NON-LEAGUE: Smith is a star for Star, Daniels suffer a long night at hands of Darlo

Peterborough Northern Star have booked a semi-final date in the Hinchingbrooke Cup at local rivals Deeping Rangers.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 9:36 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 9:39 am
Two-goal Craig Smith in action for Peterborough Northern Star against Stotfold. Photo: Tim Gates.

Star, who have been in dreadful form in the United Counties Premier Division, sprang a quarter-final shock last night (March 15) with a 2-0 win over Stotfold at Chestnut Avenue.

Top scorer Craig Smith grabbed both goals in the third and 59th minutes to set up a repeat of last year’s final which was won by Star. Peterborough Sports are waiting in the final.

There was also a Premier Division shock at Fenland Park last night where Wisbech Town’s run of eight games without defeat came to a disappointing end.

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Craig Smith scores his second goal for Peterborough Northern Star against Stotfold. Photo: Tim Gates.

It looked a home banker as opponents Harrowby had lost their last six matches, but a solitary goal 12 minutes from time won the game for the visitors.

A waterlogged pitch meant Yaxley’s scheduled trip to Northampton Spencer was postponed.

Stamford predictably lost 4-1 at home to high-flying Darlington 1883 in the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division after a very long night.

Half the visiting team were caught in an A1 traffic jam causing the kick off to be delayed by 45 minutes to 8.30pm.

Craig Smith scores his second goal for Peterborough Northern Star against Stotfold. Photo: Tim Gates.

Stamford held their own for an hour before Darlo hit their stride with four goals in the final 30 minutes.

Samuel Hill’s goal briefly gave the Daniels hope by maiking the score 2-1, but the visitors eventually cruised home.

Stamford remain a point outside the relegation zone, but they have played more games than their closest rivals.

Holbeach United host Boston Town in a United Counties League Cup quarter-final tonight (March 16). Wisbech await the winners in the semi-final.


Tuesday, March 15


Northern Premier Division

Stamford 1 (Hill)

Darlington 1883 4


Premier Division

Wisbech Town 0

Harrowby United 1

Hinchingbrooke Cup quarter-final

Peterborough Northern Star 2 (C. Smith 2)

Stotfold 0

Postponed: Northampton Spencer v Yaxley


Wednesday, March 16


League Cup quarter final

Holbeach United v Boston Town (7.45pm)


Premier Division

Netherton United v ICA Sports (8.05pm kick off).