Super Stamford crush leaders
Super Stamford crush leaders
STAMFORD claimed their firstaway win since August in sensational style, toppling leaders Folkestone with an outstanding second half performance.
Billy Jeffrey s search for a striker ended in failure this week, but current front two Malcolm Ndekwe and Ronnie Fortune showed that maybe another front man is not needed.
Ndekwe bagged a brace and Fortune was involved in all four Stamford goals.
"It is a win that has been coming over the last few weeks," said Jeffrey. "We have been playing very well but just have not been able to finish. Today everything came together."
Carl Tallents fired Stamford ahead in the third minute, heading in Fortune s cross, but Folkestone struck twice in injury time.
Stamford hit back when Ndekwe headed home a lobbed pass from Fortune, and the visitors took the lead when a mishit Martin Lewis shot fell kindly at the feet of substitute Craig Donaldson.
Ndekwe made the game safe, racing on to a Fortune flick to notch his second in the 81st minute.
Stamford: Newer, Hardy, Clyde, Ashby, Curtis, Staff, Bailey, Lewis, Tallents (Donaldson), Fortune, Ndekwe. Subs not used: Blowers, Bradley.
SPALDING might still be a long way from performing the great escape but what looked like a mission impossible is showing no signs of self destruction.
First half goals from Tommy Henderson and Dave Gilbert were enough to secure victory with the hosts hitting a late reply.
Spalding s performance belied their lowly position and Henderson s scoring record since signing from Wisbech last month must have manager Alan Day wondering how well his side might have been doing if they had found such a regular scorer earlier in the season.
"We have been creating lots of chances all season long, all we have needed is someone to finish and Tommy has done that. He is on fire at the moment, he just can t stop scoring," said Day.
Spalding: Cross, Vince, Hopkins, Appleby, Campbell, Keeble, Wilson (Dolby), Langford, Hercock, Gilbert, Henderson. Cundy, Featherstone.
WISBECH found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline against Chelmsford for the second week running and again there were no complaints from manager Darren Bloodworth, about the result at least.
But Bloodworth believed their match winner handled the ball before scoring.
He said: "I think today showed that we are lacking that quality you need when you come up against the top sides. We battled well and they are without doubt the best team we have played this season, but it just goes to show that we are not quite there at the moment."
Wisbech: Pledger, Gleeve, Hill, Deer, Ashworth, Ruscillo (Warfield), Korkmaz, Sedlan, Cobb (White), Munns, Furnell. Sub not used: Hyde.
FOR every moment of magic they produced, Blackstone managed to find twice as many ways to shoot themselves in the foot.
On a day goalkeeper Ian Flavell would want to forget, Jamie Graham conjured up two moments of sheer class to twice drag his side back into the game. But having netted from 25 yards, then from the edge of the box, Graham failed to score from the penalty spot.
Having been awarded a penalty with 10 minutes to go, manager Vince Adams thought his side was about to pick up the points their performance thoroughly deserved. How wrong he was.
Graham had his spot kick saved andto make matters worse Flavell dropped a cross at the feet of a St Neots forward who calmly accepted the gift.
"I cannot believe we have lost," said a bemused Adams. "We have absolutely played them off the park. I won t knock Flavell, he knows he has had a bad day, and I am sure he will be able to pick himself up from this."
Blackstone: Flavell, Bryant, Bedford (Wood), Smith, Warren, Sanderson, Doyle, Speechley, Strickley (Fogg), Harrold (Edwards), Graham.
UNFORTUNATELY for Holbeach not all UCL teams are as lenient in front of goal as they are.
Holbeach had much the better of the first half of this lively encounter, but failed to capitalise while they held sway.
Mick Leech and Steve Barnes were the Tigers two major culprits in front of goal, as they squandered the best of their openings. The second half was hardly five minutes old when Stotfold broke the deadlock with a goal that deflated Holbeach hearts and gave the home side the platform from which to complete a comfortable win.
Holbeach assistant manager Howard Shoebridge commented: "We are not scoring when we are on top in games and that is what is hurting us at the moment.
"We played very well in the first half but if you don t score you are always going to be up against it."
Holbeach: Bunce, Neverson, Hepburn, Regan, Easton, S. Barnes, P. Barnes, Jackson, Rowley (Davitt), Baines, Leech. Sub not used: Morris.
DEEPING S 12 game unbeaten run came to an end in their biggest game of the season.
Deeping struggled to come to terms with the sloping pitch at Cottingham and found themselves taking up a solid rearguard action for most of the first half.
Cottingham deservedly went ahead in the 16th minute, and despite a sustained effort in the second half, Deeping were unable to break their opponents down to snatch an equaliser.
Deeping: Salerno, Ray, Merrill, Roberts (Palmer), Kirk (Edwards), Coupe, Tarrent, Miller, Bradley, Anderson (Cunningham), Leftley.
YAXLEY had the perfect start to what turned out to be a miserable day.
The holders of the Hunts Senior Cup were given the tonic of an early goal in the semi-final clash with Eynesbury, Richard Challinor tapping in from three yards after only four minutes.
Eynesbury were level before half time and wrapped things up with two goals after the break.
"We just did not perform on the day," said Yaxley s dejected manager Paul Humphries.
"We did not create that much and did not play that well. We had the perfect start but then it all went wrong."
Yaxley: Conroy, Ward, James, Mason, Clipston, Clarke (Chesher), Minett, Lenton (Mayhew), George, Challinor, Salerno (MacCallum).
THERE is not much about this trip to Norwich that March manager Lester Kent will want to remember.
Four goals down by the break, the only bright spot was Dan McPherson s spot kick after the home side had added a fifth.
"They were just better than us," was as much as Kent could muster, still trying to come to terms with the shock. "We were going well until this match, it has certainly brought us down to earth with a bump."
March: Goude, Cousins, Billymore,Graves, Davey, Bailey (Gipson), McPherson, Hough, Thompson, Mowden (Thomas) James.
JACKIE Gallagher marked his Chatteris debut with a goal, but it was not enough to inspire the Lilies to a second consecutive win.
The former Posh striker gave Chatteris a deserved first-half lead, showing his predatory instincts in the box, but Whitton made full use of their sloping pitch in the second half to fight back and eventually gain the upper hand.
While the late signing of Gallagher had proved a major coup for Chatteris, they were dealt the major blow of keeper Neil King dropping out just hours before kick off with 'flu, forcing centre half Andy Taylor to play in goal.
Chatteris: Taylor, Barker, Clarkeson, Allen, Howe, Young, Mattless, Garner, Coates, Dunn (Horspool), Gallagher.