ROUND-UP: First home defeat for Deeping, Stamford success after fast start, Hares hammered, Stones smashed

Jordan Smith (left) scored twice in the first 15 minutes for Stamford AFC against Romulus.
Jordan Smith (left) scored twice in the first 15 minutes for Stamford AFC against Romulus.
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Deeping Rangers lost a United Counties Premier Division home match for the first time this season today (March 4).

Michael Goode’s men were beaten 2-0 at the Haydon Whitham Stadium by FA Vase quarter-finalists Newport Pagnell who scored twice early in the second-half.

Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode.

Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode.

It was a golden opportunity missed for Deeping to put clear water between them and the rest of the contenders for the runners-up spot behind champions-elect Peterborough Sports.

There were many postponements today so Deeping remain seven points clear of third ahead of next Saturday’s (March 11) big game against Eynesbury Rovers.

“We weren’t that bad, but we weren’t great either,” Goode said after the game. “They were more clinical than us and managed the game well when they got in front.”

Second-placed Bugbrooke St Michaels were also clinical in their Division One game at Blackstones as Andy Lodge’s side were hammered 6-0.

The big game in Division One South of the Evo Stik Northern League between Witton Albion and Spalding United was postponed, but Stamford AFC registered a welcome 4-2 home win over Romulus in front over 300 fans at the Zeeco Stadium

Jordan Smith scored twice in the first 15 minutes for the Daniels with Jordan Hempenstsall adding a third goal on 25 minutes.

The visitors threatened a fightback when netting twice in the second-half, including an own goal from Danny Draper, but Jake Duffy struck for Stamford nine minutes from time to secure the points.

March Town, who are 18th in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League were disapppinted with their 4-1 home defeat at the hands of 15th placed Debenham LC. Casey Logan scored for the Hares.

Among the postponements today was the UCL Cup semi-final between Desborough and Wisbech. Yaxley are waiting for the winners in the final.

RESULTS

Friday, March 3

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

POSTPONED: Peterborough Northern Star v Holbeach United.

Saturday, March 4

EVO-STIK LEAGUE

Division One South

Stamford 4 (Smith 2, Hempenstall, Duffy), Romulus 2

POSTPONED: Witton Albion v Spalding Utd.

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

Deeping Rangers 0, Newport Pagnell Town 2

POSTPONED: Boston Town v Yaxley, Harborough Town v Huntingdon Town, Leicester Nirvana v Peterborough Sports.

League Cup

Semi-final

POSTPONED: Desborough Town v Wisbech Town.

Division One

Blackstones 0, Bugbrooke St Michaels 6

POSTPONED: Raunds Town v Bourne Town.

THURLOW NUNN EASTERN LEAGUE

Division One

March Town United 1 (Logan), Debenham 4