Witney & District Reports – Week 5

20 Oct 2020

By Ant Barlow

Written by David Evans

Carterton Rangers finish Myles ahead of Minster Lovell

Premier Division

Myles Easton fired in a stunning hat-trick to inspire Carterton Rangers to victory over Minster Lovell. Rangers who suffered a disappointing defeat in last week’s only Premier Division fixture against Enstone, showed a good level of bouncebackability on their visit to Wash Meadow as Easton moved to the top of the Premier Division goal scoring table. Jamie MacDonogh added a fourth for Rangers, who also managed a clean sheet, including a penalty save, as they jumped above Minster in the table with the 4-0 win.

In the battle at the bottom Milton earned their first win of the season against Carterton Town A. Both sides started the game winless this season but Milton prevailed 2-0 on the day. Louis Breaks and Stephen Pearce both scoring once to catapult Milton off the bottom of the league.

Hailey FC moved back into second place in the league with a hard fought win over Stonesfield. Raffy Rice followed on from last week’s hat-trick in the cup with his third league goal of the campaign, but Hailey proved to be too strong as Tom Gregory scored twice and was backed up by Sam Britnell in the 3-1 win.

Hailey are second only to Carterton FC who remain top after a tricky away win over Tower Hill. Tower battled tirelessly in their pursuit of defeating the current league leaders but Carterton’s class shone through as they picked up a 2-0 win. Mark Threlfall scored his fourth goal of the season before Tom Harvey opened up his account for the season to complete the victory.

In the highest scoring game in this division, Charlbury Town and Spartan Rangers shared six goals equally in a 3-3 draw. The game also saw six different goal scorers as both sides cancelled each other out. George Sulik and Rhys Woodward scored hat-tricks in last week’s cup matches for Charlbury and Spartan respectively and both players got in on the action this week too. Josh Sylvester and Mark Goode scored further goals for Charlbury as they hunted their first win of the season but Donny Henderson-Sowerby and Conor Murphy both grabbed a goal each to level the scores and send both teams home with a point.

Division One

Jay Mair scored his third consecutive hat-trick as Hook Norton thrashed lowly Brize Norton to double their advantage at the top of the league. Mair reached eleven league goals in just the fourth game of the campaign with his latest haul. Team mate Josh Hunt moved second in the Division One goal scoring charts after scoring his fifth and sixth goals of the year. Jake Wheeler scored to open his account for the year and there was still time for Dave Hayward to score two as Hook Norton reached eight. Harry Smart scored Brize’s consolation in the 8-1 reverse. Hook Norton are now six points clear at the top.

Bletchington are part of the chasing pack who are six points behind after a close and hard fought victory over Spartan Rangers Reserves. They made a dream start, scoring in just the second minute after Tom Knox bundled home from the first corner of the game. What followed was a game of contrasting styles. Bletchington’s more experienced players trying to get the ball down and play a passing game were often undone by the pacey, exuberant Spartan style.

Spartan had the better of the game for many periods but were ultimately undone by a lack of composure in front of goal and also three top class saves from Bletch keeper Luke Sanders. Whilst it remained at 1-0, Spartan always believed they could grab something from the game but in the 88th minute Joe Brewer scored a decisive second goal to settle Bletch’s nerves and secure the three points.

Kingham All Blacks have their first league win of the season with an excellent 4-0 victory over Wootton Sports. Brothers Dan and Jack Lay both found the net once to put Kingham well on the way to victory. Gaz Price went one better than his team mates to score two to give Kingham all three points.

Division Two

Ducklington moved to the top of division 2 with a hard earned point against promotion rivals Siege.

The home side opened the scoring midway through the first half when Brad Olive unleashed an unstoppable drive from 25 yards which flew into the top corner. Siege however were soon level with Andy Makepiece firing home.

Ducklington regained the lead when they earned a free kick on the half way line, Chris Smith hit it long and it flew over the head of keeper Dave Padfield and struck the bar, then struck the onrushing Tom Costley and went in. But Siege levelled in 1st half injury time, a loose ball fell to Tom West and he calmly lobbed it into the net.

Duck had enough chances at the start of the 2nd half to win the game, but squandered them all. Against the run of play Siege then took the lead, a cross in from the right was heading for West, he seemed to miss his header and the ball hit his knee and went in the far corner. Duck were then camped in the Siege half for the remains of the game trying to force an equaliser and it eventually came in the 92nd minute, Ady Kew, found space and lashed the ball past the flailing Padfield.

Ducklington and Siege weren’t the only sides involved in a six goal thriller as North Leigh and Eynsham SSC shared the same score line as North Leigh earned their first point of the season. Harvey King opened the scoring for North Leigh, only for Stephen Chappell to restore parity. Lewis Hathaway’s strike was sandwiched between Ben Oates’ brace and Gary Brooks equalised once again for North Leigh to complete the scoring.

