FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck thwarted by Wheeler’s late penalty

Tickled pink: Spalding Sunday League side Punchbowl: Back (from left) ' chairman Ben Williams, Danny Inglis, manager Carlos Moss, Jason Haytree, Brendon Taylor, Jody Le Sage, player/manager Gavin Phillips, Ricky Mason, Mark Astley, Tom Roberts, Ben Ford, physio Julie Bull; front ' Ashley Coddington, Norm Watson, Dan Fox, James Coddington, Matthew Aylett, Ash Gedney and mascots Spencer and Alex Bull. Photo: SG301011-112TW (To order photo call 01775 765433)
Tickled pink: Spalding Sunday League side Punchbowl: Back (from left) ' chairman Ben Williams, Danny Inglis, manager Carlos Moss, Jason Haytree, Brendon Taylor, Jody Le Sage, player/manager Gavin Phillips, Ricky Mason, Mark Astley, Tom Roberts, Ben Ford, physio Julie Bull; front ' Ashley Coddington, Norm Watson, Dan Fox, James Coddington, Matthew Aylett, Ash Gedney and mascots Spencer and Alex Bull. Photo: SG301011-112TW (To order photo call 01775 765433)
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GEDNEY HILL 2 PINCHBECK UTD RES 2: Ryan Wheeler converted a last-minute penalty to snatch a Peterborough League point for Gedney Hill in a match which Pinchbeck dominated

PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE

Gedney Hill 2 Pinchbeck Utd Res 2

Ryan Wheeler converted a last-minute penalty to snatch a Peterborough League point for Gedney Hill in a match which Pinchbeck dominated.

The away side started the better although Gedney Hill had the best of the first-half chances.

The home side’s keeper was in inspired form to foil Pinchbeck’s second-half dominance.

Then, completely against the run of play, Wheeler scored the first of his brace when he fought his way free of the last man and snuck his effort under the keeper.

Pinchbeck kept the pressure up and a wonder strike from Jack Wycherley made it 1-1. Cutting in from the left hand side, he walloped home from 25 yards.

Pinchbeck thought they had won it two minutes from time when Ash Wilson was sent clean through in the penalty area and arrowed the ball into the corner of the net with his weaker foot.

But the drama didn’t end there as the referee spotted a handball in a goalmouth scramble and Wheeler held his nerve to net the penalty.

Stamford Bels 1 Holbeach Utd Res 6

Holbeach kickstarted their league season with a big win.

Dave Wilson finished off a good team move after six minutes but Bels soon levelled.

But Holbeach’s domination paid dividends just before the break when Wilson smashed home an unstoppable shot.

Early in the second half excellent defending from Newton, Shepherd and Wells maintained the lead.

Wilson made it 3-1 from the penalty spot after Ben Crane’s cross had been handled.

The fourth goal came after great play from Holbeach midfield duo Steve Barnes and John Smith put through Shaun Keeble. He squared for Danny Goddard to smash into an empty net.

Keeble grabbed the fifth, the wind sending the ball flying into the top corner.

Then a pinpoint half volley pass from Smith sent Keeble one-on-one with the keeper and he showed his experience coolly rounding the keeper and slotting home.

BOSTON LEAGUE

Mareham Utd Res 0 Tydd St Mary 5

Tydd continued their decent league form with another impressive away win.

They had the lead after 15 minutes when, on the break, Steve Cousins found Aaron Parker on the edge of the box and Parker slipped a good shot into the bottom corner off a post.

Then Cousins again made a telling pass, this time to Tim Lowe who lashed an unstoppable shot into the net from 20 yards out to make it 2–0.

The Saints soon made it 3–0 in the second half when Parker returned the first half compliment to tee Cousins up who tucked a good shot into the corner.

On 50 minutes Cousins again turned provider for Matty Eaton who cheekily lobbed the keeper for 4-0. And the result was rounded off when Mark Garner made a good run down the right, reached the byline and pulled back for Adam Pack.

YOUTH LEAGUES

Oundle U/16s 1 Holbeach Utd Yellow U/16s 2

Holbeach’s narrow win put them in the next round of the League Cup.

They had lots of possession and numerous chances but couldn’t make them pay and the first half ended goalless.

George Stainfield, Craig Weightman, Tom Coote and Luke Want all had good efforts.

With the first mutterings of extra time starting to be heard, Yellow broke the deadlock.

Rose delivered the perfect left-foot cross to the far post and Weightman headed home.

And five minutes later Yellow all but booked their passage with a Coote penalty.

Oundle did pull a goal back in stoppage time but it came too late to affect the game.

Holbeach Utd U/14s 2 Solar JFC U/14s 3

Holbeach crashed out of the Lincs Cup after a tough game against a strong Solar team.

The Tigers played some good football in the first half and took a deserved lead into half time with Jordan Keeble’s great free kick.

The second half saw Solar come into the game against a Tigers team which was missing five players and tired.

Solar scored three times to take command of the tie.

Holbeach dug deep and good work from Louis Steadman found Keeble who scored again to set up a tight finish.

Young Dons U/14s 5 Park Tigers U/14s 1

Dons put their poor league form behind them to progress in the County Cup.

