Saturday 27th November 2021
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
COVENTRY UNITED 3-2 WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN
United certainly know how to keep their supporters entertained as they followed up Wednesday’s 4-3 win with a 3-2 success over the Doughboys. It looked like being a different story though as Josh Melling struck at the double after 13 and 23 minutes, especially as the home side were reduced to ten men straight after the second goal when Joe Smith was shown the red card for an off the ball incident. Melling’s first goal came from a shot that dipped into the far corner and he doubled the visitor’s lead from a corner, but the afternoon was about to turn. Joe Cairns pulled one back for the hosts when he fired home from a low ball into the box, but Jake Newman struck the Coventry post with a thunderous shot shortly after. On 35 minutes it became two-apiece as Cairns crossed for Curvin Ellis to head home, then the turnaround became complete when Cairns grabbed his second of the game a minute before the break after being set up by Ellis. The home side still had 45 minutes to play with a payer less though but they still went searching for a fourth. Lewi Patching saved well from Ellis, whilst Newman missed a good chance for the Doughboys at the other end. Patching made a great save to deny Matt Gardner’s header and then sub Gardner smashed a shot against the crossbar in stoppage time as Coventry more than held on in the second half.
DESBOROUGH TOWN P-P EASINGTON SPORTS
EYNESBURY ROVERS 0-4 HINCKLEY LRFC
Hinckley LR bounced back from their F.A Vase defeat as they maintained their 100% UCL record with a comfortable win at Eynesbury. Matt Langham gave the league leaders the lead on 43 minutes and he added his second on 52 to take his tally to 21 for the season.. Jordan Burrows made it three on 76 and Tom Smith rounded off a happy afternoon for the Leicestershire side with a fourth in the final minute.
G.N.G OADBY TOWN P-P GODMANCHESTER ROVERS
HARBOROUGH TOWN 3-0 COVENTRY SPHINX
Harborough continued their good form with a 3-0 win over Sphinx to keep the pressure up on HLRFC. The visitors hit the bar early on with a looping header as the snow started to fall, but it was the Bees who struck first when skipper Ben Williams headed home on 34 minutes. Rhys Hoenes made it 2-0 in first half stoppage as he followed up after Joel Carta’s shot had been saved by the Sphinx keeper Tom Cross. Carta hit the woodwork but he was then in the wars as late challenge on him sparked a brawl and both teams found themselves reduced to ten men as Dan Cooper and a visiting player were shown the red card. The Bees extended their lead on 78 minutes through Josh Walsh after some good work by Jordan Henson as Harborough picked up their seventh straight league win.
LUTTERWORTH TOWN P-P BIGGLESWADE UNITED
POTTON UNITED 2-2 BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS
Potton and Bugbrooke shared the spoils on an afternoon that began with a minutes silence to mark the sad passing of Kenny Davidson, a true legend of non-league football in Bedfordshire. Eddie Panter put the Badgers in front in the first minute after Sam Irish had attempted to head the ball away and the Bugbrooke youngster lifted it back over his head, but Aaron McArdle had levelled things up again before the break, although Bugbrooke and some neutrals were sure there should have been an offside flag in the build-up. Tom Binder netted the visitors second from close range with ten minutes remaining, but Camara broke away to make it 2-2 late on before Badgers keeper Jake Bull was sent off for a foul outside the box.
ROTHWELL CORINTHIANS 0-3 LONG BUCKBY
Matthew Shipman headed the visitors into the lead on 23 minutes, with a second half double from Ryan Ansell sealing a comfortable win for Long Buckby. Ansell netted from deep inside the box on 71 minutes before sealing the deal with a beauty from 25-yards that flew over the keeper and into the roof of the net. It’s now 16 games without a win in all competitions for Rothwell, although they still have a six point gap over the relegation places.
RUGBY TOWN 3-1 NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN
Rugby Town kept up their excellent form with a 3-1 over Newport Pagnell who had occupied third spot before kick-off. Danico Johnson headed home a Luke English cross to give the Valley the lead on ten minutes, but the advantage didn’t last long as Danny Webb was played clear and he stroked the ball past Ash Bodycote. English was again the supplier on 17 as he fed David Kolodynski who curled his shot into the top corner to give Rugby the half-time lead, although the Swans wasted a big chance to level again when Kieran Barnes put a penalty wide after Webb had been brought down by Bodycote. Rugby extended their lead when Danico Johnson netted from close range after Kolodynski had set him up on 68 minutes and that is how it finished.