FOOTBALL: Grantham’s Gables win in Lincs County Cup
Lincs Sunday County Cup
Three Gables 4
AFC Lincoln Green 3
Three Gables entertained the Lincoln Sunday League Division Two leaders and it was the visitors that started more brightly, nearly taking the lead but denied by a super save from Cook.
Gables got more into the game and went ahead through Lee’s low drive from 15 yards.
The second half saw Gables begin slowly and concede an early equaliser.
This spurred the home side on and they regained the lead when Lee curled in a rocket past the stranded Lincoln keeper. Gables extended their advantage from a Macgregor penalty after Lee was fouled in the box.
But the Lincoln side replied with two goals to level the affair a second time.
With 15 minutes remaining, Lee was fouled again in the area. Macgregor stepped up to the spot a second time and coolly slotted home the winner to send Gables through to the third round.
Three Gables: Cook, Brains, M. Gray, Scothern, Stubbs, Wainwright, Haynes, Macgregor, Willet, B. Gray, Lee, Wilson.
Mid Lincs Youth League
Harrowby United 6
HBW United 0
A lively start by the Arrows with some ruthless attacking put the boys 3-0 to the good in quick time, and by the end of the first period Harrowby had a healthy 5-0 lead.
The young Arrows produced some of their best passing and positioning of the season so far in the second half,probing into the visitors’ box.
A little too much confidence maybe ended in HBW having their best chance of a consolation with a long range free kick that nearly caught out Josh Ward in the home goal, but the boys rallied and added to their tally.
Goal scorers were Hull (2), Cox (2), Meffen and Read.
Harrowby: Ward, Johnson, Cooper, Fedorson, Down, Angeloni, Okoth, Naylor, Meffen, Dilley (MoM), Foister, Read, Cox, Hull.
HBW United 5
Great Ponton 14
Great Ponton took the lead early on, going 3-0 up in the first five minutes with goals from Ayden O’Brien, Barry Harrison and Owen Devine.
HBW managed to get themselves back into the game and soon levelled at 3-3.
It was not long before captain O’Brien put Ponton ahead once more and midfielder Connor Hodgkinson extended their lead further.
Harrison bagged another two to complete his hat-trick before Billy Bilton scored a superb goal with a long shot accurately placed in the top corner.
O’Brien’s first hat-trick of the game was completed early on in the second half and another great goal from Bilton took Ponton’s tally to 10.
Jaydon Devine got himself on the score sheet before HBW finally managed to break through the Ponton defence and scored their fourth goal of the game.
Ponton put the pressure on once more and O’Brien scored another two goals after some great teamwork from striking partner Harrison.
HBW never gave up and their persistence paid off five minutes from the end when they grabbed their fifth goal.
O’Brien completed his second hat-trick of the game and was rewarded with man of the match after an outstanding performance.
Great Ponton: Wing, Simmonds, Tilbury, Raitt, Croft, O. Devine, Hodgkinson, J. Devine, Pires, Harrison, O’Brien, Bilton.