Queens draw eight-goal thriller with Oaks

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Division One

Queens Head Sandridge fought out an entertaining 4-4 draw with Oaks on Sunday.

Queens got of to the worst possible start when Oaks took an early lead through Rob Deveau before Tommy Esom equalised with a long-range effort. Queens went ahead 10 minutes into the second half when Ian Porter rolled back the years with a Cruyff turn followed by a superb 30-yard effort.

Oaks then worked two set pieces to score two headed goals to take the lead back thanks to Haydn Williams and Matt Fulcher. A fluffed catch by the Oaks keeper left Esom a free header to level things up and a fine strike from Dan Megias from 20 yards gave Queens the lead before another set-piece resulted in a scrambled equaliser for Oaks through Harry Hunt.

Brookmans Park came out on the wrong side of a 3-2 defeat against local rivals FC Potters Bar. Two goals either side of half time gave Potters Bar the lead but Adam Davies replied but a further Bar goal saw them keep their two goal advantage. Another goal from Davies made the last five minutes interesting.

Blackberry Jack made it three straight wins when holding onto the top position with a good performance to defeat Harpenden Arms Athletic 3-1 with goals from Scott Ferguson, Nathan Jackson and Joe Winglfield.

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Herts FA Sunday Cup

Verulam ran out convincing 6-1 winners against King Pin, with goals coming from Sam Margerrison, Matt Kenneford (two), Glenn Rawlings and Kiefer Shuttleworth (two).

AFC Rangers recorded their best result of the season with a fine 5-1 win against Warners End. Dan Thurlby scored twice along with singles from James Brophy, Stephen Doyle and Chris Dew.

Herts Advertiser Knockout Cup

Six Bells eventually put Bradmore Rovers to bed with a 3-1 victory. Andy Hanak opened the scoring for Bells only for Rovers to equalise. However, Martin Gentleman scored two well taken goals to seal the win. Mark Marven was named Man of the Match.

Herts Advertiser Intermediate Cup

AFC Mymms secured a late 3-2 win over Blacksmiths. Mymms started well with Dan Boucher slotting home a shot under the Blacksmiths keeper. A few minutes later Simon Skeggs volleyed Mymms into a 2-0 lead. Mymms pressurized the Division Three leaders extremely well throughout the game and held on until late on in the second half when Blacksmiths netted twice to take the score to 2-2. The game looked to be heading to extra time when Steve Havard latched onto a poor back pass to flick the ball to Chris Cowley who calmly scored into an open net.

After a slow start, the Ridge were 3-0 down at half time to their Division Two opposition. However, great team spirit and determination brought them back in the game with two great goals from their in-form striker Chris Draddy.

Despite goals from Alan Russell, Lee Bennett and James Lynch, Wheathampstead ‘89 fell to a 5-3 extra-time defeat against Radlett Village.

Herts Advertiser Junior Cup

Marquis of Granby romped to 6-0 win against Bricket Wood at Rothamsted. Martin Smith netted a hat-trick, and goals added by poacher Ross Dempsey, Matt Hills 20 yard screamer and deservedly for Man of Match Daniel Sinclair.

Premier Division

Table-toppers Nicholas Breakspear picked up their fourth win on the trot with a 3-1 triumph against London Road. Highlight for Breakspear was a Man of the Match performance by Ashley Aimakhu. Goals came from Jose Poeira, Danny Fitzgerald and Josh Humbert. Road’s reply came from Winston Taylor.

Division Two

Church End beat Beaver Travel 8-0 producing their best performance in some time. A solid defence allowed Church to break forward with Man of the Match Billy Barnes scoring four, Nick Hanly, James Crane, Gab Francois and an own goal completed the rout.

After a tight start to the game against Colney Heath Rangers, Skew Bridge Res then dominated. James Elliott was Man of the Match as he scored two and set one up in the Skew’s fifth straight victory this season. Keeper Jake McLean saved a penalty in the 5-2 win.

PSV dominated the opening half against Herts Mauritian, taking a four goal lead through Tom Henshall, Craig Taylor (two) and a Tom Herd penalty after Taylor was felled in the area. A fifth goal was added by Herd.

