Oundle nick it with stunning comeback
OUNDLE pulled off the mother of all comebacks amid the most unbelievable scenes of boss Barry Gregory’s 34-year managerial career.
Co-chief Gregory saw his 10-man side recover from 3-0 down with just 15 minutes remaining to roar to a 4-3 success over Leverington on Saturday.
Young talent Conor Murphy bagged a brace to fire Oundle back into contention before wily old master Darren Paling converted two penalties to complete the most unlikely turnaround.
Gregory said: “I’ve never known anything like it in all my years in the Peterborough League.
“We were 3-0 down, had seen Pat Dooner sent off and lost a couple of other players to injury, but we shuffled things around and suddenly clicked.
“We played some of our best football of the season and it was an incredible fightback.”
Youngster James Woods led the Leverington charge earlier in the contest. He bagged his first two first-team goals and then unselfishly laid their third on a plate for Curtis Knight even though he was on a hat-trick himself, but the Fenland lads fell apart in the closing stages.
Boss Stuart Webb said: “I’m still in shock about what happened.
“We had four players out there carrying injuries and we weren’t convinced about either penalty, but there’s no excuse for capitulating in the way we did.”
MOULTON Harrox co-boss Paul Kent hopes his players can use their current hot streak as momentum for a title challenge next season.
Oakham United became the latest victims of a fast-rising side who have also seen off Netherton, Coates, Parson Drove, Alconbury, Ramsey and Eye Sports since hitting form with a bang at the end of March.
Harrox have already roared into the top six and could realistically challenge for second spot in the remaining weeks of the season.
Kent said: “The team has gone through some big changes during the season and it took us time to hit our stride. We’ve only had three or four members of the side that won the PFA Senior Cup last season playing regularly.
“The lads got a fair bit of stick after their last defeat to Leverington and they have responded really well in what is a first Premier Division season for quite a few of them.
“We’ve got ourselves into the top six now and I don’t see any reason whey we can’t reach our target of a top-four finish.
“Anything beyond that would be a bonus but hopefully we can keep the side together for next season, look to add just one or two new faces and have a decent crack at the league.”
John Ball broke the deadlock from the penalty spot as Oakham were swept aside 3-0 on Saturday. Ben Allen doubled their advantage and veteran striker Steve Sinfield climbed off the bench to apply the final gloss.
RAMSEY boss Paul Taylor admits the club have missed the talents of hot-shot striker Jamie Darlow.
Darlow - who has finished as the Premier Division golden boot in both previous seasons at this level - suffered a broken leg in September and has been sidelined for the rest of the campaign.
Ramsey have struggled to take chances at times in Darlow’s absence - Justin Ives is their leading scorer with just 12 goals to his name - and have become draw specialists, sharing the spoils in 12 matches.
The latest of those came on Saturday when the Rams drew 1-1 at relegation battlers Whittlesey thanks to a Dan Edwards leveller.
Taylor said: “We’ve created more than enough chances but we haven’t taken enough of them. That’s probably why we have ended up with so many draws.
“To finish in the top six will still be a good achievement after having to put a completely new side together but it looks like we’ll be four or five wins short of being right up there.”
Shane Cooke fired Whittlesey ahead early in the second half. Paul Humphries men are still fighting to secure their Premier Division safety.
They’re two points clear of second-bottom Uppingham.
Humphries said: “Both ourselves and Uppingham have hard games left but we just have to make sure we pick up enough points to keep ourselves out of the relega- CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES PETERBOROUIGH LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW
EYE Sports boss Gino Agius gave his players licence to express themselves on Saturday.
The result was a 3-0 success at lowly Uppingham thanks to two Ryan Francis goals and a Steve Shaw effort.
Agius said: “It was freezing cold, there was a gale-force wind and the grass was longer than a farmer’s field, but we got the three points so I’m happy.
“We were very relaxed as the season is 99.9 per cent over and the lads expressed themselves well.”
CROWLAND are looking for more committee members or people to help out behind the scenes.
Anyone interested should contact Danny Jackson on 01733 211548 or 07846 303389.
The club’s annual meeting takes place at Snowden Field Pavilion on Sunday, May 27 at 6pm.
KINGS Cliffe Reserves were triumphant in the first match of the Peterborough League’s new play-offs system.
The Cliffe lads won 3-2 at Netherton A in a Division Four semi-final to keep their hopes of promotion alive.
Joe Ellis struck twice with former Netherton man Kevin Brisley getting the other goal.
THE Chromasport & Trophies Peterborough & District League has been recognised for it’s commitment and support of the Football Association’s Respect initiative.
The league has received ‘bronze level accreditation’.