Vets continue fine form

Weekend football round-up

Weekend men’s football round-up

ROYSTON Town Vets maintained their good run of form with an outstanding performance to defeat Hemingford 4-2 on Sunday.

Town opened the scoring after five minutes when Peter Leete converted a pin-point cross from the right by Paul Wenlock. Fellow striker Ant Anstead then took the game away from Hemingford with an outstanding hat-trick before half-time.

Town’s own defence of Paddy Coughlin, Adam Smith, Nick King and Geoff Pinner were in a miserly mood to deny the home attack any meaningful attempts on goal in the first half.

Manager Terry Gore changed personnel during the second half and although keeper Simon Dobson made one brilliant save to keep the hosts out he was helpless to prevent the two goals Hemingford did score.

Town Vets entertain Walkern at Garden Walk next Sunday.

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Flying Pig defeated Ashwell 3-0 in the Cambs & District League Division 2B on Saturday to maintain their unbeaten record.

It was a straightforward match in which Ashwell failed to register a single shot or corner all game and preceded to defend with 11 men behind the ball. However, it took the Pig 30 minutes to find a way through, when Ben Larter beat two Ashwell players and passed it into the corner of the net.

The second half was the same as the first, as chance after chance was cleared off the line or blocked by the wall of bodies. It took Steve Smith then Lee Pollard to find the gaps to make the score safe.

Fowlmere Reserves ran riot in their 8-3 victory away to Steeple Morden is BIS Division 3A, in what was a thrilling match.

Fowlmere got off to a great start with Dean King heading home Ben Sewell’s long throw after just two minutes. Sewell’s in-swinging corner was then met with a glancing header from Luke Riley for the second before Green to head the third. Green made it four at the back post from Jason Nash’s floated free kick.

McGarvie then won a penalty as his goal bound shot was handled and the usually reliable Sewell hit his penalty soaring over the crossbar.

Steeple pulled one back from a 25-yard free-kick, but early in the second half Sewell scored a long-range effort to make it 5-1.

Green then completed his hat-trick latching onto a long pass from Phil Emmett and smashing across the keeper in style. Steeple hadn’t given up and their veteran striker showed his worth with a well taken goal for 6-2.

Liam Austin was pulling the strings in midfield and following passes with McGarvie and Paul Whiffin, beat three players to rifle in number seven.

But as Fowlmere poured forwards gun-ho steeple’s marksman beat the backline and rounded Girling for their third.

Sub Jamie Mossey completed the rout tapping in at the back post following selfless play from Emmett on the right.

Melbourn laid to waste another unbeaten record as veteran Keith Barrell rolled back the years with a well finished winner to secure a 2-1 victory over Gamlingay United Reserves.

It took Melbourn only 10 minutes to open the scoring when Andrew Ridden set Ben Wright away on the right. Wright’s electric pace left the home defence for dead and having cut inside he smashed a low finish home to open the scoring.

Melbourn continued to press and Barrell thought he had doubled the advantage with a cute strike after being played in by Martyn Lees. It wasn’t to be, though, as the ball hit the post and rebounded safely into the keepers arms.

With Gamlingay unable to settle in to any rhythm they resorted to long ball football and one such clearance on the half hour mark was not dealt with, allowing the right winger in to roll an accurate finish home.

Melbourn were unlucky not to go ahead before half-time, when following a period of pressure, Lees made space before crashing his shot against the bar.

Melbourn started the second half much like the first and didn’t have to wait long to take the lead. A deep Ridden ball was held up well by Lees who then rolled a perfect pass to set Barrell free in to the area who placed his finish in to the bottom corner. Barrell was delighted as might he be for a man the wrong side of 50 showing his younger team mates how it’s done.

Next up for Melbourn are free-scoring Histon Hornets at The Moor this coming Saturday.