Oun­dle nick it with stun­ning come­back

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By MARK PLUMMER mark.plummer@jpress.co.uk

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

tion places.”

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’.

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