Big Fan slip to fifth after Ultimate Football defeat to reigning champions Hedgehog

PUBLISHED: 14:46 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:57 23 October 2016

In the Ultimate Football Welwyn Garden City Monday night six-a-side league, Knick Of Time maintained the pressure on Championship leaders Blackpool with their 2-0 victory over 20 per cent Battery Left.

Jamie Southgate and Andy Lewis provided the goals, both of which came in the first half.

Lewis McAuley’s 20 per cent Battery appeared to have recharged during the half-time break and they had several good goalscoring opportunities, Sam Cooper with the pick of the bunch.

Nevertheless, they failed to find the elusive goal and Dan Winterbourne’s side continue on with their winning run.

Chris Houghton’s FC Big Fan who were in third place before last Monday’s fixtures, slip down to fifth following their defeat to reiging champions Hedgehog FC.

A goalless and relatively uninspiring first half was soon forgotten when Nick Sykes’ men emerged as a more determined outfit for the second half.

Ben Whybrow got the slightest of touches to claim the first goal of the game and that was soon followed by a spectacular lob over Big Fan keeper Chris Dungate by Hedgehog forward and man of the match Sam Dent, from some 25 yards out.

That looked to have sealed the win for Sykes’ side but some stern encouragement from Houghton rallied his men and resulted in a well-taken goal from Oliver Jamieson.

The comeback couldn’t be completed as the final whistle blew just two minutes later.

In the Premiership, Josh Ward gave Leg Day Pending the lead against Wheeler Dealers in what was a high intensity and fast-paced game.

Jake Hoy levelled the scores five mintues later and this gave James Wheeler’s side the encouragement they needed to press forward.

Jack Gajjar didn’t miss his opportunity to put his team in front and they held on to claim the win, despite initially trailing.

Meanwhile, Ross Rowan’s It’s What He Would Have Wanted looked cohesive as they led Smakosze St. Albans 1-0 at half-time through a Andrew Bacon strike.

The second half began and Charlie Bacon scored twice in succession to put Rowan’s men three goals ahead.

Rowan then netted himself to put the game beyond Smakosze’s reach although the plaudits went to Bacon who completed his hat-trick in style.

Damian Mikulski found a consolation goal for the St Albans-based outfit minutes from time.

Back in the Championship, a Dan Hedges brace and a goal from Francis Mardlin gave Neverbee Athletic a comfortable half-time lead against Boca Seniors who were without influential captain Mark Dixon.

Credit to Simon Chard who encouraged Seniors in Dixon’s absence, which particularly inspired Tom Bundy who gave a tenacious performance, earning him the man of the match accolade.

Second-half goals from Mardlin, Hedges – who completed his hat-trick, and Michael Beales, earned the green jersey side a resounding 6-0 win. Blackpool always looked in control in their match with Wesley Carrington’s Old Boys United; the victory included a David Willis hat-trick and a consolation goal for United from Dan Slark.

The Old Guard were first on the scoresheet in their tie with second-placed My Dixie, Charlie Lloyd finding the target.

Defensive stronghold Adam Wilmott equalised for Toby Warner’s side before second-half goals from Lloyd and Michael Webb gave Guard a two-goal cushion.

Jack Hague then managed to pull one back for Dixie and another equaliser looked likely with the pressure that mounted around the Guard goal, but some fine keeping from man of the match Ryan Moss kept them at bay.

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