Sunday League: Crows flying after victory over table-toppers
CROWS Nest may have finally ended Inkworks' long league unbeaten run – but they'll be "taking nothing for granted" in the Lincs Cup this weekend.
The table-topping 'Works boys (previously Aston Estates) were unbeaten in the league last season, but they won't be repeating the feat this time following their 5-1 defeat to Crows on Sunday.
That result lifted Terry Hanley's lads to second in the Division Two table and the boss was delighted with the display.
He said: "We played to our strengths and could have had double figures.
"Lewis Austwick, Luke Fanthorpe, Gareth Leaning and Lee McFarland, with a couple, scored the goals, including two great ones from free-kicks, while Inkworks had to wait until the last minute for Luke Beecham to score theirs."
Crows play East Marsh Empire, from Division Five, in the Lincs Cup this weekend.
"We know they are a decent side who can score goals," added Hanley.
"They suffered their first defeat last weekend and will be looking to make amends.
"We hope to have a decent side out and must take nothing for granted. We know we will not win this cup but we must do as well as possible."
BBS Couriers boss Rob Phillips was equally pleased with his side's 3-1 away triumph at bottom club Caistor Rovers.
He said: "This was a decent game but Caistor were not as good as last year. Jason Chisnall scored a hat-trick, taking his season's tally to seven.
"All played well – nobody could be picked out. The tackles went in and we closed down when we needed to.
"This weekend we play Immingham Town who will be looking for their first win.
"We need another win behind us before we go on a cup run, starting with Caistor Rovers the following week."
Also in Division Two, The Imperial Red Star remain third thanks to a 3-3 draw with the aforementioned Immingham Town.
Reece Clarke, Joe Burns and Jack Barley were on target for Imperial, with Steven Grimbleby (2) and Ben Coultas replying for Town.
Mark Cross grabbed a brace and Tom Dent was also on the scoresheet in AFC Wybers' 3-1 victory over Tap & Spile (James Parker).
And Pattesons beat Police 3-0 in a battle of the division's strugglers thanks to a Pete Fuller double and another strike from David Walsh.
ABATIS Fire & Security put their 100 per cent record on the line this weekend when they go head to head with unbeaten Immingham County.
The Division Five leaders made it four wins from four on Sunday with an 8-0 thrashing of AFC Waltham.
Lethal Luke Sargent led the way with four goals, with a couple from Lloyd Munson and one each for Mark Courtley and Simon Hammerton.
Last season's Junior Challenge Cup winners were promoted from Division Seven and have strengthened their squad for this campaign.
Secretary Kevin Chilvers said: "Sunday's clash was not a bad game, much better than the scoreline suggests.
"We played really well and took our chances. One of Luke Sargent's goals came after some excellent one-touch football.
"Keeper Dean Richardson did well, gathering crosses and dealing with shots to give us our first clean sheet of the season.
"The new players have given us more quality and depth and it is now difficult to pick our starting XI."
Next up are Immingham County who drew 1-1 with Healing 2nds (Andrew Julier) last time out and are yet to lose after two matches – but Chilvers is unconcerned by the opposition.
"We tend to focus on our own strengths during training and games rather than looking at what other teams do," he said.
"Nobody is injured so we should have a full squad of fit players available and hope to carry on with our good run of form."
In the same division, Cleethorpes Motors won 2-0 against Redstar OB last weekend, and AA Property New Waltham (Keith Playford) beat Crows nest 3rds 1-0 to maintain their strong positions.
Lee Williams doubled up in Old Lloyds' 5-2 win at East Marsh Empire (Mark Hydes, Ryan Woolliss).
And Simon Peck also scored twice as RER Haulage beat Sporting Saltire (Scott Paton, Paul Stead) 3-2.
In Division Six, Spiders Web continued their excellent start with a 4-0 victory away to Electrical Appliance Grimsby.
