A debut goal from striker Jezz Goldson-Williams steered Netherton United into the semi-finals of the Northants Junior Cup yesterday (January 9).
Goldson-Williams became available for the Peterborough League Premier Division side after his scheduled match for higher-level Deeping Rangers was postponed in the morning.
And he came on as a late substitute to score the final goal in a 4-3 win over United Counties Division One outfit Wellingborough Whitworth at The Grange. Netherton have now beaten three UCL Division One side on their way to the last four.
“Jezz called me in the morning to say he was available,” Netherton manager Jon Harrison revealed. “He trained with us in the summer and we signed him on to play for us, but he also signed to play for Deeping in the UCL Premier Division so he hadn’t actually had a game for us.
“He’s a top player and I was glad I had a space on the substitutes’ bench for him. It was a cool finish that won us the game.
“We didn’t play that well in the first-half so I had to have some stern words with the team at half-time. They responded and once we got in front we defended very well for the final 10 minutes or so.
“It’s another great win for us in this competition. We fancy our chances against anyone.”
Netherton showed their battling qualities in this match as they were behind on three separate occasions.
Stteve Mastin equalised in the first-half before limping off, but Wellingborough were 2-1 ahead at the break. Tom Randall levelled soon after the re-start, but the visitors were soon back in front, maintaining their lead until the final 15 minutes.
Dwayne Rankin then struck just five minutes before Goldson-Williams raced clear to deliver a composed, match-winning finish.
Harrison praised central defender Ben Daly and 16 year-old left back Lewis Brisbourne for their performances.
UCL Division One leaders Peterborough Sports saw their quqrter-final tie at ON Chenecks postponed, but Division One side Raaunds and Northampton Premier Division outfit Weldon United made it through to the semi-finals.
Most of the Peterborough Premier Division was postponed because of waterlogged pitches, but Ketton beat Crowland 5-2 at Pit Lane and ICA Sports were held to a 1-1 draw by Deeping Rangers Reserves at their new home base at Huntingdon Town FC.
ICA moved up a place to fifth. Stephen Wells scored their goal.
Both President’s Shield matches at Moulton Harrox and Pinchbeck were postponed.
CHROMASPORTS & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE
Crowland Town 2
ICA Sports 1 (Wells)
Deeping Rangers Res 1
Postponed: Langtoft United v AFC Stanground, Riverside v Stilton United; Holbeach United Res v Peterborough Sports Res, Sawtry v Leverington Sports, #
Postponed: Moulton Harrox v Uppingham Town, Pinchbeck United v Thorney
NORTHANTS JUNIOR CUP (Quarter-final)
Netherton United 4 (Mastin, Randall, Rankin, Goldson-Williams)
Wellingborough Whitworth 3