Football: Hat-trick hero Walker turns on a second-half super show
United Counties League Premier League St Neots 3 Wooton Blue Cross 1 HAT-TRICK hero Gary Walker sealed the points against Wooton, with a trio of second-half strikes. Saints went behind early in the second half, but Walker levelled after 55 minutes, and th
United Counties League Premier League
St Neots 3 Wooton Blue Cross 1
HAT-TRICK hero Gary Walker sealed the points against Wooton, with a trio of second-half strikes.
Saints went behind early in the second half, but Walker levelled after 55 minutes, and then put the hosts into the lead with just under half-an-hour to play.
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Walker grabbed his third with just a minute remaining to ensure Saints took all three points.
St Ives 1 Boston 3
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ST IVES slumped to a third defeat in a row as the absence of several key players proved costly at Westwood Road on Saturday.
The central midfield pairing of Craig Donaldson and Glyn Cooke, which has proved so successful throughout the season, were missing, as was captain Will Fordham.
Despite the absentees, the hosts took the lead when Anton D'Avilar found the net, but Boston hit back after 33 minutes, and then took the lead two minutes later.
The visitors sealed the win with just under a quarter of the game remaining but despite the defeat, Saints' assistant manager Jez Hall was happy with his side.
"The lads did pretty well. They gave us everything they could and we can't ask for anymore than that," said Hall.
Eynesbury Rovers 0 Bugbrooke St Michael 3
ROVERS' run of six league matches undefeated came to a disappointing end.
After a goalless first half, two goals in three minutes from Josh Yasar put the visitors in command, before they added a third goal after 73 minutes.
Rovers' boss Dean Shipp was disappointed with his team's performance.
"We had opportunities but just didn't take them in a game where both defences certainly looked vulnerable.
"After the break, we didn't really create enough, and didn't put as much pressure as we should have on their back four. It was a very disappointing result in sticky conditions," added Shipp.
Peterborough Northern Star 2 Huntingdon Town 1
AFTER an encouraging run of results, Huntingdon left Peterborough with no points as Northern Star inflicted the first defeat on the Jubilee Park outfit of the new year.
The two sides went into the break all square at 0-0, but it was the visitors who went ahead when Paul Bass found the net, just seven minutes into the half.
However, Star fought back, and two goals in seven minutes sealed the three points for the home side.
Ridgeons League Division One
Godmanchester Rovers 1 March Town United 0
ROVERS had the better of a quiet first half, with the best chance being a shot on the turn by new signing Midgeley that was well saved by the March keeper.
The second half again saw Godmanchester dominating play and creating the better chances, but failing to find the back of the net.
Just as it looked like the game was heading for a draw, Rovers came up with the only goal of the game.
From a throw-in, the ball was crossed into the area where it was met by Smith, who half volleyed the ball home from 10 yards out.
Kershaw Senior A
Mildenhall Res 1 Needingworth Utd 1
NEEDINGWORTH did not get the result from this trip to Suffolk their performance deserved.
United found themselves behind after only five minutes but fought their way back into the game and it came as no surprise when leading scorer Scot Fielding equalised on the half hour.
United then dominated in the second half, but found the Mildenhall keeper in tremendous form and could not find a winner, so had to settle for a share of the points.
Hunts Junior Cup Semi-Final
Needingworth Res 1 Huntingdon RGE 2
UNITED could not manage to book a final spot as they went down to a hard- working Huntingdon side.
RGE started well and United found themselves two goals behind early on.
Mark Joyce got United back into the game, and thought he had added a second to send the tie into extra-time, but his effort was disallowed.
Hunts Junior Cup Semi-Final 2
Fenstanton 4, Gt. Paxton Res 4 aet (Paxton win 6-5 on penalties)
FENSTANTON narrowly missed out on a place in the Junior Cup Final, as they went out to Great Paxton Reserves on penalties following an epic semi-final at Hall Green Lane.
The game exploded into action 10 minutes before the break when Dale Edwards headed Fenny in front from Barry Denston's corner.
Paxton levelled immediately when a well-judged lob beat Gus Haynes, whose view was impaired by the sun.
Fenny went ahead again from the kick-off when Dan Attfield met Alex King's precision cross.
Paxton equalised again within seconds, a free-kick finding its way into the net via a crowded box and the inside of a post.
With the whistle imminent, Attfield headed his second to give Fenny the lead at the break.
Fenstanton dominated the second half and looked to have had the game won, but the Paxton substitute defender hit a sweet shot from 20 yards to send the tie into extra-time.
The game became stretched and Paxton took the lead for the first time, when a second substitute rounded Haynes and tucked his shot inside the post.
This time Paxton thought they had done enough, only for Adam Berrill to take the game to penalties, finishing from Dean Butcher's through ball.
A tight shoot out was won 6-5 by Paxton, with keeper Scott saving the crucial spot-kick to book a final berth.