LOCAL FOOTBALL: Pinchbeck bounce back to keep title tilt on track

Super lob: Robbie Relf opened the scoring for Pinchbeck United at Knight Street. Photo: SG120211-898MD (MIKE DAVISON)

Super lob: Robbie Relf opened the scoring for Pinchbeck United at Knight Street. Photo: SG120211-898MD (MIKE DAVISON)

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Pinchbeck Utd 2 Whittlesey Utd 0: AFTER the heartbreak of their Lincs Junior Cup semi-final defeat, two-time Peterborough Premier League champions Pinchbeck responded in style with a comfortable win.

Goals from Robbie Relf and Jamie Cartlidge saw the Premier Division hopefuls beat a much-improved Whittlesey side, keeping them bang on course for a third title.

Manager Pete Roberts made changes to his side, bringing back in Ollie Maltby on the right and both Adam Braybrook and Relf on the the left.

Pinchbeck were soon to see the benefit of these changes when Relf lobbed the visiting keeper from 25 yards to give the home side the advantage.

Whittlesey came back strong and passed the ball well, but Pinchbeck were well-organised and stood resolute to the pressure they were under. When Whittlesey did manage to break through, they were denied by home keeper Ash Elderkin.

Ex-Boston United youngster Maltby was dominant in the midfield and he showed his class to turn provider for the second goal, crossing from the right to allow Cartlidge to get back on the goal trail before the break.

Whittlesey came out at half time and exerted more pressure, but they rarely looked like breaching the best defence in the league, with skipper Bobby Patterson showing his experience and leadership.

Pinchbeck had a penalty appeal turned down when Mark Lovelace was fouled in the box, but it mattered little.

WHITTLESEY UTD RES 0

PINCHBECK UTD RES 5

PINCHBECK didn’t let a week without a fixture ruin their momentum as they produced a five-star display.

They stunned the home side, going 3-0 up inside 25 minutes thanks to a short, sharp, pass and move approach.

Tom Panton returned with a strike from inside the box following a corner, before setting up the second for Ash Wilson.

Number three was scored by the on-fire Matt Gosling, who showed great composure to slot home – and Darren Clarkson headed home a fourth before the break.

Dan Thornalley completed the scoring when he curled a right-footed shot past the helpless keeper.

Spalding Sunday League

JUBILEE 1

SUTTON ST JAMES 1

DEPLETED Jubilee should have won this Division Two clash comfortably.

Throughout the wind-affected match they created and missed a host of glorious chances.

Their only goal came via a St James player, who turned Luke Chilvers’ inswinging corner into his own net.

However, with seconds remaining Luke Marshall equalised for the away side.

Boston & District League

BOSTON UTD COMMUNITY 2

TYDD ST MARY 0

DIVISION Two leaders Boston edged past Tydd.

The Saints defended relentlessly for the first 20 minutes before the deadlock was broken after a long ball over the top was converted.

It was 2-0 ten minutes later, despite Luke Burton making a fine initial save.

Tydd came back into the game and won a penalty, only for Timmy Lowe to see his effort saved.

They went more attacking after the break with powerful Brazilian Pablo da Silva proving a handful and Steve Cousins rattling the crossbar from 30 yards.

But they failed to pull one back and it ended 2-0.

TAVERN COLTS 2

SPALDING TOWN 2

UNDER-STRENGTH Town had to rely on the passion of the reserve team to help them fulfil this fixture – and they picked up a handy point.

Spalding were ahead after only two minutes when Tom Elderkin smashed a unstoppable shot from 35 yards.

Keeper Brendan Taylor made some good saves to keep them ahead, but Tavern eventually equalised before the break, moments after missing a sitter from three yards.

A strong start to the second period saw Town take the lead again when Morgan Taylor shocked the home team with a breakaway attack.

Colts smashed a penalty against the bar as they searched for a leveller, before finally grabbing their second ten minutes from time.

Junior football

KING’S ELY 0

SPALDING GRAMMAR SCHOOL 2

JORDAN Hayes struck both goals as Spalding Grammar booked their place in the last eight of the LB Cup.

Dave Endersbee’s men went into the fixture knowing that only a victory would see them progress.

Mid-way through the first half, Alex Lyon was felled in the Ely penalty area for a stonewall penalty, which Hayes converted coolly.

The wet conditions began to take their toll after the break and Ely pressed for an equaliser.

However, Spalding remained as a unit, with centre-backs Ash West and man-of-the-match Sam Cowlen winning every tackle and header.

Two minutes from time, following an excellent James Gifford save, the ball broke to Hayes on the half-way line. He battled his way through two tackles and slotted the ball into the bottom corner to seal the victory.

Spalding will face either St Albans or Bedford at home in the quarter-finals.

HOLBEACH YELLOWS U/15s 0

YAXLEY U/15s 2

DEPLETED Holbeach battled hard but were soundly beaten.

