The North and Mid Herts Football League round-up
TITLE-chasing Probuild again threw away valuable points to Wilbury Wanderers for the second time this season. The sides shared six goals with leaders Nirankari the chief beneficiaries. Probuild went two goals up as a great inswinging ball from the inside
TITLE-chasing Probuild again threw away valuable points to Wilbury Wanderers for the second time this season.
The sides shared six goals with leaders Nirankari the chief beneficiaries.
Probuild went two goals up as a great inswinging ball from the inside right found Terry Pateman who headed into the path of Jamie Campney to sidefoot past the keeeper after just two minutes.
They got their second after great work by Gary Pomfret. He made a solo run and although his initial shot was saved by the keeper, the loose ball was picked up by Pomfret again who make sure by drilling home.
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Slack defending by Darren Downes, who was under no pressure, allowed Wilbury striker Dean Smith to score from an acute angle in the 32nd minute.
Just before the break, Wilbury equalised after a tantalising cross was swung into the box and Tony Leo struck the ball wide of the despairing goalkeeper.
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Probuild took the lead 10 minutes into the second half after Andrew Lloyd Davis picked up the ball in his own half and threaded a 30-yard ball to Campney to grab his second of the day.
With seconds to go, Probuild keeper Graham Wraight punched the ball out to Smith who slotted home from outside the box to get his second and earn his team a point.
Nirankari's semi-final against Redbourn in the Benevolent Shield (Premier Division Cup) was postponed.
Their recent county cup semi was played at Hitchin Town's Top Field on a near perfect pitch and the club thanks Canaries chairman Terry Barratt and the ground staff.
In Division One North, City Hearts controlled their game against Westwell from start to finish and won 7-1.
Scorers were Daniel Burley and Darren Curry (two each), a spectacular effort from Lee Pollard, a penalty by Ian Worthington and one for Rob Fletcher.
Fairlands beat White Hart 3-2 thanks to Jake Pratt and Rob Lynch (two) to record their sixth straight win.
After going two ahead, Fairlands saw White Hart pull a goal back from Liam Etherington just before half time.
Lynch restored their two-goal advantage before a goal from Luke Garwood 20 minutes from time offered White Hart hope.
Kimpton Rovers thrashed Baldock Town A 6-1 but it took 35 minutes to break the deadlock via an own goal.
Craig Barnes and Lee French then scored to see Kimpton lead 3-0 at the break.
An early goal by Baldock was then a mere consolation as Kimpton added further goals from Stuart Kazwini, Sam Gibbs and a second for Barnes.
St Ippolyts Res beat Therfield Eagles 3-1 in a game that was heavily influenced by the windy conditions.
Saints took the lead through Dan Nash who followed up a parried shot to slip the ball into the net.
Therfield equalised when Saints defender Chris Burniston headed into his own net.
Saints regained the lead when a wind-assisted clearance from goalkeeper Luke Crook bounced over his Therfield opposite number and went in!
In the second half, sub Ben Holloway hit a curling right-footed shot from the left-hand side of the box over the Therfield keeper to complete the scoring.
Saturday, March 1
Benevolent Shield, semi-final: Nirankari v Redbourn (off).
Premier Division: London Colney A v St Ippolyts (off, home win was awarded), Wilbury Wanderers 3 Probuild 3.
Division One North: Kimpton Rovers 6 Baldock Town A 1, Therfield Eagles 1 St Ippolyts Res 3, Westwell 1 City Hearts 7, White Hart 2 Fairlands 3.
Saturday, March 8
Benevolent Shield, semi-final: Probuild v Whitwell Village.
Premier Division: Nirankari v Wilbury Wanderers, St Ippolyts v Redbourn.
Division One North: Fairlands v St Ippolyts Res, Westwell v Magnum.