Spartan South Midlands League
Published 15th April 2012
.....by the same scoreline, were crowned champions of the Molten Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division following Saturday’s games.
John McGrandle`s goal in the 55th minute sealed the Crows’ ninth successive win in the league, as they ground out the result to take them past the 100-point mark and to the title.
At the other end of the table the relegation positions are not yet mathematically settled, but with Holmer Green winning 1-0 at home to Harefield United, Hanwell Town and Hatfield Town now both need to win their two remaining games and overturn goal difference margins of fifteen and thirty-one respectively to avoid their fate!
Both were defeated again, with third-placed AFC Dunstable crushing Hatfield 6-0 with braces from Terry Billy and BJ Christie, along with further strikes from Danny Ryan and Richard Harker.
Hanwell did lead for a while at Colney Heath through an own goal in the first minute of the second half, but a Kevin Ashwood equaliser followed by Aaron Clarke’s stoppage time effort gave the home side a 2-1 win.
Elsewhere, Broxbourne Borough shaded a five-goal thriller to nab their first win of April, as Junior Adeoye scored twice in a 3-2 win over fourth-placed Haringey Borough.
Albert Bostock opened the scoring for Broxbourne only for Roland Namquita to level a minute later.
Adeoye scored his first, but it was even again before the break when Nick Nicou scored, but Adeoye’s goal on the hour-mark settled matters.
Aylesbury United twice let a comfortable lead slip before eventually taking the points 3-2 at home to St Margaretsbury.
The Ducks had a two-goal cushion at the break, courtesy of Stacey Field and Melford Simpson - both of whom nodded the ball in from close range.
St Margaretsbury came out for the second half invigorated, and they quickly halved United's deficit thanks to an Adam Lawton curler before equalising through a Leigh Rose header on the hour mark.
The Ducks managed to raise their game again though, and there was late drama when keeper Ashley Harris saved Daniel Jones' penalty.
Aylesbury weren't done though, and less than 5 minutes later they did find the net, Field scoring again after being played in by Simpson to secure the win.
Tring Athletic kept up the pressure on Aylesbury for fifth spot by winning 2-0 at Biggleswade United with a goal in each half from Reon Thomas and a Tony Fields penalty.
Berkhamsted were also victorious on the road, as they saw off London Tigers 4-0 to make it three wins on the trot.
On the scoresheet were Matt Wardle with a brace, along with Connor Calcutt and Courtney Francis late on.
Hertford Town also made it three wins in a row as they came from behind to win 3-1 at Hadley.
Danny Jones gave the home side an 8th minute lead, but Hertford hit back through goals from Billy Healey, Lee Roberts and Dave Hunt to take the points.
Finally, there was a rare goalless draw in the league as Stotfold and Leverstock Green shared the points at Roker Park.