Salisbury & District League roundup - February 23/24

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ST PAULS Club reached the Pete Fardell Cup final with a comfortable 6-2 win at Harlequins SC on Sunday.

Louis Elder hit a hat trick, and goals from Jack Brooks, Nick Jackson and a wonderful strike by Chris Guthrie ensured the win.

Porton Sports weren't at the races at Stockton & Codford. They started the brighter and on the 30-minute mark, debutant Dan Booth skipped past three defenders and was brought down for a penalty but Ade Hale clipped the bar with it. Stockton opened the scoring before half time.

The killer blow came in the second half when a free kick was hoisted into the box and a lack of communication between goalkeeper Ben Hatt and defender Luke Nicklen resulted in the second goal. Porton played themselves into trouble for Stockton's third and then an offside decision wasn't given for the fourth.

Deacon Alms narrowly went down 2-1 away at South Newton, taking the lead courtesy of a superb Jamie McCrae header. They conceded an equaliser from a corner, before Rich Tutton fired home a late winner from the edge of the box.

Deacons reserves also lost, 2-0 at home to Nomansland & Landford, who produced a hard-working win in the snow and sleet. Ben Gauntlett got the first before the break and Dan Hayward pulled out an excellent solo effort in the second half.

Also in Division One, Durrington WMC produced by far their best performance of the season, winning 6-0 at Winterslow. They charged into a 3-0 half time lead with a long-range effort from James Kenny, a sharp finish from Dave Docherty and fine solo effort from Davi Culkin. Further goals came from Aiden Beardsley, Paul Blanford, and a 30-yard chip from Nathan Freeman.

Halfway House reserves won heavily away from home too, 5-0 at Value Cars, their fourth straight victory. James Hennesey grabbed the opener by rounding the goalkeeper, before Chris Cullen extended the lead with a 25-yard free kick. Hennesey chested and volleyed the third, then Aaron Thornborough and Harry Bennett added more in the second half.

RESULTS

Saturday, February 23

Salisbury & District League (sponsored by the Salisbury Journal) – Premier Division: Durrington Dynamos 2 Tisbury United 1; South Newton & Wishford 2 Deacon Alms 1; Stockton & Codford 4 Porton Sports 0. Division One: Chalke Valley 2 Boscombe Down Rec Club 1; Deacon Alms Res 0 Nomansland & Landford 2; Enford 3 Stockton & Codford Res 8; Value Cars 0 Halfway House Res 5; West Harnham 1 Alderbury Res 5; Winterslow 0 Durrington WMC 6. South Wilts Charity A Cup (Semi-final): Alderbury 1 Wanderers 4.

Sunday, February 24

Salisbury & District League (sponsored by the Salisbury Journal) – Division One: Alderbury 2 West Tytherley 6; FC Bulford 1 AFC Amesbury Athletic 3. Division Two: Barford Hornets 3 Figheldean Rangers 0; New Sarum 3 Red Lion (Chisenbury) 0; Railway Res 6 Laverstock & Ford 0. Pete Fardell Cup (Semi-final): Harlequins SC 2 St Pauls Club 6. South Wilts Charity C Cup (Semi-final): RWJ Castle 2 Wilton Club 0.

FIXTURES

Saturday, March 2

Salisbury & District League (sponsored by the Salisbury Journal) (2.30pm) – Premier Division: Alderbury v Whiteparish; Deacon Alms v Wanderers; Halfway House v Durrington Dynamos; Tisbury United v Porton Sports. Division One: Boscombe Down Rec Club v Halfway House Res; Chalke Valley v Nomansland & Landford; Devizes Inn v Alderbury Res; Durrington WMC v Enford; Stockton & Codford Res v Winterslow; West Harnham v Value Cars.

Sunday, March 3

Salisbury & District League (sponsored by the Salisbury Journal) (11am) – Division One: Amesbury Town v St Pauls Club; Chilworth Manor Sports v West Tytherley; Harlequins SC v AFC Amesbury Athletic; Railway v Alderbury. Division Two: Barford Hornets v Wilton Club; Cedars Bar v New Sarum; Railway Res v Figheldean Rangers; Royal George v RWJ Castle.

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