Paul Jackson reviews the past week of UCL fixtures
Wednesday 4th April 2018
ON Chenecks and Daventry Town quickly re-arranged their Bank Holiday wash-out fixture and it was the visitors who were the happiest with the outcome. Skipper Ross Harris rose to head home Adam Creaney’s corner ten minutes into the second half and that proved to be sufficient to earn his side maximum points
Thursday 5th April 2018
DANIELS CUP-SEMI FINAL
Two UCL Division One sides battled it out at Samford AFC’s Zeeco Stadium and it was Blackstones who progressed with the odd goal in five. Lee Clarke put Stones ahead after 21 minutes, but Bourne Town had turned this around before the break thanks to goals from Gavin Cooke on 25 from the penalty spot and Jezz Goldson-Williams a minute before the break. Blackstones levelled through Joe Papworth six minutes into the second period and Ben Porter put them into the final with his winning penalty on 68.
Saturday 7th April 2018
Yaxley held on to pole position with an emphatic 6-0 home win over Desborough Town. Tom Waumsley’s close range finish put the Cuckoos in front and Kyle Nolan’s clever lob made it two. Dan Cotton added a third before the break, flicking the ball over the defender and turning to fire a great strike across the keeper from the corner of the six-yard box. Waumsley added the next two after the restart, heading in from close-range and then sealing his hat-trick after a lucky break saw him volley the ball into the roof of the net from seven yards out. Cotton grabbed his second with a low strike into the far corner from twelve yards and he almost had a hat-trick himself, but his angled shot hit the outside base of the near post. Yaxley keep winning and keeping pressure on their rivals at the top, but they need them to drop points if they are going to hold on to top spot as they all have games in hand.
Wisbech Town remain second after ending Cogenhoe United’s nine match unbeaten run at the Fenland Stadium with a 3-0 win. The scores remained level up to the point of Séan McBride’s red-card for the visitors and this proved a turning point as the grabbed the lead through a great finish from Alex Beck seven minutes later and within a ten-minute spell they had wrapped it up with two more. Josh Ford found Adam Millson on the edge of the six-yard box and he bagged a second before Coegnhoe went to sleep at the back and debutant substitute Josh Davison tapped home totally unmarked from close range on 72. Danny Setchell had a chance to make it four when Jamie Inwood gave away a needless penalty, but Stuart Lutter saved his blushes and the spot-kick.
Newport Pagnell Town kept their championship credentials up to date, but they were made to fight all the way for their 1-0 Willen Road win over in form Boston Town. The Poachers had won their last four and were looking good for maintaining the unbeaten part of the run, but Adam Pryke broke their hearts when he poked home from three yards after Boston had failed to deal with a long Dave Baker throw with 94 minutes on the stop-watch.
Deeping Rangers are outsiders now, but they kept the dream alive with a resounding 6-2 home win over Wellingborough Town, winning both halves 3-1. An own goal on 11 minutes put the home in front and the went three-up through Scott Coupland on 14 and Michael Simpson four minutes later, with Andy Hall pulling one back before the break. The home side were straight back on it after the restart and further goals from Scott Mooney (59), Dan Flack (66) and Sam Hollis (72) brought up the half dozen, with Deven Ellwood’s deflected shot a second consolation for the visitors.
Holbeach United can still mathematically be promoted after smashing Oadby Town 6-0 at Carters Park, but they would be relying heavily on the other four having a disastrous end to the season now. Double strikes from Luke Avis and Charley Sanders backed up by singles from George Zuerner and Lewis Leckie making up the six for the Tigers.
Leicester Nirvana still have ten games to go, but their 2-2 draw at Daventry Town didn’t help their slim chances very much. They went two up as Jordan Nelson finished off a one-two after 11 minutes and doubled their lead through James Bessey-Saldanha, who broke through to roll the ball past Iustin Cerga on 22. The home side had fought back to level things before the break though as Adam Creaney set up Phil Cassidy on 35 minutes and Tom McGowan flicked another Creaney cross over the keeper five minutes later.
Harborough Town and Eynesbury Rovers drew 1-1 at Bowdens Park after Ben Williams had given the home the lead with his eighth minute penalty, but Hayden Bream cancelled it out just before the half-hour mark.
