Round-up of the action from the Peterborough League
Deeping United's patience paid off as they maintained their 100 per cent record with victory at Park Farm Pumas on Saturday.
Ian Abbott and Mark Wyer's side found themselves trailing for the first time this season in the Peterborough League when Carlos Barres gave the hosts the lead.
Although Ryan Ellwood quickly got United back on level terms, it wasn't until the final 12 minutes of the contest that they scored twice more to maintain their place at the top of the Division 5A table.
Abbott said: "All credit to Park Farm Pumas because they got their tactics spot on. They put men behind the ball and made it really difficult for us.
"We dominated the game and created a lot of chances, but it wasn't until late on that we got ourselves in front.
"We had to show character and dig deep. Although they were not causing us many problems, it was still a relief to get the final two goals."
United were missing the services of Sam Linford, Dan Cushen, Matt Wilkin and Max Snowden for the game but did welcome back Steve Christmas from injury.
They created some good early chances with Ellwood twice firing wide when through one-on-one with the home goalkeeper while Steve Jucikas missed an open goal.
Park Farm then took the lead with one of their rare raids on the home goal as United were penalised for a foul throw and the Pumas reacted first to set Barres free to score.
United continued to create chances and it was only a matter of time before they levelled with man-of-the-match Josh Raven teeing up Ellwood to equalise with a tidy finish.
The second half continued in the same vein with Park Farm sitting deep and keeping the centre of the park congested.
That forced United into a couple of changes which allowed Lewis Bradley and James Mclaren to forage forward from their full-back roles.
The second goal finally arrived after 78 minutes when Ellwood was brought down 25 yards out and stepped up to smash home the resultant free-kick for his 26th goal of the season.
United added a third in injury-time with Raven again the supplier as he found Nathan Smith who netted with a well-taken finish.
Rippingale & Folkingham Reserves are setting the pace at the top of Division 5B after a 5-0 home win over Hampton A.
Sam Cope cracked two goals for Rippingale with Jonothan Overton, Tom Ward and Luke Pearson completing their haul which makes it four wins from four games.
Ketton crashed to their heaviest home defeat of the season after a 5-0 defeat against Holbeach United Reserves at Pit Lane on Saturday.
The third successive Premier Division defeat has left Ketton second-from-bottom of the table after their 10th league loss of the season.
Stamford Bels and King's Cliffe both suffered Division One defeats against high-flying opposition.
Bels were beaten 3-1 at home by fifth-placed Stilton after having Lee Conneely red-carded. Josh Dowell scored their goal.
King's Cliffe went down to a 3-0 away reversal against Eunice Huntingdon who bounced back after last week's defeat to Wittering and remain in third spot.
Stamford Bels Reserves were 5-1 away winners in the Division Two derby with Stamford Lions' second string.
Lukasz Kamejsza bagged a brace for Bels with Kieren Rodgers, Nick Cahill and Aaron Sismey also on target. John Armstrong netted for Lions.
Oakham Reserves remain at the foot of the table after a 5-2 away loss at Leverington while Rippingale suffered a 6-1 defeat at league leaders NECI.
There were defeats for Glinton & Northborough, Uppingham Reserves and Wittering's second string in their Division Three clashes.
Rhys Lenton scored for Glinton in their 4-1 defeat at Holbeach Sports while Uppingham lost 4-0 at Whittlesey A with Wittering losing 2-0 at home to Parson Drove.
Casterton and Stanground Sports shared the points after a 3-3 draw in their crunch Division Four clash.
Ryan Brown struck twice with Reece Berry also on target for Casterton who remain top of the table.
King's Cliffe Reserves were 6-4 winners in a high-scoring home match against Netherton A.
Ryan Pickstone struck a double for Cliffe with James Andrew, Luke Coles, Freddie Davies and Matt Redmond their other marksmen.
Thurlby Tigers went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Peterborough City despite goals from Jack Mangieri and Jonathan Woodcock.
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