Queens Head plough their way into cup final with snow win over Blackberry Jacks

Queens Head Sandridge are denied by a fine save from the Blackberry Jacks keeper.

Queens Head Sandridge are denied by a fine save from the Blackberry Jacks keeper. - Credit: Archant

The return of the snow did not bring a total wipeout of the fixture list in the Herts Advertiser Sunday League with two games surviving.

Queens Head's man of the match Jack Woods scores the winning goal.

Queens Head's man of the match Jack Woods scores the winning goal. - Credit: Archant

The main one was the Herts Ad Challenge Cup semi-final which saw Queens Head Sandridge edge past Blackberry Jacks with a 3-2 win.

The match itself was an even and competitive encounter with Queens taking a two-goal lead in the opening 20 minutes through George Elliott.

Jacks had more than their fair share of play only to come up against a very stubborn Queens defence.

No other goals were added in the opening half and the second half was end to end as was the first.

Jacks pulled back the deficit but within five minutes Queens restored their two-goal advantage with a fine volley from their man of the match Jack Woods.

They suffered a nervous end to the game though as Jacks once again pulled back the deficit bu they hung on to take the win and a place in the final.

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Queens have won the Challenge Cup three times before, the last time being in 2008.

The other game was in Division Four where Morris Way was passed as playable despite the snow.

It saw Blackboy and Royston Rangers Reserves meet with Blackboy going ahead early after Rangers conceded a penalty.

And it was all one-way traffic from there with Blackboy scoring at regular intervals in the 9-1 win.

James Townshend was unstoppable in the snow with four goals while Rory Suttie added a hat-trick and singles came from Robert Trotter and Wilson Mendez.

Jason Bryant was their star player.

Royston manager Dean Grimshaw nearly scored his first goal for the club after finding himself on the end of a great cross.

But his headed attempt fell at the feet of star man Chris Miller who duly obliged with the consolation goal.

This Sunday sees Skew Bridge make their sixth consecutive Herts Sunday Cup final appearance, having won the trophy for the last four seasons.

Their opponents at the County Ground in Letchworth will be Berkhamsted-based side Flauden.

The game, which kicks off at 3pm, will be refereed by Peter Shepherd while another long-serving official, Steve Trulock, will be guest of honour.


Premier Division: Dan Hart (Brookmans Park) 16; James Ewington (Skew Bridge) 14; Jimmy Hill (AFC Rangers) 11; Jack Woods (Queens Head Sandridge) 9.

Division One: Aidan Golds (Blacksmiths) 19; James Elliott (Skew Bridge Res) 16; Daryl Archer (Bradmore Rovers) 15; Frank Jowle (Blackberry Jacks), Jack Read (Six Bells) 14.

Division Two: Andrew Alsop (Pinewood) 12; Michael Alderman (Facelad), Darren O’Brien (Facelad) 11; Alex Songaila (Snug Bar) 10.

Division Three: Lee Bennett (Wheathampstead) 27; Sedin Mustafic (AFC Mymms) 24; Dexter Simpson (Oaks) 19; Chris Coleman (Oaks), Glenn Johnson (Royston Rangers) 18.

Division Four: Dan Hedger (Wrestlers) 26; John Armitt (Blacksmiths Res) 22; Ashley Kingston (Wrestlers) 21.


Division Four: Blackboy 9 Royston Rangers Res 1.

Herts Ad Challenge Cup semi-final: Queens Head Sandridge 3 Blackberry Jacks 2.


Premier Division: NBOB v AFC Rangers; Brookmans Park v Queens Head Sandridge.

Division One: Bradmore Rovers v Harpenden Athletic; Blacksmiths v Blackberry Jacks; Skew Bridge Res v Six Bells.

Division Two: Phoenix Res v Colney Heath Sunday; Pinewood v Brookmans Park Res.

Division Three: BWSC v AFC Mymms; Marshalswick Rovers v Wheathampstead ‘89; TNF v Royston Rangers; Veer Dhara v New Greens; Athletico Quat v Oaks.

Division Four: CHL v Jolly Sailor; Dagmar 1984 v Brookmans Park ‘A’; Harpenden Colts OB v St Albans Warriors; Hatfield Seniors v Hatfield Mosquito; Blackboy v The Wrestlers.

Herts Senior Sunday Cup final: Skew Bridge v Flauden (Herts County Ground, Letchworth).

Herts Ad Intermediate Cup semi-final: Tansley v St Albans Irish.

Herts Ad Intermediate Cup quarter-final: Blacksmiths Res v Snug Bar.