Queens back on track to reclaim throne

Herts Advertiser Sunday League

Premier Division

Present league champions Queens Head Sandridge put themselves firmly back in the title race when defeating AFC Rangers 3-0 with goals from Mark Teasdale, Ricky Perks and Phil Turner.

Division One

League leaders FC Potters Bar completed the double over Maylands in a 3-2 score. Potters Bar goals came from James Lindie, Matt Lochrie and Nicky Steward.

Kevin Metivier picked up Bar’s Man of the Match award. Maylands goals came from Ozzie Bilir and Oliver Peach. Alex Halls was Maylands’ outstanding player.

Following five defeats Verulam Arms bounced back with a 5-3 win against Six Bells with two goals from Dean Parratt and singles by Craig Parratt, Greg Tyas and Kiefer Shuttleworth.

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Phoenix kept up their title ambitions with a 1-0 win against Brookmans Park with a superb solo goal by Alex Morgan. Only some fine goalkeeping by the Park ‘keeper kept Phoenix restricted to a single goal.

Division Two

Colney Heath Rangers climbed off the bottom off the table with a 3-2 victory over Real Mail.

The home side having to come from behind twice before finally taking the lead and securing the victory. Real Mail’s first goal was cancelled out by a fine Gary Lee volley after good work by Ian McCarthy to create the chance. The visitors again took the lead shortly afterwards which was a lead they held until half time. Two Rangers goals midway through the second half though turned a possibly defeat into a victory. The first coming from Ian McCarthy who after a fine pass from Jack Stevens was played one on one with the keeper and finished by lobbing the ball over him. The winner came a few minutes later as Craig Ashurst calmly rounded the keeper before slotting into an empty net again after good work by Ian McCarthy. Rangers had chances to extend their lead but in the end held out for a 3-2 victory.

Two goals by Craig Taylor and an outstanding showing by Greg Deacon was the foundation for Three hammers 2-0 win over Oaklands.

Division Three

Lifted Music did their goal difference no harm at all with a 9-0 win over Camp Albanians at Folly Fields.

A Lee Rowson strike early on started the scoring and goals from Matt Albone, Aaron King and Tom Roberts gave Lifted a 4-0 lead at halftime. The home side continued to dominate and it didn’t take Lee Rowson long to claim his second of the game to make it five. A Dave Horslen strike and headed goals from Tom Middleditch, Tom Roberts and Tom Smith completed the scoring to leave lifted two points off the top of division 3 with a game in hand.

Goals by Haydn connell and the outstanding Christy Torrens gave Golden Lion a 2-1 win against O’Neills Celtic in an end to end encounter, with chances missed by both sides.

Oaks were held to a 3-3 draw by Bar 62 despite a fine performance from Christian Garzarolli and goals by Paul Carsons, Elliot Hind and Harry Hunt.

Kings Head on to the top of the division position following a 3-0 win against Wheathampstead. Goals came from Dave Beattie, Tom Eagles and Patty Morris.

Division Four

Marquis of Granby were missing regular keeper and captain but went 1 -0 up against Radlett Village, when Alex Vaughan dribbled through to volley past the ‘keeper.

Radlett equalised followed by Adam Facer’s low shot into the net to reward Marquis for their dominance. Radlett again equalised for 2-2 but Adam Facer hit his second after beating the offside trap.

Despite many chances being saved by Radlett ‘keeper, Marquis continued to dominate but were then hit by two individual goals from Radlett to snatch the points in a 4-3 victory. James Walsh was in inspired for Radlett hitting a hat-trick and Paul Wardle on a single.

Marshalswick Rovers bounced back to winning form with a 4-0 win against Old Albanians Res with David Hudson (two) Alex Pedersen and man of the match Adam Woodward scoring.

Division Five

League leaders Harpenden Colts went ahead from a goal by Alex Dennehy but they then had to overcome a late equaliser before maintaining top spot with a 2-1 win over lowly Alternative Quat Republique as Freddie Warner struck the winner at the death.

Andy Cannons was outstanding leading the front with full back Graham Davies and Huw Trevor also impressing.

Cottonmill won 1-0 in a hard fort match against Phoenix A. Dan Welch created a few chances for the strikers to finish, with plenty of crosses and James Brookman could not convert any hitting the woodwork three times. Midway through the first half Pete Hulland with a blinding first time cross which Pat Nymangunda met with a glancing header into the net.

Tim Couch and Darren Weir ran the centre of midfield with excellent work rate and spraying passes all over the pitch to great effect, but Couch edged out the Man of the Match award.

Greenwood Park lost their first league game since the opening day of the season going down 6-2 to a very good Oaks Res team. Greenwoods scorers were Nick Fanshaw and Matt Thorn. Barry Edwards was Greenwoods Man of the Match. Oaks goals came from Man of the Match Andy Roughton (2), Scott Turner, Tom Jackson, Jon Hart and Barry Potts.

A goal from in-form Pete Shepperson was enough to give Sandridge a 1-0 win against Dukes who came up against Luke Edmondson in tremendous form at the heart of Sandridge defence.

AFC Crown started well and created chances but it was IFC St Albans who took the lead with a Clarke-Mardel goal, Crown struck back with hat-trick from Man of the Match Gary Edwards and a 30-yard screamer from Michael Cattermole. James Watts completed the 5-2 scoring. Matt Sumpter bagged IFC’s other goal.

Herts Intermediate Cup

Beaver Travel fell to a 3-2 defeat against Watford Irish Centre.

They trailed by two goals before Nick Bromilow scored a superb goal only for the Irish Centre to restore their two goal advantage before an own goal settled the game.

Goals by Mark Johnson (two) and man of the match Jason Lohan wasn’t enough to save Phoenix Res going down 7-3 after extra time against Stevenage Fencing.

Challenge Cup

Division One side Harpenden Colts Old Boys crashed out of the quarter final of the Herts Advertiser Knockout Cup against Premier outfit London Road when they conceded two penalties in the last four minutes to crash 3-2 in a game that they looked like winning.

Colts came from behind to equalise with a Tom Dyball penalty late in the first half and they went ahead with a close range strike from James Warner but they failed to take numerous other chances to seal the game before conceding two soft late penalties to spoil the cup upset that their team play deserved.

Dan Fensome and Richard Oxley worked hard in the Colts midfield whilst Tom Brennan lead the back line for Colts. Road’s goals came from Nathan Kildire (two) and Joel Norris.