4 of Group A began with two teams in form. NJV7
had just picked up their first win of the day.
Stilton Rovers had just picked up two victories
in a row and could join Sago at the top if they
could extend that winning run to three games.
first halves of games had proved extremely tight
in the majority of games in Group A and this fixture
was no different. The second half kicked off with
the teams level at 0-0 but the goals certainly
flowed after the break and James Dey in particular
found a rich vein of goal scoring form.
James Dey hat-trick and a goal from Peter Ciezak
capped a fine second half display. Jose Branco
scored a consolation for NJV7 but he could do
nothing to prevent the Portuguese team slipping
to a 4-1 defeat. Having lost their first game,
Stilton Rovers were now firing on all cylinders.
next on Pitch D was Sago versus Crabtree Amblers.
Sago had just seen Stilton Rovers erode their
lead at the top but Sago could re-open a 3 point
gap if they could secure victory here.
Amblers had started off well with two wins in
a row but having just tasted defeat they needed
to bounce back quickly as the race for Cup qualification
was hotting up. A win here would make it a three
way tie on 9 points and probably make it a 3-horse
race going into the final round of fixtures.
was Sago who hit the front when Rui Gomes scored
his fourth goal of the tournament. Crabtree Amblers
had an uphill task to come back against a Sago
team who were yet to concede in the tournament.
This uphill task became a mountain to climb when
Carlos Rocha doubled the lead to 2-0 in the second
completed their fourth win of the day and sealed
their Cup qualification in the process. Crabtree
Amblers hopes of also qualifying were now out
of their hands but they still had a chance.
Dogs were back in action on Pitch C when they
entertained Southgate County Vets. Dickie Dogs
needed to win their last two games and hope Stilton
Rovers lost their last match in order to qualify
for the Cup. A win here would almost certainly
mean qualification for the Plate. A defeat would
be a big blow for their hopes of a trophy today.
For Southgate County Vets this was a must win
game – anything less and they knew they would
be eliminated after the group phase.
game went the way of the Dickie Dogs in the first
half as they established a lead through Caspar
Clark. It was 1-0 at the break. In the second
half an own goal helped Dickie Dogs into a 2-0
lead before they wrapped the game up themselves
through Adam Dewhirst's second strike of the tournament.
capped a fine display for the Dickie Dogs who
rose to third place in the table. Southgate County
Vets remained in sixth position.