Sam Young gave them the lead and Sam Smith doubled it when he made up a lot of ground to tap in a rebound.

Dons looked comfortable but were caught out when a shot parried by keeper Ryan Plant was knocked home.

The second half saw Dons quickly take the upper hand when Deacon Hempsall was brought down in the area and Sandall put the penalty in for 3-1.

Two more goals from Sandall put the tie well beyond Park.

Holbeach Utd U/13s 4 Northern Star Red U/13s 3 (aet)

Holbeach made it through to the next round of the league cup with a hard fought victory against a Division One outfit.

A bright start saw the Tigers’ pacy front man Freddie Pearson round Star’s left back and slot homed. Star equalised through Amir Ward but Tigers’ Levi Buttland threaded a pass through to Pearson whose cross was met on the volley by Dom Ford. And Ford then made it 3-1.

After the break, Star’s passing game paid dividends and they scored twice to force extra time.

The Tigers’ defence held firm with Rickerby, Issitt, Balding and Batten mopping up well.

When Luke Barnes clipped the ball through to Ford it looked as though his shot would be saved by the keeper. However, a slight deflection from a Star defender saw it into the net to complete Ford’s hat trick.

East Coast U/12s 1 Holbeach Utd U/12s 4

Holbeach went six points clear at the top of the table by beating the only other unbeaten team in the league.

Holbeach took the lead when Josh Lawrence found frontman Jamal Nyang, who kept a cool head to score after missing a few earlier chances.

Gostic and Lawrence both hit the framework before East Coast caught Holbeach to equalise.

Holbeach manager Tommy Gostic made a brave change at half time, replacing in-form Nyang with Liam Scales.

The sub took his first chance and controlled the ball on his chest, just inside the box and with a swing on the hips, he fired the ball into the bottom corner, to but Holbeach 2-1 up.

Holbeach never looked back after that and bossed the remainder of the game.

Brandon England’s cross picked out Scales for his second goal and the striker completed a second-half hat-trick with a front post header from a Stefan Gostic corner.

Powerleague Colts U/11s 2 Holbeach Utd U/11s 4

This cup match saw Holbeach take on Division Three opposition, both having 100 per cent records coming into this match.

Powerleague went 2-0 up before half time but a stirring half-time team talk and two substitutions made Holbeach start the second half brightly.

After Powerleague had hit the bar from long range, good passing by Ricky Holstead and Fenn Storey in midfield saw Liam Sandall burst through the defence to reduce arrears.

And then, from a half clearance, Sandall rifled the equaliser.

Powerleague continued to press and keeper Matthew Wilshire was called into action on several occasions.

But Holbeach continued to create chances and Sandall’s cross was slotted home by Harry Collishaw, who then turned provider for substitute Louis Preston to score.

Man of the match: Matthew Wilshire

Deeping Clarets U/11s 4 Spalding Ath U/11s 2

Deeping shot out of the blocks and got reward inside the first minute when a tame shot nestled into the bottom corner.

Midway through the half Spalding’s Ben Lilley latched onto a neat through ball and found himself one-on-one with the Deeping keeper and placed it into the top of the net.

Second half was much the same until Kieron McConnell made his mark on the game for Deeping as he beat the defender to head home from the near post.

Joe Waumsley got Spalding back on level terms as he lobbed the keeper from about 20 yards.

McConnell got his second as he beat the defence to hammer home. Deeping got there fourth of the game as the ball was put into his own net by Lilley.

This was a superb match as both teams put in there all.

Holbeach Utd U/10s 0 Deeping Rangers U/10s 0

What a game with action throughout.

The Young Tigers had the most shots at goal, with the Deeping keeper very busy keeping them out.

Deeping had a couple of chances before the last five minutes went to end-to-end full on action as both teams pushed for an winner.

Holbeach Utd U/9s 3

Whittlesey U/9s 0

After the previous week’s disappointment the Young Tigers bounced straight back to keep top of the league.

Louis Taylor was fouled and, after missing one in the previous match, leading scorer James Clark showed great courage to step up and fire the penalty in.

The second half started to see Holbeach control the game, thanks to Jack Smith, Alfie Wilson, Lewis Collishaw, Callum Hoole and Taylor.

It soon became 2-0 when a strong break by Hoole released Clark and again the young striker made no mistake.

Hoole added a third goal direct from a corner.

The final action came when a great save from Jenson Patterson kept the score 3-0.

Man of the match: Alfie Wilson

Young Dons U/9s 8 Wyberton U/9s 0

Dons extended their unbeaten run to remain in the top three of the Mid Lincs Division A.

Mason Shores broke the deadlock with a fine solo run and clinical finish. Thomas Langford then doubled the lead with a trademark free kick.

Wyberton kept battling, but four more goals followed, with Luke Hood timing his runs to perfection to score a quickfire hat-trick and there was also an unfortunate own goal – all from Langford’s well-placed corners.

Wyberton never gave up and Charlie Rodgers in the Dons’ goal had to work hard to keep a clean sheet with Michael Baxter also tidying up defensively.

Callum Green increasingly found himself in good positions in front of goal, firing in the seventh after a good passing move involving Shores and Hood.

Shores then concluded the scoring with another weaving run and convincing finish.