In focus: Cambs County and P&D round-ups
HEMINGFORDS United player-manager Simon Green came off the bench on Saturday and scored a 15-minute hat-trick when his side beat Great Paxton at Manor Road.
Home side Hemingfords were 2-1 up when Green decided to lace up his boots late on in the Cambridgeshire FA County Senior A derby after Keiran Crow and Tom Wyatt had given them a 2-1 lead – with Andrew Conway getting the Paxton goal.
“I bring myself on when needs be,” said Green. “I gave them a telling-off at half time and just felt I could make an impact at the end.”
Now Hemingfords are fourth in the table with games in hand over two of the top three. “Promotion is in our reach, we have a good team and we just need to maintain our challenge.”
Green, who is in his second full season as manager of the club, says the return of several players from university has boosted his squad. “We were sixth last season and we won the Scott Gatty Cup and we are stronger this season because we have a few lads back. I think we would be more than able to cope in the Premier Division.”
In that division, Brampton were beaten 3-1 by Lakenheath – but manager Adam Burnley wasn’t too disappointed.
“I was really pleased with the determination and fighting spirit that the players showed throughout the game,” he said. “With performances like that we can make progress in this division. Three set-pieces were required to undo us, but we had chances too.”
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Lakenheath, who are second in the Premier Division table on the same points as leaders Linton Granta, scored first, in the 15th minute.
Early in the second half, goalkeeper Warren Dowson was beaten by a free kick from outside the area, before the excellent Simon Linnell headed home a Sam Miles cross from the right wing for 2-1.
Late in the game the visitors made sure of the points with a far-post header from a well taken corner.
Somersham Town are on the same points as Brampton, 15, after going to West Wratting and picking up a point with a 1-1 draw. Eaton Socon remain at the bottom of the table after losing 4-0 at Great Shelford.
Needingworth United beat Hundon 3-2 in Senior A with Mark Joyce giving them a 1-0 lead early on before the visitors equalised shortly after the start of the second half.
Hundon then went down to 10 men and Matt Cox put away a penalty for 2-1 before Joyce got his second late on to reduced the impact of Hundon’s last-minute strike.
Meanwhile, Fenstanton remain top of the Senior B table after they beat St Ives Rangers 2-1 in another Huntingdonshire derby. Rangers themselves remain in sixth.
• In the Peterborough & District Premier League, Ramsey Town suffered a shock loss at strugglers Oakham Town, only their second defeat of the season.
Dan Edwards headed the Rams into an early lead but were soon pegged back when Oakham’s Jack McDonald scored on the breakaway.
Just before the interval teenager Connor Withers headed home from a corner to give Ramsey a half-time lead – but in the second half the game was turned on its head when the home side scored twice, through Tom Coldicott and William Lee.
“Oakham took advantage of our lacklustre performance,” said Paul Taylor, the Ramsey manager.
At the very bottom of the table, Alconbury lost game 12 out of 12 5-0 at home with Netherton United’s Ben Daly scoring a hat-trick and Lee Clementson getting the other two. Alconbury have now conceded 60 goals, having scored just three.
In Division One, Warboys Town won their derby game at Sawtry 4-3 with Aaron Wood scoring a hat-trick and Keith Webb getting the other. But there was another hat-trick too, from Sawtry’s Ben Flanz.