Hat-trick hero Grange’s goals boost St Ives side’s survival bid

Alex Grange hit a hat-trick for St Ives Men's 2nds in their win against Wisbech Town 2nds. Picture:

Alex Grange hit a hat-trick for St Ives Men's 2nds in their win against Wisbech Town 2nds. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Alex Grange was a hat-trick hero as St Ives 2nds picked up a vital victory to boost their battle against East Men’s League relegation last Saturday.

Grange’s goals inspired a 5-4 success against Wisbech Town 2nds as they climbed out of the bottom two. Tim Jones and Cameron Seton also found the net in a third win of the season.

The 4ths also enjoyed success against their Wisbech equivalents with Howie Jones hitting a hat-trick in a 9-1 victory in Division Five North-West.

The team’s best performance of the season also featured goals from Oscar Bryden, Alex Ginns, Richard Corbett, Dave Ranner, Ewan Morgan and Dave England).

Three other St Neots teams – the 1sts, 3rds and 5ths – all tasted defeat as the season resumed.

Rory Mooney’s goal couldn’t prevent a 3-1 loss for the rock-bottom 1sts in Division Two North at Bury St Edmunds 1sts while Matt Jago hit a consolation as the 3rds went down 6-1 to Cambridge Nomads 2nds in Division Four North-West.

There were some fine individual scoring feats from St Neots Men’s players last Saturday.

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Captain Danny Stevenson struck five times for the table-topping 2nds in Division Five North-West, but it was Ollie Dawes’ effort in a 6-0 win at Cambridge City 6ths which will live longest in the memory.

Dawes delivered a goal-of-the-season contender as he lashed a rising shot into the top corner from the top of the D during a 13th successive victory for his side.

Kevin Sequenza hit a hat-trick to help the 3rds to a 4-1 victory at Ely City 3rds in Division Six North-West (South). Steve Moore was the other scorer.

St Neots 4ths eased to a 4-0 victory against St Ives 5ths thanks to Chris Bates (2), Phil Gillett and Michael Hornby at the same level while St Neots 5ths won 2-0 at City of Peterborough 9ths thanks to a second-half double from Sam Lawman.

The 1sts earned a 2-2 draw against Cambridge City Vets in Division Three North-West. Darren Coles and Owen Edwards were on target.

Two games in as many days, six points collected and 10 goals scored – St Ives Ladies 1sts appear to have picked up from where they left off.

The East Ladies League Division Two North-West leaders had a busy and successful start to 2016.

Captain Helen Clarke hit five goals as they thumped Lincoln Lindum 2nds 7-1 last Saturday. Vicky Leighton and Holly Stride also struck.

And they followed up with another success 24 hours later when beating Long Sutton 3-1 in a game which finally went ahead at the third attempt after a couple of pre-Christmas postponements. Clarke was again on the scoresheet along with Juliet Moynan and Emma King.

Mandy Rogers converted a late penalty stroke to earn St Neots Ladies 1sts a 4-4 draw at King’s Lynn side Pelicans 1sts in Division Two North-West.

Saints had earlier recovered from falling two goals down to lead 3-2 courtesy of two Paula Bingham strikes and an Alice Wright effort.

The 3rds were emphatic winners as Alice MacMurray and Jay Dickinson hit hat-tricks in a 10-0 drubbing of Ely City 3rds.

Chris Deeks (2), Sophie James and Ali Stubbs also found the net in the Division Four North-West (South) clash.

St Neots Ladies 2nds were 6-0 losers at table-toppers Stevenage 3rds in Division three of the Five Counties League.