Herts Ad Sunday League: Cup joy for AFC London Road and Skew Bridge

AFC London Road, the 2019 winners of the Herts Advertiser Intermediate Cup. Picture: BRIAN HUBBALL

AFC London Road, the 2019 winners of the Herts Advertiser Intermediate Cup. Picture: BRIAN HUBBALL - Credit: Archant

Jon Clements was the star of the show as AFC London Road completed a league and cup double by lifting the Herts Advertiser Sunday League Intermediate Cup.

Skew Bridge, the 2019 winners of the Herts Advertiser Challenge Cup. Picture: BRIAN HUBBALL

Skew Bridge, the 2019 winners of the Herts Advertiser Challenge Cup. Picture: BRIAN HUBBALL - Credit: Archant

The former Welwyn Garden City and London Colney striker scored four times in their 7-0 win over FC Potters Bar.

Both teams have impressed on their first season in the league but Bar simply couldn’t live with the quick-fire Road forwards who scored three times in the opening 10 minutes.

It was five by half-time in the Clarence Park contest as they continued to show no mercy.

Bar did improve after the break though and restricted the chances but it was too late to alter the outcome.

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As well as Clements there were goals for Eamon Rogers, Spencer Clarke-Mardel and Alex English.

That game was followed by Skew Bridge’s fifth Challenge Cup final success thanks to a 3-1 win over Hilltop.

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They started well, taking the game to Hill, and it was no surprise when Tom Collins opened the scoring.

Hilltop did grow into the game but found Andy Saul and Tom Smith an impenetrable obstacle and that foundation allowed Skew to double their lead before half-time through Harry Hunt.

Hilltop keeper Ben Power made two good saves to deny Jimmy Hartley and Hunt before the game turned back the way of Hilltop following a red card for Skew.

A low drive halved the advantage but Hunt finally made the game safe after breaking away and lofting the ball over Power.

But while the drama of the cup was being played out there was still some league fixtures taking place.

Phoenix and AFC Rangers shared the points in Division One with a 1-1 draw. Phoenix’s leading marksman Ally Hill scored again while Patrick Knight took home their outstanding player award.

In Division Two a Jacob Wroe strike plus an own goal earned Mermaid a 2-2 draw against Royston Rangers and it was the same score in Division Three as TNF and Marshalswick Rovers shared the spoils.

Dan Orchard was the star man for TNF, with Steven Orchard and Jonathan Tanton their scorers while Marshalswick’s replies came from Ian Taylor and Douglas St Louis.

James Todd’s midas touch continued as he bagged four goals in Welwyn Warriors’ 9-0 win over Royston Rangers Res in Division B of the Golding Cup.

Those strikes take his tally to 13 in this competition alone.

Welwyn’s other goals were courtesy of James Tizzard (two), Jack Hutchinson, Jonny Morris and John Malone. Their man of the match was Scott Taylor.

Blackberry Jacks overcame Harpenden Colts OB 3-2 thanks to a brace from Michael Wright and one for Wael Benatim. Guilherme Augusti and Olly Galea got the Colts’ goals while their star player was William Hutton.


Division One: Oaks 3 Snug Bar 0; Phoenix 1 AFC Mymms 1; Six Bells AWO Pinewood; Snug Bar 1 Oaks 1.

Division Two: Mermaid 2 Royston Rangers 2.

Division Three: TNF 2 Marshalswick Rovers 2; Wheathampstead ‘89 HWO St Albans Warriors.

Golding Cup Div A: Skew Bridge Rothamsted AWO The Wrestlers.

Golding Cup Div B: Harpenden Colts OB 2 Blackberry Jacks 3; Royston Rangers Res 0 Welwyn Warriors 9.

Herts Advertiser Challenge Cup final: Skew Bridge 3 Hilltop 1.

Herts Advertiser Intermediate Cup final: FC Potters Bar 0 AFC London Road 7.

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