Moulton Harrox won the battle of the big guns in the Peterborough Premier Division on Saturday (December 19).
The table-toppers beat second-placed Whittlesey Athletic 2-0 at Feldale Field to make it a hugely impressive 14 wins from 14 top-flight matches. Whittlesey had won their previous 12 matches, but couldn’t find a way through a well-organised and stubborn back four.
Moulton have great teamwork and excellent spirit and enough quality going forward to now be firm favourites to lift the title. Ollie Maltby headed them in front in the first-half and Ben Allen added a second goal late on, after Harrox had seen striker Ian Bradbury dismissed for picking up two yellow cards from referee Stewart Francis.
Harrox now take a five-point lead into the new year.
But the best win by a Premier Division side on Saturday belonged to Netherton United who knocked United Counties Division One promotion-chasers Stewart & Lloyds out of the Northants Junior Cup.
The city side won 3-2 in a game switched to the Grange after two postponements in Corby. Netherton hadn’t played for five weeks, but delivered the hungry, passionate performance predicted by inspirational manager Jon Harrison.
Adam Scott and Lee Clementson fired Netherton into a 2-0 lead before the visitors hit back to level. Steve Mastin then grabbed a last-gasp winner for Netherton as they booked a quarter-final tie at home against another UCL Division One side, Wellingborough Whitworth, on January 9.
All the top Peterborough Premier Division sides might want to keep an eye on the progress of Pinchbeck United. The double-winners from 2012 have won eight league games on the bounce to ease into fifth place. They are 10 points off top spot, but they will fancy their chances of winning some big games in 2016.
Pinchbeck’s progress is not entirely unconnected to the star signing of ace striker Dan Woods, a top performer at a better level than the Peterborough Premier Division. Woods bagged a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-1 win over AFC Stanground to make it 14 goals in just nine appearances.
Fourth-placed Holbeach United Reserves were undone by a solitary goal from Langtoft United’s recent signing from Netherton United, Keeshan Wilson. It was just a third league defeat of the season for the Tigers’ reserve team.
Uppingham made it five straight wins with a 9-0 bashing of lowly Leverington, while Deeping Rangers Reserves pipped bottom club Riverside 1-0.
Next-to-bottom Crowland scrapped to a 1-1 draw with Sawtry and it was the same score between Ketton and Stilton.
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE
Crowland Town 1
Ketton 1 (Wason)
Stilton United 1 (Fisher)
Langtoft United 1 (Wilson)
Holbeach United Res 0
Pinchbeck United 4 (Woods 3, Dunn)
AFC Stanground 1
Deeping Rangers Res 1
ICA Sports 2 (N. Glover, Griggs)
Uppingham Town 9
Leverington Sports 0
Whittlesey Athletic 0
Moulton Harrox 2 (Maltby, Allen)
NORTHANTS LOWER JUNIOR CUP
Netherton United 3 (Scott, Clementson, Mastin)
Stewart & Lloyds 2