Daniels face the drop, Tulips on the up

Jamie Clarke (left) scored twice for Holberach against Oadby.

Jamie Clarke (left) scored twice for Holberach against Oadby.

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Stamford AFC are deep in relegation trouble after losing their key basement match in the Northern Premier Division at Marine yesterday (March 28).

Traffic problems en route did ‘The Daniels’ no favours and forced a late kick-off, but it was still a poor performance from a team in freefall. A goal after 15 minutes and a penalty early in the second-half sealed their fate and dropped Stamford into the relegation zone with just five matches to go.

Stamford are badly missing their talisman striker Ryan Robbins who scored the first international goal of his career to help St Kitts and Nevis through their first qualifying hurdle for the 2018 World Cup last week.

Spalding United could well replace their local rivals in the top flight of the Evo Stik League as their 4-0 win at Market Drayton yesterday moved them up to fourth place in Division One South. Mitch Griffiths, Tom Waumsley, Nathan Adams and an own goals pushed ‘The Tulips’ back into a play-off place.

Elsewhere it’s been a cracking couple of days for city teenager James Hill-Seekings. He helped Whittlesey Reds to a Youth Under 18 League Cup success on Friday night (March 27) and less than 24 hours later he was netting the winning goal for Peterborough Northern Star in a United Counties League Premier Division match at Sileby Rangers.

Relegation candidates Sileby led 1-0 going into the final 15 minutes before another talented teenager Jordan Macleod equalised.

Star are seventh at the top end of a league table heavily populated by local teams.

Wisbech, and Josh Ford in particular, kept the pressure on leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds with a 3-0 home win over Kempston. Ford scored all three goals, completing his hat-trick in the final minute.

The Fenmen remain seven points behind Diamonds with a game in hand. The teams meet in a League Cup semi-final at the Dog & Duck on Tuesday (March 31) and Diamonds go into the game on the back of a scrappy 1-0 win over Deeping Rangers with the home side scoring the only goal of the game just before the interval.

Holbeach United are going on nicely under new manager Darren Jarvis. They won an eventful game against Oadby at Carter’s Park to stay in fourth place. Oadby were twice ahead only for goals from Jamie Clarke (2) and Charlie Sanders to give ‘The Tigers’ a 3-2 lead going into stoppage time.

Oadby were then awarded a penalty which Holbeach goalkeeper Nick Conroy saved.

Yaxley are fifth after goals in the final six minutes of the match from Jacob Joyce and Scott Carter sealed a 2-0 win over Harborough at In2itive Park.

New signing Roberto Da Silva made it two goals in two games for Huntingdon, but they still crashed to a 5-2 defeat at home to Wellingborough Town.

Peterborough Sports kept alive their faint hopes of promotion from Division One with a 3-0 win at Rushden & Higham. Gibbs brothers Karl and Gary scored in the first quarter of the match before Matt Barber added a third goal 20 minutes from time.

Sports are relying on a major collapse from second-placed Rothwell Corinthians to make the step up to the Premier Division, but that’s looking most unlikely. Rothwell made it 10 wins in a row with a 4-0 thumping of Bourne yesterday.

Blackstones took an early lead at Olney through Kieran Hart, but two second-half goals ensured Stones’ miserable run continued.

March Town maintained a top six spot in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League thanks to a brilliant individual goal from Luke Pepper 15 minutes from time against King’s Lynn Reserves.

RESULTS

EVO STIK LEAGUE

Northern Premier Division

Marine 2, Stamford 0.

Division One South

Market Drayton 0, Spalding 4 (Griffiths, Waumsley, Adams og)

UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1, Deeping Rangers 0

Holbeach United 3 (Clarke 2, Sanders), Oadby 2.

Huntingdon Town 2 (Lewis, Da Silva), Wellingborough Town 5.

Sileby Rangers 1, Peterborough Northern Star 2 (Macleod, Hill-Seekings).

Wisbech Town 3 (Ford 3), Kempston Rovers 0.

Yaxley 2 (Joyce, Carter), Harborough Town 0.

Division One

Olney Town 2, Blackstones 1 (Hart).

Rothwell Corinthians 4, Bourne 0

Rushden & Higham 0, Peterborough Sports 3 (K. Gibbs, G. Gibbs, Barber).

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE

Division One

March Town 1 (Pepper), King’s Lynn Reserves 0.