Sunday League: Humberston regain top spot with win at rivals
Humberston stormed back to the top of the Grimsby, Cleethorpes and District Sunday League with a 5-3 victory over second-placed GTF Seas.
With both teams missing influential players, it was hardly the spectacle many had expected, but the goals came thick and fast.
Seas were the first off the mark when a poor backpass was seized on by Matty Payne who slotted past Jones in the Humberston goal.
The advantage was quickly doubled when Jones fumbled a Payne free-kick, and was helpless to prevent the ball from squirming over the line.
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Humberston were slow in shaking off that terrible start but, with Jonathan Taylor pulling the strings, it was not long before Liam Davis pulled a goal back.
Humberston kept up the pressure and, after missing a sitter, Rob Summers equalised.
Humberston looked good to go on and kill the game off but, against the run of play, Tommy Hunter popped up in the Humberston box and put Seas back in front after Jones had dropped a cross at his feet.
Humberston rallied, however, and Summers scored two more to record his first hat-trick for Humberston before Davis killed the game off with a fifth.
After the game, Humberston boss Mick Woolford said: "We were a bit rusty for the first ten minutes, as expected after a long lay-off, but we battered them in the second half and ran out comfortable winners."
After returning to the top of the table, Woolford feels the title is his side's to lose.
"I told the lads it's back in our hands now. We have five games left and if we win them all the title will be ours," he said.
"This weekend we play Grimsby Warriors and on paper we should win but Warriors, new to this division, have stuck at it and they will give us a game.
"They are to be admired for keeping going instead of throwing the towel in. They have some backbone."
Seas secretary Mick Rouse added:"We lost our way with 15 minutes to go and stopped doing the simple things. We over- complicated it and got caught out. There was nothing left in the tank, they were fitter than us and that was the difference."
Elsewhere in the top tier, DMS' unbeaten run continued with a comfortable 3-1 win against Cromwell at Blossom Way.
Carl Price should have opened the scoring when he twice went close, while Cromwell's front pairing of Nick Brown and Sean Carlisle were lively at the other end.
But DMS eventually took the lead when, after beating two players, Callum Day struck a shot that cannoned back off the post and into the path of Price who tapped home.
DMS' Johnathan Oglesby then tested the Cromwell keeper, who made an excellent save.
But with their opposition pressing for that second, Cromwell stole in at the other end and got back on terms when Carlisle latched onto a defensive error and found Brown who finished well past the keeper.
Price then hit a post for DMS and Zane Blow almost put Cromwell in front when his shot at the near post was well saved by Glover.
Cromwell's Ray Blain was linking up well with the front men and the game could have gone either way, but DMS regained the lead when Danny Revill's powerful header gave the keeper no chance.
Oglesby then made it three when he beat his man and fired past the keeper to round off a relatively comfortable win for DMS.