HertSavers Senior County League round-up: AFC Hatfield reach Bingham-Cox Cup last four
PUBLISHED: 09:26 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:26 17 March 2014
The Bingham-Cox Cup took centre-stage for Division One clubs on Saturday.
Old Parmiterians upset the form book with a 3-1 first round win at Kimpton Rovers, Josh Towell scored twice and Mark Hansard once for the visitors, who were held at 1-1 at the break courtesy of a Tony Ellis strike for Rovers.
In the second round, Bushey Rangers found Hertford Heath too hot to handle in a lively second half, going out 3-1 after leading 1-0 at half-time through Chris Dunn, goals from Mike Judge, Nigel Ololade and Steve Barnes, from the penalty-spot turning the game around.
There was no such problem for Evergreen, who despatched Wormley Youth 3-0 away from home to reach the semi-finals with Curtis Donaldson netting twice and Jack Halcomb once.
AFC Hatfield secured their place in the last four with an emphatic 5-1 win at Panshanger, Ade Hammill, Dan Zienkowicz, Chris Jones, Dale Stewart and Stefan Saywell sharing the goals, but the home side were kept in touch at half-time thanks to a James Upson effort.
The day’s headline clash came at the Medburn Ground where Belstone welcomed leaders Whitwell, who seem to be well over their recent wobble and claimed a vital 2-1 victory to cement a six point lead at the top of the Premier Division table.
Goals from Aaron Harvey and Ryan Foster in either half were enough for the visitors, Nick Turner scoring for Belstone, and such is the topsy-turby nature of the Senior Premier Division that despite sitting in ninth spot, they could go level on points with Whitwell if they win their games in hand.
On Whitwell’s shirt tails are Standon and Puckeridge, who racked up a third consecutive away win with a late goal to clinch a 2-1 scoreline at Hinton, the home side having looked to have secured a crucial point thanks to a John Curtis goal as the game went into time added on, but it was the goals from Craig Pettit and Darren Webb for the visitors that were decisive.
With only two league wins since September, Hinton need to chalk points up in the coming weeks to give themselves a chance of escaping the bottom three.
A third win on the bounce leaves Wormley Rovers in third, though the teams around them have games in hand, Danny Isaacs, Luke Jones and Kyle Head all finding the net in a 3-0 triumph at Bovingdon, who slip back into the bottom three for the first time since Christmas.
Sarratt slipped to only their fourth league loss of the campaign, hosts Letchworth Garden City Eagles running out 4-2 winners at Pixmore, Sam Gittings getting a brace and Dami Fajobi and Carl Williams one each, Shaun Banham and Mark Shanahan netting consolations for the visitors.
Dan Campbell, Ian Hurst and Jack Robertson all added to an Aaron Lews brace that set Bedmond Sports and Social Club on course for a 5-2 home win over Knebworth, and within a point of leaders Whitwell should they convert games in hand into points.
It was not a done deal by the break though as the Ks belied their lowly league position to be level at 2-2, Christian Lett and Luke Bennett the scorers, but the home side slipped through the gears from the restart.
There was a see-saw battle at Chipperfield Corinthians, where they and visitors Bushey Sports Club shared six goals in a thrilling encounter, the home side’s Harry Slade and Matt Chapman scoring either side of a Gary Nicholson goal in the first ten minutes to start the game off with a bang.
Bushey then lead thanks to goals from Dean Williamson and Jack Brown either side of half-time, but Paul Branson levelled it for Chippo’ with 20 minutes left.
The title hopes of Bush Hill Rangers took a blow as they could only draw with Cuffley, who lead through Rio Enver early in the second half, but were pegged back when Tashan Richmond equalised for Rangers.
Bush Hill could yet get amongst the title-chasing pack, but cannot afford to let too many more points slip away.
Chris Wickens was Sandridge Rovers’ hero as his goal not only clinched the three points at Mill End Sports, but also elevated his side out of the bottom three for the first time since December and stretch Sports’ losing streak to five games.
There are now four teams on 21 points from 11th to 14th place, but Rovers have the potential advantage of games in hand over the side below them.
Senior Division One leaders Hatfield Social were held by an improved Welwyn Garden City Reserves to a 1-1 draw, Jonathan Walsh scoring his third goal of the week for the Citizens, and Ross Hunt on target for Social, who remain eight points clear.
Lemsford sealed an important win at Tansley, where they were victorious by a 3-0 scoreline, Marc Arnott, Simon Gibbs and Stuart McDermott all bagging for the visitors who have opened a five point gap between them and fourth-placed Hertford Heath.
Codicote Sports won by the odd goal in three over Cheshunt Ambers, David Patemore and Leslie Chappell getting their names on the scoresheet for Sports with Max Muir the Ambers’ marksman.
Buntingford Town clambered above their hosts Harvesters 2012 with a resounding 4-1 win, their first three-pointer since November which will boost their hopes to finish in a respectable position, the home side scoring first through Kane Thomas, but Town then took control with goals from Ollie Townsend, Will Cubbitt, Luke Cix and Scott Seals.
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