Football round-up: Port defeat Panteleimon while Royalists overcome Rangers

Derek Sweetman and Sam Lock. Photo: Jonathan Bowker



Derek Sweetman’s side are certainly not going down without a fight as they defeated one of the Combined Counties Premier Division North high-flying sides on Saturday afternoon.

Having gone 1-0 down by the Saints 10 minutes before the break, Ashley Hunt levelled from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.

An inspired team talk later, Port – literally – got their noses in front when Kibaki’s stunning throw in was diverted into the back of the net by Hunt’s face in the 52nd minute.

Losing their cool, the visitors were reduced to 10 men next before Tobi Shoyoye kept his composure to slot in Holyport’s third goal – and his second for the side in two games – just after the hour mark.

Two more red cards were sent St Panteleimon’s way in the dying embers of the game, with one notably handed to their manager, as Port held on for their fifth victory of the season.

The result pulls them into 16th place with Reading City to play next weekend (February 5).



Mark Cooper’s men returned to competitive action in ideal fashion as they overcame Abbey Rangers thanks to a brace from Excellence Muhemba.

The Royalists most recently bested the Anguilla national football team at Stag Meadow in a friendly fixture having not played a match of football since January 15.

And that performance evidently put the side in the right frame of mind approaching their clash against third-place Abbey Rangers on Saturday.

Windsor did go a goal down inside five minutes courtesy of Luke Robertson’s direct free-kick, but they responded well with Muhemba converting Charlie Jaggers’ corner kick in the 22nd minute.

The forward then got on the scoresheet again in the first half’s added time to give Rangers plenty to think about at the break.

However, whatever their plans may have been, Cooper’s side made sure they weren’t able to execute with neither side scoring or conceding in the second half.

The win leaves Windsor in ninth and they play Wokingham & Emmbrook at home on February 19.



Elsewhere in the division, Ben Murray’s new side were denied a victory away from home thanks to Ben Wright’s late equaliser at Barlows Park.

The Blues took the lead on the half hour mark and looked likely to hold on for all three points until Wright bundled the ball in with just minutes left on the clock.

Burnham are 12th and welcome North Greenford United to The Gore next weekend (February 5).



In the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division, the Heathens were beaten by the league leaders at Wilks Park.

Fabian Driffill’s deflected free kick was the difference between the two sides after 45 minutes. But, Rangers were back in the game when they were given a penalty in the 66th minute for a handball.

A cross not competently dealt with allowed the visitors to take the lead in the 72nd minute, and they were able to stay in the ascendancy for the remainder of the game with some high pressure.

This defeat ends Flackwell Heath’s unbeaten run of three games. They do stay seventh in the table, however, and travel to London Colney next (February 5).



In the National League, Shawn McCoulsky ensured a photo finish at The Racecourse Ground on Saturday afternoon as he snatched the Magpies a share of the spoils from their hosts in injury time.

Aaron Hayden gave Wrexham an early lead when he rose highest to head home, but 25-year-old McCoulsky, who recently signed for the club, popped up late to ensure the journey was all worth it.

The point comes four days after Maidenhead United were beaten by Stockport County away from home. They stay in 19th and welcome Eastleigh to York Road on February 5.



In the National League South, Jon Underwood and Neil Baker’s Rebels were defeated by just the one goal.

After some superb goalkeeping by Jonathan North, St Albans were eventually able to find the back of the net in the 50th minute thanks to John Goddard.

Slough Town are 15th and host Hungerford Town next Saturday (February 5).

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