White Horse claim the league title
The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League White Horse have become the champions of Division Three as Jay Butler (hat-trick), Steve Malocco, Dan Quirk and Lee Pomroy netted against Rileys. There will still be a competitive game on show this Sunday, despit
The Comet Stevenage Sunday Football League
White Horse have become the champions of Division Three as Jay Butler (hat-trick), Steve Malocco, Dan Quirk and Lee Pomroy netted against Rileys.
There will still be a competitive game on show this Sunday, despite the fact opponents Bottles Res have secured second.
Probuild continued their amazing season as the Division One side, unbeaten in all CSSFL competitions, edged out Premier Division side Station to book their second cup final berth in the KLM Challenge Cup.
It was the Knebworth-based side who were on top in the first-half, Elliott Bunn hit the bar. After the break, the tide turned after Ian Woodfield scored as substitute Adam MacKenzie headed in Lee Allinson's free-kick to draw the game level. Rich Hall put Probuild in front with a volley from another Allinson assist, before he also set up Terry Pateman for a third. Tony Heath pulled one back but it was too late.
In the other semi-final, Adam Furness hit a brace and Shaun Marshall the other as Dun Cow beat Bottles (Leeroy Odd).
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Mallard continued their recent good form and so nearly took all three points off the leaders. Justin Griffiths produced a neat finish from an Andy Pilgrim corner in the first-half. Nirankari Sports Sabha levelled through Lee Pateman with just 10 minutes to go at Langford FC.
Broadhall took the lead through Paul Gasson despite playing the first-half of game one in a double header with 10 men. Bedwell Athletic were level when Tony Wells struck a fantastic 30-yard effort. The craft of Liam Errington saw him bag the winner with a cool lob.
Game two was played in true carnival atmosphere as both teams pulled their playing positions out of the hat. Ever dependable goalkeeper Aaron Springham struck twice from midfield and Chris Matthews ended a five-year scoring drought as Bedwell ran out comfortable winners.
Bedwell Athletic were on the wrong end of a three-goal beating by Bottles last Wednesday, while Station beat Old Red Lion with ease.
MBDA set up a chance to win the Division One title against Probuild this Sunday as they strolled to a win over a nine-man Peartree side. Jamie Campany bagged a hat-trick to all but seal the Puma Kings on offer from KC Sports as Golden Boot winner. Tom Younger (two), Stef Sarwa, Alan Kenney, Ade Barry and Dave Byatt were also on target. Injured hotshot James Khakpour-Smith denied Younger a hat-trick with a fine penalty save right at the death. Dan Curtin's free-kick produced a consolation.
Barry Hazelton and Steve Bush were on target for Stevenage Colts Old Boys against Pin Green. Graeme Kear and Richard Griffiths replied.
Last Thursday, Probuild thrashed Breachwood Lions thanks to five goals from Lee Allinson. This also means they could still win 'the treble'.
Division Two champions FC Rising Sun had an easy win over cup finalists Triage. Lee Kitching set them on their way before Kologo Richards added the second from Paul Harvey's excellent cross. Harvey added to an own goal before setting up Luke Mitchell for the fifth. A good team move culminated in Kitching unselfishly finding Riyston Williams. Mitchell got his second from another Harvey assist before Matt Lawless grabbed his first goal of the season after rounding two players to finish matters from 18 yards.
It is very rare that the scores are totally reversed on a double header. However, one occurred as Craig Dillnutt scored a nice solo goal and Dave Banks netted the second from Richard Bell's assist in Norwich Union's win over Newcotech (Adam Paine had equalised).
In the second match, Newcotech ran out comfortable winners thanks to two apiece from Steve Bannister and Jason Drackford, a Banks penalty saw a consolation in the last minute. Jon Pace missed his first game since joining Norwich Union in 2002 - a run of 115 games!
In Division Three, MC Racing inflicted Twin Foxes' second big thrashing in five days as Nik Tribe, Steve Teale, Dan McAlpine and James Cox did the damage. Bottles Res had beaten Twin Foxes by the same margin last Wednesday.
The Invitation Cup has reached the semi-final stage over the past few days. In the true spirit of the competition, the bottom three in the Premier Division are joined by MBDA Res, placed seventh in Division Three. Hayden Jones and Steve Stapleton (two) netted on Sunday against King Pin United who levelled three times through Nick Collins, Dave Holmes and Kieran James but it was not enough thanks to the one-goal deficit.
On Tuesday, MBDA Res added goals through Stapleton and an own goal to the already two-goal advantage over Peartree. The Division One side hit back from an Andrew Black header and a deflected Dan Curtin free-kick but it was not enough as the Division Three side booked a place against AFC Proverbial this Sunday, where they will start with a three-goal advantage.
AFC Proverbial confirmed their place on Sunday as Russell Bull netted in injury-time. They had netted earlier through Keith Satchell's 20-yard effort and headers from Liam Castle and Alec Thomas. Rapidsource had kept their chances alive through Simon Moore and Dan Nash.
In the other semi-final, Broadhall will tackle Old Red Lion.
Aston Athletic and Rileys drew in an academic game in the same competition last Thursday.
Wednesday will see the first of the cup finals at Broadhall Way - confirmation of them all next week as some are still to be arranged as Stevenage Boro still had hopes of reaching the play-offs.
* Compiled by Darren Statto Jones
Sunday, April 22
KLM Challenge Cup, semi-finals: Dun Cow 3 Bottles 1, Probuild 3 Station 2.
Premier Division: Bedwell Ath 2 Broadhall 1, Broadhall 0 Bedwell Ath 3, Nirankari SS 1 Mallard 1.
Division One: MBDA 9 Peartree 1, Stev Colts OB 2 Pin Green 2.
Division Two: FC Rising Sun 8 Triage 0, Newcotech 1 Norwich Union 2, Norwich Union 1 Newcotech 4.
Division Three: MC Racing 4 Twin Foxes 0, Rileys 0 White Horse 6.
Invitation Cup: AFC Proverbial 4 Rapidsource 4, King Pin Utd 3 MBDA Res 4.
Tuesday, April 24
Invitation Cup: Peartree 2 MBDA Res 4.
Sunday, April 29
Premier Division: Dun Cow v Bottles (MP).
Division One: Peartree v Aston Ath (PP1), Probuild v MBDA (SP3), SCS v Pin Green (PP5).
Division Two: FC Rising Sun v Norwich Union (PP3).
Division Three: Bottles Res v White Horse (10.30, SP1), North Herts Celtic v Twin Foxes (CW1).
Invitation Cup, semi-finals: MBDA Res (3v0) AFC Proverbial (HP3), Old Red Lion (0v0) Broadhall (HP2).
Wednesday, May 2
Division One Cup, final: Pin Green v Probuild (6.30pm, Stevenage Boro FC).
Premier Division: Broadhall v Bottles (SP4), Mallard v Station (CW4).
(Sunday league games kick-off 10.15am, cup games 10am, midweek games 6pm, unless otherwise stated)