LOCAL FOOTBALL: Five-star Cowbit into quarter-finals

Kitted out: Holbeach United U/14s and their manager Chris Stebbings are pictured with their new sponor Richard Uglow (right), who is managing director of Enrich You.
Kitted out: Holbeach United U/14s and their manager Chris Stebbings are pictured with their new sponor Richard Uglow (right), who is managing director of Enrich You.

Cowbit 5 Jannys All Starts 2: COWBIT’S love affair with the Lincs Sunday Cup continued as they marched into the last eight.

Their visitors Jannys from Scunthorpe started the game well and they cut through the home midfield at will, eventually taking the lead on 20 minutes.

The goal seemed to wake Cowbit from their slumber – and it came as no surprise when Teddy Paling scored to level matters just before half time.

After the break Cowbit were at their imperious best. They took the lead for the first time through Tom Panton, who scored the goal of the day to spark wild scenes on the touchline.

A goalkeeping error then allowed Jake Mason to increase the home lead, only for Jannys to set up a grandstand finale with a second strike ten minutes from time.

However, goals from player boss Steve Mastin and a diving header from Paling put the icing on the cake to seal a five-star showing.

Cowbit now face Lincoln side Adelaide in the quarter finals this Sunday at the Castle Sports Complex (2pm).

Peterborough & District League

HOLBEACH UTD RES 3

PINCHBECK UTD RES 2

TWO superb strikes from Martin Gordon fired Holbeach into the semi-finals of the League Cup.

Pinchbeck had the home side on the back foot when Sam Eyett cooly struck the opener on 25 minutes – and they nearly doubled their lead when Tom Panton’s free kick whistled past the post.

But David Wilson hauled Holbeach level and Gordon volleyed a stunning 25-yard second for the Tigers on the stroke of half time.

With Pinchbeck pushing for a leveller, Gordon then latched onto a through ball and nutmegged Pinchbeck keeper King for 3-1.

Atkinson got a goal back with five minutes to go to give Pinchbeck hope, but Holbeach held on in what was a thrilling game.

Junior Leagues

HOLBEACH YELLOWS U/15s 5

OUNDLE U/15s

FOR the second week on the spin these two sides dished up a cracker.

Yellow were dealt an early blow as keeper Marcus Clifton, fresh off his heroics in last week’s penalty shoot-out cup win, was injured during the warm-up.

Undeterred, Holbeach took the lead on 13 minutes as Matt Rose nodded home George Stainfield’s corner.

The lead was short-lived as Oundle bundled in a corner to level the scores just five minutes later. Holbeach restored their lead in familiar fashion, Rose firing home at the second attempt following a corner.

Rose was inches away from a treble moments later, as his shot thundered off the bar and both posts. Luckily for the Tigers, Danny Wilshire pounced on the loose ball to give Holbeach a two-goal cushion.

Oundle pulled a goal back eight minutes later, but Holbeach restored their cushion through Matt Taylor.

Wilshire sealed the win for the Tigers, outpacing the defence and slotting home.

HOLBEACH UTD BLUES U/15s 4

RUSTON SPORTS U/15s 1

A STRONG second-half showing fired Holbeach to an impressive victory.

The first period was tight and yielded no goals, but Holbeach came out playing some good football after the break.

They pressed Ruston back into their own half, but against the run of play found themselves 1-0 down.

But they soon levelled, as a flick from Want allowed Grimwood to race clean through on goal, and he slipped the ball past the advancing keeper.

Stand-in Tigers keeper Jack Fowler put in a good performance, making some good saves as Holbeach controlled rest of this game. Grimwood added two more goals to complete his treble, while Ricardo rounded off the scoring.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/14s 7

GUNTHORPE SKY U/14s 1

HUNGRY Holbeach flew out of the blocks to sweep aside gutsy Gunthorpe.

Showing no ill effects from their near two-month break, Harte opened the scoring with a shot into the corner.

This was quickly followed by a hat-trick from Waterfall, who displayed some clinical finishing.

Harte then scored his second with a typical poachers goal, before Uglow received a ball on the halfway, line beat two defenders and delicately chipped the keeper to bring the first half to a close.

Mitchell then opened his account early in the second half, before Sky got a consolation goal near the end.

GREAT PONTINS U/13s 3

HOLBEACH UNITED U/13s 3

THIS six-goal thriller was just what the young Tigers needed after not playing since the end of November.

Great Pontins took the lead early in the game, but it wasn’t long before Holbeach were level as Daniel Penney’s corner was slotted home well by Declan Earth.

It got better for them too, as Filip Pilarz struck to put the Tigers ahead.

Pontins got themselves level again – but for only a minute. Good work from Earth allowed Louis Steadman a tap in what looked like the winner for the Tigers, but Pontins again equalised to secure the draw they deserved.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/12s 1

WISBECH SM YELLOW U/12s 4

TABLE-TOPPING Wisbech handed Holbeach a defeat on their return to action.

After a substantial lay off the young Tigers produced a strong start, which saw them play some excellent passing football.

However, three defensive errors soon put St Mary ahead – and they eventually went into the break 4-0 up.

Holbeach made changes at the interval and pressed hard, finally getting their reward through Mike Palmer.

HOLBEACH UTD U/11s 6

WISBECH ST MARY U/11s 1

THREE players shared the man of the match award as Holbeach returned to the field in top form.

Dan Mason, Jordi Ivatt and winger Josh Lawrence all caught the eye as the Tigers hit six.

This was Holbeach’s first game in six weeks – and it showed in the first half.

They should have been ahead inside five minutes, but the rustiness showed as front man Jamal Nyang put the ball wide from a few yards out.

But it wasn’t long before Nyang’s persistence paid off, as he ran through and finished at the second attempt.

Holbeach then made it 2-0 thanks to a very well taken free kick by Lawrence, who bent the ball past the keeper into the bottom corner just before the half time break.

Wisbech grabbed a goal back from an in-swinging free kick after the interval, but this only served to inspire Holbeach back into action.

Brandon England slotted home the third before Stefan Gostic hit a great chip over the keeper to make it 4-1.

Mason and England combined again to make it 5-1, while Lawrence finished off the scoring.