Non-league football: Sports continue their blistering start

Avelino Vieira opened the scoring for Peterborough Sports at Olney.
Avelino Vieira opened the scoring for Peterborough Sports at Olney.
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Peterborough Sports continued their blistering start to the United Counties League Division One season by blowing away a team tipped to challenge them for the title.

Jordan MacLeod hit a second-half hat-trick as Jimmy Dean’s men slammed Olney 7-0 to extend their 100 per-cent start to the campaign.

Avelino Vieira had earlier fired them ahead after just five minutes before he turned provider as Karl Gibbs doubled the advantage.

Sports even received a helping hand from their hosts as an Olney defender unwittingly headed a long Ollie Medwynter throw into his own net before Vieira settled the contest just before the break when darting round the home goalkeeper and slotting the ball into the net from the tightest of angles.

Then MacLeod took centre stage in the second period. He opened his account just after the hour before completing his treble with two further strikes in the closing stages.

Bourne lost for the first time at that level when going down 4-2 at Lutterworth. Ben Catanach and Zak Munton hit the Wakes’ goals. Blackstones drew 0-0 with Raunds.

Two local teams are setting the United Counties League Premier Division pace.

Brett Whaley’s terrific start to his Wisbech Town reign continued as they extended the only remaining 100 per cent record in the top-flight yesterday.

Matt Sparrow marked his first start for the club with an explosive 12-minute hat-trick and Declan Rogers struck twice in a 5-1 rout at Harborough.

Whaley’s former club Yaxley, who his new charges face on Tuesday (August 25) in an early-season top-of-the-table clash, are level on points with the Fenmen, but have played one game more.

They breezed past Sileby Rangers 4-0 on the new In2itive Park 3G pitch yesterday with Dan Cotton, Matt Gearing, Deakan Napier and Toby Ogbonna hitting the goals.

Deeping suffered their first defeat of the season when going down 3-1 at Oadby. Scott Mooney grabbed Rangers’ goal from the penalty spot as Michael Goode tasted defeat for the first time since taking over in the summer.

Two penalties in as many second-half minutes from Josh Ford spared Holbeach’s blushes as they recovered to draw 2-2 with newly-promoted Northampton Spencer.

But it was a performance and result which drew an angry social media reaction from manager Darren Jarvis. “We let ourselves down today, more disappointing we let down our club and our supporters. Totally unacceptable,” he tweeted.

Goode and Jarvis’ former club, Peterborough Northern Star, are still waiting for their first win of 2015/16.

They were beaten by a solitary first half goal from one-time Stamford defender Robbie Maddox at Desborough yesterday.