Bourton Rovers are also off the mark but they managed to secure all three points in an away victory over Cassington Rangers. Henry Smyth and Shaun Rowbotham scored once each for both sides but Bourton held their nerve and found the winner thanks to Rich Morse, helping them jump two league places in the process. Cassington fall to sixth following a second consecutive defeat.

Division Three

Seb White reached double figures for league goals with a brace against Sherbourne Harriers as Bampton United Reserves moved into third place in the league. Such is the congestion within Division Three, Bampton are now level on points with three sides around them as they cruised to a 4-0 win. Joe Paintin and Regan Pritchard scored once each to inflict a miserable afternoon on Sherbourne who remain eighth.

Jack Busby Memorial Trophy

Division Four’s Hook Norton Reserves sprung a small upset in the first round of the Jack Busby Memorial Trophy by ousting Division Three’s Carterton Town B. Despite the difference in leagues, there were only six league places separating the sides at the start of the game. Hook Norton Reserves have their own goal machine (much like the first team) and had Mitchell Faulkner on the scoresheet once again. Further goals from Damian Corbin and Marc Clifton had Hooky soaring towards the quarter finals. Town did manage to get a goal back but it proved to only be a consolation and Hook Norton safely reached the last eight.

Wootton Sports Reserves put aside their disappointing league form to overcome Stonesfield Reserves but required extra time to do so. James Minchin scored for Wootton but his strike was cancelled out by Adam Holmes. The game entered the extra period and Jacob Cooke was able to find the net to prevent the game from reaching penalties.

In another Division Three versus Division Four tie Milton Reserves and Brize Norton Reserves faced off against each other with both sides hoping to reach the last eight. Lee Litton got the away side off the mark and Joe Hatt doubled their advantage to but Brize in charge. Martin Kraus scored to halve the deficit and make the game more tense but Jason Hirshfield scored a third and final goal to complete the upset and put their names in the hat for the next round.

Carterton Reserves walked into the next round without kicking a ball after FC Ascott Reserves forfeited their match before kick-off.

 

Witney & District Reports – Week 4

12 Oct 2020

By Ant Barlow

Saturday 10th October 2020

No Cupsets in Fred Ford first round

Fred Ford Cup

The weekend brought many clubs into their first cup action of the season with the start of the Fred Ford Cup. The Fred Ford Cup sees all first teams from across the divisions face off in cup knockout format. With many fixtures pitting teams from lower leagues against higher placed opposition there were opportunities for upsets to happen but the higher league teams stuck to their tasks well to move into the second round.

In terms of league placings, the fixture with the biggest gap took place between Premier Division Hailey FC and Division Three’s FC Mills. Given Hailey’s free scoring start to the season, and a league placing difference of 36, many might have expected a large score. But credit to FC Mills, who have also started the season very well, as they battled throughout and kept Hailey very honest.

Hailey took the lead through Joey Aust and the game remained at 1-0 until late on when Hailey pushed on for the win and scored late goals through Jordan Cormack and Luke Turner to win 3-0.

Despite a division separating them, there were only two league placings separating Stonesfield and Hook Norton before their first round tie. Hook Norton, who have made an electric start to the season to lead Division One, managed to get on the scoresheet through none other than Jay Mair but Stonesfield showed they are capable of another gear and their own goal scoring machine, Raffy Rice, slotted home three goals for a hat-trick, and sent Stonesfield through with a 3-1 win.

In another Prem vs Div 1 battle, Milton were a little more comfortable as they safely negotiated their way past Brize Norton. Alex Ayres was a hat-trick hero for Milton and he was well backed up by team mates Jonny Fletcher and Stephen Pearce who both scored two. Brize weren’t just making up the numbers as Joe Henry scored a brace of his own. Jon White added a third for the visitors but Lewis Dady put an eighth goal on the board for Milton as the game finished 8-3.

Bletchington had the most comfortable afternoon after they managed to thrash Sherbourne Harriers 11-1, and they had two hat-trick scorers amongst their ranks as they eased to victory. It wasn’t the best of starts for Sherbourne who found themselves behind to a Luke Webley own goal but they picked themselves up and got level thanks to Jack Daniel’s goal. After that though it was one way traffic as Jamie Hudson scored two. Joe Brewer and Michael Trafford went one better in scoring the hat-tricks and with Tom Knox and Aaron Johnson both scoring once each, they reached double figures before the 90 minutes was up.