James Elkington-Soan was the toast of the town last night after his 90th minute header from Dominic Okanu’s cross earned Sileby Rangers their first point since October. Josh Olowoyo had given the Northampton side the lead on 28 minutes when his twenty-yard effort went in off the bar, but normal service resumed as Kirby Muxloe struck twice on 38 and 65 to take the lead and although it looked like the visitors were taking all the points, the dramatic ending left the Fernie Fields faithful relieved if nothing else.
Peterborough Northern Star were 1-0 away winners at Whitworth with Craig Rook the match-winner. Rook struck the only goal on 62 when he netted from inside the box after the keeper had lost a floated Wayne Morris free-kick.
Sleaford Town picked up a 4-3 win at Rothwell Corinthians in an entertaining game at Sargeants Lawn. Josef Ginns, Tom Mills and Joey Wright scored for the home side, but an Archie Moyses penalty, Tom Figura, Simon Bolland and Leigh Warman goals ensured the points went back to Lincolnshire.
Pinchbeck United are cruising towards the title, but they weren’t helped by losing a car load of players on route to their game at Burton Park Wanderers and had to settle for a point. Manager Ian Dunn was forced to play as they only had ten without him and he opened the scoring, but Burton hit back to take the lead through Dylan Otshudy on 22 and a Mark Forbes free-kick eight minutes later. Ollie Maltby salvaged a point for the leaders after the break, although they had their keeper to thank as BPW had chances to win the game and are now five unbeaten themselves. One blight on the game was the double of sending-off of Karabo Motshweni for the home side and Tom Brookes for Pinchbeck.
Potton United continue to roll on in pursuit of the runners-up spot with a 3-1 home win over Bugbrooke St Michaels. Aaron Murell gave the home side the lead after 13 minutes and Danny Webb’s double (22 & 32) pretty much sealed the points with just a third of the game gone, although The Badgers did manage to pull one back after the break.
Raunds Town remain eight points adrift in third spot after a 7-2 Kiln Park win over Lutterworth Athletic. Two own goals helped the home side out, but a Mason Thomas hat-trick (22, 32 & 68) and Dave Townsend (25) and Ty Clark (85) took the tally up to seven. Ethan Pegg (44) and Dom Ivens (90) scoring for the visitors.
Buckingham Town had the wounded animal syndrome after being thrashed 9-1 at second from bottom Oakham last weekend and bounced back to beat Huntingdon Town 5-2 in Bletchley. Chris Jones and Connor Clarke on target for the losers, but a four-goal salvo from Kelvin Osei-Addo (4, 14, 31 & 89) and a single from skipper Chris Wreh on 37 restored some pride for The Robins.
Harrowby United and Lutterworth Town drew 1-1 in Grantham, Joel Carta equalising for the home side after Louis Samuels had given the Swifts the lead.
I put the kiss of death of death on Bourne Town recently by praising their form and they have lost their next three games since. The latest defeat being a 4-2 reverse at Irchester United with a Gavin Cooke penalty on 53 and an 89th goal from Max Cooper counting for the Wakes. Irchester were always in charge in this one with Joe Burge grabbing a brace, with one apiece for Ryan Lovell and Alfie Taylor and Bourne’s cause wasn’t helped by the sending off of James Zealand after 71 minutes.
Long Buckby picked up a 4-2 win at Melton Town, made even more impressive due to the fact that keeper Jordan May had been sent-off after 34 minutes. George Vernon gave the home side an early lead on 4 minutes, but a Scott Sandy double on 24 and 32 swung the game. The ten men extended their lead through Tom Mellor on the hour and Sandy completed his hat-trick on 71. Melton reduced the arrears eight minutes from time through Zac Ginvert, but it was too little too late for the home side.
Oakham United hit nine at home last weekend, but seven days later they were reeling on the wrong end of a 4-0 hammering from visitors Olney Town. Kevin Owusu gave the Nurserymen the half time initiative with his 32nd minute strike and Jason Crawley took over after the break by helping himself to an eight-minute hat-trick (49, 52 & 57).