Sunday League: Davis on cue to give league leaders a last-gasp leveller
A DRAMATIC last-minute equaliser from a fantastic Liam Davis free-kick helped keep Humberston top of the pile in division one of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Sunday League.
Humberston were down to the bare bones with manager Mike Woolford donning the goalkeeper's gloves.
The first half saw Cromwell take the lead through Andrew Chilton, but the Cromwell keeper was the busier, making two fantastic saves from the in-form Davis.
Humberston also hit the woodwork twice and could count themselves unlucky to go in at half-time a goal down.
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The second half saw much of the same as both keepers shone.
It looked as if Humberston's unbeaten start to the season had come to an end until the last minute when Grant was upended.
Davis, who had gone close before, fired the equaliser in off the underside of the bar to give them a well-earned point.
Also in the top flight, DMS silenced their rivals in the Immingham derby as they comfortably defeated Bluestone 5-1 at Blossom Way.
It was the first time the teams have met in any competition.
Stefan Melin had DMS's first chance when his shot was blocked, then Darren Hanslip tried from distance.
It was only a matter of time before DMS would open the scoring, and it came when Jonathan Oglesby's through-ball was expertly-finished by Melin, who coolly lobbed Everson in the Bluestone goal.
Callum Day had two efforts just wide, but it was soon 2-0 when Hanslip's pass split the Bluestone defence and Gary Cross coolly finished.
Danny Revill also went close when his shot was well saved but DMS soon made it three when good link-up play between Melin and Cross allowed Cross to finish superbly.
Bluestone's first effort on goal came early in the second half when David Haagensen blazed over.
It was soon 4-0 when Day drove at the defence, took on three players and fired past the keeper.
Bluestone grabbed a consolation when Richard Simpson's shot hit the post and trickled over the line.
The excellent Craig Mitchell went close before DMS increased their lead when Danny Carter headed home.
All the teams in division four's leading pack picked up at least a point.
Clee Community ESL (Sean Stephenson) drew 1-1 with Tower Bucharest, SK Smugglers AFC (Thomas Schofield 2) won 2-1 away to Tap & Spile 2nds and Wheatsheaf (Will Clifford hat-trick) beat Crows Nest 2nds (James Petronzio) 3-1.
Cromwell Rovers (Richard Sparrow 2) beat Blossom Way County 2-0 while Great Coates (Jon Steel 3, Olly Boyd, OG) registered their first victory when they won 5-1 away to RIS FC (Kyle French).
In division five, Abatis Fire and Security (Luke Sargent 2, Sam Aisthorpe, Mark Courtley, Simon Hammerton) beat Sporting Soltire (Jonjo Glover, Karl Brown) 5-2, Clee Motors (Patrick Kershaw 2, Shaun Wilson, Thomas McQuire) won 4-2 against AFC Waltham (Iain Ceclich, James Phillipson), East Marsh Empire (Paul Smith 3, Ryan Woolliss 2, Phil Melladay, David Smith) won 7-2 against RER Haulage, Crows Nest 3rds (Darren Gibbs, David Graves, David Miller, Ben Fawcett) won 4-0 away to Healing 2nds.
AA Property New Waltham (Darryl Doherty 3, Keith Playford) beat Redstar Old Boys (Kevin Swaine) 4-1. It was good to see referee Roger Bentley using his common sense when allowing the teams a short break for a drink in the sweltering heat.
It's early days yet, but all the winners of these games figure in the top half of the table.
Two division six clubs have unblemished records so far. West Marsh OB (Chad Taylor 4, Nathan Green 4, Jordan Thornton, Wayne Foden) won 10-1 against Honest Lawyer (Ashley Leggett) and Spiders Web (Liam Staples 4 inc 1 pen, Marco Daley 2, Simon Butts, Gareth White) had a resounding 8-0 victory against The County.