Mixed results for Sleaford Town

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Sleaford Town garnered three points from a possible six in their two United Counties League Premier Division fixtures this week.

Playing in front of a crowd of 72 at In2itive Park last Tuesday night, the Greens took advantage of Yaxley’s poor home form, with the Cambridgeshire side suffering another reverse on their artificial surface.

Two goals early in the second half completed the Greens’ double over the Cuckoos who were bright in the first half but lacked a finish in front of goal.

Ryan Oliver’s 16th goal of the campaign, a solo effort which saw him beat three defenders before firing across keeper Andy Stevens, put Sleaford ahead in the first minute of the second half.

Old stager Jamie Shaw doubled the visiting advantage three minutes before the hour with another solo strike.

Sleaford had a late shock when Jon Stead’s 20 yard volley for the Cuckoos reduced the arrears with two minutes remaining, but it was too little too late for Yaxley.

Sleaford Town’s squad were goalkeeper Phil McGann, Corey Newman, Adam Fenton, Harry Millard, Charlie Ward, Dave Hone, Brad Hockin (Harrison Allen), Jack Pemberton, Ryan Oliver, Jamie Shaw (Jac Wright), Luke Hollingworth.

But it was a change in fortune for Sleaford Town on Saturday when, away again, they took on mid-table Harborough Town at Bowden’s Park.

Playing in front of 74 supporters, the Greens were undone by the Bees who did all the damage with two first-half goals.

Sleaford held out well enough for a while, before a cracker from Barnes Gladman gave Harborough the lead after 36 minutes.

Dino Tuksar added a second for the Bees in the final minute of the first period to give Sleaford a mountain to climb in the second half.