UCL FOOTBALL: Millers are very merry as they overpower Chenecks

PRESSING HARD - Spencer on the attack in their 3-1 win over ON Chenecks (Pictures: Dave Ikin)
PRESSING HARD - Spencer on the attack in their 3-1 win over ON Chenecks (Pictures: Dave Ikin)

The Boxing Day derby bragging rights went to Spencer as they saw off rivals ON Chenecks 3-1 at Billing Road, and they went top of UCL Division One in the process.

Chenecks got off to a dream start as they took a first minute lead when the Spencer defence failed to deal with Adam Spalding’s free kick and Adam Hancock fired through a crowded area to five his side the lead.

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Spencer pushed strongly and Matt Long had a shot blocked on the line by Ash Ogden.

The Millers were level on the quarter hour when Ryan Lovell’s delivery from the right was headed in via the underside of the crossbar by Liam Tuck.

Mick Parkes volleyed just over for Spencer after Chenecks failed to clear a Curtis Avery long throw.

Spencer took a 32nd minute lead when Janis Lauskinieks in the home goal failed to hold a deep Avery cross and Long’s angled shot went in despite Joe Lewington’s attempt to clear off the line.

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Lovell missed a great chance to increase the lead from Long’s corner just before the interval.

After the break Ben Lewington’s snap shot was off target for Chenecks, but it was Spencer who scored the vital goal after 56 minutes with Luke Stone timing his run into the box to perfection to meet Long’s ball in from the right.

Lovell was wide from a Luke Bartley lay off and then set up Tuck who was thwarted by Lauskinieks at the near post.

Chenecks sub Elliott Muddiman had a chance to reduce the arrears but keeper Tom Cooke got a hand on the ball with a defender completing the clearance.

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Avery clipped the crossbar for Spencer after bursting on to Bartley’s pass inside while at the other end Luke Tolworthy was likelwise out of luck with a shot from the left of the area.

The win sees Spencer go two points clear at the top, with two games in hand on second-placed Lutterworth with three games in hand.

Bugbrooke made it back to back wins as they saw off Woodford United 2-1 at Birds Close.

Two first half goal gave the Badgers all three points.

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Ryan Ansell opened the scoring 11 minutes in with Danny Mortimer doubling the home lead after 28 minutes.

Adam Creaney replied for Woodford on the hour but it wasn’t enough to prevent a sixth defeat in seven games.

In the premier division, Saturday’s derby clash between Cogenhoe United and Sileby Rangers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.