Netherton United delivered a superb comeback too book their place in the Peterborough League’s President’s Shield Final.
The city side fell 2-0 down early on in a battle of the Premier Division guns with Moulton Harrox at the Grange on Saturday (March 4), but fought back to win 3-2 and book a final date with Pinchbeck United.
Tom Randall scored twice with skipper Herbie Panting also on target after Ash Coddington and Marcus Parry had scored for Harrox.
It was deja vu for these teams as Netherton had fought back from 3-0 down to win 4-3 at Harrox in a league game in December.
Pinchbeck beat Netherton in a PFA quarter-final tie last month. The teams also meet in a crunch Premier Division match at Knight Street this Saturday (March 11)
Pinchbeck will start the final at Chestnut Avenue on May 12 as slight favourites. They are currently second in the top-flight - two places above Netherton - a position they maintained with a 4-1 win at Leverington on Saturday.
That was a 15th top-flight win in a row for Pinchbeck and top scorer Ollie Maltby took his tally for the season to 49 (from just 25 games) with a hat-trick.
Maltby, the Premier Division’s top scorer when helping Moulton Harrox to the title last season, only scored once in the first three games of this season, but since then has scored six in a game, four in a game twice and registered five hat-tricks!
Peterborough Sports Reserves are still the team to catch though. They are four points clear at the top after a 5-1 win over Ketton who struggled against the power and guile of Sports’ strikers Gary Gibbs and Ian Bradbury. Gibbs bagged a hat-trick.
ICA Sports smooth progress continued with a 2-0 win over Thorney with Nathan Glover and Josh Smith scoring the goals, The city side are fifth, just a point behind Netherton.
Stamford Lions left it late before securing a 1-0 win over bottom club Uppingham Town. Ben Easson scored the goal two minutes from time.
Antonio Dello-Russo and Talal Karama both scored twice as Deeping Rangers Reserves blitzed AFC Stanground Sports 7-0. Stanground have won just one of their last 15 competitive matches and they’ve conceded 78 goals in that time.
Sam Cubberley and Kieran Hamilton both scored twice as Wisbech Town Reserves beat struggling Stilton United 5-1.
The scheduled matches at Holbeach and Sawtry were postponed.
Saturday, March 4
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUGH LEAGUE
Netherton United 3 (Randall 2, Panting), Moulton Harrox 2 (Coddington, Parry)
AFC Stanground Sports 0, Deeping Rangers Res 7 (Dello-Russo 2, Karama 2, Waumsley 2, Bayley)
Leverington (Reed), Pinchbeck 4 (Maltby 3, Wright)
ICA Sports 2 (N. Glover, Smith), Thorney 0
Peterborough Sports Res 5 (G. Gibbs 3, Bradbury, Boome), Ketton 1 (Bird)
Stamford Lions 1 (Easson), Uppingham Town 0
Wisbech Town Res 5 (Hamilton 2, Cubberley 2, Lewis), Stilton United 1 (Denning).
Postponed: Holbeach Res v Crowland, Sawtry v Langtoft United.