Canal Tavern Kidsgrove book their place in county cup final



CANAL Tavern Kidsgrove are chasing three trophies in their debut season and the way they are playing at the moment, there’s every chance they could complete the hat-trick.

The club have a 100 per cent record in the Coors League Division Four, with nine wins out of nine and have reached the semi-finals of the Division Four Cup.

And on Sunday morning they reached the Staffs FA Sam Kimberley Cup Northern Area Final with a 3-0 home win over Uttoxeter and District Sunday League side Waterhouses, who also went into the game with a 100 per cent record of nine wins out of nine in Division Two.

However, a first-half strike from Josh Thorpe set the tone for the home side and a second half double from Jimmy Beech saw them home.

Elsewhere in the Coors League, Men Unite’s promotion hopes took a knock when they were beaten 5-3 at home by New Penny to leave them four games without a win, having started the season with eight straight wins.

New Penny are showing steady improvement since the signing of the experienced Chris Lockett Jr and he was on target twice to help set up the win.

Matt Hodson, Ben Stephenson and Steve Rushton also scored for New Penny, while Mark Barnett, Joe Sergeant and Liam Keegans replied for Men Unite who remain in third place, but are now nine points adrift of leaders FC Gardeners.

Into Division Four where Park Inn Knights moved up to fourth place with a 7-1 home win over mid-table Liquor Vaults on the 4G facilities at Dimensions.

Jake Wall opened the scoring for the Vaults early in the game and they had a second disallowed for offside.

A slip by the visiting keeper allowed Dale Grainger to equalise and went ahead with a neat finish from Adam Kemp. Grainger then made it 3-1 and then Perry Smith was put clean through for 4-1 at the interval.

Another mistake presented Kemp with another chance which he tucked away, Declan Wootton made it 6-1 and Park saved the best goal for last, a real team effort with a six-man passing move ending with Ben Ray tapping home for 7-1.

Sneyd Green have reached the Premier Division Cup final, but had to come from behind to beat Newcastle Athletic 2-1.

David Latham gave Newcastle a first-half lead, but Jordan Benton equalised and then Lee Cropper put Sneyd ahead. Newcastle had the chance to equalise, but Sneyd keeper Joe Gibb saved a penalty.

Forsbrook-based The Roebuck cruised into the Division One Cup final with a 7-0 win over AFC Black Lion.

Courtney Franklin was the goal hero for Roebuck, scoring four times, with Ben Dodd, James Tune and Sam Golden also finding the net.

There was a big shock in the Division Three Cup semi-final, with leaders FC Gardeners losing 4-2 at home to third-bottom the Unicorn.

When the teams met in a league fixture last September, Gardeners put Unicorn to the sword with a 20-1 scoreline, but two goals from Lee Tawn and singles from Bill Buckley and Morgan Bratt earned Unicorn their moment of glory.

Josh Gill scored both goals for a stunned Gardeners outfit.

POTTERIES AND DISTRICT LEAGUE side Moorcroft United are through to the Staffs FA Sunday Challenge Cup final following a 6-4 win over Cheslyn Hay.

Danny Meek netted a hat-trick, with their other goals coming from Chris Boast (2) and Chris Baker.

There was little league action on Sunday, but AFC Knave moved up to third place in Division Two with a 14-0 home win over Moorcroft Community Click, thanks to goals from Kane Brookes (6), Shaun Biddulph (4), Dave Hughes (2), Will Bennett and Aaron Taylor.

Red Lion Hartshill were 2-0 winners over leaders Meir KA to end their 100 per cent record. Red Lion are now sixth, but have only played four league games.

Abbey Hulton United are back on top of the Veterans Division following a 4-1 win over Bench and Bar. Delroy Fox, Michael Lennon, Pete Johnson and Dan Littleton were their scorers.

Tean were 5-2 winners over City of Stoke, thanks to goals from Ian Young (2), Elliot Millin (2) and Mark Bryan.

Two games were played in the UTTOXETER AND DISTRICT LEAGUE Division Two and leaders Bramshall made it 12 wins out of 12 by beating Tuns FC 2014 2-1.

Josh Hudson scored for Tuns, but Bramshall went home with the points thanks to Mark Oldham and an own goal.

AFC Ipstones were 3-1 winners over Hixon FC, thanks to goals from Luke Stevenson (2) and Bradley Sparks, while Sam Jessup netted for Hixon.





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