FOOTBALL: Defeat puts dent in title hopes

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Pinchbeck Res 2 Ryhall Utd 0

RYHALL United’s chances of winning the Peterborough & District League Division Two title took a knock after a 2-0 defeat away to Pinchbeck Reserves on Saturday.

The home side started the game at a frenetic pace and Ryhall were forced to defend but as the half wore on United grew into the game and started to dominate.

Calum Harris had a great opportunity to give United the lead, midway through the first half after being played in by James Farmbrough but Harris failed to make a good connection and the ball was hacked away.

Phil Bartlett then struck the post with a fierce strike before a Stuart Moss header was cleared off the line.

Ryhall continue to press and search for a way through a resilient Pinchbeck rearguard in the second half but with an hour played a counter attack by the home side resulted in a well-taken goal and Ryhall were behind.

United responded well, surging forward in search of an equaliser.

Richard Wilkinson’s header was heading for the top corner only for the Pinchbeck keeper pulled off an excellent save, and Moss again went close before Danny Sheehan failed to keep a volley down, sending his effort over from just six yards.

When Adam Watts’ goalbound chip was clawed over the bar by an outstanding save, it looked like it wasn’t going to be Ryhall’s day. And so it proved, when with five minutes remaining, Pinchbeck again caught Ryhall with a brisk counter attack to double their lead and end Ryhall’s winning streak.

Ryhall: J Russon, R Wilkinson, A Sheehan, S Moss, M Webb, J Sheehan, J Farmbrough (A Ward), D Sheehan, E Pentney, C Harris (A Watts), P Bartlett.

l RYHALL United Reserves went down 2-1 to Riverside Reserves in the battle of the top two teams of Division Five. Ben Alexander equalised for United but a strong second half display by the visiting team was enough to earn them all three points.

l KETTON won 3-0 at home to Hampton Sports in Division One thanks to brace from William Bird and a goal from John Hoyles.