AFC Stanground are the surprise package in the Peterborough League President’s Shield semi-finals.
The city side are eight places and 20 points worse off than Holbeach United Reserves in the Premier Division, but the formbook went out of the window in a quarter-final tie between the sides at Yaxley FC on Saturday (January 16).
Josh Staggs, Liam Whaley and Kurtis Adams-Webb scored the goals for Stanground. Even a late sending-off for two yellow cards for Stanground substitute Klodjan Memaj couldn’t affect the outcome.
Stanground will now host the powerful Pinchbeck United side in the semi-finals. The other last four tie will see unbeaten Premier Division leaders Moulton Harrox entertain the winners of the Whittlesey Athletic/Netherton United clash. That latter game was postponed at the weekend so the teams will try again at The Grange on Wednesday, January 27.
Harrox were held 0-0 in the first half of their quarter final tie by improving Uppingham, but second-half strikes from Ben Allen, Billy King and Olly Maltby eased Harrox through.
Pinchbeck were 3-0 up at the break in their tie against Thorney before running out 5-2 winners. Five different players found their way onto the scoresheet as player-manager Ian Dunn, Lawrence Lambley, Ashley Murrell, Bradley Murrell and Tyler Wright were all on target.
In the Premier Division Ketton stretched their unbeaten run to 10 games with a convincing 5-2 success over bottom club Riverside at Pit Lane.
Ales Sismore claimed a hat-trick for Ketton, who have moved up to fourth, with Alex Brockbank and Alex Collyer also scoring. Ayden Campbell-Brazier scored both goals for Riverside.
Connor Pilbeam and Anthony Graves both bagged hat-tricks as Deeping Rangers Reserves thrashed Leverington 7-2. Ben Porter completed the scoring for Deeping.
And Stilton came from 1-0 down at half-time and a man down in the second-half to pip ICA Sports 2-1. Zack Fisher scored twice for Stilton who had Liam Rodden sent off. Andy Wayte had fired ICA in front.
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH & DISTRICT LEAGUE
AFC Stanground 3 (J. Staggs, Whaley, Adams-Webb)
Holbeach United Res 1
Moulton Harrox 3 (Allen, King, Maltby)
Uppingham Town 0
Pinchbeck United 5 (Dunn, Lambley, A. Murrell, B. Murrell, Wright)
Postponed; Whittlesey Athletic v Netherton United.
Deeping Rangers Res 7 (Graves 3, Pilbeam 3, Porter)
Leverington Sports 2
Ketton 5 (Sismore 3, Brockbank, Collyer)
Riverside 2 (Campbell-Brazier 2).
Stilton United 2 (Fisher 2)
ICA Sports 1 (Wayte)