Peterborough Sports were so sure of victory in their Northants Junior Cup match at Syresham, manager Jimmy Dean and chairman Steve ‘Tommy’ Cooper were named among the substitutes.
Both were top-class players in their day and Dean, who has kept in better shape than his chairman, even managed to grab a hat-trick which included a stunning 25 yard free-kick. It was his first competitive outing for 12 months.
Sports, who are set to run away with the United Counties Division One title, won the game against a struggling side from the North Bucks and District Premier Division 12-0. Jake Sansby was the real star of the show claimed a 14-minute hat-trick in the first half and five goals overall.
In league action, there was a slightly happier homecoming for Darren Jarvis than Darren Ferguson. Jarvis, now manager of Premier Division title chasers Holbeach United, returned to Peterborough Northern Star for the first time since his controversial dismissal as manager of the city side last February and saw his Tigers side battle to a 0-0 draw against in-form opposition.
Holbeach are now unbeaten in 11 Premier Division matches and haven’t conceded a goal for 511 minutes. Their only defeat arrived on the opening day of the season, Star are now unbeaten in six matches.
Deeping Rangers were also involved in a 0-0 draw with Harborough Town at Outgang Road, while Yaxley came within seven minutes of ruining Kempston Rovers’ unbeaten record. Dan Cotton’s 18th goal of the season midway through the second half - from the penalty spot - looked to have secured victory for the Cuckoos, but Kempston, who have drawn six of their 13 games, equalised seven minutes from time.
Wisbech recruited three quality players in Ross Watson, Michael Frew and Adam Millson before their match at home to Rothwell Corinthians and the Fenmen responded with a 2-0 win. Rob Hughes and Billy Smith scored the goals.
Zak Munton scored twice as Bourne beat lowly St Neots Saints 3-1 in Division One, but Blackstones lost 2-0 at last season’s Peterborough League Premier Division champions Oakham United. Oakham are now third in the table, albeit six points behind leaders Peterborough Sports having played five games more.
Stamford AFC are next-to-bottom in the Northern Premier Division after losing to a solitary first-half goal at Ashton United yesterday.
Spalding are eighth in Division One South after losing 3-1 at Chasetown. Josh Moreman grabbed the Tulips’ consolation goal.
The eagerly-awaited United Counties League Cup tie between Peterborough Sports and Peterborough Northern Star will take place on Tuesday, December 1 (7.45pm kick off) at PSL.
Northern Premier Division
Ashton United 1
Stamford AFC 0
Division One South
Spalding 1 (Moreman)
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Deeping Rangers 0
Harborough Town 0
Huntingdon Town 1 (Shepherd)
Cogenhoe United 2
Peterborough Northern Star 0
Holbeach United 0
Wisbech Town 2 (Hughes, Smith)
Rothwell Corinthians 0
Yaxley 1 (Cotton)
AFC Kempston Rovers 1
Bourne Town 3 (Munton 2, Sculthorpe)
St Neots Town Saints 1
Northants Junior Cup
Peterborough Sports 12 (Sansby 5, Dean 3, Vieira 2, Brundle, Cox)
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
March Town United 1
Woodbridge Town 2