CAMBS LEAGUE: Barley ‘beast’ hailed for bringing up his half-century of goals

AFC Barley Mow hot-shot Josh Turner.

AFC Barley Mow hot-shot Josh Turner. - Credit: Archant

AFC Barley Mow boss Sean Sweeney heaped praise on striking ‘beast’ Josh Turner after he reached a magnificent milestone last Saturday.

Turner has racked up a half-century of Cambs League goals already this season after hitting a hat-trick in a Division 3B 5-1 drubbing of Chatteris Fen Tigers.

Turner’s treble, which took him onto 51 for the season, was accompanied by goals from Adam Armstrong and Jack Cleghorn.

And player-chief Sweeney has no doubts that Turner, who was subject of an offer from Premier Division side Foxton earlier in the season, could play at a much higher level.

“Josh is a hell of a player,” said Sweeney, who’s side are still to taste defeat in their debut Saturday football season.

“He’s exactly what you want - a selfish goalscorer! He could play at a much higher level than he does now as he’s a beast of a striker.”

Sweeney also recognises the work of Turner’s strike-partner, Adam Lacey, who has hit 18 goals of his own this term

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Sweeney added: “When I talk about Josh I always make sure to mention Lacey as well.

“He does everything. He works his socks off for the team and creates a lot of chances for Josh. They have formed a great partnership.”

The win means the Division 3B table-toppers have now extended their perfect winning start to the season to 15 games.

It was a potentially defining day in the Division 3A title race.

Offord United eased into a three-point advantage at the summit thanks to a 2-0 success against Foxton Reserves (Stuart Johnston and Simon Pearce providing the goals) in their first game for three weeks while fellow locals Eaton Socon A were beaten 4-2 at Duxford United Reserves.

Fenstanton and Houghton & Wyton continued their duel for the Division 2B crown.

Craig Flavell hit his first goal since returning to Fenstanton from Alconbury as the leaders preserved their four-point cushion with a 2-0 victory at Soham United Reserves. An own goal had earlier given them the edge.

Treble-chasing Houghton & Wyton remained in hot pursuit as James Anderson, Lloyd Howard, Jay-Kay Hudson and Bozo Saso struck in a 4-1 success at Cottenham Reserves.

Eynesbury Rovers A boosted their survival hopes in Division 2A by defeating fellow strugglers Litlington Athletic 7-3 to secure their first win in more than a month.

Double-strikes from from Reece Keating and Jake Smith were accompanied by goals from Cameron Kay, Lindsey Smith and Andrew Gosnell.

Paxton United were another team to dramatically improve their chances of dodging the drop as they climbed off the bottom of the Kershaw Senior A table with a local derby triumph.

Goals from Lee Archer, Andy Clare and Lee Griffiths earned Paxton a 3-2 success at Somersham - their first victory for four months. They eased into a three-goal advantage before being pegged back following the dismissal of goalkeeper Allan Hills.

Bluntisham Rangers have powered away from the Senior B Division relegation scrap during a fine run of form. Dale White hit a late winner as they extended their unbeaten run to five matches with a 1-0 success at Godmanchester Rovers Reserves last Saturday.

Needingworth went down 3-0 at Bar HIll at the same level.

Warboys Town won’t be in any hurry to return to Stamford. They’ve been to the Lincolnshire town on successive Saturdays for Peterborough & District League Division One games, lost both and conceded 14 goals in the process.

The Witches went down 4-1 at Stamford Bels last Saturday to follow a 10-0 drubbing at table-toppers Stamford Lions seven days earlier.