Hat-trick hero Crowys fires Gadebridge FC into the semis

Lewis Crowys
Lewis Crowys

Rous Cup hopefuls Gadebridge FC have booked their place in the semi-finals following a resounding 6-3 success at Sarratt FC.

In-form Lewis Crowys (pictured) led the scoring for Gadebridge with a hat-trick, while Dan Holliman helped himself to a brace and Alfie Mullan was also on target.

Hemel Rovers Reserves, meanwhile, have made it to the final of the West Herts Junior Cup – despite seeming to do their best to throw the game away in their semi-final clash with Engineer FC.

Early own-goals from Curtis Donaldson and Ant Tankard put Rovers into panic mode and left them facing a real uphill struggle to save the tie.

Rovers regained their composure, however, and pulled one back before the break before levelling and then eventually overcoming their opponents 4-2.

Asher Alleyne bagged a couple of goals for Rovers, with James Trill Green also on target and Curtis Donaldson firing in at the right end to make up for his earlier own-goal.

Elsewhere, the Rovers first team were in knock-out action against Wheathampstead FC in the West Herts Senior Cup.

With Wheathampstead languishing at the foot of the division below Rovers, the Hemel side were perhaps envisaging an easy afternoon – but they soon found themselves two goals behind.

A Lee Thorne header gave Rovers hope, but only for a short while as the visitors struck again for a 3-1 half-time lead.

Clearly smarting from the first half set-back, Rovers were invigorated after the break and started the second period with a quick-fire double from Paul Hanafan to level things up.

Wheathampstead, however, were not about to go down without a fight and struck again to regain the lead at 4-3.

That was not the end of the drama, though, and Hanafan completed his hat-trick to restore parity once more, before Michael Hoare bagged a last-gasp winner to send Rovers through to the next round.

In league action, meanwhile, Premier Division side Tring Athletic A managed a 3-3 draw at DM Wanderers with goals from Glen Sizer, Charles Martin and Carl Griffiths.

The Tring B team fared even better as they beat Bovingdon 4-1 in Division Two with efforts from Ashley Obrien, Steve Sandford, Charles Martin and Matt Miller.

Potten End returned from second-placed Langleybury with a well won point in a 3-3 draw. Dave Melhuish ,Jonny Ruffett and Dean Boswell all netted for Enders.

Gadebridge Reserves thrashed Croxley A 7-2 as Arnold Adzahos netted four times and Rick Potton (2) and Ryan Campbell completed the scoring.