Local football round up
PUBLISHED: 22:06 03 December 2013 | UPDATED: 22:06 03 December 2013
Local football round up
Saffron Walden Town Res 1 Halstead Town Res 1
Saffron Walden’s second string took a share of the spoils in a tough encounter with top-of-the-table Halstead.
The Bloods were value for the lead in the first half, with Darren Bicknell finding space in the box to tuck home the opener on 33 minutes.
But Halstead had renewed determination in the second half and they forced the equaliser just before the hour mark.
Walden are next in action at Catons Lane on December 14 when they entertain fellow title contenders Hadleigh United.
Saffron Crocus 6 Longstanton Reserves 0A dominant performance from start to finish ensured Crocus a passage into the next round of the John Ablett Cup against opposition from the division above.
Scott Cummings hit a hat-trick, his powerful 30-yard free kick being the pick of his strikes. Two goals from Adam Daniels and a late penalty from Ross Millard sealed the victory.
Crocus return to league action with a trip to top-of-the-table Lillington Athletic on Saturday.
Great Shelford Reserves 1 Saffron Rangers 5
Saffron Rangers cruised to a comfortable victory at Great Shelford to keep the pressure up on the top three in NMC 2a.
They ran riot in the first half, scoring four in a 20-minute spell, through Phil Dillon, Phillips and two from Leke Ojumu.
Shelford were more determined after the break and pulled a goal back with a penalty on the hour mark.
But Brooks fired home a 20-yard screamer for Rangers’ fifth.
Rangers face Thaxted on Saturday, kick off 2pm.
Papworth 3 Great Chesterford 5
Great Chesterford continued their quest for promotion from NMC 2A with another victory in a second half demolition – despite being three goals down at half time.
They were shell-shocked as high-flying Papworth hit three goals within 15 minutes, but things turned after the break.
Ben Hornby scored to give Chesterford a lifeline, Dave Baker headed home a Josh Saggers cross, and then Hornby smashed home the equaslier.
Steve Leys then won and converted a penalty to put Chesterford in front, before the same player then broke the offside trap and coolly lofted the ball over the keeper to seal the victory.
The victory keeps Chesterford top of the league by four points.
Saffron Dynamos 5 Bottisham & Lode A 1
Saffron Dynamos returned to wining ways with a comfortable win against mid-table Bottisham & Lode.
They got off to a brilliant start, going up 2-0 after just two minutes thanks to a Dan Mitchell brace.
The visitors pulled a goal back, but further goals from Daniel Rouse, from the penalty spot after Toby Meek had been hacked down in the box, Mitchell completing his hat-trick and Charlie Brockwell.
Dynamos are at home to Finichingfield on Saturday, 2pm kick off.