West Marsh OB beat Ace Homecare 5-1, while Grimsby Rovers won 7-2 against The County with David Deane netting four times.
Ian Tinmouth notched a hat-trick in Kings Head Waltham's 4-3 win against Buddies II Athletic, and Olivers Wine Bar beat Winns 4-2.
Finally, Honest Lawyer (Danny Hawkey, David Mellor, Alan Wilson) drew 3-3 with Seachill Athletico, who had Lewis Crowther, Peter Johnson and David Mathews on the scoresheet.
HUMBERSTON retained top spot in Division One after cruising to a 6-0 win over bottom club AFC Bradley.
Louis Grant bagged four goals and opened his account when Tom Summers beat several players before crossing the ball from the byline for the striker to slot home from close range.
A corner resulted in Alex McKenzie netting the second.
Humberston piled on the pressure after the break and Grant added a third to seal Bradley's fate.
Debutants Paul Martin and Zak Smith came on and missed gilt-edged chances before Grant added another two from the spot.
Liam Davis wrapped up proceedings with a trademark free-kick.
DMS hit four goals without reply against champions Birds Eye Pelham.
DMS struck first when Matty Hanton linked up with Stefan Melin before firing into the bottom corner.
Birds Eye came flying out of the traps in the second half. But DMS were soon to increase their lead when the ball was handled in the penalty area and Craig Mitchell dispatched his spot-kick.
It was three when Callum Day's cross was powerfully headed home by Mitchell.
Renzie Lobendhan was rewarded for his excellent performance when he tapped home from close range.
SW Steelers recorded their first ever victory in Division One with a 4-0 win away at Grimsby Warriors.
John Waugh netted a hat-trick and Kyle Bensley hit a 25-yard piledriver to secure the points.
Cromwell (Zane Blow, Nicholas Brown) won 2-1 away to GTF Seas (Nathan Allenby).
LUKE Mascall and Thomas Wright hit two apiece as Division Three leaders Cleethorpes Town won 6-0 away to Bridge.
Buddies II FC (Leigh Hickinson, Andy Kirkley) beat Keelby Utd 2-0.
And East Trans Pelham won 4-1 against Deportivo Empire, with Daniel Carter scoring twice and Josh Burns and Kyle Peterson also on the mark.
Humberston Grosvenor (Matthew Cope, Rob Mair) won 2-1 away to Millfields, and Cleethorpes Utd (Paul Horsefall) won 1-0 away to The Cricketers.
This means five of the top eight teams earned maximum points on Sunday.
Clee Community ESL top Division Four after beating Blossom Way County 2-1.
Tower Bucharest won 4-3 away to Great Coates (Craig Steel 2, Scott Meffen) and are well placed.
Ten-man RIS FC (Cameron Smyth, Sean Smyth, Josh Tye) won 3-0 away to SK Smugglers AFC.
Wheatsheaf beat FC United of Grimsby 5-0 with goals from Will Clifford (2), Neil Kirwin (2) and Carl Henry.
Tap & Spile 2nds (Shaun Martin) drew 1-1 with Cromwell Rovers.
Division Seven leaders Oak Tree were without a game but other teams near the top all did well.
Abatis Athletic (Rob Bradbeer, Connor Hawkins, Richard Sutton, Stewart Carter, Gareth Wheatley, Antony Carter, og) won 6-3 against Pelham 1878.
Laceby Acres Utd (Simon Lancaster 2, Conner Watson 2, Andrew Garland, Ashley Stephen, Callum Smith) won 7-1 against Clee Community ESL 2nds (Calum Wright).
And Laceby Arms (Chris West 4, Gavin Legg 2, Tom Bembrick, Matty Devaney, Stewart May) won 9-1 against FC Ntex (Mark Wade).
LLS Allstars (Kieron Atkinson, Ashley Hurren, Iain Newton) won 3-1 against AFC Waltham 2nds, and Winns 2nds won 2-1 against IFK Knottkoping.