin Town (7.30pm): AEK Letchworth v Kcinsatop - Premier Division Cup.
May 11: Hitchin Town (6.30pm): teams still unknown - Subsidiary Cup.
May 14: Arlesey Town (7.30pm): PJ Hitchin/Kcinsatop v Baldock Engine - Challenge Cup.
Please come and support the league at these showpiece events.
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Wednesday, April 16
Reserve Cup, final: Cannon Res 1 Kcinsatop Res 2.
Sunday, April 20
Premier Division: Cannon 1 HTS Barleycorn 1, PJ Hitchin 8 AC Malone 0, Whitwell 1 Red Star ICL 2.
Division One: Baldock Engine v Whitwell Res (off), Kcinsatop Res 2 Angels Reply 2, The Park 6 Chequers Stotfold 8.
Division Two: Walsworth 1 Jackmans Jackdaws 2, AC Malone Res 0 Radcliffe Arms 2, AC Malone Res 2 Radcliffe Arms 0, Shillington v North Herts Hatters (off, double header), Wilbury 0 Offley Parish 0, Wilbury 0 Offley Parish 1.
Subsidiary Cup, group one: Clifton Sunday 1 Phoenix 3, Paynes Park 0 Dynamo Letchworth 3.
Division Three Cup, final: Operation Swordfish 8 Three Tuns Galacticos 0.
Challenge Cup, semi-final: Baldock Engine 2 Shillington Sunday 1.
Sunday, April 27
Premier Division: AC Malone v HTS Barleycorn.
Division One: HTS Barleycorn Res v Angels Reply, Whitwell Res v SMU.
Division Two: Shillington v Offley Parish.
Division Three: Wanderers Res v Operation Swordfish, The Phoenix v Shillington Sunday.
Challenge Cup, semi-final: PJ Hitchin v Kcinsatop.
Subsidiary Cup, group one: Dynamo Letchworth v Clifton.
Subsidiary Cup, group two: Jackmans Jackdaws v Whitwell, Walsworth v Offley Parish.
Division One Cup, final: Baldock Engine v Kcinsatop Res.