Herts Ad Sunday League: NBOB Reserves into final

A Nicholas Breakspear header goes over the Cannon Res bar

A Nicholas Breakspear header goes over the Cannon Res bar - Credit: Archant

A Sam Clarke goal midway through the second-half saw Nicholas Breakspear OB Res defeat Cannon Res 1-0 in the semi-final of the Junior Cup.

Cannon Res keeper comes out to save at the feet of a Breakspear forward

Cannon Res keeper comes out to save at the feet of a Breakspear forward - Credit: Archant

There was nothing between the two sides in the opening half but after Breakspear took the lead, they gradually got on top creating, but failing to take, numerous chances to increase their lead.

Breakspear will meet Phoenix ‘A’ in the final tomorrow (Sunday) at Clarence Park. Kick-off is at 2pm.

In Premier League action, Six Bells struggled to find any form against a very strong Nicholas Breakspear side.

They restricted NBOB to only one goal in the first half, but the Old Boys stepped up a gear in the second half, running out comfortable 5-0 winners.

Sam Ledger scored Queens Head's late winner

Sam Ledger scored Queens Head's late winner - Credit: Archant


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Fran Silver got two and there was one each for Tom Dickie, Daniel Parkinson and Trevor Stevens.

Skew Bridge picked up a hard-fought 2-1 win over New Jacks.

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Skew passed the ball well at the back and into midfield but resolute defending by New Jacks and the quality of the final ball kept the game tight.

Skew took the lead with a well-taken left-foot volley by Mark Hitchcock, but a long clearance and a fumble by keeper Jake McClean gifted Mick Wright the equaliser.

Jack Stevens of Cannon Res, left, keeps a close watch on Breakspear’s Anthony Brown

Jack Stevens of Cannon Res, left, keeps a close watch on Breakspear’s Anthony Brown - Credit: Archant

Jacks did create a few opportunities but Skew should have been well clear before Hitchcock restored the lead.

The same player then hit a post and Ben Warren should have scored after a great solo run but his shot was too close to the home keeper.

Wael Benatim was Jacks’ outstanding player.

Queens Head waited until the fourth minute of stoppage time before they sealed a 1-0 win over Stonewood – and with it the Division One title.

The mouth-watering game between the top two in the division was always going to be a tight and tense affair.

But in Queens’ 25th year it was only fitting that veteran, and man of the match Sam Ledge got up highest to head home Sam Doolan’s cross.

There was joy in Division Two as, after 33 years of trying, Brookmans Park Res won their first league title with a comfortable 3-0 win over St Albans Royals.

Captain Keith Harland opened the scoring with a neat left-foot finish followed by calm strikes from Mike Donkin And Joe Cullum to cap a brilliant season for the Park.

Oaks recorded an excellent 5-0 win against Harpenden Rovers Blue.

Star man Scott Sherman led the way with a fine goal. Chris Coleman, David Green, Adam Hull and Nathan Young also chipped in.

A Jordan Warshawsky strike was enough to see St Albans Rangers defeat Wheathampstead ‘89 1-0.

Ryan Dixon was Rangers’ man of the match, just ahead of Sam Carrington. Tim Couch got the nod for Wheathampstead.

Marshalswick Rovers recorded an excellent 2-1 win against Division Four league leaders Athletico Quat, to end their nine-game winning run.

It was a great defensive effort despite having defender Chris Potter in goal.

After a goalless first half, strikes from Luke Tremlett and Dave Hudson put Rovers two up before Quat scored with 17 minutes left through Piero Monasteroto.

But despite the exciting finish they couldn’t grab an equaliser.

Jordan Parsons in the Rovers’ goal pulled off some great saves throughout the game.

A strong finish to the season for Pinewood continued with a great performance to beat title chasing Stonewood Reserves 4-2.

Goals from Andrew Alsop, Louis Dommett and a brace from Phil Hames gave the visitors a much deserved third win in four.

Dan Bisby scored both Stonewood goals.

Phoenix A completed the double over The Mill in a 7-3 success.

Both Jack Gage and Alex Dowell netted hat-tricks and Liam Kirby, a single. Girard Noaum was their outstanding player.

In the GD Golding Cup a James Watt goal earned Camp Victorians a 1-1 draw against Harpenden Colts OB.

Clive Pinder replied for the Colts who had Alex Dennehy in outstanding form.

Chequers Inn recorded their second win when defeating Cannon 3-2.

Chris Gill, with two, and Alex Golding got their goals.

Cannon’s replies came from Craig Ashurst and Nick Heaney. Tony Ashurst was their stand-out player.

Blackboy lost their third game, going down 2-1 against George Redbourn.

James Townsend scoring their goal and Jordan Parkin picked up their man of the match award.

The George goals came from Abel Vieira and Brandon Whitman.

Results

April 24

Junior Cup Semi-Final:

NBOB Res 1 Cannon Res 0.

Premier Division:

New Jacks 1 Skew Bridge 2, Six Bells 0 Nicholas Breakspear OB 5.

Division One:

Stonewood 0 Queens Head 1.

Division Two:

Brookmans Pk Res 3 St Albans Royals 0, Harpenden Rovers Blue 0 Oaks 5, St Albans Rangers 1 Wheathampstead ‘89 0.

Division Four:

Athletico Quat 1 Marshalswick 2, Brookmans Park ‘A’ 0 AFC Mymms 4, Stonewood Res 2 Pinewood 4,

The Mill 3 Phoenix ‘A’ 7.

G D Golding Cup:

Camp Victorians 1 Harpenden C OB 1, Chequers Inn 3 Cannon 2, George Redbourn 2 Blackboy 1.

Fixtures,

May 1.

Junior Cup Final:

Phoenix ‘A’ v Nicholas Breakspear OB Res.

Premier Division:

AFC Rangers v Skew Bridge, New Jacks v Phoenix, Nicholas Breakspear OB v Blacksmiths Arms.

Division Two:

Wheathampstead ‘89 v St Albans Rangers.

Division Four:

Athletico Quat v AFC Mymms, Stonewood Res v CHL,

White Horse v Cannon Res.

G D Golding Cup:

Cannon v Camp Victorians, Chequers Inn v George Redbourn, Harpenden Colts OB v Queens Head, St Albans Royals v Garston,

AFC Spartans v Skew Bridge.

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