Boss Humphries hits the net at the age of 53

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News -

WHIT­TLE­SEY boss Paul Humphries found the net at 53 . . . but in­cred­i­bly he isn’t even the old­est Peter­bor­ough and Dis­trict League Premier Di­vi­sion goalscorer this sea­son.

Humphries made his mark dur­ing a brief ap­pear­ance as a sub­sti­tute in a 52 mid­week win at Lev­er­ing­ton, coolly pro­vid­ing the fin­ish­ing touch to a pass from young­ster Shane Cooke.

It was his first goal for six years but Humphries is a year younger than veteran Al­con­bury player Jar­dine Belle who found the net in the top flight back in March at the age of 54.

Humphries said: “There was an in­jury just af­ter I had sent my only other sub­sti­tute on, so I had to go on my­self.

“I only had 15 min­utes but tucked the chance away nicely. I could have scored an­other but that shot went out for a throw!”

Humphries re­sisted the temp­ta­tion of an­other run-out when his team com­pleted their sea­son with a 3-1 home de­feat against Crow­land on Satur­day that leaves them third-bot­tom.

LEV­ER­ING­TON leg­end Wayne Garner made the most of a rare out­ing to add his name to the list of golden oldie goalscor­ers in the Premier Di­vi­sion.

For­mer boss and cur­rent num­ber two Garner (48) found the net in an 8-2 vic­tory over Al­con­bury in the Fen­land club’s final game of the sea­son.

“We gave the old git a run-out and he got his goal,” said boss Stu­art Webb who also saw cap­tain-for-the­day Craig Ablett hit a hat-trick.

Sam Cub­ber­ley struck twice with Si­mon Oak­ley and young­ster Max Mat­less also on tar­get as Lev­er­ing­ton com­pleted a hec­tic end to the sea­son on a high.

The Fen lads were handed four fix­tures in the space of a week and had lost the pre­vi­ous three.

Webb added: “It’s ridicu­lous and we’re not at all chuffed about it. It’s hard enough to get a side out for one mid­week game, let alone two.

“I re­ally don’t see why we had to have so many games packed into a short space of time when other teams are still play­ing this week.”

Webb plans to re­main at the Lev­er­ing­ton helm af­ter a promis­ing first sea­son in the job dur­ing which he has re­vamped the vil­lage side with plenty of young blood.

PAR­SON Drove are fin­ish­ing the sea­son with a flour­ish.

Broth­ers James and Scott McManus in­spired a siz­zling sec­ond-half turn­around as they re­cov­ered from 3-0 down to win 4-3 at Up­ping­ham on Satur­day.

The sib­lings bagged a brace apiece with James class­ily pro­vid­ing the win­ner from a quickly-taken free-kick.

Boss Nick Markil­lie, who started his sec­ond match in re­cent weeks at the age of 50, said: “No-one would have given us a hope in hell when we went three down early in the sec­ond half.

“It was a strange game but the lads showed a lot of spirit to turn it around.”

CROW­LAND player-boss Gavin Mcpartlin is sat­is­fied with his first full sea­son at the helm.

A 3-1 suc­cess over in-form Whit­tle­sey on Satur­day has left the Lincs lads with a good chance of fin­ish­ing ‘top’ of the bot­tom eight in the Premier Di­vi­sion stand­ings.

Mcpartlin said: “We have a good group of play­ers who are gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at this level all the time.

“Whit­tle­sey have a good side so we’re very pleased to go there and pick up three points.”

Seantrea­gus and Mcpartlin gave Crow­land the ad­van­tage at Whit­tle­sey be­fore Danny Hotchkiss halved the home side’s ar­rears.

Shane Cooke then hit the post for Whit­tle­sey be­fore sub­sti­tute James Ell­wood sealed Crow­land’s suc­cess with a third goal.

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