The North and Mid Herts Football League round-up

It was round one to Nirankari as they kept their unbeaten record and secured the Premier title. They beat rivals Probuild 2-1 to ensure the championship in the first of three meetings between the sides in the next couple of weeks. In a competitive match t

It was round one to Nirankari as they kept their unbeaten record and secured the Premier title.

They beat rivals Probuild 2-1 to ensure the championship in the first of three meetings between the sides in the next couple of weeks.

In a competitive match that saw Probuild rest most of their players before the Greg Cup final tonight (Thursday), it was the visitors who took the lead after 20 minutes when Shaun Turner beat the offside trap to rifle a low shot in at the near post.

Nirankari extended their lead in the second half with Craig Abbiss picking up a loose ball and lobbing the keeper from the edge of the 18-yard box.


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Probuild pulled one back when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Anthony Atherley handled the ball in the six-yard box and Darren Downes scored.

Nirankari twice hit the woodwork and Gary Pomfret missed from three yards near the end.

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White Hart took a massive step towards the Division One North title in a double header against St Ippolyts Res.

In the first game, White Hart took a deserved 3-1 win after Liam Errington struck early in the first 10 minutes, and Ross Braine made it two with an excellent finish.

St Ippolyts twice went close twice before the interval and pulled one back afterwards. Matt Holmes slotted home for White Horse to seal all three points.

In the second game, chances were at a premium as the sides went in level.

On the hour, Saints were caught napping, and Holmes found Dave Locke in the penalty area and an inch-perfect cross was headed home from 12 yards for the winner.

The Orchard and The Anvil are their only threat following a 4-1 win over Westwell.

They went a goal down after a slip by Marc Campbell before Daniel Smith made amends for an earlier miss by equalising before the break.

Smith tapped in from close range 10 minutes into the second half but Cameron Fell missed a golden opportunity to extend their lead when he headed against the bar.

Fell then drilled a low shot into the bottom corner for a third and the win was sealed when Smith turned provider and set up Gurpreet Rai for the fourth.

Kimpton Rovers went goal crazy against frustrated City Hearts in a game that turned into a stroll for the home team.

Sam Gibbs and James Owen netted for Rovers and although Ian Worthington pulled one back from the spot for the visitors, Craig Barnes extended the Kimpton lead again before the break.

In the second half, Barnes made it four before City Hearts reduced the deficit minutes later with a thunderous shot from Darren Curry.

With 15 minutes left, Matt Westwood and Mark Harrington made it six before Barnes added another two and his third and fourth of the day to complete the rout.

RESULTS

Saturday, April 12

Premier Division: Probuild 1 Nirankari 2, Wilbury Wanderers v Redbourn (off, home win was awarded).

Division One North: Kimpton Rovers 8 City Hearts 2, St Ippolyts Res 0 White Hart 1, The Orchard and The Anvil 4 Westwell 1, White Hart 3 St Ippolyts Res 1.

FIXTURES

Saturday, April 19

Premier Division: New Greens v Nirankari, St Ippolyts v Wilbury Wanderers.

Division One North: The Orchard and The Anvil v White Hart, Westwell v Kimpton Rovers.

Thursday, April 24

Division One North Cup, final: Magnum v White Hart (at Hitchin Town FC, 7.30pm ko).

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