Delight for Deeping at last as Cocos pop
CHRISTMAS came a week early for Deeping Athletic as they finally celebrated a first win of the Sunday morning season.
Simon Dethick’s strugglers hit form with a vengeance to sink Premier Division rivals Cocos 8-1.
The victory was certainly worth the wait for a club that have struggled to fulfill fixtures in the opening half of the campaign after being beset by injury and availability issues.
Long-suffering manager Dethick said: “We had plenty of players and Cocos were missing a few, but some of the football we played was a pleasure to watch.
“We’ve been waiting a while for a win but we’ll be bottom of the table soon because we’re going to get hit with a points deduction.
“We couldn’t get a side out for a couple of games and that’s the way it’s been all season. We’ve had terrible problems with injuries at Deeping on Saturdays and Sundays and lots of other lads play for non-league clubs so can’t commit because of midweek games.
“I’m pretty much certain this will be my final season so hopefully we’ll have a good run after Christmas.”
Northern Star man Ben Porter and Laim Buttery both scored twice for Deeping. Dave Weston, Matt Atkins, Tom Waumsley and Matt Simpson hit the others with Steve Starkey getting Cocos’ sole reply.
Coates climbed off the bottom of the Premier Division with a 5-3 success over second-placed Parkway.
Kev Gilbert scored twice with David Wood, Joe Butterworth and Rob Speechley hitting the others.
That’s no mean feat considering it was apparently the club’s Christmas party on Saturday night.
DIRK Springthorpe became Hampton Sports’ oldest ever player on Sunday morning.
Springthorpe was pressed into service as an emergency goalkeeper at the age of 46 for their 4-3 success over Goldhay Rangers in Division One.
Dirk’s brother and Hampton coboss Drew Springthorpe said: “Dirk rolled his sleeves up for the cause.”
Man-of-the-match Lloyd Mapes, Michael Maguire, Jack Gowler and Stuart Yaxley hit Hampton’s goals.
PLOUGHMAN could hardly have enjoyed a better introduction to Sunday morning football.
The Werrington lads have won all of the dozen games they’ve played in a variety of competitions.
A double-strike from Daniel Drane kept their debut-season bandwagon rolling as they saw off Crowland 3-1 to cement top spot in Division Three.
Gerard Evans got the other goal for a team through to the last eight of the Northants Sunday Shield and the semi-finals of the PFA Sunday Morning Junior Cup.
COOPERS swept past West Town 12-1 in a battle of the Division Two big-guns. James Moore (3), James Martin (2), Kenny Martin (2), Ricky Chapman (2), Chris Linney, Harry Woodward and Sam Chapman did the damage.
West Town had to call on reserve re-inforcements after a couple of first-teamers declined to play on a hard Ringwood surface.
It was a vast improvement on the previous weekend when Coopers were held to a 4-4 draw by Cross Keys in a match that featured three dismissals.
Two of them were for Coopers players with referee Matt Follett actually showing Danny Wilder a second yellow card for using abusive language in the changing room after the game.
But Boro Bar Ultras still stand between the Bretton lads and top spot.
Tom Wales led the way with four goals as the Ultras bashed bottom side Guyhirn, who are yet to pick up a point in the Peterborough Sunday Morning League, 9-0.
IT is supposed to be the season of goodwill, but that wasn’t the case in Sunday morning football.
Referees were flashing red cards galore in some bad-tempered preChristmas fixtures.
Both teams had a man dismissed as Hampton Sports Reserves and Farcet Reserves shared six goals in Division Three and it also ended up 10-a-side in the Division Four clash between AFC Bretton and Jager Bombers, the latter winning 4-2 thanks largely to a Cardin Pierre hat-trick.
DIVISION Four side Halcyon are free to play again after paying all their outstanding fines.
PACKING A PUNCH: Former boxing star Michael Maguire scored for Hampton Sports.
ON TARGET: Ben Porter scored twice for Deeping Athletic in their win over Cocos.