ROUND-UP: Fenmen fight bcak to reach final, Deeping delight, eventful day for Dore, happy Hares at last
Wisbech Town set up a cracking United Counties League Cup Final against local foes Yaxley with a come-from-behind win at Desborough today (March 11).
The Fenmen were staring semi-final defeat in the face when falling 2-0 down at their Premier Division rivals after 56 minutes, but Curtis Knight and Michael Frew dragged them level by the end of 90 minutes.
And it was Wisbech who bossed the penalty shoot out, winning it 4-1 to seal a final berth against Yaxley at Peterborough Sports FC on May 1.
Luke Kennedy, Frew, Adam Millson and Billy Smith scored from the spot, while ‘keeper Sam Vince saved the third Desborough kick. The home side also blasted a penalty over the crossbar.
Sports will have been crowned top-flight champions well before they host the cup final, They maintained their 12-point lead at the top with a 4-1 win at Rothwell Corinthians today.
The scoreline flattered Sports somewhat. In difficult conditions they powered away in the second-half, but scored twice in the final seven minutes to finally seal win number 29 from 34 matches.
Rothwell drew 0-0 at Sports earlier in the season and were level at 1-1 for a portion of this game. Ultimately goals from Mark Jones, Josh Sanders (penalty), Stuart Eason and Ollie Medwynter proved decisive.
Deeping Rangers are also celebrating a potentially decisive win. They are now 10 points clear in second place after a 3-0 win over Eynesbury Rovers at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.
Scott Coupland scored twice for Michael Goode’s men after Jason Kilbride had opened the scoring before the break. Eynesbury finished the game with 10 men following a late red card.
Holbeach United were well beaten 3-0 at Wellingborough Town.
In Division One it was an eventful afternoon for Bourne Town’s Scott Dore. He scored twice in a thrilling 3-3 home draw with high-flying Wellingborough Whitworth before being sent off in the closing minutes.
Wellingborough grabbed an equaliser in the 94th minute, two minutes after Dore had picked up his second yellow card.
Blackstone’s topsy-turvy form under new manager Andy Lodge continued as they followed a 6-0 home defeat last weekend (March 4) with a 3-2 win at Melton today.
Danny Barker, Jake Pell and Scott Ginty were the men on the mark for Stones.
Third-placed Spalding United lost their big game in Division One South of the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division at home to second-placed Witton. The Tulips started slowly and conceded the only goal of the game on 11 minutes.
Spalding rallied in the second period, but couldn’t find an equaliser. A late ‘goal’ from Kern Miller was ruled out by the officials.
Stamford AFC remain 16th after a 1-1 home draw with Kidsgrove. Jamie McGhee equalised for the Daniels eight minutes from time in front of a day’s best crowd in the division of 263 at the Zeeco Stadium.
March Town found some form in Division One South of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League. Two goals from Max Matless and another from Jack Brand secured a 3-0 win at next-to-bottom Dereham Reserves.
That stopped a run of five successive defeats for the Hares.
Saturday, March 11
Division One South
Spalding Utd 0, Witton Albion 1
Stamford AFC 1 (McGhee), Kidsgrove Athletic 1
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
League Cup semi-final
Desborough 2 Wisbech 2 (Knight, Frew)
(Wisbech won 4-1 on penalties)
Deeping Rangers 3 (Coupland 2, Kilbride), Eynesbury Rovers 0
Kirby Muxloe 7, Huntingdon Town 2
Rothwell Corinthians 1, Peterborough Sports 4 (Jones, Sanders, Eason, Medwynter)
Wellingborough Town 3, Holbeach United 0
Bourne Town 3 (Dore 2, Humphries), Wellingborough Whitworth 3
Melton Town 2, Blackstones 3 (Barker, Pell, Ginty).
THURLOW NUNN EASTERN LEAGUE
Dereham Town Res 0, March Town United 3 (Matless 2, Brand).
Framlingham Town 1, Wisbech St Mary 4