Paul Jackson reviews the past week of UCL fixtures
Tuesday 30th January 2018
Deeping Rangers moved up to second spot but they left it late to see off Desborough Town 2-1 at Outgang Road. Will Arnold drove Ar Tarn in front after 10 minutes and there was 84 on the clock before a screamer from Tom Smith levelled the scores. It looked like a point apiece, but with five minutes of added time already played, skipper David Burton-Jones slotted home following a corner and Deeping had all three.
Holbeach United had been beaten 3-0 at Yaxley in the KO Cup semi-final a couple of weeks ago, so they knew it would be difficult as they returned there in the league, but they moved back up to third with a very impressive 2-0 away win. George Zuerner rose to head a Danny Brooks whipped corner in off the underside of the bar after 18 minutes and those digits were reversed when Joe Smith side-footed home after Lewis Leckie’s effort had been saved.
The scheduled game between Leicester Nirvana and Oadby Town was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
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Potton United v Stotfold would have been a clash of the top teams in the UCL Premier Division a few years back, but the fortunes of both clubs have seen them fall on hard times. Stotfold are struggling in the Spartan South Midlands league these days, but their young team are still a division higher than their UCL Division One hosts. The local bragging rights and a place in the second round went to Potton though, as Danny Webb hit a fantastic volley from James Meredith’s pass to send the ball flying into the top corner from twenty yards out on 35 minutes and this proved to be the only goal of the game. Potton had chances to extend their lead, but they also had to be thankful to Aaron Loney for a couple of fine saves as Stotfold went for an equaliser late on.
Friday 2nd February 2018
Burton Park Wanderers and Thrapston Town got the weekend underway at Latimer Park on Friday night and despite Mark Forbes 33rd minute effort for home side, it was Thrapston who took the points in a 2-1 away win.
Saturday 3rd February 2018
The wet weather again saw multiple postponements across the divisions, but no such problem at Carters Park where Holbeach United left it extremely late to move above Newport Pagnell Town and into the top spot. Luke Avis intercepted a Bees pass and broke forward to cross for George Zuerner who’s header went in off the underside of the bar, giving The Tigers the lead after 18 minutes. Harborough Town must have thought they had snatched a point after Dan Forbes netted from a free-kick eight minutes from time, but a great finish from Charley Sanders three minutes into stoppage time gave Holbeach the win and with it pole position.
Yaxley are third following a 5-2 win at Whitworth. The Cuckoos were four up at the break and extended their lead soon after the break with Dan Cotton (2), Kyle Nolan, Tom Waumsley and Josh Pike putting Yaxley 5-0 up before Whitworth pulled a couple back through Nathan Burrows and Jordan Pendered.
It was a similar sort of game at Billing Road where Wisbech Town ended ON Chenecks unbeaten start to the year with a 4-2 away win. The Fenmen went 4-0 up through a Billy Smith brace, Adam Millson and Alex Beck before Jake Nagy and Joe Lewington made the score-line far more respectable.
Deeping Rangers had to settle for a point at Sleaford Town after Luke Hollingworth grabbed a late equaliser for the Green Army. Jason Kilbride had given Deeping the lead on 23 minutes when he slid in at the far post to convert Scott Mooney’s cross, but the task was made trickier following the first half dismissal of Louis Hamilton for violent conduct.
Eynesbury Rovers diminishing title hopes took another knock as they went down 2-1 at Wellingborough Town. Nathan Marsh’s appointment as manager seems to be doing the trick for the Doughboys as they made it back-to-back wins at the Dog and Duck. They had a touch of luck with the opening goal though as Adam Speight tried his luck with a left footer from just outside the box that took a deflection and looped agonisingly over the keeper’s head and just under the bar. Eynesbury drew level when Dom Lawless took advantage of a poor clearance to net from an acute angle, but Wellingborough had the last word when Deven Ellwood headed home from a corner with what proved to be the winner.
Oadby Town are still bottom, but they closed the gap on Sileby Rangers by beating their nearest rivals 2-1 at Freeway Park. Josh Walsh opened the scoring for The Poachers on 54 minutes and Harry Allcock doubled their lead on 65. Colum Nugent reduced the arrears seven minutes from time, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Northampton side slipping to their fifteenth consecutive defeat.
Cogenhoe United v Boston Town, Daventry Town v St Andrews, Kirby Muxloe v Peterborough Northern Star, Newport Pagnell Town v Desborough Town and Rothwell Corinthians v Leicester Nirvana were all postponed.
The big clash of the day came at the Sir Halley Stewart Field where leaders Pinchbeck United entertained second placed Raunds Town and the result saw the Lincolnshire side move ten points clear. Tom Sargeant netted the only goal of the game after 28 minutes, controlling a great Tyler Wright through ball before firing home. They also had keeper Dan Swan to thank with a couple of good saves to deny Ty Clark, but Pinchbeck also had chances to extend their lead but will be happy enough tonight with the 1-0 win.
Blackstones were convincing 4-0 winners over Lutterworth Athletic at Lincoln Road. Lee Clarke gave them the lead after 20 minutes and he volleyed them further ahead on 65. A delightful chip from Jones De Sousa made it three five minutes later and Filip Czerwonka netted a debut goal two minutes from time to round off the scoring.
Harrowby United edged home 2-1 at home to Rushden & Higham United with all the goals coming in the opening twenty-four minutes. Sam Grouse put The Arrows in front after just five minutes, but Jed Ainge levelled things up shortly afterwards. Jawanza Grant restored the home side’s lead on 24 and that proved to be the winning goal and put a dampener on The Lankies promotion challenge.
Tendai Daire is no stranger to the scoresheet this season and his goal gave Lutterworth Town a 1-0 win at Huntingdon Town.
Olney Town left it late to earn the points at home to struggling Oakham United, but they claimed a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Drew Mitten on 84 and Jordan Appleton two minutes past the ninety.
The games between Bourne Town and Stewarts & Lloyds, Buckingham Town v Irchester United, Bugbrooke St Michaels v Potton United and Melton Town v Long Buckby were all called off.