De­light for Deep­ing at last as Co­cos pop

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - By MARK PLUM­MER mark.plum­

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.

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