SATURDAY ROUND-UP: Huntingdon Town pull off remarkable Spalding United double - but were poor!
19:28 19 April 2014
Huntingdon Town just need two points to secure second place in the United Counties Premier League after they spectacularly beat champions Spalding United two Saturdays on the trot.
Meanwhile, there were also great wins for fellow Huntingdonshire sides Godmanchester Rovers, St Neots Town, Eynesbury Rovers, while St Ives Town were involved in a seven goal thriller.
After Huntingdon beat Splading 2-0 last week at Jubilee Park, the team condemned the Lincolnshire side to only their third defeat of the season north of the county border with goals from Chris Jones and Jacob Joyce. After the match, Spalding were awarded with the Premier League trophy – the double defeat may have taken a little bit of a shine off the occasion.
“It has put us in a great position to go to Stewarts & Lloyds Corby and get second place there,” said manager Seb Hayes, especially as S&L are one of the poorer sides in the division.
But Hayes didn’t think his team were at their best, despite the win at Spalding. “We were nowhere near as good as we were against them the week before,” he said. “On the ball we were poor but there was a lot of hard work and determination and over the 90 minutes were were good enough.
“And the pleasing thing is, we won the game without either Declan Rogers and Ben Seymour-Shove scoring.”
Pay Rayment, the Spalding manager, was extrememly critical of some of his players after the previous defeat to Huntingdon, claiming some had destroyed their chances of playing at Step 4 with the club next season. He will have been even more wound up after this defeat – as the team passed around the trophy.
In the Eastern Counties League, Godmanchester Rovers are still in with a shout of the title after they beat Wivenhoe Town 5-0. Despite still being fifth, the team has four games left and a game in hand over the new leaders Felixstowe & Walton.
Goddy struggled to get going for the first 15 minutes, after losing 2-1 away at Brightlingsea Regent during the week. But a fine left-foot volley from James Hall settled the nerves and the striker added another goal after a bright start from the club to the second half.
A Charlie Bowen header made it 3-0 and Jon Hall scored the fourth with a sweet header from a corner. The fifth was from a Carl Foreman free-kick, the ball trickling through the young Wivenhoe goalkeeper’s hands and legs with the restart the last kick of the game.
Godmanchester now go to Ely City on Easter Monday with everything to play for.
“They never give up, the boys,” said joint manager Nev Nania. “In the second half we totally dominated the play. They actually did exactly what we told them to do at half time. It was a good strong win.
“Ely won’t be an easy game but we have players to come in. If we get three points and other teams drop points, we are going to be right back in it.”
In Division One of the United Counties League, Eynesbury Rovers continued their tremendous run of wins – eight on the trot now – which sees them on the verge of securing promotion to the Premier Division.
Just two more wins will be enough to seal second placed behind champions Oadby Town after they destroyed Woodford United 6-0 at home.
Ben Wilks scored a hat-trick with Ben Colmer, Lee Bassett and Marcus Hering getting the others.
Eynesbury will play St Neots Town Youth & Saints on Monday after Steve Kuhne’s team lost 2-1 at ON Chenecks in Northampton this afternoon.
A win there could see Eynesbury bag promotion at home against Raunds Town on Wednesday night. They could, of course, have it tied up by then if third-placed Harrowby slip up at Bourne on Monday.
In the Southern League both St Neots Town and St Ives Town have done enough this season to secure their places in the Premier Division and Division One Central respectively for another season.
St Neots were at home to Bashley who are bottom of the Premier Division table. Despite going 1-0 down they won 3-1 with goals from Shane Tolley, Lewis Hilliard and Ben Ford.
Karl Gibbs scored twice and Jon Stead once for St Ives but they were beaten by visitors Chalfont St Peter 4-3 at their ProEdge Westwood Road ground.
Easter Monday’s fixtures: Arlesey Town v St Neots Town, Royston Town v St Ives Town, Stewarts & Lloyds v Huntingdon Town, Ely City v Godmanchester Rovers, Eynesbury Rovers v St Neots Town Youth & Saints.