FOOTBALL: Paling puts Cowbit through to semis

Dreamland: Cowbit stormed through to the last four of the Lincs Sunday Cup.
Dreamland: Cowbit stormed through to the last four of the Lincs Sunday Cup.

Cowbit 2 Adelaide 1: TEDDY Paling’s strike sent Cowbit into dreamland as they reached the semi-finals of the Lincs Sunday Cup.

Steve Mastin’s side are now just 90 minutes away from becoming only the third team from the Spalding Sunday League to reach the final of the county competition.

Playing in front of a larger than normal crowd at the Castle Sports Complex, Cowbit had the better of a goalless first half with Bobby Patterson hitting a post and Jake Mason seeing a corner headed off the line.

Playing into the wind after the break, Cowbit shortened up their game and started to create chances.

Their first goal came from an unlikely source when Gavin McPartlin found himself unmarked in the penalty area to smash home.

With ten minutes to go Tom Panton and Mastin combined to set up Paling, who has scored in every round.

The Lincoln visitors pulled a goal back with three minutes left, but Cowbit held on to book a last four clash with Lincoln side FVA Jerusalem.

That tie will be played at the Castle on February 6 (10.45am).

FENWAY 4

JUBILEE 2

FENWAY came from behind to boot Jubilee out of the Spalding Sunday League KO Cup.

A strong Jubilee side took the lead midway through the first half, as they beat the offside trap to score.

Fenway pulled level just before the half when a 25-yard effort from Steele looped in.

From then on Fenway got stronger and they went ahead thanks to a penalty from Elderkin.

Taylor, who put in an excellent workman-like performance, poked home Fenway’s third after a scramble.

Jubilee went down to ten men but pulled a goal back with about ten minutes left, but Gordon sealed Fenway’s passage with a late fourth.

LONG SUTTON SUNDAY 6

SUTTON ST JAMES 1

SIZZLING Sutton hit the Saints for six again to round off a hefty 12-1 aggregate Mont Pell Trophy win.

With a six-goal goal lead from the first leg the Magpies started slowly, but a goal from Kev Goude settled them down.

Two further goals from Goude – one a sweet lob from 25 yards – and strikes from Joe Harrison (2), Azza Fitch and Ryan Jones (penalty) completed the scoring.

An Ash Godfrey penalty had kept the game alive at 1-1, before Sutton took control.

Peterborough & District League

MOULTON HARROX RES 1

PINCHBECK UTD RES 0

GAVIN Posey’s strike against his old club fired Moulton six points clear at the top of Combination Division One.

The goal came 20 minutes into the game when Pinchbeck failed to clear the ball on the edge of their box and Posey showed great strikers’ instinct to stick out a foot from a deflected shot.

It was a typical opening from two big rivals, with lots of big tackles and neither side letting the other settle on the ball.

Pinchbeck responded well to going a goal down and started to string a few moves together.

Their best chance to draw level saw Jason Chilvers’ volley cannon off the bar early in the second half.

Boston & District League

TYDD ST MARY FC 2

SPALDING HARRIERS FC 0

TYDD stunned higher-graded Harriers to book a place in the semi-finals of the Target Newspapers Challenge Cup.

Division One-based Spalding did everything but score in the opening exchanges, with Saints’ keeper Luke Burton making at least six super stops.

The woodwork was also rattled, while Adam Pack, James Cocks, Mark Greenacre and Aaron Parker were all forced to clear off the line.

Amazingly, Tydd then took the lead from their first attack. Mark Garner broke free and drilled the ball home, given the hosts a half-time lead.

The second half was better for the Saints and the decisive second arrived 15 minutes after the re-start, as Pack showed good skill to beat two defenders and slot Tydd’s second past a helpless keeper.

FISHTOFT 2

SPALDING TOWN 4

TOWN climbed up to third in Division One with this impressive away win.

The hosts took an early lead despite a super save from Brendan Taylor, but soon restored parity through Aris Placis’ unstoppable 25-yard shot.

With the game now wide open, Fishtoft restored their lead – only to be pegged back when Jonny Turner took advantage of a defensive mix-up to smash home.

It didn’t take long for Town to go ahead for the first time, as Turner saw his cross bundled in by an unfortunate defender.

That man Turner then put the game beyond Fishtoft them with a 20-yard lob over the advancing keeper.

Junior Leagues

SOHAM R ACADEMY U/16s 2

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/16s 4

JAKE Chapman’s 40-yard screamer helped awesome Athletic come from behind at Soham.

Playing at Witchford’s fabulous full size all-weather pitch last Friday, Spalding were the stronger team from the start.

They took the lead with 20 minutes gone with a goal from Miguel Abreu.

Soham levelled shortly after half time and then took the lead through a penalty.

But this only served to galvanise Athletic further, and Ben Peppercorn pulled it back to 2-2.

