WINNER: Cenk Acar grabbed the sole goal for Spalding United. Photo by JAKE WHITELEY

Saturday football: Acar fires Spalding United to vital win, Holbeach United pegged back by late penalty

Spalding United moved ever-closer to securing third place in Evo-Stik NPL First Division South with a 1-0 win at Kidgsrove Athletic on Saturday, while Holbeach United extended their unbeaten ChromaSport UCL Premier Division run to five games after drawing 2-2 at home to Cogenhoe United.

Starting with the Tulips, Cenk Acar’s 73rd-minute strike was enough to settle a close contest at Kidsgrove.

The win moves Chris Rawlinson’s side seven points clear of fourth-placed Basford United – who they host on Tuesday night – and eight clear of Newcastle Town in sixth.

Meanwhile, Holbeach were pegged back by a late Luke Stone penalty (86) at Carter’s Park as their four-game winning streak was halted.

A neat near-post finish from Matt Long gave Cogenhoe the lead just before half-time, but the Tigers looked like they’d pinched all three points when Matt Warfield (75) and Charley Sanders (76) netted deflected goals within 60 seconds of each other.

That was, until Long was fouled by keeper Ricky Drury in the box, allowing Stone to slam home his spot-kick and ensure the spoils were shared.

The draw leaves Seb Hayes’ charges in seventh place in the standings.

Down in the ChromaSport PDFL Premier Division, first-half efforts from Liam Ogden and Callum Lawe gave Pinchbeck United a 2-0 Knight Street win over Ketton, while Moulton Harrox cruised to a 5-0 win over Stanground Sports at Broad Lane.

Both sides are a point behind leaders Peterborough Sports, who host Pinchebeck on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Elsewhere, Crowland Town lost 3-0 at home to ICA Sports and Holbeach United Reserves went down 4-0 at Stamford Lions.

In Division One, nine-man Long Sutton Athletic were put to the sword 15-0 at Whittlesey Reserves, while Sutton Bridge United were 4-0 winners at Spalding United Reserves.

More football throughout the week at and in Thursday’s edition of The Spalding and South Holland Voice.


Evo-Stik NPL

First Division South: Bedworth United 0 Belper Town 2; Carlton Town 1 Romulus 1; Gresley 0 Witton Albion 2; Kidsgrove Athletic 0 Spalding United 1; Leek Town 0 AFC Rushden and Diamonds 1; Lincoln United 0 Stocksbridge Park Steels 2; Newcastle Town 2 Shaw Lane AFC 3; Rugby Town 0 Loughborough Dynamo 1; Sheffield FC 1 Northwich Victoria 2; Stamford 2 Basford United 3.

ChromaSport UCL

Premier Division: Boston Town 0 Yaxley 1; Desborough Town 1 Peterborough Sports 3 (Peterborough Sports are champions); Harborough Town 3 Eynesbury Rovers 4; Harrowby United 2 Huntingdon Town 1; Holbeach United 2 Cogenhoe United 2; ON Chenecks 3 Kirby Muxloe 1; Northampton Sileby Rangers 0 Sleaford Town 3; Wellingborough Town 2 Leicester Nirvana 1; Wisbech Town 4 Peterborough NS 1 (Fri).

ChromaSport PDFL

Premier Division: Crowland Town 0 ICA Sports 3; Deeping Rangers Res 0 Thorney 1; Leverington Sports 0 Netherton United 5; Moulton Harrox 5 AFC Stanground Sports 0; Peterborough Sports Res 2 Stilton United 0; Pinchbeck United 2 Ketton 0; Sawtry 6 Uppingham Town 3; Stamford Lions 4 Holbeach United Res 0; Wisbech Town Res 0 Langtoft United 1.

Division One: Glinton & Northborough 5 Netherton United Res 3; Oakham United Res 3 Kings Cliffe 0; Peterborough Polonia 6 Oundle Town 1; Spalding United Res 0 Sutton Bridge United 4; Warboys Town 5 Wittering Harriers 0; Whittlesey Athletic Res 15 (fifteen) Long Sutton Athletic 0.

Division Two: AFC Stanground Sports Res 4 Crowland Town Res 2; Ketton Res 0 Stamford Lions Res 1; Netherton United A 1 Ramsey Town 6; Parkway Eagles 0 Tydd St Mary 6.

Division Three: Farcet United 0 Bretton North End 3; Oundle Town Res 2 Sawtry Res 7; Uppingham Town Res 3 Brotherhood Sports 0.

Division Four: FC Peterborough Res 7 Parkside 1; Feeder 1 Premiair 2; Long Sutton Athletic Res 1 Cardea 5; Netherton United B 0 Stanground Sports B 3; Tydd St Mary Res 0 Whaplode Drove 9; Whittlesey Athletic C 4 Stamford Lions A 0; Wittering Harriers Res 3 Huntingdon Rovers 3.

Division Five A: Eunice Huntingdon 1 Peterborough NECI 2; Orton Rangers 2 Glinton & Northborough Res 3; Ramsey Town Res 2 Holbeach United A 1.

Division Five B: British School of Sport    5 Riverside Res 1; Kings Cliffe Res 2 AFC Orton 3; Leverington Sports A 0 Wisbech Town Acorns U21 3.

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