Peterborough League round-up as Deeping United maintain unbeaten start to Division Five campaign
Joint manager Ian Abbott is demanding an improvement from his Deeping United side - despite scoring seven goals in a fourth successive league win on Saturday.
The Division Five table-toppers were comfortable 7-0 winners over Stamford Lions A at Linchfield Road on Saturday.
But Abbott was far from impressed by the display of his Peterborough League newcomers who have now scored 30 goals in their four league wins.
He said: "It was another lack-lustre performance and the lads seem to be finding it hard to get motivated at the moment.
"I know a win is a win and I probably shouldn't be moaning after a 7-0 victory, but it was painful to watch at times.
"We didn't perform very well for the second week in a row. We need to start speeding up the tempo, moving the ball quicker and getting our mentality right."
It took United until midway through the opening period to break down a resilient Lions side who have now lost all four of their league games this season.
The highly-rated Steve Jucikas bundled home a Ryan Ellwood assist to give United the lead which the same player then doubled two minutes later with Steve Christmas this time the provider.
Jucikas completed a 20-minute treble six minutes before half-time after converting an assist from man-of-the-match Dan Cushen.
Jucikas then turned provider a minute into the second half as Nathan Smith struck his ninth goal of the season.
Ellwood added the fifth on the hour mark before Jucikas set up substitute Cameron Johnson a minute later to make it six.
Cushen then teed up Smith for United's seventh which completed the scoring with 20 minutes remaining.
The defeat leaves Lions in joint bottom spot with Rippingale and Folkingham Reserves who went down to a 6-3 home defeat against NECI's second string.
Isaac Jones struck twice for Rippingale, including once from the penalty spot, with Steve Bratcher also on target.
Wittering Harriers suffered their first Division One defeat of the season after a 2-1 away reversal at Eye United.
Stamford Bels also lost by the odd goal in three at home to Cardea with Scott Toomey their marksman.
King's Cliffe shared the spoils in a 2-2 home draw with Whittlesey Reserves. Liam Sanderson and Corey Gray grabbed their goals.
Stamford Lions Reserves went down to a 3-1 away reversal at Thorpe Wood in Division Two with Haydn Rice their goalscorer.
Tim Palmer and Jack Hinks hit the goals which earned Thurlby Tigers a 2-1 home win over Leverington A in Division Four.
David Howe hit a hat-trick for King's Cliffe Reserves as they shared the spoils in a 4-4 draw at Huntingdon Rovers. Ira Ellis-Scott was also on target.
Glinton and Northborough progressed to the next round of the Northants Area Cup after a 6-1 home win over Orton Rangers Reserves.
Connor Carr cracked a hat-trick for the Spartans while James Ferris fired a brace with Kieran Hale also netting.
Wittering Harriers Reserves bowed out of the same competition after a 7-1 home defeat against Kettering All Stars.
There were Leicestershire Intermediate Cup exits for both Oakham United Reserves and Ketton's second string.
Oakham lost 7-0 at home to North Kilworth while goals from James Farrell and Ashley Joseph failed to save Ketton from a 3-2 defeat at Dunton & Broughton.
Rippingale & Folkingham claimed a terrific 5-4 away win at Boston League side Fulbeck in the Lincolnshire Junior Cup.
James Ferrow bagged a brace with Louie Roberts, James Zealand and Lewis Fountain’s last minute winner securing a trip to Boston League side Benington in the next round.
Casterton conceded their clash with Lincolnshire League big guns Wyberton who will now travel to Deeping United in the next round.
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