Herts Ad Sunday League: Skew Bridge back in their groove after solid win over old rivals AFC Rangers

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 January 2019

Skew Bridge's Lee Close heads towards the AFC Rangers goal.

Skew Bridge's Lee Close heads towards the AFC Rangers goal.

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Skew Bridge picked a good day to produce some of their old magic with a 2-0 win over AFC Rangers in the Herts Advertiser Sunday League Challenge Cup.

Jack Woods of AFC Rangers gets his cross in under pressure from two Skew Bridge players.Jack Woods of AFC Rangers gets his cross in under pressure from two Skew Bridge players.

Their own high standards means this season has not been a stellar year for the Harpenden side.

But a solid performance and goals from Harry Hunt and Mark Hitchcock ensured their safe passage to the next round.

It could have been an even better win but Lee Close saw his penalty superbly saved.

Elsewhere, two goals from Darren O’Brien plus an outstanding performance by Louis McNamara couldn’t save Facelad from losing 6-2 to Hilltop.

Mermaid put up a plucky fight against Skew Bridge Rothamsted in the Herts Ad Knockout Cup but it was not enough to avoid a 4-1 defeat. Skew’s goals came from David Hay, Alex Spruce and Ryan Plowright.

A double from Lewis Cocomazzi plus Matt Corran and Aidan Golds singles saw Blacksmiths defeat Oaks 4-0 in the Herts FA Sunday Intermediate Cup while BWSC put in a tremulous performance to defeat Stevenage Athletic 3-2.

Robert Bennett got the brace this time, Sam Leeson chipping in with the third and Louis Apps was named the man of the match.

In the Herts FA Sunday Junior Cup Pioneer Selection moved into the next round following a fine 6-1 win against TNF.

Jimmy Talbot led the way with a hat-trick and Charlie Hunter, Jake Smith and Nathan Lock completed the victory. Their star player was Tom Li with TNF’s reply coming from Steven Orchard.

In league action there was a first Premier Division win of the season for Brookmans Park as they gained revenge over Blackberry Jacks.

They had trailed by two goals but came back to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Callum Baylis and Tony O’Donnell.

Phoenix recorded their fifth league win of the season in Division One with a 2-0 defeat of Pinewood. Jack Taylor was on the mark along with Daniel Johnson.

Beehive returned to winning ways with a fine 2-1 success against Six Bells, the goals coming from Leo Gibbons and Billy Ordinair while the star man was Carl Costain.

And it was honours even as Tansley and AFC Mymms drew 2-2. Mymms will feel this is one that got away after taking a 2-0 lead and seeing Tansley miss a penalty.

But one for Darren Cavaree before half-time and a second for Wayne Clarke after the break ensured the points were shared.

It was the same score in Division Two as Phoenix Res picked up a much needed point with a 2-2 draw against Welwyn Warriors. Goals came from Will Chisholm and Shenahl Samarasinghe while Ozzy Bolton was their man of the match.

Top scorers of the day were Brookmans Park Res as they beat Royston Rangers 7-3. Scott de la Fuente bagged a hat-trick, Drew Botterman got two and Grant Noble and Joe Hamner one each.

And a lone Abdelhakim Echouafni goal couldn’t save Marshalswick Rovers from a 3-1 defeat against Hatfield Seniors, a result which sent the Seniors top of Division Three.

Results

Premier Division: Blackberry Jacks 2 Brookmans Park 3.

Division One: Pinewood 0 Phoenix 2; Six Bells 1 The Beehive 2; Snug Bar 3 CHL 1; Tansley 2 AFC Mymms 2.

Division Two: Brookmans Park Res 7 Royston Rangers 3; New Greens 2 Harpenden Colts OB 3; Phoenix Res 2 Welwyn Warriors 2.

Division Three: Marshalswick Rovers 1 Hatfield Seniors 3; Royston Rangers Res 0 Hanburys 3.

Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup round four: Oaks 0 Blacksmiths 4; Stevenage Ath 2 BWSC 3.

Herts Sunday Junior Cup round three: Hatfield Mosquito v Wheathampstead 89; TNF 1 Pioneer Selection 6.

Herts Ad Knockout Cup round two: Mermaid 1 Skew Bridge Rothamstead 4.

Herts Ad Challenge Cup round two: AFC Rangers 0 Skew Bridge 2; Hilltop FC 6 Facelad 2.

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