NON-LEAGUE: Sports blow Bourne away, Cuckoos shock Tigers

Peterborough Northern Star goalscorer James Hill-Seekings battles for possession against Eynesbury. Photo: Tim Gates.
Peterborough Northern Star goalscorer James Hill-Seekings battles for possession against Eynesbury. Photo: Tim Gates.
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Peterborough Sports will take their proud 100 per cent record into 2016.

The all-conquering city team safely negotiated their final test of this calendar year when breezing to a 5-0 victory over Bourne yesterday.

Craig Smith fires home Peterborough Northern Star's second goal against Eynesbury. Photo: Tim Gates.

Craig Smith fires home Peterborough Northern Star's second goal against Eynesbury. Photo: Tim Gates.

It was a 19th successive United Counties League Division One victory and preserved their 10-point cushion at the summit.

They blew away the in-form Wakes with four goals in the opening 33 minutes as Peterborough Telegraph Footballer of the Year contenders Jordan MacLeod and Avelino Vieira struck twice apiece.

Recent signing Daniel Clements sealed a smooth success with 20 minutes to go.

Delighted boss Jimmy Dean said: “The lads had started the last two games slowly and had to react to a few stern words at half-time.

“I was really happy to come from behind and get a result at Raunds, but I wasn’t so pleased when we made life hard for ourselves again at Thrapston on Boxing Day.

“I learned lessons from those games and so did the players. It was great to see them come flying out of the blocks and tear Bourne to bits in the first half.

“We were a joy to watch in that opening period and our attacking players were unplayable at times.

“It’s an amazing achievement to get to the end of 2015 with a 100 per cent record. I could not be more proud of the lads and hopefully we can keep it going in 2016.”

Across the city, Peterborough Northern Star suffered a first defeat in seven United Counties League Premier Division games.

Seb Hayes’ men squandered a two-goal interval advantage to lose 3-2 to an Eynesbury Rovers side who also leapfrogged them into seventh place in the table.

Teenage striker James Hill-Seekings fired Star ahead and then had a hand in Craig Smith’s goal which doubled their lead, but they conceded three times in the opening 16 minutes of the second half.

And their misery was compounded when they saw a last-gasp equaliser from substitute Jack Jefferson ruled out for a foul on the visiting goalkeeper.

Boss Hayes said: “The Eynesbury manager told me we did not deserve to lose when he shook my hand at the end of the game, but as far as I am concerned we threw it away by not listening to instructions and not working hard enough.”

Yaxley ended the year on a high by claiming a first win since mid-November.

A solitary Scott Carter goal proved enough to earn ‘The Cuckoos’ a 1-0 success which dented the title hopes of hosts Holbeach at Carters Park.

Carter was on hand to finish with a quarter-of-an-hour to go after left-back Jack Saunders had picked the pocket of Tigers substitute Ollie Pinner.

It meant defeat for Tom Roberts in his first match as permanent manager of Holbeach following the recent sacking of Darren Jarvis. They drop to fifth place, a full 10 points behind leaders Leicester Nirvana.

Deeping were smooth winners at Boston Town thanks to a first-half double from Scott Mooney to finish the year in fourth place in the Premier Division.

Wisbech were easy 6-1 winners at rock-bottom Huntingdon.

The Fenmen are one of only two teams to have been beaten by the basement side, but a repeat never looked to be on the cards.

Frontman Michael Frew hit a hat-trick with Billy Smith, Adam Millson and Stuart Cobb also on target.

Aaron Petty hit a consolation for a Huntingdon side who had defender Jake Waterworth sent off in the first half.

Two goals from occasional player Steve Mastin helped Blackstones snap a run of four successive defeats when sharing six goals with Oakham United in a Division One derby thriller.

Kieran Arthur was the other Stones player on target in an action-packed clash at Lincoln Road as they trailed 1-0, led 2-1, trailed 3-2 and then levelled courtesy of Mastin with a quarter-of-an-hour to go.

Stamford AFC are now seven points from Evo-Stik Premier Division safety after going down to a Bank Holiday Monday derby defeat.

The Daniels were beaten 3-1 in an A1 battle at Grantham. Greg Smith halved their arrears late on only for the hosts to restore their two-goal cushion in the final minute.

Faltering Spalding fell to a fourth successive Division One South defeat. Marcus Ebdon’s men went down 3-0 at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field to a Gresley side battling against relegation.

There was an 11th defeat in 19 Thurlow Nunn Division One matches for March as they went down 1-0 at Ely.


December 28


Northern Premier Division

Grantham 3

Stamford 1 (Smith)

Division One South

Spalding 0

Gresley 3


Premier Division

Boston Town 0

Deeping Rangers 2 (Mooney 2)

Holbeach United 0

Yaxley 1 (Carter)

Huntingdon Town 1 (Petty)

Wisbech Town 6 (Frew 3, Millson, Smith, Cobb)

Peterborough Northern Star 2 (Hill-Seekings, Smith)

Eynesbury 3

Division One

Blackstones 3 (Mastin 2, Arthur)

Oakham United 3

Peterborough Sports 5 (Macleod 2, Vieira 2, Clements)

Bourne Town 0


Division One

Ely City 1

March Town United 0