Sports’ promotion hopes in tatters

Peterborough Northern Star centre-back Luke Hunnings (white shirt) in action against Deeping Rangers' Jezz Goldson-Williams. Photo Tim Gates.

Peterborough Northern Star centre-back Luke Hunnings (white shirt) in action against Deeping Rangers' Jezz Goldson-Williams. Photo Tim Gates.

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Peterborough Sports look to have blown their ChromaSports & Trophies United Counties Division One promotion hopes after slipping to a 3-0 defeat at rivals Rothwell Corinthians last night (March 24).

Rothwell leapfrogged Sports into second place after their comfortable victory. The city side are a point behind, but have played three games more and have just four matches remaining.

It’s a second defeat inside four days for Sports who had won their previous five games.

In the Premier Division a goalless draw between local rivals Peterborough Northern Star and Deeping Rangers was marred by a serious injury to the latter’s midfielder David Burton-Jones. Burton-Jones was taken to hospital after a clash of heads with Star’s Phil Stebbing - the game was delayed by 30 minutes.

Burton-Jones was released from hospital in the early hours of this morning (March 25). He required multiple stitches to his face and mouth.

Huntingdon were beaten 3-1 at Newport Pagnell to make it 11 games without a win. Rewcent recruit Roberto Da Silva scored the Huntingdon goal.

Premier Division outfit Yaxley earned a Hinchingbrooke semi-final date with Northern Star after seeing off Division One side Bourne 2-0. Scott Carter’s early goal eased the nerves of a yaxley side who had failed to score in their last three matches before Dan Cotton ended a personal goal drought from open play with a classy second goal after the break.

March Town’s bid to cause a shock in the Cambs Invitation Cup was dashed by five second-half goals as Cambridge City ran out 6-0 winners at the GER. City had beaten Wisbech by the same score in an earlier round.

Spalding missed a golden chance to topple Evo Stik Division One South leaders Mickleover Sports after taking a 2-0 lead at the Sir Halley Stewart Field in the first 20 minute sthrough goals from Avelino Vieira and Tom Waumsley. Mickleover fought back to draw 2-2 with two goals in the last quarter of the match, but Spalding remain in good shape in their attempt to reach the play-offs.

Spalding are sixth, one place outside the play-offs, on goals scored with seven matches to go.

Stamford’s battle against relegation in the Northern Premier Division took another knock as they were deservedly beaten 1-0 at home by Curzon Ashton. The Daniels are two points and two points clear of the drop zone, but badly missed top scorer Ryan Robbins last night.

Robbins made his international debut for St Kitts & Nevis earlier in the week in a 6-2 World Cup qualifying win over Turks and Caicos. Robbins played for 50 minutes. The teams meet again in the second leg tomorrow (March 26).

Peterborough League Division Four leaders Bretton North End were held to a 2-2 draw by ICA Sports B last night. Jamie Graham and Ricky Rozario scored for Bretton who are two points clear at the top, while Mark Wyer and Lee Mills replied for ICA. Bretton manager Paul Passero was sent off for foul and abusive language towards a referee.

Oakham United will return to the top of the Premier Division tonight (March 25) if they beat lowly Crowland at home.

Also tomorrow there’s a clash of the top two, Peterborough Sports A and Spalding Town, in Division Three.

RESULTS

Tuesday, March 24

CAMBS INVITATION CUP

(Semi-final)

March Town 0 Cambridge City 6

HINCHINGBROOKE CUP
(Quarter final)

Yaxley 2 (Carter, Cotton) Bourne Town 0

EVO STIK LEAGUE

Northern Premier Division

Stamford 0 Curzon Ashton 1

Division One South

Spalding United 2 (Vieira, Waumsley), Mickleover Sports 2

UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

Newport Pagnell 3, Huntingdon Town 1 (Da Silva)

Peterborough Northern Star 0 Deeping Rangers 0.

Division One

Rothwell Corinthians 3, Peterborough Sports 0.

PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE

Division Four

Bretton North End 2 (Graham, Rozario), ICA Sports B 2 (Wyer, Mills)

FIXTURES

Wednesday March 25

PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE

Premier Division

Holbeach United Reserves v Pinchbeck United

Oakham v Crowland Town.

Division Three

Peterborough Sports A v Spalding Town.