IT has been quite a week for Long Sutton striker Matthew Cawthorn with the birth of his first child and two hat-tricks in eight days.
Cawthorn’s partner gave birth to their first child, a girl, on Thursday and, although he looked unlikely to play on Saturday, football prevailed and he hit three goals in a 5-1 win against Thorney.
The previous Saturday he had also hit a hat-trick and carried on his good form in a good Peterborough League Division One win.
Sean Copeland gave the Magpies the lead after 11 minutes and, although Thorney pulled a goal back, they had a 3-1 lead at the break with Cawthorn hitting two goals.
Long Sutton started the second half in command too and Stuart Easey made it 4-1 after the goalkeeper dropped Ryan Lennon’s cross.
Cawthorn, who left Long Sutton earlier this season for a short spell at Langtoft, completed his hat-trick after 80 minutes from the penalty spot after another Lennon cross was handled.
Manager Binny Mackay said: “We have had two good successive wins and two excellent performances. We are playing well at present and starting to climb the table.”
Leverington enjoyed a very good 2-0 win at Deeping Reserves with Aaron McKenna scoring both goals in the first half.
The opening goal of the game came after 15 minutes when McKenna volleyed home a Sam Cubberley cross after he had linked up well with Michael Chow.
McKenna, who has also returned to the club after a spell with Desborough, added a second goal after 25 minutes after a mix-up in the Deeping defence and he lobbed the keeper from 20 yards out.
Leverington were put under pressure after the break and fortunately Deeping missed a penalty after 75 minutes when keeper Adam Wright brought down a player in the box.
Manager Stu Webb said: “We dominated the first half but did not play so well after the break.
“But we are defending very well at the moment with Steve Thompson and Joe Green at the heart of our defence.
“It might have made things more difficult if they had not missed the penalty but another clean sheet is very good.”
Parson Drove lost 1-0 at home in a very dull game against Uppingham Town.
The winner came 15 minutes from the end when Drove keeper Wayne Ashby punched a cross against the head of a Uppingham forward and the ball tricked over the line.
But Drove were not too happy about having a goal disallowed in the first half when Jamie Muffet put the ball in the net with the keeper not having complete control of the ball.
Drove boss Nick Markillie said: “It was a decent performance after last week considering we were struggling to raise a team. The referee admitted he made a mistake with our goal at half-time. It looked a 0-0 draw all day long and I think a draw would have been a fair result.”
In Division Two Guyhirn suffered a 4-1 defeat at Castor with Yoriy Tatyuk scoring the consolation goal.
Sutton Bridge were the high scorers in the same division with an 8-4 win at Parkside.
Nick Reims hit a hat-trick and other goals came from Chris Sutton 2, Lee Still 2 and Jamie Hook.
Leverington Reserves had a setback in Division Three with a 2-1 home defeat against Oundle Reserves. Sam Fabela scored the goal.
Leverington A won 2-1 at Oakham A in Division Five with Jack Bingley and Jason Bradshaw on target.