The week started with some very sad news as Peterborough Northern Star folded their senior section and withdrew from the UCL with immediate effect.
Monday 15th November 2021
BIRMINGHAM F.A SENIOR CUP-2ND ROUND
REDDITCH UNITED 2-0 COVENTRY UNITED
Coventry United unveiled their new management team of Russell Dodds and his assistant Darren Acton as they took charge for the first time at Southern League Redditch United and promptly found themselves a goal down inside the first minute. Jade Ferron ran on to an Alex Cameron flick and finished well, then Kieran Day curled a shot from outside the box into the top corner to double the lead on 17 minutes. The UCL club did create a few chances but they couldn’t find a way back as the step three side progressed thanks to those two first half goals.
BERKS & BUCKS SENIOR CUP-2ND ROUND
ASCOT UNITED 8-2 NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN
For some reason the Swans chose to send a very youthful squad to Ascot in the county cup and the Combined Counties League Premier Division club tore them apart at the Racecourse Ground. It was 6-0 by half-time, although it did take the home 16 minutes to break the deadlock when Harry Laflin headed home a Jonny Denton corner. Denton himself made it two on 28 with a lovely finish and Sean McCormack added another on 33 with Keaton August the provider for both. McCormack got his second of the game on 39 after the keeper couldn’t hold on to a long throw into the box, then August set up Taylor Morgan on 43 minutes and Laflin got his second a minute later with the assist coming from McCormack. Harrison Lynham seized on an error at the back to pull one back after 69 minutes, but Rashid Hamid made it seven on 75 when he broke into the box before poking home. Daniel Idiakhoa pulled another back for the UCL team five minutes from the end with a good free-kick from the edge of the box, but it became 8-2 on 88 as a good run from Duarte Surfano set up fellow sub Ian Davies. Laflin had a chance to complete his hat-trick in the final minute, but he missed from the penalty spot, but it was still a big win for Ascot who now play National League side Maidenhead United in the next round.
BUILDBASE F.A VASE-2ND ROUND
COVENTRY UNITED 1-1 WESTFIELDS
(Cov Utd won 5-4 on pens)
Ninety minutes couldn’t separate these two, but it was the UCL side who went through on penalties. Dom Perkins had volleyed United in front with 63 minutes on the clock, but the game was sent to penalties after Cawley Cox popped up with a 89th minute equaliser for the Hereford club. Coventry keeper Reece Francis saved three spot kicks as the UCL side went through 5-4 after eight penalties each.
HARBOROUGH TOWN 2-0 WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN
A tight game at the Beehive saw Harborough edge home 2-0 against their league rivals. Nat Ansu opened the scoring with a shot on the turn after 26 minutes, but they had to wait until the 87th minute before making sure with a typical bullet header from Paul Malone.
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN 1-1 LEIGHTON TOWN
(NPT won 2-1 on pens)
The Swans took the lead in this one thanks to a well struck free-kick from Ben Shepherd, but they were pegged back in stoppage time after the 90 when Ross Adams hit the target. It wasn’t exactly a penalty masterclass though as Leighton missed four of their five spot-kicks and The Swans went through after scoring twice.
RACING CLUB WARWICK 1-3 COVENTRY SPHINX
Sphinx made the short trip to Townsend Meadow to face Racing Club Warwick who currently sit bottom of the Midland Football League and ran out fairly comfortable winners. Jamal Adams gave them the lead on 15 minutes when he followed up from close range after a Lewis Noon drive had deflected onto the bar off a defender and he added the second on 58 with something a little special. Running onto the ball ten yards inside his own half, he spotted the Warwick keeper had wandered out of his area, so he hit it early and gave the stranded keeper no chance as it flew over his head and with a bounce on the 3G surface, hit the back of the net. Callum Stewart was brought down inside the box in the 64th minute and he despatched the penalty himself low to the keeper’s left and by the time RCW had pulled one back it was well into stoppage time. Hannibal Sallami netting with a close range header after a corner had been knocked down.
RUGBY TOWN 1-0 HINCKLEY LRFC
The division leaders couldn’t carry their superb league record into the Vase as they went down 1-0 to fellow PDS side Rugby Town at Butlin Road. It was a game of few chances, but the decisive strike came from James Hancocks whose low first half free-kick had given the Valley the lead and despite late pressure from HLR, it was the home side who go into the hat for the next round.
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
BIGGLESWADE UNITED 1-0 ROTHWELL CORINTHIANS
Biggleswade United picked up their second win of the season as they beat Rothwell Corinthians 1-0 at Second Meadow. They are now level on points with O.N Chenecks and with PNS folding, it could well be a two horse race between these two for who stays up at the end of the season. Cameron Hyde scored the all-important goal in the second half and United had to defend the lead with ten men after Braima Fati was shown a red card.
BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS 2-0 EYNESBURY ROVERS
Two early goals secured a win for the Badgers over visiting Eynesbury. Dan Porter headed home a Calvin Green free-kick after 12 minutes and just two minutes later Curtis Avery headed in from a Green corner. The win lifts Bugbrooke up to 13th in the table with Eynesbury gradually slipping the other way.
EASINGTON SPORTS 1-1 POTTON UNITED
Luke Pyman gave Potton the lead with a close range finish after Jack Thomas had seen his shot saved and it looked like this was going to be enough as time ticked by, but Sports had much the better of the second half and finally got a deserved equaliser in stoppage time through Lucas Northover.
G.N.G OADBY TOWN 1-2 LONG BUCKBY
Matthew Shipston fired the visitors ahead with a good strike from just outside the box, but Oadby pulled themselves level four minutes into first half stoppage time through Andre Williams. Tom Yorston proved to be the match winner when his low shot from the middle of the box beat the keeper and went just inside the far post.
GODMANCHESTER ROVERS 2-1 COGENHOE UNITED
Michael Baulk netted a stoppage time winner as Goddy moved above their visitors in the table with a 2-1 victory at the David Wilson Homes Ground. The game got off to a flying start with Danny Baulk giving the home side the lead inside two minutes with a simply finish, but Will Bates levelled things up just two minutes later direct from a free-kick almost 30-yards out. The winner came from a quick break by Jamie Judge with the ball falling to Baulk inside the box on the left and he drilled the ball home.
O.N CHENECKS 0-3 DESBOROUGH TOWN
Ar Tarn were comfortable winners at Billing Road against the young Chenecks squad. Tom Mills 18th minute goal separated the two sides at the break, before a penalty-double from Iain Blaikie sealed the points with goals after 75 and 82 minutes. The latter of which saw Chenecks play out the final minutes of the game with ten men after a double sin-bin.