Parson Drove thrash King’s Cliffe

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PARSON Drove handed a out a 5-0 thrashing to bottom club King’s Cliffe in the Peterborough Premier Division on Saturday.

Drove struggled at the foot of the table for most of last season but Alan Russell has turned round their fortunes in his second spell with the club.

An early goal from Scott McManus set them on their way and Shaun Simpson added two more goals before the break.

Former Leverington player Anthony Hunt made it 4-0 early in the second half and McManus hit his second goal after 65 minutes for Drove’s fifth and his sixth for the season.

Russell said: “We have played well again but they looked a poor side and lost their manager earlier in the week and had a bare 11 players. But you can only beat what is put before you and we have done that well.

“Hopefully we can get a good run of results now but we have James McManus and Aaron Wykes missing for next week’s county cup game against Sawston United.”

Drove are now fourth in the table and counting the cost of a poor run in September.

Leverington were no match for league leaders Netherton and crashed 5-1 after conceding six goals the previous week. They are now third from bottom.

Stu Webb’s young side looked lethargic in the first half against a pacey Netherton team who perhaps should have had more than two goals at the break.

Some stern words from Webb produced a good start to the second half from Leverington. Craig Ablett struck a post with a shot from 12 yards and Sam Cubberley swept the rebound home. They could have been level soon after but squandered two good chances.

Then a harsh decision for a free kick against Leverington proved costly. The shot from 25 yards out was deflected by a Leverington player past Shaun White in goal.

That really was game over and the home side rattled in two more goals with their slick passing. It must have been one of the youngest Leverington sides ever and Webb commented: “We are missing our experienced players and it showed. We had six teenagers out there and the free kick was a real killer for us.”

Long Sutton won 4-3 in extra time in their Lincs Junior Cup-tie against Horncastle with Matty Cawthorn scoring twice, but missing a penalty.

There were no goals in the first 45 minutes but the Magpies swept into a 2-0 lead after the break with brother Jimmy and Martin ward on target.

Cawthorn should have sewn the game up but then missed a penalty with 10 minutes to go go. Tow minutes later Horncastle made it 2-1 and then in the last minute scored a equaliser from the penalty spot when keeper Jack Thorpe wiped out a player.

Cawthorn struck a goal in each half of extra time but manager Vinny Mackay said: “We dominated the game and really should have had it won in normal time. But we have shown great spirit to get the result in the end.”

Division Two: Guyhirn 1, Deeping Rangers Res 3; Leverington Res 3, Peterborough Rovers 5.

Division Three: Peterborough Rovers Res 1, Long Sutton Res 4.

Cambs Lower Junior Cup: March Rangers Res 4, Leverington A 3.

Division Five: Gaultree 1, Peterborough Sports A 8; Sutton Bridge Res 4, Baston Res 3.

Lincs Junior Cup: Limestone 8, Tydd St Mary 2.