Saturday 15th January 2022
BUILDBASE F.A VASE – 4TH ROUND
COVENTRY SPHINX 6-0 LONDON LIONS
Sphinx made short shrift of their step six opponents by hitting them for six. The Arkley based club currently sit top of the Cherry Red Combined Counties League, but a first half hat-trick from Callum Stewart had left them feeling the gap at Sphinx Drive. Lewis Noon added a fourth after the restart before Callum Woodward joined in the scoring and the day was rounded off with an own goal as Sphinx ran out comfortable winners.
HARBOROUGH TOWN 1-1 NORTH SHIELDS (3-5 on pens)
Of all the ties for the UCL clubs, The Bees looked to have the toughest task as they hosted former winners North Shields of the Northern League. A crowd of 1,014 packed into the Beehive and witnessed a tight game that went all the way to penalties. Harborough took the lead after 27 minutes when Josh Walsh netted direct from a 25-yard free-kick, but their lead lasted just two minutes before the Robins pounced through Dan Wilson. Neither side could find the target again during the 90 minutes, so it was on to penalties and heartbreak for the Bees as the visitors edged home 5-3 to make their long trip back to the banks of the Tyne a very happy one.
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN 3-1 FAKENHAM TOWN
Newport were quick out of the blocks as centre back Jordan Wright blasted them into an early lead and Danny Webb soon added a second to put the UCL club in charge at Willen Road. Josh Hazell scrambled one back for the Ghosts on 56 minutes, but their hopes took a hit when Lewis Sturman picked up a second yellow card with 88 minutes gone and then Mo Ahmed rounded the keeper to score the Swans third in stoppage time, rounding off a memorable day for Newport Pagnell, much to the delight of the ultras.
RUGBY TOWN 5-1 LAKENHEATH
Three of the last sixteen in the F.A Vase will come from the UCL PDS as Rugby joined Sphinx and Newport in the hat following a 5-1 romp over fellow step five Eastern Counties League side Lakenheath at Butlin Road. Danico Johnson side-footed the Valley into the lead after combining well with David Kolodynski inside the Heath box after 32 minutes and Justin Marsden tapped home a second after Kolodynski had seen his shot parried by Charlie Beckwithv two minutes before the break. Johnson grabbed his second of the game with a low shot into the corner on 64 minutes and the UCL side made it four on 76 when skipper Loyiso Recci lashed one home from just outside the box. Max Johnson’s run down the right set up Caine Elliott for fifth goal on 80 minutes, with the visitors finally getting on the score-sheet in the final minute when Shaun Avis converted from the penalty spot.
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
BIGGLESWADE UNITED 1-0 O.N CHENECKS
With the top two not in league action, the biggest game of the day came at Second Meadow where Biggleswade United lifted themselves out of the relegation zone for the first time this season with a 1-0 win over rivals O.N Chenecks. Charlie Black scored the decisive goal on 77 minutes with an overhead kick from 25-yards out after a mix up at the back for the visitors and complete the double over their relegation rivals. With just one team going down following the demise of PNS, it looks like it could go to the wire with Rothwell Corinthians on 10 points, Biggleswade a point behind and Chenecks on seven.
DESBOROUGH TOWN 2-0 POTTON UNITED
A second half double from Jake Bettles gave Ar Tarn a 2-0 win over Potton. Goals after 53 and 71 lifting Desborough twelve points clear of the relegation spot, even though they remain 17th.
HINCKLEY LRFC P-P BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS
LONG BUCKBY 2-1 GODMANCHESTER ROVERS
The mid-table battle at Station Road saw Long Buckby move above Godmanchester with Baillie O’Reilly netting a late winner. Lewis Entwhistle had given the Bucks the lead with a low shot from the edge of the box on 7 minutes, but Goddy appeared to have secured a point when Matty Allan levelled four minutes from time. O’Reilly grabbed a winner though when he broke through on the right and beat the keeper at his near post from an angle with 91 minutes already on the clock.
LUTTERWORTH TOWN 0-0 G.N.G OADBY TOWN
Oadby Town will be the happier of the two with a point from this game, but Lutterworth’s hopes of a top four finish seem to be fading of late. The Leicestershire derby sounds like it was a very competitive one though with eight players receiving a yellow card, four for each side.
ROTHWELL CORINTHIANS 1-1 EYNESBURY ROVERS
Jonty Busch gave the home side an early lead with a smart finish, but a long range effort from Arnis Lala on 14 minutes gave the visitors a point at Sargeants Lawn.
WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN 3-0 COVENTRY TOWN
The Doughboys were convincing 3-0 winners over Coventry United at the Dog & Duck. Robbie Parsons opened the scoring with a 15th minute penalty and Carter Price doubled the advantage on 36. 90 minutes had already passed when Kyle Ansell added the home sides third of the afternoon as the Doughboys moved to within three points of their guests with a game in hand.