Victoria looked all set for three points when leading Phoenix res 2-0 in the opening half with goals from Michael Cattermole and Ben Conrad. But a late surge by the Phoenix saw them claw their way back to earn a share of the points with two second half goals. Gary Edwards was the Vicgtoria Man of the Match.

Division Three

A young Precision side proved to good for Queens Head Res in a 6-2 win. However Queens got off to a good start through David Yeo’s strike.

Chris Wickens equalised before Jack Hamilton restored Queens’ lead with a fine individual goal.

Precision’s Dean Thompson then took centre stage with a quick-fire double, the second an astonishing 35-yard rocket into the top corner. Precision scored further goals through Jack Massey and Chris Dundon who made up for an earlier penalty miss to complete the win.

Nicholas Breakspear OB Res picked up their third league victory with a 4-3 success against Old Albanians. Paul Doonan hit a brace, James Juggins and Man of the Match added singles. Albanians’ goals came from a hat-trick by their Man of the Match Robert Carragher.

Super Mario Concialdi ran the show for St Albans IFC, in a comfortable win against Brookmans Park Res. Early goals from Jason Nicolaou, Pedro Silva, Spencer Clarke-Mardel and an own goal put IFC in charge with a lead that was never in danger. Concialdi sealed the 5-1 win with a penalty. Chris Smith replied his first goal for the club in an impressive sub appearance.

Division Four

Dukes overcame Raiders United 5-1 with all goals scored in the second half. Two goals from Antony Brown, singles from Chris Barry and Jack Johnson, completed by an outrageous 35-yard effort by Dean Baker sealed the win for Dukes.

Harpenden Colts OB Res faced an uncompromising White Horse Res side but through a smart passing game were able to overcome difficult playing conditions and come out worthy 2-1 winners. Alex Dennehy claimed a brace, while Jamie Cunningham replied.

Brookmans Park A put up a great performance against Vision Res winning 4-2. Having to shuffle the team around following some player no-shows, normal centre half Gary Prime stole the show with a hat-trick playing in a forward role. James Purcell also scored for Park with a fine finish. Toby Hanlon was also on target but at the wrong end. Rob Egan was outstanding in Park’s midfield.

In a close fought game, Cottonmill came out 2-1 winners against St Albans Royals. Royals got a goal back after Greg Moloney took a throw in that landed in the six yard box to the feet of Ashley Rudge who smashed the ball into the back of the net. A commanding performance by Craig Redgwell was matched by two goals from Lee Sturgess for the Mill.

Goals by Ali Challans and Steve Conroy gave Oaks Res their first league win of the season, defeating Marshalswick Rovers 2-1. Jack Faulder scored for Rovers.

Division Five

Jersey Farm snatched a point against Wheathampstead Res after going two goals down thanks to strikes from Andy Copeland and Ben Harris. But in the second half Adam Phillips hit a low free kick to pull it back to 2-1 then in the last minute a goal line scramble from a corner found its way over line from a Max Thompson strike for the equaliser. Jersey’s Man of the Match was Scott McNairn.

Herts Athletic took their unbeaten run to three games with a 4-1 win over Athletico Quat. Del Cleary was Herts’ star man, netting a hat-trick. Captain Craig Ansell was also on the score sheet to give Herts Athletic the three points in a hard-fought match. Christian Willcox replied for the Quat side who had Brett Lenman in outstanding form.

Camp KBK dominated the first half against Phoenix A and went in a deserved two-goal lead via Sean Brady and Jack Crawley goals, but Phoenix had far better second half but when pulling a goal back let Camp straight up pitch for Ryan Lafolley to score the final goal in a 3-1 win.

Greenwood Park recorded their third win of the season, defeating St Albans IFC Res 3-0. Goals came from Conner Smith, Matt Thorn and an own goal. But IFC had a purple patch either side of the break, but were unable to score. IFC’s outstanding player was Michael Alexander.

Goals from Steve Lengthorn, Paul Newton and Steven O’Boy gave Bradmore Rovers Res a 3-0 win against George Redbourn. Dan Savine was Rovers Man of the Match.