Grapes thunder through to semis

Connor Deadman, seen earlier this season in red and white, netted for Doves United on Sunday. Picture by Sally Masson.
Connor Deadman, seen earlier this season in red and white, netted for Doves United on Sunday. Picture by Sally Masson.

AC Grapes became the latest BSFL representatives to make it through to a cup semi final as they saw off Thundridge City in the Herts Sunday Junior Cup quarter-final.

The BSFL sides have been in impressive cup form this year and Grapes showed that they are hungry for silverware as a Drew Duggan brace and a strike from Paul Heath earned them a 3-0 victory to hand them a last-four spot.

The result of the day, however, went to Division Three side Hemel Hempstead Corinthians who stunned Premier Division outfit White Hart Rovers in the fourth round of the Steve Norwood Challenge Cup.

With the scores locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the underdogs dug deep in extra-time to secure a 4-2 triumph.

Braces from Craig Sharples and Michael Dance got the job done for Corinthians.

Berko Tornadoes are also through to the next round after beating Park Rangers 4-3 on penalties after the game had finished 1-1 thanks to goals from Tom Shaw and Craig Lockley.

Flaunden kept their cup hopes alive with a 3-1 win at Park Rangers Reserves thanks to goals from Graham Blyth, Ed Canham and Chad Greatorex, while AFC Boars won by the same scoreline against Comets Sports Club. Sonny French, Jay Austin and an own goal did the damage.

In league action, the only Premier Division clash of the weekend saw Hemel United beat Robin Hood 5-2 thanks to efforts from Scott Carrington (2), Stephen Coles (2) and an own goal.

VFC were the big winners in Division One, thrashing Blackbirds Rangers 6-0. Marcus Tower and Johnny Davies netted a brace apiece, and Sean Foster and Matthew Johnson completed the rout.

Leather Bottle also had the winning feeling, edging past Boxmoor 2-1 courtesy of strikes from Ben Butler and Tom Carter.

Echoes were on form in Division Two, meanwhile – thrashing The Patch 5-0 with a hat-trick from Clint Findley and a Dan Hughes double.

Matt Honey’s brace helped KLCC to a sweet 4-1 triumph at Landrovers, with Scott Patterson and Al Gunning also finding the net.

It was another good week for Doves United who kept up their winning run with a 3-0 victory over Berko Tornadoes Reserves.

Free-scoring Adiel Mannion added another two goals to his season’s tally, and Connor Deadman was also on target.

Elsewhere, Andy Copeland led the way with a brace as FC Berko saw off the challenge of Echoes Reserves.

Carl Tanner also added his name to the scoresheet in a 3-1 victory.

Division Four side Apsley Athletic were the league’s biggest winners this week as centre-back Chris Jones inspired them to an emphatic victory over The Old Bell Gate.

Jones helped himself to a hat-trick, and Ryan Rowe, Lee Collins, Adam Routledge and Olley Gurney completed the rout.

Fellow Division Four outfit Palace were feeling chirpy after taking all three points against Sporting Blackbirds in a nine-goal thriller.

Neil Harper bagged two goals, with Matt Wollacott, Jamal Ayoub and Rob Woods also netting in a 5-4 triumph.

The final game of the weekend saw AMG United edge past Boxmoor Rangers Reserves in a gutsy away win. Jamie Russell and Lee Harris got the goals.