Peterborough Sports have received a rude awakening over the last few days.
The city side’s strong start to the 2017-18 season, which followed two seasons of multiple trophy-winning, has stuttered on the back of three straight defeats.
The FA Cup reverse at home to higher level Stafford Rangers and a heavy home defeat at the hands of Evo Stik Division One leaders Cleethorpes were easy to understand, but today (September 9) Sports threw away a two-goal half-time lead to lose 3-2 at a Sheffield FC outfit who were tasting victory for the first time this season.
Avelion Vieira struck after five minutes and Josh Sanders made it 2-0 five minutes before the break, but the home side struck three times in 16 second-half minutes to claim the win. A late Sheffield red card made no difference to the final outcome.
Sports are down to ninth now, two places behind Spalding United who pipped Bedworth 2-1 thanks to two Gary King goals in the first-half. Bedworth were given a lifeline by an own goal from Brad Maslen-Jones, but the Tulips held on.
Stamford are labouring in 16th after falling to a 3-1 defeat at Loughborough Dynamo. Boston United loanee Liam Adams had fired Spalding into a fifth minute lead.
Deeping Rangers will head into next Saturday’s (September 16) FA Cup tie at home to Kidderminster in good spirits after a crushing 5-0 away win at Sileby Rangers. Scott Mooney scored twice.
And there was a welcome win for Yaxley at Desborough. Joe Butterworth (2), Dan Cotton and Scott Waumsley scored for the Cuckoos.
New Wisbech Town manager Gary Setchell celebrated a debut win. Michael Frew (2), Josh Ford and Alex Beck were on target in a 4-0 home win over St Andrews.
EVO STIK LEAGUE
Division One South
Loughborough Dynamo 3, Stamford 1 (Adams), Sheffield FC 3, Peterborough Sports 2 (Vieira, Sanders), Spalding Utd 2 (King 2), Bedworth Utd 1.
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Premier Division: Desborough Town 1, Yaxley 4 (Butterworth 2, Waumsley, Cotton); Northampton Sileby Rangers 0, Deeping Rangers 5 (Mooney 2, Coulson, Avis, Coupland); Wisbech Town 4 (Frew 2, Beck, Ford), St Andrews 0.
THURLOW NUNN EASTERN LEAGUE
Division One: Norwich United Reserves 3, Wisbech St Mary 1.