LOCAL FOOTBALL: Harrox’s hopes ended by clinical Clarkson

Cup kings: Magnet Tavern retained their Spalding Sunday League KO Cup crown with a 3-1 win over Cowbit. Goals from skipper Mark Lovelace (pictured with the trophy below), man-of-the-match Dan Maddison and sub Andy Brown were enough at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. Jake Mason hit the sole reply for Cowbit, who missed out on a cup double.
Cup kings: Magnet Tavern retained their Spalding Sunday League KO Cup crown with a 3-1 win over Cowbit. Goals from skipper Mark Lovelace (pictured with the trophy below), man-of-the-match Dan Maddison and sub Andy Brown were enough at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field. Jake Mason hit the sole reply for Cowbit, who missed out on a cup double.
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PINCHBECK UTD RES 1 MOULTON HARROX RES 0: DARREN Clarkson hammered the final nail into the coffin of Moulton’s title challenge with a derby winner.

The two rivals squared up with typical, tough tackles in the early exchanges of this Peterborough and District League Combination Division One clash, but it was Moulton who started the better.

Two weeks without a game hadn’t helped the home side and they had keeper King to thank for a string of saves. The highlight was a one handed save from an effort by Joe Harrison.

As the game progressed, Pinchbeck began to get more of a foot hold in the game – but it remained goalless at half time.

This trend continued into the second half. Jason Chilvers missed from six yards and Moulton cleared one of the line on the hour.

But minutes later a clever free kick from Gary Piper caught the Moulton defence out and gave Clarkson the chance to fire an effort home from close range.

This rattled Moulton and Atkinson then had a free kick that smashed the post, but it stayed 1-0.

Pinchbeck finish the season having beaten every team in Combination Division One.

Spalding Sunday League

SUTTON ST JAMES 5

LONG SUTTON SUNDAY 9

AN incredible 14 goals were scored as Long Sutton took a step closer to the Division Two title.

A slow start from the Magpies saw St James take the lead, but a solo effort from Kevin Goude brought the teams level.

St James re-took the lead and it took a 25 yard shot from Bill Radloff for Long Sutton to level again.

A Paul Newcombe header then saw Long Sutton into a 3-2 half-time lead.

The Magpies piled on the pressure after the break and piled on the goals courtesy of Goude, Dan Clitheroe, Newcombe, Radloff and Martin Ward (2).

With the game in the bag Long Sutton relaxed, allowing St James to finish strongly and net another three goals.

Junior Leagues

DEEPING RANGERS U/15s 1

HOLBEACH YELLOW U/15s 1

HOLBEACH secured a fine third place in Division One with this draw.

Yellow started well and with Craig Weightman pushed further forward along side Tom Coote – and they looked dangerous in the opening minutes.

Marcus Clifton in the Holbeach goal made a few smart stops, before the Yellows took the lead after 21 minutes.

Ash Hicks and George Stainfield combined well to find Coote, who skipped past his marker and whipped in a cross that the Deeping keeper fumbled, allowing Weightman to pounce for the opener.

Deeping levelled the scores with a good finish just eight minutes into the second half, but Holbeach pushed forward looking for a winner.

Stainfield had a free kick saved by the Deeping keeper and Kiran Bhondi’s follow-up also found its way into the grateful hand of the home stopper.

The draw was not enough for the Yellows to secure a second-placed finish, but with Wittering dropping points at Hungate it earned them a well-deserved third place.

SAWTRY U/15s 2

CROWLAND U/15s 9

NATHAN Parillon hammered a hat-trick as Crowland ran riot.

Sawtry took an early lead with a shot from outside the area. Keeper Jamie Francis – playing in goal for the first time in two years – had no chance.

Crowland missed several chances before Parillon equalised and then Aaron Eyett put them ahead.

Crowland were now dominant and two more goals for Parillon and one for Eyett put them 5-1 up before Sawtry pulled one back.

Ryan Jackson extended the Crowland lead with a quick-fire brace, before Jack Piggot curled a left footer into the top corner.

The scoring was complete when regular keeper Kane Davies – who was playing in midfield – prodded home.

CROWLAND U/15s 2

NETHERTON U/15s 2

CROWLAND became the first team to take points off the league winners in what was their final home game of the season.

Netherton came into the game with a 100 per cent record, but fell behind when Jamie Francis broke down the right beat two players and fired into the bottom corner to score a fine individual goal.

Crowland then missed several chances to increase the lead and were made to be punished as a left wing cross caught out the home keeper for 1-1.

Netherton then made it 2-1 with a free header before the break.

The second half was end to end, but Alex Stokes prodded the ball home from a goalmouth scramble to level 17 minutes from time.

DEEPING CLARET U/10s 1

SPALDING ATH U/10s 1

BOTH teams are still in the title picture after this entertaining draw.

It was Deeping that drew first blood late in the half, as Spalding’s defence failed to clear and Claret’s striker fired into the bottom corner.

Spalding picked up the pace straight from kick off and were soon back on level terms when Charlie Ford latched onto to Joe Waumsley’s pass and shot into the far corner of the Deeping net before the break.

The second half was fast and furious, but produced no further goals.

Every Spalding player was outstanding, but Jack Watson, Waumsley and Ford were the stars of the show.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/9s 1

MARCH SOCCER SCHOOL A U/9s 1

TITLE rivals Holbeach and March served up a fantastic game.

Both teams had chances to score in the first half, but it stayed at 0-0 at the break.

In the second half March opened the scoring, but the young Tigers battled back to equalise from a corner kick taken by Ewan McCracken superbly for Billy Barnes to head home.

This was a fantastic game with a draw the fair result.