FOOTBALL: Tavern are toasting a trophy treble

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MAGNET TAVERN 2 COWBIT 2: ALL-CONQUERING Magnet Tavern wrapped up a Spalding Sunday League treble after holding Division One rivals Cowbit on Sunday.

Having already won the John Chappell Shield and League Cup this season, a double from Mark Lovelace ensured that the Boston-based side took the title on goal difference.

It’s Magnet’s third title on the spin, although they only needed to play six games to secure this year’s trophy.

Hosts Magnet started the championship decider brightly and played some great football, as Mark Lovelace and Michael Gardner caused Cowbit’s defence major problems.

They eventually opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Jack Smith’s floating ball into the mix found Lovelace, who powered a header into the net.

A period of domination followed, with Tavern playmaker Ollie Pinner afforded plenty of space in midfield. He took control of the match with some direct passing – and one of those balls found Michael Gardner, whose shot was well saved.

However, the scores were level on 28 minutes when Cowbit were afforded too much space and they netted with a 25-yard screamer into the top left corner, giving keeper James Doughty no chance.

Amazingly, the visitors then took the lead just before the break when the ball cruelly trickled in after a massive goalmouth scramble.

The second half saw Magnet push forward from the kick-off – and they were soon rewarded. Great play from veteran Steve Appleby, who nutmegged his marker before whipping in a cross, allowed Lovelace to notch his second of the afternoon.

Although Magnet only needed a draw to clinch the crown, they went all out for the win – but were left frustrated by a superb goal keeping display.

Having also clinched two big sponsorship deals for next season, few will bet against Magnet enjoying yet another trophy-laden campaign.

Junior football

PINCHBECK UTD U/12s 0

DEEPING RANGERS BLUE U/12s 1

PINCHBECK were left feeling blue as Deeping took the derby spoils.

The first ten minutes proved to be fairly even, with both sides having a couple of half chances.

Then Pinchbeck burst into action, with Jacko Withers sliding the ball through for Tom Hebblewhite, who could only ripple the side netting with his effort.

Ben Lawrence, who some storming runs down the right wing, then went close with a fine solo effort after cutting inside and seeing his strike blocked.

A great chance also fell to Elliott Ramsden, but he sliced his shot wide from eight yards. Ramsden then supplied a great corner, but Jack Brown couldn’t keep his shot down,

At the other end, Pinchbeck’s solid back four of Dan Liquorish, Lewis Harker, Kelvin Quincey and Harry Decamps all had fine games both individually and as a unit and looked certain to keep a clean sheet.

But while United had Deeping on the ropes for much of the first period, the teams went in level at half time.

Both teams battled hard after the interval, with Pinchbeck again going close when a Brandin Mahon corner was headed over by Withers.

Disaster then struck when Pinchbeck failed to clear a corner and the ball was poked home from six yards, giving Rangers the lead.

United pushed on to try and get an equaliser, but Deeping managed to hold on to the whistle.

For the Pinchbeck juniors it was a taste of Déjà vu – as all too often this season they have played well enough to get points from games, only to come away empty-handed.