Four wins on the spin takes Tulips into a play-off position

Adam Scotcher was on target for Deeping against Thurnby Nirvana.
Adam Scotcher was on target for Deeping against Thurnby Nirvana.
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Spalding have moved into a play-off position in Division One South of the Evo Stik League.

The Tulips are fourth after securing a fourth straight win yesterday (November 29). Goals from Lewis Webb and Jamie Thurlbourne were enough to seal a 2-0 success at Stockbridge Park Steels.

Holbeach and Yaxley maintained their United Counties Premier Division title hopes with hard-fought away wins yesterday.

Jamie Clarke and Lee Beeson were the men on the mark for Holbeach in a 2-0 win at Eynesbury, while Yaxley required a last-minute spot-kick from Dan Cotton to inflict a first defeat in eight matches on Boston.

Yaxley led 2-0 early in the game thanks to goals from Ricky Hailstone and David Cobb before Boston dragged themselves level.

Leaders Rushden & Diamonds won 5-1 at Long Buckby. They are two points clear of Holbeach with Yaxley a further two points behind.

Peterborough Northern Star are fourth, six points adrift of Yaxley after their disappointing 0-0 draw at Kempston. The home side played more than half the game with 10 men after a first-half red card.

Wisbech will over-take Star on Tuesday (December 2) if they beat them at the Elgoods Fenland Stadium. The Fenmen saw off Cogenhoe 3-0 yesterday as Danny Beaumont struck twice late in the contest to add to Adam Millsom’s first-half penalty. It wasn’t all good news for Wisbech as star striker Josh Ford suffered a broken foot and faces a lengthy absence.

Charlie Coulson, Adam Scotcher, Dan Flack and Joe Braithwaite scored Deeping’s goals as they beat Thurnby Nirvana 4-1 in the first ever meeting between the clubs.

Division One title challengers Peterborough Sports suffered a penalty shoot-out defeat in the Northants Junior Cup just a handful of days after beating Premier Division Sleaford on spot-kicks in the United Counties League Cup.

Dan Clements fired Sports into a second minute lead against Rothwell Corinthians yesterday, but the visitors took the tie to penalties with a last-minute equaliser.

Ondre Odain fired his penalty against the post, while Corinthians scored all five of their spot-kicks.

Against Sleaford Sports beat higher level Sleaford despite midfielder Chris Garwell playing in goal and despite a red card for midfielder Gerard Evans. Clements and Matthew Cook scored for Sports in a 2-2 draw before Garwell’s heroics sealed success in the shoot-out. He saved one penalty and then converted the decisive kick to send Sports through.

Sports are now five points behind Division One leaders Lutterworth with two games in hand. Lutterworth won 2-1 at Blackstones yesterday which was a third straight defeat for new Stones’ boss Neil Cotton. Declan Carr scored for the home side five minutes from time.

Bourne grabbed a point from their trip to Bugbooke St Michaels when Jones De Sousa netted in the final minute.

Results

Evo Stik League

Division One South

Stockbridge Park Steels 0, Spalding 2 (Webb, Thurlbourne)

United Counties League

Premier Division

Kempston 0, Peterborough Northern Star 0.

Boston 2, Yaxley 3 (Hailstone, Cobb, Cotton)

Deeping Rangers 4 (Flack, Scotcher, Coulson, Braithwaite), Thurnby Nirvana 1

Desborough 3, Huntingdon 0.

Eynesbury 0, Holbeach 2 (Clarke, Beeson)

Wisbech 3 (Beaumont 2, Millsom), Cogenhoe 0.

Division One

Blackstones 1 (Carr), Lutterworth 2

Bugbrooke St Michaels 1, Bourne 1 (De Sousa)

Northants Junior Cup

Peterborough Sports 1 (Clements), Rothwell Corinthians 1.

(Rothwell won 5-4 on penalties).