JD Thomas League Cup
Newboys of division one played premier division side Birstall Stamford in their round of the Cup. Birstall Stamford being one of the top teams in the premier division, and they proved it well by smashing newboys 12 goals to nil. They go sailing through to the next round with goals from Rikki Bates, who scored a hat-trick, Ethan Bibby knocked in 4, Jake Simmons added 2. Charlie Young, Thomas Burton and Aaron Headley all scored 1.
Two old adversaries met in the second round of the J.D. Thomas League cup when F.C. Loughborough travelled the short distance to Quorn. The first half proved to be a highly competitive and close tussle with the home side going in 4-3 at half time courtesy of goals from Matt Langham (2), James Gamble and Sam Kee.
The second half was no different, but goals from Sam Richards and Matt Langhams 75th minute hat trick goal secured the victory, although the hat trick hero wasn’t finished when he upped his personal tally to four in the final minute.
An impressive White Hart from division three took on Premier division side Anstey Sports Bar but an upset was not on the cards. Despite the Hart breeching the Anstey defence three times with goals from Will Kyle, Adam Seaton and Joe Turner, it was a quality Anstey side who progressed to the next round with a ten goal tally. Four goals from Jamie Hicks plus two each for Scott Hall and Warren York taking the Sports bar into the next round.
In the only S&L Trophy game it needed extra time to separate the sides. It was all square at 3-3 after ninety minutes between Ratby Sports and Verdon Athletic. Ratby Sports were the eventual winners with the deciding goal in the extra 30 minutes.
The only game played this Sunday in the premier division was between St Matthews Dynamos and FC Britannia. Considering Britannia have had a tough start to the season they didn’t do too bad against one of the best teams in the premier. Although they lost 8-5 and were down 5-1 down at half time, Britannia pulled it back to 5-4 and shortly after to 6-5. They gave a good battle which was nice to see. It was also a good performance from their manager who played a full 90 mins! St Matthews Dynamos played the game they know how and smashed in 8 goals. Britannia’s goal scorers were Ricky Ludlam with a hat-trick, Simon Moore and Barri Jon. Dynamos goal scorers were Suleiman Nassor with 2, Macdonald Zinarrj with a hat-trick, Farid Yusuf, Fauz Yusuf and Mahur Mohammed added to make it 8.
Birstall Stamford A enjoyed a goal fest against Bullets, with the home side keeping a clean sheet. The Bullets, however, conceded twelve, but gained huge respect from their opponents for their attitude and commitment to the game.
Loughborough side F.C. Phantom were at home to Bhudda and won 5-2. Goals from Jack Goodall, Adam Porter, Martin Widdowson-Cowie, Tom Wilson and substitute Joe Wright for the home side. With a brace from Joe Butcher-Smith the only consolation for the away side.
Monsell Club Wasps also went nap, this time without reply at home to Spinney Rovers. Two goals from Greg North, plus scores from Jason Brackenridge, Aaron March and Spencer Read making up the Wabbies tally.
Red Cow Rangers entertained Ball Park Nirvana, and it was the home side drowning their sorrows in the pub afterwards, losing the game 3-5. Roland Princewill’s hat trick for Ball park setting up their win.
Palmerston Athletic gained their first win of the season against Shepshed United, seeing them move off the bottom of the table, courtesy of two goals from James Freestone plus strikes from Craig Willet and Nathan Dickens. Reece Clutterbuck and sub Gareth Mills with Shepsheds reply’s.
Sylvia Haines Division Three
A close contest between Athletic Sportsman and Plough Thorpe Acre was settled with the only goal of the game scored by Athletic’s Perry Read on 57 minutes.
Syston Brookside upped the pressure on the top two with a 6-2 win over Braunstone United. Sonny Spencer’s hat trick, plus two from Joe Ferguson securing the points.
Report provided by: Melissa Sharman and Paul Redmile (Media Secretaries, LCSFL)