Football: Deadly Dan helps to hammer his dad's old team
NINE years after Ivan Fenton scored his 500th goal for Adderley Green, his son Dan has appeared on the scene to score a screamer against them.
Fenton junior, aged 18, netted the first for Shamblers Reserves in a 6-0 TB Williamson Cup rout of Adderley Green, their First Division Potteries League rivals.
The central midfielder smacked the ball home from 25 yards with his left foot to send his side cruising towards a last 16 clash at Hawkins Sports.
The rousing victory for the reigning Staffs FA Challenge Trophy champions has been dedicated to stricken left midfielder Paul Davies.
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Davies broke a leg when Shamblers met Adderley Green last month, and at first faced a battle to save a foot as his circulation had been so badly affected by the injury.
The 23-year-old will have his leg in a supportive cage for another four months, but will at least be able to walk again.
"Football can wait for now. We are just glad they managed to save his foot," said manager Mel Heath.
"The lads wanted to win the match for him, and now we want to go on and win the cup and get promotion to the Premier League.
"We made a lot of chances and could have scored 12."
Dan Fenton will go some way to match his firefighter dad, who started out in the same Port Vale youth team as Robbie Earle and scored the first hat-trick in a Sentinel Shield final when the Valiants beat Parkway 5-2 in 1982.
Ivan joined Adderley Green at 16 and took 22 years to bang in five centuries of goals, scoring the winner in the 2003 Springback Vending League Cup final with his landmark 500th 12 months before he hung up his boots.
"Dan is a stand-out player," added Heath. "For such a young lad his energy box-to-box is incredible, and he has a hammer of a left foot, just like his dad. His goal against Adderley was a screamer.
"All our lads are as fit as fiddles. They are young boys with a lot of talent, but they are prepared to work hard too."
Mitch Barnett, Adam Coulston (2), Tom Bisson and an own goal completed the scoring for a youthful Shamblers, who sit fourth in the second tier with games in hand.
In the Potteries League Division Two, Keele University climbed up to fourth as they caught up on another game in hand with a win over Gillow Heath.
Keele have still played five games fewer than leaders Birches Head, and are three behind Milton Wanderers and Fulford United in joint second.
But the students are collecting points at a pace, and goals from Ben Hunter and Dan Kantas secured another three. James Mandor replied for Heath.
Dan Biddulph, John Glasby and Ben Biddulph helped AFC Thistleberry to a 3-1 win at Bignall End, who netted through Logan Brough.
In the Veterans' Division, Mark Nolan and Dave Coulson saw NSSC to a 2-0 win over Newcastle Old Boys.
Crown Red Street marched to the top of the Coors League Division One with a 1-0 win over Mow Cop Athletic, who now sit third.
Andy Timmis got the all-important goal with 15 minutes to play, avenging a 1-0 defeat for Crown in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Goal gluttons Biddulph Arms ran out 5-1 winners over Newcastle Rangers to go top in Division Four.
Julian Weatherall got two to add to an own goal, a pearler in off the crossbar from Matt Simpson and a cheeky Joel Robinson flick.