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Reserves remain among leading lights after derby victory

Stamford Bels moved up to fourth place in Division One of the Peterborough League with an excellent 5-0 away success at Moulton Harrox Reserves on Saturday.

Five different goalscorers found the net for Bels against a fired-up home side who were seeking revenge for their Peterborough Challenge Cup final defeat last season.

Bels stuck to their game-plan of pressing hard to set the tempo and they started superbly which didn’t allow Moulton to get into a match which the visitors controlled from the start.

Player-boss Lewis Morley caused the Moulton right back all sorts of problems from the start as Bels took the lead when his cross found Paul Cramp who calmly converted.

Bels continued to press hard in search of a second goal and chances for Toomey, Cramp and Morley were all superbly saved by the Moulton custodian to keep the interval count at one.

Stamford Bels Reserves claimed a narrow 1-0 home win over Stamford Lions A on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing (7107048)
Stamford Bels Reserves claimed a narrow 1-0 home win over Stamford Lions A on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing (7107048)

Although Bels had been dominant, they knew that they needed an early goal in the second half.

This happened through the brilliance of Bels skipper Dave Atkinson who skipped past three Moulton players before being brought down on the edge of the area where he rocketed the ball into the bottom corner from the free kick to make it 2-0.

Bels then made it three when Atkinson neatly slotted Scott Toomey in and he fired home his 10th goal of the season.

The visitors then brought on their only substitute Leon Wass who made an instant impact with a flick from a Cramp cross that found Morley who scored his 11th goal of the season.

Bels rounded off the scoring when a superb diagonal ball from Matt Leeton found Wass who rounded the Moulton keeper and slotted home.

Manager Morley said: “We knew that Moulton would be looking to get back at us after the cup final upset from last season.

“We started fast by not allowing Moulton into the game which was key. Everyone throughout the squad did what we set out to do.

“The midfield three of Toomey, Atkinson and Leeton were superb. They dictated the play by not allowing Moulton to settle at all.

“We were again sound defensively, keeping our seventh clean sheet in 10 games and to score five goals without reply with five different scorers was nice to see.

“We only had 12 players with Joe Morley suffering an injury in the warm up so this showed great character throughout the squad.

“We now have a huge game on Saturday against Uppingham who are in great form. I’m looking forward to it and hoping we can keep the momentum.”

Stamford Bels Reserves claimed a narrow 1-0 home win over Stamford Lions A on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing (7107058)
Stamford Bels Reserves claimed a narrow 1-0 home win over Stamford Lions A on Saturday. Photo: Lee Hellwing (7107058)

Stamford Bels Reserves remain among the leading lights in Division Three after a hard-fought 1-0 derby victory over Stamford Lions A on Saturday.

It was always going to be a highly-anticipated fixture against a Stamford Lions A side that are up and coming, both in maturity and ability.

The game got off to a spritely start, but was hampered immediately by the near gale force winds at the Welland Academy, blowing from end-to-end so Bels’ decision to go with the wind in the first half needed to pay off.

Chances came early on with plenty of shots on goal as the midfield of David Wagstaff, Jamie Harker and Jason Wardle provided a decent amount of through balls to the strike force of Teddy Paling and Alfie Winters.

Bels almost broke the deadlock with a good Jake McClarnon cross from the left flank being met by Paling in the six-yard box, only for his header to go just wide.

The deadlock was finally broken midway through the first half as a good spell of passing from Bels saw Winters calmly finish to make it 1-0.

Bels’ defence of Nico Greenwood, Pete Conneely, Ashley Berridge and keeper Josh Hollobon didn’t have too much to do in the first half which was a sign of the windy conditions and not the Lions ability.

After the interval, and now playing against the wind, some frustration crept in to Bels with Lions creating a few dangerous chances and a one-on-one with the keeper that was mishit and went wide.

Bels also struck the post as they held on for a narrow win despite Mother Nature doing her best to disrupt proceedings.

The victory keeps the reserves in third spot ahead of a tough fixture at Whittlesey A this weekend.

Reserves: Josh Hollobon, Ashley Berridge, Nico Greenwood, Pete Conneely, Stuart Airey, Jason Wardle, Jamie Harker, David Wagstaff, Jake McClarnon, Teddy Paling, Alfie Winters. Subs: Aaron Sismey, Jono Greenwood, Steven Dobson, Jak Garner, Josh Dowell.

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