Drove have safety in sight

PARSON Drove climbed above the bottom two in the Peterborough Premier Division on Saturday with an emphatic 8-2 win against Oundle Town.

Drove have certainly been the under achievers in the top flight this season with the quality of players in their ranks and for once showed just what they are capable of.

They led 3-0 at half-time and although Oundle did manage two goals in the second half Nick Markillie’s team were always in cruise control.

Scott McManus led the scoring with a hat-trick, brother James and Chris Ward both hit two and the returning Artur Mikaila was also on target.

Markillie, also returning from a holiday, said: “It was a good day at the office and a very good performance. We are still not sure if two clubs will be relegated but at least the win takes us out of the bottom two and we still have five more games to get ourselves further clear.”

Leverington suffered a 3-0 defeat at home to title chasing Kings Cliffe but manager Stu Webb felt the scoreline hardly tells the real story of the game.

He said: “I honestly felt we were the better side, but we just could not take our chances and if we had a natural goalscorer we could have won the game.”

Cliffe took the lead after 40 minutes but Leverington’s Sam Cubberley and Nathan Watson had already missed good chances.

The visitors made it 2-0 on the hour, but once again Cubberley and Watson should have got on the scoresheet. A third Cliffe goal came from the penalty spot.

Webb added: “Darren Rawthorn, Brad Williams and Craig Ablett have all done well for us.”

A Matt Cawthorn hat-trick provided Long Sutton with a 3-2 victory at Ketton in Division One to take them into eighth place.

Guyhirn lost 4-2 at Pinchbeck Reserves in Division Two, while Sutton Bridge drew 2-2 at Ryhall United.

Leverington Reserves’ hopes of promotion took a setback with a last minute goal sending them to a 4-3 defeat at Crowland Reserves. Mariusz Kudibya 2 and James Woods scored their goals.

Leverington A won 3-0 at home to Ryhall Reserves in Division Five with Nigel Jackson, Ryan Alexander and Wayne Wallis on target.