Drove spot-on to go third

PARSON Drove continued their good start to the season with a 4-0 win against Ramsey Town in the Peterborough Premier Division.

Alan Russell’s side have now won five and drawn one after losing their opening game of the season and sit in third place in the table.

Once again he was forced to reshuffle his side with six changes from the team that had drawn 2-2 with Leverington in midweek. Danny Emmington returned to play for March too.

But Drove made a good start with referee Charlie Keats awarding them two early penalties.

Scott McManus was brought down for the first and brother James stroked home the penalty after 10 minutes.

Five minutes later Anthony Nelson went down in the box and James McManus made no mistake again from the spot.

Drove really should have had more goals in the first half when they played some very good football, but the final ball was letting them down.

After the break Drove continued to look the better side but it was not until an inspired substitution that they added to their score.

Callum Summers came on for Scott McManus and soon made it 3-0 and then added his second goal with a header soon after.

A delighted Russell said: “We played some of the best football we have produced this season and it was a good performance to score four and keep a clean sheet with so many changes.”

In midweek Drove took the lead after the break when Dale Palmer was adjudged to have brought down Scott McManus and James McManus scored from the penalty spot.

Leverington came back with two goals from Jason Day to lead 2-1. First he hit a superb free kick from 25 yards out and then scored from the penalty spot when Paul Clarke was bundled over.

Drove equalised with 10 minutes to go with a Michael Cozens header.

Unfortunately Leverington were not in the same form on Saturday and lost out 5-1 at Stilton.

Matt Fowler scored their consolation goal and Wayne Garner commented: “It was an awful performance. No one seemed interested.”

Long Sutton have scored 11 goals in their last two games and after a 5-3 win against Division One leaders Hampton on Saturday and they have moved into third place.

The Magpies led 3-2 at the break with two goals from Jake Clitheroe and one from Jimmy Ward.

Clitheroe completed his hat-trick after the break from the penalty spot and although Hampton made it 4-3 Matt Radeloff added a fifth Long Sutton goal with a volley from the edge of the box following a corner.

Long Sutton boss Vinny Mackay said: “It was a good performance with everyone playing their part. We are going along nicely but it is still very early in the season to be making any predictions.”

Sutton Bridge had lost their three opening games but bounced back in style with an 8-1 win over Castor to climb off the bottom of the table.

Liam Burton and substitute Lee Still both scored twice and other goals came from Rob Hook, Joe Sutton, Jake Lily and an own goal.

After years in the Boston League, Tydd St Mary moved to Division 
Five as a new challenge and drew 1-1 with Sutton Bridge Res in a local 

Tydd created chances but could not convert with the Bridge keeper pulling off some excellent stops. On 50 minutes, Tydd striker Terence Wilkin was pulled down in the box and the referee awarded the spot kick. Cousins placed the ball into the bottom corner.

Bridge equalised though a glancing header from Kurt Scott on the hour mark.

Tydd manager Mark Greenacre said: “At the moment I see a lot of room for improvement.”

The match was well refereed by Norman Vasey.

Division Two: Leverington Res 4, Guyhirn 4.

Division Four: Leverington A 5, Warboys Res 5.