Saints celebrate promotion

Celebration time for Tydd St Mary
Celebration time for Tydd St Mary
  • ChromaSport & Trophies Peterborough & District League Division Three play-off - Stamford Lions Reserves 1 Tydd St Mary 4
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Tydd St Mary clinched promotion to Division Two on Tuesday night with a great performance away to Stamford Lions Reserves.

Due to the new constitution allowing four teams to be promoted, both Division Three semi-final play-offs were knockout games with both winners going up and no need for a final.

The Saints flew out of the blocks early on and could have easily been 3-0 up after just 10 minutes.

It wasn’t long before Tydd made the breakthrough, though.

On 25 minutes, a scramble saw Luke Tordoff lay the ball on a plate for top scorer Tim Lowe to hammer into the roof of the net.

The game ebbed and flowed to half-time with Tydd having more chances but they deservedly went into the break a goal to the good.

Wow, what a season with a great bunch of lads.

Carl Wilson

The second half could not have started better when straight from the kick-off Tydd attacked Stamford and scored within 47 seconds of the restart.

Man of the match Jason Powley put a perfect ball in for Max Burrell to slam home.

Lions grabbed a goal back but Tydd had the ascendancy and when they were awarded a free-kick 22 yards out on 67 minutes, Andy Cook stepped up and blasted it past the keeper for 3-1.

Dale Parnell was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet but he did have a hand in the Saints’ fourth goal.

He ghosted down the left wing and pinged a perfect pass out for Scott Pemberton to lash first time into the bottom right-hand corner, giving the Lions keeper no chance.

Tydd could even afford to miss a Parnell penalty when the keeper guessed correctly to keep the final score at 4-1.

Tydd manager Carl Wilson said: “Wow, what a season with a great bunch of lads.

“Two cup final wins against higher league opposition, a good run in the Lincolnshire Cup and now promotion.

“It really does not get any better than that.

“I would like to thank everyone that has been part of this great club this season. We really are going places. Watch this space!”

Meanwhile, Spalding Town beat Ketton Reserves 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the Division Two play-offs.

Scott Burrell gave them a first-half advantage but Michael Saffer levelled.

In Saturday’s final Spalding face Peterborough Polonia at Yaxley (2pm kick-off).