Celebration treble for Markillie

PARSON Drove boss Nick Markillie had three good reasons to celebrate on Saturday night.

First and foremost he heard the news that he had his first grandson, his team won 3-0 at Alconbury and his beloved Arsenal beat Chelsea.

Drove had few problems beating a struggling Alconbury side 3-0 in the Peterborough Premier Division.

They hit the front with a Barney Shales volley from the edge of the box after 10 minutes and then Scott McManus robbed a defender to slot home the second.

Alconbury did up their game after the break without troubling the Drove defence too much and Scott McManus was brought down in the area 15 minutes from time for Dominic Pintillie to score from the penalty spot.

“I was a very happy man for a change,” said Markillie.

“My son Stefan’s wife produced a son, Arsenal won and we had a comfortable victory too.

“We made a good start and really should have had the game sewn up in the first half. They did put us under a bit of pressure but a third goal killed the game off and we could have had more. We also kept a clean sheet which was very good too.”

Leverington made it three successive wins with a 3-1 success against Uppingham with former Wisbech Town assistant manager Chris Dear making a surprise start in defence.

Simon Oakley shot Leverington ahead from a Dale Palmer pass and then Sam Cubberley turned well to score the second with a shot that hit the keeper before hitting the net.

Uppingham pulled a goal back from a set piece early in the second half and the home defence were soon under pressure.

But then two of the more experienced players in the team combined for the third goal. Chris Dear headed on a corner and Marti Ryan was there to put the finishing touch to make it 3-1.

Manager Stu Webb said: “It was a good win for us as they put us under pressure after the break. Hopefully now we can go on a bit of a run.

“It is a big boost to have Chris playing for us and Steve Thompson played the last 20 minutes after a long absence. Earlier this season we were struggling for central defenders now we have Dear, Thompson, Ryan and Joe Green. We also look a force at set pieces too as a result.”

Long Sutton ran out 3-1 winners at Gedney Hill in the Spalding Inter Services Cup with two goals from Matt Radeloff and one from Stu Easey.

Manager Binny Mackie said: “We have played better but deserved the win. A spirited Gedney side however made sure we had to work for it.”

Guyhirn continue to knock in the goals with a 4-1 victory over Peterborough Rovers in Division Two.

Yuriy Batyuk 2, Glen Agger and Lee Benton were on target and they are in fifth place.

Long Sutton Reserves enjoyed a 2-1 win against Ramsey Reserves with Adam Fitch and Jay Power on target in Division Three while Leverington Reserves were 5-2 winners against Alconbury Reserves with James Woods hitting a hat-trick and Anthony Hunt and Dan Paynter on target.