Chapman’s long range stunner then gave Athletic the lead once again, before a further strike from Ben Peppercorn rounded off the comeback and sealed the match.

HOLBEACH YELLOW U/15s 2

CROWLAND U/15s 1

A STRONG first half showing saw Yellow home.

Yellow took the lead after just six minutes, as Matt Rose’s 25-yard free kick flew past the rooted Crowland keeper.

Holbeach then extended their lead after 35 minutes when Rose’s header from a George Stainfield corner was tipped onto the crossbar, only for Danny Wilshire to react first and nod in the rebound.

The two-goal lead was short-lived as Crowland pulled a goal back in the next minute with a well struck left foot effort from the edge of the penalty area.

With the wind at their backs in the second period, Holbeach closed out the game well.

Man of the match: Ben Nottingham.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/14s 2

BOURNE TOWN U/14s 0

IT’S been a long time coming, but Spalding finally registered their first win of the season.

Spalding started brightly and had Bourne under pressure before eventually getting noses in front, Philpott burying a powerful header from Wilson’s cross.

The second half saw Spalding burst out of the blocks and they soon found themselves 2-0 up courtesy of a fine strike from Lewis Bellamy, which found the top corner.

That was how it stayed, as Athletic held on.

Spalding man of the match was goalkeeper Mark Grundy, who made some outstanding saves to keep a clean sheet.

ALFORD U/13s 1

YOUNG DONS U/13s 2

AFTER two months without a game, Dons returned with a fine win at high-flying Alford.

The opening exchanges were fairly even, but it was third-placed Alford who broke the deadlock when a well-taken corner was headed in.

Dons kept playing their football and were rewarded with an equaliser when Ashley Sandall rounded the keeper and tapped into an empty net.

The second half saw Dons take the lead when John Baxter put Billy Bristow through to slot the ball past the advancing keeper.

Alford applied some late pressure, but Dons remained in front thanks to some good defending and good keeping.

MARCH SS U/12s 4

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/12s 3

ATHLETIC were edged out in the seven-goal thriller.

Spalding held their own for most of the first half but didn’t quite do enough and trailed 2-0 at the break.

Five minutes after the interval Scott Britton was injured with a cut to the head.

Athletic never gave up, which was epitomised by great battling play by Ryan Greenaway, while George Smith linked up well with Elliott Lee to ensure they both got a goal.

BENWICK ATHLETIC U/11s 1

HOLBEACH UTD U/11s 16

JAMAL Nyang bagged a ten-minute hat-trick as Holbeach ran riot.

Josh Lawrence also added two to his growing tally in his first season with the Tigers, while Dan Mason capped up a great individual display game by adding two of his own.

Also lively was Cam Lee down the left, setting up three goals and grabbing one of his own. Sub Freddie Dye settled down well and notched a brace, while new squad member Joe Fowler got on the scoresheet.

Tommy Gostic also helped himself to two brilliant goals, while Brandon England scored direct from a corner.

In attack, Liam Scales battled hard and eventually grabbed a goal, before Nyang returned to bury his fourth.

Holbeach stay top of the league with a six point lead.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U10s 4

BOSTON YELLOW U/10s 0

SPALDING produced a fine display in this wind affected game.

Playing against the wind, a fine run and cross from Charlie Ford allowed Kyle Compton to stroke home the opener from close range.

Ford produced another fine display and was at the heart of everything that Spalding did in the first half.

The second period saw Spalding attack right from the kick-off – and they soon increased their lead when Kieron McConnell blasted home.

Christian Fortune hammered the third from the edge of the box after a strong run, before a solo effort from Kyle Compton rounded off a superb all-round display from Spalding.

ESTOVER PARK U/10s 4

HOLBEACH UTD U/10s 4

RUSTY Holbeach battled out a thrilling draw on their return to action.

Hosts Estover raced into a two-goal lead after just five minutes – and that was extended to 3-0 just before half time.

A stirring half-time team talk saw Holbeach revitalised for the second half.

The midfield of Jordan Olive, Tom Tyler and Harry Collishaw gradually took control.

Liam Sandall raced through twice to reduce the deficit, before Olive smashed home the equaliser to make it 3-3.

Estover regained the lead when a mis-hit shot looped over the keeper. But man-of-the-match Eni Bashua was on hand to prod home Holbeach’s leveller.

HOLBEACH U/9s 13

BENWICK ATHLETIC U/9s 0

EWAN McCracken hit a fantastic five-goal salvo as 13 proved to be Holbeach’s lucky number.

After such a long break, Holbeach showed no signs of rustiness as McCracken to opened the scoring following an excellent flowing move.

Cameron Oko also helped himself to a hat-trick, while Billy Barnes, Joseph Rickerby, Lewis Curson, Mikey Bailey and skipper Brad Whitmore all chipped in with one goal each.

Holbeach keeper Charlie King only had a couple of easy saves to make as his side totally bossed the game.