Arms up for challenge of Herts Sunday Cup
PUBLISHED: 16:26 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 03 April 2013
Herts Sunday Senior Cup
Verulam Arms put in a superb performance to qualify for the semi-final following their 3-1 win against Olympic Nirankari.
A good team performance, with Sam Margerrison in superb form plus two goals from Matt Kenneford and a Luke O’Malley single, made sure the Herts Advertiser Sunday League will be represented in the final as Verulam Arms meet fellow HAD side Skew Bridge in the semi-final this Sunday at Clarence Park, St Albans, kick-off 11am.
Herts Advertiser KO Cup
Harpenden Arms marched to the final with a win against rivals and cup holders Skew Bridge.
Arms took the lead with a Tom Collin strike. Skew Bridge scored to level through Mark Hitchcock by the break.
Skew took the lead with another Hitchcock goal only for Gary Findlay to head the equaliser.
In extra-time a Collin header in the first half was enough for a 3-2 victory.
Michael Ross was in superb form for Arms. This will be Arms’ first appearance in the knockout final.
They will meet Premier Division Nicholas Breakspear who defeated AFC Rangers 2-0 with goals from Cain Davey and James Juggins.
Herts Advertiser Challenge Cup
Vision took the lead halfway through the first half against Six Bells, a scoreline which stayed until half-time.
The second half saw Six Bells equalise through Aaron Clarke.
Vision regained the lead soon after, Six Bells pressed hard for the equaliser and were unlucky not to equalise and by doing so left the back door open for Vision to score a further two goals.
It could have been different if Six Bells had taken their chances but it was not to be. Final score, a flattering 4-1 to Vision.
Herts Advertiser Reserve Cup
Queens Head Res’ last chance at silverware ended despite a resilient display against Nicholas Breakspear OB Res.
Despite dominating possession Breakspear went 1-0 down thanks to route one football.
Ian Porter took a goal kick, it cleared all the defenders and Dave Yeo ran onto the ball and calmly rolled back the years with a sublime lob.
Queens were then on the back foot for the remainder of the game and it was not until the 80th minute that Breakspear drew level when a controversial free-kick was superbly put away by James Wheeler.
With three minutes remaining Breakspear qualified for the final after Steve Miller was unable to trap a ball and Tom Gajjar ran on and slotted home despite the best efforts of the Queens Head keeper Porter.
All in all Breakspear deserved to go through, but the men of Queens Head put up an excellent fight against the young opponents.
Brookmans Park took an early two goal lead against FC Potters Bar with goals from Adam Davies and Darren Chillingworth, but were pegged back by half-time, with a penalty and an own goal.
The game was settled in the second half with a masterclass of a 30 yard chip from Danny Clifton, which surprised everyone especially the Bar keeper. Nick Gaskell and Keith Harland were in top form at the heart of the defence.
PSV sealed promotion with a 4-1 win over a determined Herts Mauritians side.
Goals from Craig Taylor, Ben Conrad, Billy Phillips and Tom Herd helped their push for the title. John Baines was the PSV star performer.
Church End came back from two goals down to beat Beaver Travel 3-2 with second half goals from Tom Blackman, Billy Barnes and James Crane.
Precision FC set themselves up for a title shootout against IFC in their next match with a comfortable 3-0 win against Old Albanians to make it nine consecutive league wins.
Jack Woods failed to convert from the penalty spot early on after Chris Seeby was fouled and despite creating a number of chances The Seeds were unable take advantage in the first half.
Dean Thompson then decided it was time for another special goal and picked up the ball 30 yards out before sending his shot high into the top corner.
A good ball back across the goal by Steve Seeby saw Sam Origawo head home.
Another good passing move from The Seeds and an excellent run off the ball by Adam Fowler found him one on one with the keeper.
He drew the stopper and unselfishly squared to Origawo to slot the ball into the open net for his second and The Seeds third.
St Albans IFC completed a double over Blacksmiths in a close 3-1 victory.
They got an early goal from Jason Nicolaou. Blacksmiths equalised before Nicolaou gave IFC the lead again, with Spencer Clarke-Mardel making sure of the points with a header.
Brookmans Park Res had a high scoring win against Radlett Village racking up 11 goals with only two in reply.
Steve Lake led the way with four, Youngster Will Clark, son of club stalwart Andy scored a hat-trick being his first goals for the club, Danny Turner (two), Steve Neville and Adan Carrara completed the tally.
Wheathampstead ‘89 gained revenge over Colney Heath Rgs Res when winning 3-1 with goals from Alan Russell, James Lynch and Lee Bennett.
O’Neills defeated White Horse for the second time in a 3-0 score. Goals came from Andy Pollock, Mohammed Ramdani and Scott Willmott.
Dukes and St Albans Royals drew 1-1. After a scrappy first half with few chances Dukes upped their game only to go behind from a defensive misunderstanding that Adam Sims took advantage of.
Stunned, Dukes took control for the rest of the game and equalised with a 30 yard net-buster from Dan Bennetts. Royals’ star man was Danny Blyth. A composed and dominant performance by Harpenden Colts against a lively Vision Reserves team produced a 3-1 victory.
Man of the match Alex Dennehy scored a brace of goals with the third being scored by Freddie Warner.
Colt’s display was very much a team performance though Dan Fensome, Ben Cobley and Clive Pinder all ensured the rest of the team followed their example in playing a disciplined yet expressive form of football.
White Horse Res edged out Marquis of Granby 1-0 who lacked a quality ball in the final third. Tom Coates earned man of the match.
Brookmans Park A team came up against a surprisingly strong Oak Res, who clearly had benefited from their first team having their game called off. Holding them at half-time to 1-1 the second half was a different story with Oaks finding the net five times without reply. Tobias Hanlon scored for Park.
AFC Mymms played some very good football against George Redbourn.
Kicking uphill in the first half they only managed to convert one of a multitude of chances. The second half saw fewer chances for Mymms, and they allowed George Redbourn back into the game.
After taking the lead again Mymms became their own worst enemy allowing George Redbourn to shoot from inside the box from a corner giving them the draw.
Adam Hall and Liam Picton scored for George who had keeper Richard Pearson in outstanding form. Mymms’ goals were scored by John Kirkbride and Noel Sumner.
Jersey Farm started slowly against Athletico Quat and went behind early to two goals. Daryl Hall pulled one back, but they could not find more and were caught on the counter for two further goals. Farm’s man of the match was Adam Phillips.
Ten-man Wheathampstead put up a game performance but Camp KBK’s superiority came through with two goals from man of the match Ben Tester and a single from Ryan Laffoley not reflecting the dominance Camp had in the game with two disallowed goals and a host of missed chance.
Herts Athletic suffered a frustrating 1-0 defeat at the hands of Bradmore Rovers Res. After a closely contested first-half the home team conceded when Dean Trollope left the field to treat a bloody nose. Darren Foster was brilliant in goal.
St Albans IFC Res secured their biggest win ever and it could have been more.
Seven different players scored – Charlie Salvage (three), George Irving and Kieran Moss (two), plus singles from Pedro Silva, Sam Carrington-Kennedy, Ross Rickard and goal of game from Ryan Rickard. Jon Brown scored for the Wood.