With four players out of their starting line-up, Yellow got off to the worst possible start with Yaxley taking the lead with deflected shot in the opening minutes.

Danny Wilshire had a goal-bound effort blocked and Alex Vassallo saw a header go over as Holbeach tried in vain to level before the break.

Yaxley were just off target with two efforts early in the second half but Holbeach now had their best spell of the match, as Vassallo nodded with and skipper Ben Nottingham fired a long range free kick just past the post.

But Yaxley sealed the points with a late second.

PETERBOROUGH CITY U/14s 3

HOLBEACH UTD U/14s 5

HOLBEACH made hard work of this win after being 3-0 up at half time.

Brad Waterfall once again came up trumps with yet another hat-trick with Baines and Lachasseigne adding one each.

SPILSBY TOWN U/13s 1

HOLBEACH UNITED U/13s 14

JORDAN Keeble smashed five goals as Holbeach went goal crazy against the league’s basement team.

The goal avalanche showed little sign of arriving after a sloppy first half performance – although the Tigers did go in 4-0 up at the break.

In the second half the Tigers passed the ball a lot better, doing things nice and simple - and the goals flowed.

As well as Keeble’s haul, Louis Steadman bagged a hat-trick, Declan Earth and Josh Cross hit two apiece, while Thomas van Bragt and Daniel Penney each scored once.

YOUNG DONS U/13s 9

MOORLAND RAILWAY U/13s 1

BILLY Bristow and Ashley Sandall fired four goals each as Dons hit nine.

A free-kick just outside the box gave Bristow the chance to open the scoring, before adding two more to complete a hat-trick.

Sandall then struck twice to see the Dons go in 5-1 up at the break, Moorlands getting one back with a superb long range strike.

It was one-way traffic in the second period, with more goals coming from Bristow and Deacon Hempsall, while Sandall hit a second-half treble.

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/13 2

STAMFORD U/13s 1

REAGAN Brown hit the winner for Athletic.

Sam Smith lobbed the keeper from a tight angle to put Spalding into the lead early on, but Stamford came back at them and some great handling from keeper Ryan Plant in windy conditions kept them in the game.

With the wind behind them in the second half Stamford attacked in wave after wave but Spalding broke and Brown scored on the counter attack.

Stamford got a late goal but it was too little, too late.

DEACONIANS U/12s 7

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/12s 2

SPIRITED Spalding were well beaten.

They shipped an early penalty before Deaconians added two more goals to make it 3-0.

There were some positives, as Athletic’s Scott Britton played well at right back, stand-in keeper Sam Booth made some good saves and Cavan Gaunt defended well.

More Deaconians goals followed, but in the second half Jordan Edwards set up both of Spalding’s goals for Freddie Pearson.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/11s 4

LEVERINGTON SPORTS U/11s 2

HOLBEACH came from behind to win their toughest match of the season.

Leverington started at a furious pace and took an early lead - which was the first time the Tigers had been behind this season.

It was soon 2-0 after a set play, leaving Holbeach reeling. Holbeach managed to pull a goal back when frontman Jamal Nyjang was fouled in the box and Cam Lee dispatched the penalty.

The scores were level after the break when Dan Mason headed home man-of-the-match Lee’s corner.

Skipper Mason curled home a stunning 18-yard screamer to put Holbeach ahead for the first time in the game, before Nyang completed the scoring from close range.

PINCHBECK UNITED U/11s 3

YAXLEY U/11s 5

PINCHBECK let a half-time lead slip in this thriller.

Neat play on the wing gave Yaxley an early lead but Connor replied in great style to make it one all.

Pinchbeck then began to dominate as BJ Mahon flicked the ball to Tom Hebblewhite who left two defenders in his wake and fired in superbly making it 2-1 at the interval.

In the second half play switched from end to end, but it was the visitors who capitalised first – equalising and then extending their lead to 5-2.

A great through ball from new signing Leighton Maddison allowed Jacko Withers some consolation, but the fight back had come too late.

HOLBEACH UNITED U/10s 3

LEVERINGTON SPORTS U/10s 3

AN ENTERTAINING clash saw Holbeach hold the league leaders.

The Tigers started well and took the lead when keeper Matthew Wilshire launched a kick for Liam Sandall to race onto and slot home.

A well-struck shot from Lewis Turner then eluded the Sports keeper to extend the Holbeach lead.

The second half saw Leverington apply greater pressure and they soon pulled the two goals back. This spurred Holbeach and, from a corner, Harry Collishaw was on hand to prod home the loose ball to make it 3-2. However, Leverington immediately broke clear to equalise again.

CROWLAND U/10s 0

SPALDING ATHLETIC U/10s 2

SPALDING had to work hard to see off Crowland team to keep themselves top.

Both teams cancelled each other out in the first half, but Athletic made the breakthrough just before half time when Charlie Ford slotted the ball through for Kyle Compton to calmly slot home.

Spalding went on the attack after the break and it wasn’t long before Kieron McConnell added a lobbed second.