UNDER 13. SPOT-ON George Chung left Netherton dreaming of making it third time lucky in the League Cup.
UNDER 13. SPOT-ON George Chung left Netherton dreaming of making it third time lucky in the League Cup. The city lads have bowed out in the semi-finals in each of the last two campaigns.
But they booked a return to that stage after Chung converted a late penalty to guarantee a 1-0 win at Bourne in the last eight on Sunday.
Netherton's regular penalty taker was off the pitch at the time so it was left to Chung – who ironically passed over spot-kick duties after missing in a league match against Bourne last season – to coolly fire home.
Netherton assistant boss Colin Prosser said: "The decision to award the penalty was harsh but we have been due a bit of luck.
"The result shows we can compete against a good First Division side but it reminded us of just how tough it is to score goals at this level.
"We have missed out on appearing in the cup final in the last two seasons but we really hope it proves to be third time lucky."
And there will definitely be a Second Division side walking out for the final later in the season.
Netherton have been drawn against Peterborough Sports in the last four after they got the better of Whittlesey 3-0.
Goals from Jordan MacGregor, Jamal Williamson and Louth Clay helped Sports through.
Prosser added: "It is great for Division Two that the draw has paired ourselves and Peterborough Sports together because it means one of us will get the chance to represent the division in the final."
n PARKSIDE Juniors predictably saw their cup adventure come to an end against Blackstone – and boss Steve Eyre was so impressed he instantly tipped their conquerors to go on and complete a Division One and League Cup double.
A Dan Evans treble, Sam Thompson double and a Declan Carr strike eased Blackstone to a smooth 6-0 success and the standard of their display left a big impression on Eyre, who saw his Second Division lads knock out holders ICA Juventus in an earlier round.
Eyre said: "Blackstone were worthy winners and without a doubt are the best team we have faced this season.
"It is clear to see why they are top of the Division One table and I will be very surprised if they don't do the double.
"We are still delighted to have been on our best ever cup run and the fact we went out and there is no shame in going out to Blackstone.
"We still have the memory of knocking out the holders in the first round and will now concentrate on putting everything into gaining promotion so we can play teams like Blackstone on a regular basis next season."
Stones now face Eye in the semis. They are also looking to add a couple of players to their squad.
Anyone interested in joining should call manager Mel Landin on 07710 134799.
IT'S been a long time coming, but Spalding are off and running.
They registered a first win of the season when beating Holbeach in a local Division One derby at the weekend.
George Chandler, Jordan Fisher and Daniel Deprez found the net for Spalding in the 3-1 success.
Hampton could hardly have stretched their lead at the top of Division Two to six points in any more authoratative fashion.
Joey Yeboah slammed in a double-hat-trick and Farhan Nathoo fired a treble as they won 16-0 at Rippingale.
There was also cup success in this age group for ICA Juventus. Chris Pope and Damien Ramm were on the mark as they beat Priory Parkside 2-0 to reach the Hunts Cup final.