NON-LEAGUE: Cuckoos fly into third round of FA Vase, but Tigers are tamed

Nathan Stainfield (5) scores for Spalding against Carlton.
Nathan Stainfield (5) scores for Spalding against Carlton.
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Yaxley are the sole local survivors in the FA Vase after a nail-biting 3-2 second round win against London Colney at In2ituve Park today (November 21),

Top scorer Dan Cotton fired the Cuckoos into the lead on the hour, but the visitors were soon level.

Nathan Stainfield (right) receives the congratulations of a team-mate after scoring for Spalding against Carlton.

Nathan Stainfield (right) receives the congratulations of a team-mate after scoring for Spalding against Carlton.

Sam Spencer restored the lead for Yaxley and when Jon Stead made it 3-1 they looked home and hosed, but a second Colney goal set up a tense finale.

Yaxley will learn their third round opponents on Monday (November 25) when the draw is made at FA headquarters.

Holbeach United were well beaten 4-1 at Walsall Wood. Josh Ford dragged The Tigers level at 1-1 just before half-time, but the visitors scored three unanswered goals after the break.

Next-to-bottom Stamford AFC acquitted themselves well at Evo Stik Northern Premier Division moneybags Salford City, but fell to a single-goal defeat scored just before half-time.

Salford are part-owned by former Manchester United stars Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes. Gary Neville watched the first-half along with over 1,300 fans before travelling to watch Manchester City get thumped by Liverpool at the Etihaad.

The Daniels re-signed midfielder Tom Batchelor and forward Gregg Smith before the game. They have also signed former England C goalkeeper Jonathan Hodge.

Spalding enjoyed a real ding-dong win at home to Carlton in Division One South to give former Posh midfielder Marcus Ebdon a winning start as official Tulips manager.

Spalding led 2-0 after 20 minutes through Jake Newman and Nathan Stainfield, but Carlton hit back to lead 3-2 with 13 minutes to go.

Back came Spalding to score three goals in the final seven minutes to record an amazing 5-3 win. Newman completed a hat-trick with Mitch Griffiths completing the scoring with a 90th-minute penalty.

Spalding are now fourth in the table.

Peterborough Sports remain 12 points clear after 15 matches in United Counties Division One after winning 6-1 at Woodford United. That’s 15 wins in a row as Karl Gibbs and Jordan MacLeod both scored twice. Avelino Vieira and Olly Medwynter were also on target.

Bourne were well beaten 3-0 at home to Raunds, while Blackstones’ scheduled fixture at St Neots Saints was a victim of a waterlogged pitch.

In the Premier Division Deeping Rangers were beaten 1-0 at in-form Harborough Town, while Wisbech lost for the first time in six matches, 2-1 at home to Northampton Spencer despite taking an early lead through Adam Millson.

Peterborough Northern Star drew 0-0 at Cogenhoe.

March were beaten 3-1 at home by leaders Wivenhoe in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League. Shane Cooke scored the March goal against a team who have won 12 and drawn one of their 13 matches so far this season.

FA VASE
(Second round

Yaxley 3 (Cotton, Spencer, Stead)

London Colney 2

Walsall Wood 4

Holbeach United 1 (Ford)

EVO STIK LEAGUE

Northern Premier Division

Salford City 1

Stamford 0

Division One South

Spalding United 5 (Newman 3, Stainfield, Griffiths)

Carlton Town 3

CHROMASPORTS & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

Cogenhoe United 0

Peterborough Northern Star 0

Harborough Town 1

Deeping Rangers 0

Huntingdon Town 1 (Petty)

Boston Town 4

Wisbech Town 1 (Millson)

Northampton Spencer 2

Division One

Bourne Town 0

Raunds Town 3

Woodford United 1

Peterborough Sports 6 (K. Gibbs 2, Macleod 2, Vieira, Medwynter)

THURLOW NUNN EAST LEAGUE

Division One

March Town United 1 (Cooke)

Wivenhoe Town 3