Wanderers creep ahead a little

There was a shortened programme in the Heineken Sunday Football League over the weekend due to the Heroes Day holiday and with only three fixtures going ahead with Triple Crown Wanderers extending their lead.

With second in the table Agua idle, the Wanderers took the opportunity to extend the gap, but it was only by a one-point margin as they were held to a draw by a resilient CML Claymores at the TE McField Annex.

Despite hitting six goals the previous week, the Wanderers strikers were uncharacteristically out of form. In fact, the closest either team came to scoring was a rasping shot from CML striker Tim Edwards, which thudded against the upright and out to safety.

After there were two contentious penalties from fouls in the box. The first, after 56 minutes was awarded to CML after Edwards was challenged and he stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way.

Wanderers levelled 12 minutes later when an equally innocuous looking challenge resulted in a penalty and Gav Kane converted. It remained 1-1.

The second game at the TE McField Annex was a comfortable victory for Harry’s against Maples Revolution.

Harry’s scored through Sean Junker four minutes before the break. Harry’s wrapped up the points on the 60 minute mark when Chris Fenn slid in Floyd McKenzie who reliably hit his eighth goal of the season, which moved him up into joint top spot in the league’s goal scoring charts.

Maples is desperate to make up ground this weekend against Old Boys to get their title credentials back on track.

The final game over the weekend was between the league’s bottom two clubs, Shellaz and Old Boys.

With Shellaz one point ahead of their rivals, Old Boys had an opportunity to leapfrog them if they could pull off their second victory of the season.

It was looking good for the Old Boys at the start, after they took the lead on 16 minutes through striker Tommy Gribbin.

But then Shellaz took over thanks mainly to captain Steve Dunkley and midfielder Ray Hydes. Dunkley levelled the score on 15 minutes and then fired his side ahead on 32 minutes before Hydes made it 3-1 right on the stroke of half-time. In the second half, Old Boys’ defence, not for the first time, lost their concentration and allowed Dunkley to grab his hat-trick and Hydes his second as Shellaz ran away with a 5-1 victory.

The win and the three points puts some daylight between them and Old Boys in the standings.

The final game between Latitude 19 Boca Juniors and Agua was postponed until later in the season.

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