Tydd St Mary 3 Tavern Colts 5: SAINTS boss Mark Greenacre paid tribute to his side after losing this thrilling Target Newspapers Challenge Cup semi-final.
This was always going to be a tough test for Boston and District League second tier outfit Tydd, as they hosted Division One opposition.
But, having knocked out Division One side Spalding Harriers in the quarter final, the Saints were full of confidence.
They were, however, dealt a blow prior to kick off when influential keeper Luke Burton pulled out with a knee injury – forcing Greenacre to go in goal.
After a lively start, Colts broke the deadlock after 25 minutes when a good ball in was neatly headed over Greenacre.
It got worse for Tydd before the break as a Tavern penalty put them 2-0 down.
The fightback began on 53 minutes with skipper Steve Cousins netting from the spot for Tydd, only for Colts to extend their advantage from a breakaway.
It looked all over when the away side made it 4-1, only for Steve Robinson (83) and Cousins (pen 90) put Tydd right back in the hunt. Tavern had other ideas though, with Danny Maddison lobbing home the pick of the goals for Colts in injury time.
Boss Greenacre said: “It was a great performance from my players and I am proud to be part of this team.”
Peterborough & District League
PINCHBECK UTD RES 2
ALCONBURY RES 3
PINCHBECK discovered that a week is a long time in football as they were beaten by the basement boys.
After last week’s heroics, this performance lacked the flowing football that Pinchbeck had been displaying in recent weeks.
Steve Wilson opened the scoring for the strugglers with a close range header inside 15 minutes, but Darren Clarkson got the home side back on level terms.
Pinchbeck failed to build on this and went in at the break 2-1 down thanks to James Mackerll’s cool penalty.
The hosts did improve in the second half, but found the Alconbury keeper in inspired form.
To top it off, Wilson’s second goal took a wicked deflection to plant the ball in the top corner. Clarkson pulled a goal back but this wasn’t Pinchbeck’s day.
Spalding Sunday League
PUNCHBOWL set up a Mont Pell Trophy final with Long Sutton after edging home on aggregate.
With Punchbowl leading 2-1 from the first leg, they kept their advantage at half time after a goalless 45 minutes.
Punchbowl then scrambled home what proved to be the decisive goal from a corner.
This spurred Fenway into action, with Elderkin firing home a stunning volley off the underside of the bar.
That’s how it stayed, with Fenway unable to force extra time.
SPALDING ATHLETIC U/18s 2
NETHERTON A U/18s 2
THE title is still on the cards for Spalding after holding the league leaders.
A win would have sealed the title for Netherton, but Jordan Hayes’ late effort kept Athletic bang in the hunt.
After an eventful start, a serious injury to Ash West held up play for some time.
When play resumed, Spalding opened the scoring as Alex Lyon supplied the pass for James Halgarth to fire home.
The lead was instantly wiped out though. A free-kick came back off the post and Sam Burrell had no chance with the rebound.
After the break, the match seemed to be heading for a draw - only for a lively Netherton forward to pounce on a loose ball and hammer home.
Spalding weren’t done though, as Hayes raced through to bury a critical leveller.
Man of the match: Sam Cowlen
HOLBEACH YELLOW U/15s 0
WITTERING U/15s 1
WITTERING took the spoils with a goal scored direct from a corner in this tight tussle.
Holbeach started brightly with George Stainfield just off target from and free kick and Tom Coote seeing his volley saved.
Wittering then enjoyed a good spell, but Yellow were unlucky not to take the lead through Stainfield, who saw a goal ruled out.
Ed Booth and Craig Weightman also went close as the first half ended goalless.
It was 1-0 Wittering on 53 minutes as a goal sailed straight in from a corner.
Stainfield, Tom Coote, Weightman and Booth all went close to levelling, while at the other end Marcus Clifton made a stunning stop.
Yellow had a late chance to level, but Chris Briggs’ header was cleared off the line.
HOLBEACH UTD U/14s 4
PETERBOROUGH CITY U/14s 2
WITH only 11 fit players to pick from the Tigers brushed aside their opposition.
