Barber a cut above the rest in crucial Sports win

Jason Kilbride in action for Peterborough Northern Star against Oadby. Photo: Tim Gates.
Jason Kilbride in action for Peterborough Northern Star against Oadby. Photo: Tim Gates.

Peterborough Sports claimed a major win in the battle for promotion from United Counties Division One yesterday (February 7).

Sports beat fellow challengers Lutterworth 2-0 at PSL to retain second spot. Matt Barber opened the scoring after 30 minutes and three minutes later he was fouled in the area to enable Ali Nyang to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

Northampton Spencer appear to have the title sewn up, but Sports lead a host of teams who are in with a decent shout of finishing second.

Blackstones’ poor run of form continued with a 4-2 defeat at home to Buckingham. It was a first win in 12 games for the visitors and took the shine off a two-goal debut from Ben Moore.

In the Premier Division Wisbech Town confirmed their status as title dark horses with a fifth straight win.

The Fenmen brushed aside the concession of an early goal to sweep past Sileby 5-1. Jon Fairweather (2), Tommy Treacher, Danny Beaumont and Josh Ford scored the goals for Wisbech who are fourth in the table, 13 points behind leaders Rushden & Diamonds, but with four matches in hand.

Diamonds maintained their healthy advantage at the top with a 2-1 win at Deeping Rangers. The leaders scored from set-pieces either side of a Jordan Avis goal, but a red card for Scott Ginty ensured Deeping couldn’t find a second equaliser.

Second-placed Yaxley lost ground following a 3-2 defeat at Wellingborough Town. There was a debut goal for Yaxley’s Nathan Adams, but a Rob Hughes’ strike arrived too late to stop the home side taking three points.

Yaxley are now 10 points behind Diamonds and only one point ahead of third-placed Holbeach who have three games in hand. Holbeach will probably fall further behind next Saturday (February 14) as they will be in FA Vase action against Erith & Belvedere after their scheduled last-16 tie at Carter’s Park was postponed late yesterday morning.

Peterborough Northern Star’s home form continues to concern. They lost for the ninth time at Chestnut Avenue this season and for the fourth time lost to a team who started the day in the bottom six as Oadby departed with a 2-1 win under their belts.

Star enjoyed the perfect start with a sixth-minute goal from Jordan MacLeod, but saw two ‘goals’ from Sam Murphy and Luke Hunnings controversially disallowed. Oadby won the match with a second-half penalty.

City man Ian Edge teasted defeat for the first time as Huntingdon boss as they went down 2-1 at Cogenhoe. Danny Barker scored a late consolation goal for Huntingdon.

Spalding, who had Adam Jackson sent off, dropped to sixth place in Division One South of the Evo Stik League following a 2-0 defeat at home to Tividale. It was a first defeat in 15 games for ‘The Tulips’ who allowed former Posh striker Lee Clarke to sign for St Neots last week.

But Stamford claimed a major scalp when winning 3-0 at Northern Premier Division leaders Skelmersdale. Jon Challinor scored twice for Stamford with Ryan Robbins completing the scoring from the penalty spot. Robbins has been called up to the Antigua and Barbuda international squad.

March Town suffered a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Thurlow Nunn Division One leaders Long Melford.

Results

FA VASE

(Fifth round)

Postponed: Holbeach v Erith & Belvedere (now playing February 14).

EVO STIK LEAGUE

Northern Premier Division

Skelmersdale 0. Stamford 3 (Challinor 2, Robbins).

Division One South

Spalding 0, Tividale 2.

UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

Cogenhoe United 2, Huntingdon 1 (Barker).

Deeping Rangers 1 (Avis), AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2.

Peterborough Northern Star 1 (Macleod) Oadby 1.

Wellingborough Town 3, Yaxley 2 (Adams, Hughes).

Wisbech Town 5 (Fairweather 2, Treacher, Beaumont, Ford), Sileby Rangers 1.

Division One

Blackstones 2 (Moore 2), Buckingham 4.

Peterborough Sports 2 (Barber, Nyang), Lutterworth.

Postponed: Woodford United v Bourne.

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

Division One

Long Melford 6, March 0.