Queens crowned champions

Herts Sunday League round-up

Herts Advertiser Junior Cup semi-final

Oaks qualified for the final of the Junior cup with a 5-1 win against Division Five champions AFC Crown.

The plucky Division Five side fell a goal down in the opening minutes and never recovered as Harry Hunt and Matt Fulcher bagged two goals apiece plus a Scott Sherman single.

Christian Garzarolli was Skew’s Man of the Match. Jamie Watts scored for Crown and Mark Gallaghers was their star player.

Premier Division

Queens Head Sandridge won the Premier division title for the sixth time and for the fourth year running when defeating nearest rivals Skew Bridge 2-1.

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Queens had the better of the first half and went into a two goal led through Ricky Perks and Dave Corran.

Skew pulled back the deficit from a Sam Mitchell penalty early in the second half and then turned the screw on Queens. But their defence was up to it, especially Man of the Match goalkeeper Mark Whittamore who made two brilliant saves to deny Skew the equalising goal that would have given them the title.

Last week Nicholas Breakspear OB and London Road fought a nine-goal thriller, but on Sunday they were deadlocked in a 0-0 draw.

Division One

Well taken goals by Will Bates and Oliver Spicer gave league leaders Harpenden Colts Old Boys a title chasing boost as they overcame a hard working second placed Phoenix side 2-1 to move four points clear at the top.

Man of the Match Chris Ellis was tireless in the Colts midfield well supported by Dan Fensome and Stuart Brown whilst the mercurial David Keenleyside was a constant menace on the Colts flank. Liam Addlesee scored for Phoenix, bringing his goals haul to the 30 mark.

Division Two

Beaver Travel’s season came to a disappointing end with a 4-0 defeat to Footy Pants.

As with last week, Beaver started slowly and found themselves 2-0 down following two well taken free kicks.

Beaver came more into the game in the second half but found themselves a further goals down following a cross-cum-shot falling into the back of the net before a last gasp fourth left Beaver to settle for runners-up position.

Division Four

Brookmans Park A team rounded of their season with a creditable 1-1 draw against a strong Old Albanians Res team.

Dom Woolard opened the scoring for Park with a 20 yard screamer but the lead was pegged back in the second half.

A fumble by Marquis of Granby ‘keeper Liam Kirkwood gifted Insurance Store’s first goal on 10 minutes.

Marquis dominated the first half but trailed 1-0 at the break. Store went 3-0 up from even more defensive errors, until Marquis pulled back the deficit through alex Vaughan. Pushing for goals by Marquis with only three at the back, left gaps in defence for a flattering 7-1 win by Store. Martin Smith was the Store’s outstanding player.

Tawhid Juneja proved a handful for the Marquis defence, scoring a hat-trick.

Kelvin Caines added a brace and singles came from Cesar Da Silva and Darren Pomroy.

Radlett Village title dreams went out of the window when the whole team put in a below par performance when going down 5-0 against table toppers Skew Bridge.

Dan Bathurst was in inspiration form for the Bridge and goals from Adam Fitton, Lewis Piasecki, Phil Lythgoe, Keith Woods and Todd Baines kept their side well on course for a photo-finish in the title race with Insurance Store.

Division Five

Greenwood Park went down to St Albans IFC 5-1 that cost them any chance of finishing third in the table.

IFC dominated game to secure second spot in table. Top scorer Spencer Clarke-Mardel hit a first half hat-trick, with Jason Nicolaou and Matt Sumpter (penalty) scoring in the second half.

Mario Concialdi was flawless at the back in a fine all round team performance. Joe Oakins scored Greenwoods only Goal from the penalty spot.

Harpenden Colts OB Res claim to the runners-up spot were dashed by a much reshaped Phoenix A who gained revenge for an earlier defeat with a comprehensive 5-1 win after man of the match Andy Shirra had put Colts ahead after 13 minutes.

A Penalty and two own goals gave Colts a mountain to climb and although they dominated play when chasing the game they got caught on the break to put the game beyond reach.

Hugh Trevor and Simon Cooper impressed in the Colts defence. Phoenix goals came from Matt Anderman two, Shenahl Samarasinghe, Lewis Kirkby and Sam Bozier.

Oaks Res brought their season to a close with a 2-1 revenge win against Alternative Quad Republique.

Goals came from Jon Hart and Sam Brooker and Ben Gaines was their star player.