They hit the opener when Dormor skipped past three defenders before being brought down, which allowed Stebbings to clinically convert the resulting penalty.
City then equalised from a through ball that should have been cleared. Harte restored the lead with a dipping shot before Lachasseigne scored his customary goal to extend the lead further.
Harte scored from a flowing move involving five players, before City scored a consolation near the end.
Man of the match: Whyatt.
HOLBEACH UNITED U/13s 11
GREEBANK U/13s 0
HOLBEACH turned in their best performance of the season to make it 11 wins from 11 games.
Greenbank had caused the Tigers big problems earlier in the season, but this time their passing and tempo of play was a joy to watch.
Jordan Keeble (4), Filip Pilarz (3), Declan Earth (2), Jack Keeble and Daniel Penney bagged the goals, but all 14 players deserve great credit.
SPALDING ATHLETIC U/13s 2
OUNDLE U/13s 2
SAM Smith rescued a point for Spalding with a late strike.
After a goalless first half that saw both teams play some scrappy football, Spalding took the advantage early in the second half.
Oundle failed to clear the ball and Fraser McNab coolly lobbed the keeper from 20 yards.
Oundle then came back into the game, equalising before taking the lead with a penalty.
But Spalding got a late equaliser when Smith tapped in at the back post after good work down the left from Alfie Davies.
NETHERTON U/12s 8
SPALDING ATHLETIC U/12s 1
A PROMISING start ultimately yielded nothing for Spalding.
James Hook’s early corner led to a goal for George Smith, while Elliot Kulliside and Cavan Gaunt were excellent in defence.
Excellent play from Ryan Greenaway almost set up a few other goals, but Netherton ran riot in the second half and eased home.
PINCHBECK UNITED U/11s 6
DEEPING CLARET U/11s 2
FOR the second week on the spin Pinchbeck downed Deeping – but this time it was emphatic.
The home team were unlucky to be level at half-time after a goal from Jacko Withers was controversially disallowed.
However, five minutes into the second half Withers struck from close range after a fumble from the otherwise excellent Claret keeper.
Number two came shortly afterwards thanks to a fine solo effort from Ben Lawrence. The goals kept coming as Connor Goodfellow and Leighton Maddison made it 4-0.
William Reith-Hurd drove in a fifth from the edge of the box, before his superb corner set up Maddison’s second from a fine header.
Deeping never gave up and gained some consolation with two late goals.
SPALDING ATHLETIC U/10s 0
DEEPING BLUE U/10s 1
SPALDING were left with a case of the Blues as a late strike ended their League Cup dream.
The semi-final started with both Compton and McConnell going close early on, while Deeping fired a free kick over.
After the break Deeping went on the offensive, but Alex Richardson and man-of-the-match Luke Williamson in the heart of the defence kept them at bay.
With only minutes on the clock and extra time looming, Baxter peeled away from his marker to nod home the winner for Deeping from a corner.
Jack Watson almost restored parity immediately, but his header cleared the bar.
HOLBEACH UTD U/10s 3
WHITTLESEY U/10s 1
HOLBEACH maintained their good form with a strong performance against a well organised side.
The young Tigers rattled the woodwork early on, while at the other end Joe Ford and Eni Bashua defended well.
A lovely series of passing eventually saw Liam Sandall open the scoring for the Tigers – and it wasn’t long before he doubled Holbeach’s money.
After a mix-up in the Whittlesey defence, Holbeach were awarded a penalty to allow Sandall to make it 3-0 and bag his hat-trick.
Matthew Wilshire was largely untroubled in the Tigers goal, but he was beaten late on.
HOLBEACH UNITED U/9s 4
MARCH SS U/9s 0
THE young Tigers took charge from the start with Billy Barnes breaking through to score the opener.
Ewan McCracken was then on hand to make it 2-0 before the break.
After the break March battled back, but skipper Brad Whitmore, defender William Taylor and goalkeeper Charlie King foiled the visitors’ best efforts.
However, the pressure relented and fantastic play by Joseph Rickerby on the right set up McCracken to tap in number three and make the game safe.
Flying winger Rickerby then laid on the fourth for Cameron Oko.