Cup dreams come to an end

Berko Tornadoes (blue) went through in the League Senior Cup
Berko Tornadoes (blue) went through in the League Senior Cup


IT was a disappointing weekend for the BSFL representatives in the Herts Sunday Junior Cup as all three remaining sides were knocked out of the competition.

Park Rangers Reserves came agonisingly close to reaching the fifth round, but were knocked out 4-1 on penalties by Old Albanians.

Matt Gomme and James Doyle had ensured the game ended 2-2, but Albanians kept their cool to progress through in the dreaded shoot-out lottery.

The Three Tuns were also unlucky to lose out as they came out on the wrong end of a nine-goal thriller with Roebuck Gate.

Goals from Dean Porter (2), Alex Kingsley and Dave Thomas could not prevent Tuns from slipping to a 5-4 defeat.

AC Grapes, meanwhile, were crushed 5-1 by Wymondley Meaders – Raul Thaker bagging the consolation.

Elsewhere, in the League Senior Cup, AFC Boars progressed to the fourth round with a 4-2 win at The Herald. Sonny French (2), Curtis Donaldson and Ricky Charge did the damage.

Park Rangers also won well, seeing off AFC Rovers 3-1 with goals from Kevin Eaton (2) and Chris Parperi.

A Ryan Sturges brace and an effort from Stuart Bailey gave Berko Tornadoes a 3-2 win over Hemel Town Celtic.

In league action, meanwhile, Premier Division side Gossoms End hit AC Hemel for six as Scott Hancox (2), Lewis Elliot, Luke Foreshaw, Bruce Guest and Barney Cotton got the goals in a 6-1 triumph.

The Midland put in a gutsy display in Division One, beating VFC 3-1 despite playing over 50 minutes with 10 men. Mark How, Dave Wilson and an own goal sealed the win.

Sportspace also bagged three points as efforts from Kevin Patterson, Andrew Cooper and Jack Green earned a 3-0 win over Landrovers, while The Robin Hood beat Berko Raiders 2-1.

Daniel Smeathers and James Green were on target for The Robin Hood.

Greenacras II and Warners End could not be separated, with Matt Lannon and Lee Picknell notching the goals in a 1-1 draw.

Drays Athletic were the big winners in Division Two, thrashing Tring Royals 6-0.

Veteran Rob Jackson, 39, bagged a hat-trick for Drays, and Nick Jackson, Jamie France and Lee Clarke completed the rout.

Run DFC also won well, seeing off Echoes 3-0 with efforts from Michael Eales, Nathan Jallow and Kojo Agyeman, while Blackbirds Rangers won 3-1 at The Queens Head.

Robbie Hull, Gareth Carder and Jack Copson were on the scoresheet.

There were goals galore in the clash between FC Intervino and Tornadoes Reserves as the sides shared a 5-5 draw.

Pete Austin (2), Mike Gray (2) and Scott Harvey netted for Intervino, with Jack Skelton (2), Matt Barnett, Matt Bunce and Craig Ascombe replying for Tornadoes.

In Division Three, goals from Craig Sharples (2), Sam Rawlings (2) and Paul Hunt did the damage for Hemel Corinthians in a 5-1 win over The Three Blackbirds, while AMG United beat Potten End Sunday 4-2.

Matt Richardson (2), Sean Workman and Geoff Jeeves netted for AMG.

The Bull Athletic also won, beating Inter Hemel Sunday 3-2 with goals from Adam Field (2) and Josh Connolly.

Palace FC were on top form in Division Four, trouncing Apsley Athletic 8-1 with strikes from Jamal Ayoub (5), Matt Wollacott, Luke Franks and James Taylor.

Boxmoor Rangers had Aaron Honey, Elliot Rowland and Peter Canty to thank for a 3-0 win over the Kings Arms, while The Olde Red Lion beat Corinthians Reserves 4-2.

Dan Hutchinson, Craig Norval, Jay Hampstead and Jamie Long were on target for the eventual winners.

Green Park Rovers also won, seeing off The Old Bell Gate 2-0 thanks to goals from Mark Manangan and Kenny Harrington.