Football:Golding’s boys keep steady

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Meanwhile St Peter put their first league points on the league table following a 2-1 home win against promoted Rozel Rovers.Ray Grant and Paul Crompton both hit doubles in Trinity’s 4-1 home win against Sporting Academics, whose consolation was a header by Paul Lennon.Jersey Wanderers won 2-0 against St Paul’s at Clos des Pauvres after first-half strikes from Chris Hamon and Duncan Prince.Magpies also won away, 2-1 at La Hague Manor against First Tower after the hosts had taken a first-half lead through John Rutter following an excellent cross from Chris Carter.

Magpies replied through Andy Barker and Matt Pamplin.Tower manager Dave Philpott said: ‘The result flattered Magpies I felt as we played the better football but didn’t test their goalkeeper enough.

We also failed to hit the target twice with just the ‘keeper to beat.’It was disappointing and overall things didn’t go for us.

We were penalised for a handball when a player protected his face and Magpies scored from the resulting free kick.

Goalkeeper Casey Hickling then uncharacteristically fumbled a cross and that resulted in Magpies’ winning goal.’Magpies manager Ian Golding said: ‘Six points out of six – just what I wanted.

I thought we were the better side for around 70 minutes before Tower finished strongly.

Despite their possession our goalkeeper didn’t have a direct shot to save throughout.

It’s an excellent start for us and I’m delighted.’Wanderers manager Martyn Stratford said: ‘It was a solid performance from us all round; I was pleased with all the team and the substitutes.

Chris Hamon and Duncan Prince linked up excellently for both goals and they were two very good finishes.’St Paul’s joint-manager Bill Begbie said: ‘We had a lot of possession but few chances until the closing stages.

We made mistakes at the back and that contributed to both goals.

Up front we have to be more clinical if we want to win games.’Wanderers were denied a bigger winning margin following three excellent saves, one from Andrew Bird and two from substitute ‘keeper Daniel Evans.St Peter won a fairly even game by the odd-goal in three at home to promoted Rozel Rovers, who again gave a good account of themselves.Gary Freeman opened the scoring – in-off the post from 18 yards – just before half time with Rozel equalising with an excellent strike from the same distance by teenager Scott Healey.

St Peter’s winning goal was also well taken, Lee Turner cutting in from the right before striking the ball into a far top corner with the outside of his right foot.St Peter manager Steve Coutanche said: ‘It was an even game, full credit to Rozel they worked hard throughout.

They are well organised and they closed us down quickly.

Although they had a good chance to score at the end I felt we just about shaded it and deserved to take the three points.’Trinity raced into a three-goal lead inside eight minutes before the Accies pulled a goal back.

Trinity’s fourth was a late penalty.Accies manager Tommy Kyle said: ‘I’m disappointed with the result but not our performance.

Yes we started badly but we recovered well.

Many teams would have folded three-down but we plugged away and stuck at it.’I was delighted with our attitude and commitment overall and we have something to build on to take into our next games.’Wanderers and Tower meet in the JFA’s Charity Cup final tomorrow at Springfield, kick-off 7.30 pm.

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