Eynsham SSC and Charlbury managed to score eleven goals in their match but it proved to be a much closer affair, the away side eventually prevailing 7-4. Another hat-trick scorer in this game, 18 year old George Sulik, fired in three goals to get Charlbury well on the way but Eynsham pegged them back with goals from John Ayres and Chris Baldwin. Charlbury weren’t done and Jacob Hancocks and Michael Hayes scored two each to take Charlbury’s tally to seven. Ben Oates scoring a brace of his own for Eynsham to make the score line look respectable but Charlbury are safely through to face Stonesfield in round two.

After scoring the winner in the league last weekend, Rhys Woodward’s confidence must have been soaring as he fired in a hat-trick to send Spartan Rangers through, at Combe’s expense. Ten goals found the net as it finished 7-3 to Rangers. Donny Henderson-Sowerby also scored two but Combe hit back through two goals from Rory Ward and an Archie Hamilton strike. If there were any nerves they were settled by Connor Murphy and David Pryse goals as Spartan reached round two in style.

Dan Lay has reached double figures for the season after scoring a hat-trick in Kingham’s win over Cassington Rangers. After scoring four last week for the reserves, Lay marked his return to first team action with three good goals. Cassington hit back through Jason Blackman but Matt Deakin and Gaz Price steered Kingham to victory. Tyler Walker pulled a goal back for Cassington but it finished 5-2.

Toby Crammen turned from hero to villain after he scored for Bourton and was then later sent off as Bourton Rovers crashed out against fellow Division One side Bampton United. Chris Laurence hit two in reply for Bampton, only for Matt Winter to score to restore parity between the sides. Joe Paintin hit the winner for Bampton to send them through to the next round.

For the second season in a row, Carterton FC and Carterton Town A faced off in the Fred Ford and just like last season Carterton Town advanced in a tight encounter which, needed extra time to separate them. It was 1-1 after 90 minutes with John Sword cancelling out Mike Duerden’s strike. Town took the lead in the extra period through Mark Williams only for Duerden to equalise with his second. It was left to Wes Christian to pop up with the winner for Town who advance at the expense of their local rivals.

Chadlington are through after seeing off Ducklington by the odd goal in five. A Matt Chadwick brace was cancelled out by goals for Josh Hartley and George Townsend but Ethan Taylor grabbed the winner to put Chadlington into round two where they face Wootton Sports.

Wootton advanced after an epic nine goal encounter against Aston. Wootton amassed five different goal scorers in the win with Luke Ambler, Jamie Hutton, Lee Spencer, Karl Ware and Michael Steers all scoring once each. Aaron Robins (2) Nick Angus and Sam Aston replied in vain for Aston.

Will Hayes notched a hat-trick as Tower Hill eased past Siege FC. Adam Bolley hit a fourth for the home side in the 4-0 win. Tower Hill will visit Spartan Rangers in round two in one of three all Premier Division ties in round two.

Minster Lovell escaped an upset after sneaking past Witney Royals. Corey Donohue scored for Royals with Sam Wright replying for Minster. Dean Woolgar won it for the Minster Men to set up a home tie against Kingham in round two.

North Leigh and Enstone received a bye and Carterton Rangers received a walkover win against Chipping Norton Town to advance to the last 16.

2nd Round Draw (Ties to be played Saturday 14th November)

Chadlington vs Wootton Sports

Milton vs Hailey

North Leigh vs Enstone

Minster Lovell vs Kingham All Blacks

Bletchington vs Carterton Rangers

Spartan Rangers vs Tower Hill

Charlbury Town vs Stonesfield

Carterton Town A vs Bampton United

Premier Division

In the only Premier Division encounter, Enstone beat Carterton Rangers 3-0. In what is already their second league encounter of the season Enstone managed to win this time after the sides couldn’t be separated in their first meeting. Nathan Bott, Reece Bayliss and Dean Blake all scored once each to propel Enstone to their second win of the season.

Division One

In the only Division One fixture a Joe Langdon penalty was required to separate Carterton FC Reserves and Hailey Reserves. In a hard fought encounter, Langdon’s effort from 12 yards gave Carterton all three points.

Division Two

There was a reduced fixture list for Division Two due to the number of sides in the Fred Ford Cup.

Milton Reserves jumped up to fifth after a back and forth encounter with Carterton Town B. Josh Catling gave Milton the lead only for Carl Ford to equalise for Town from the penalty spot. Ford scored his second to give Carterton the lead. A crazy five minute period just before half-time saw Milton equalise and then take the lead after a Chris Godfrey goal and Dan Hooton strike after a mistake from the Carterton keeper. Town hit back early in the second half with a fine half volley from Nathan Nyenya but late goals from Woody Collett and a second goal from Josh Catling saw the game out for Milton in the 5-3 win.

Chadlington Reserves were in clinical form as they swept aside Ascott Rangers 7-2. The game was closer than the score line suggests but Chadlington took their chances well. George Slatter and Martin Plumbridge both scored two goals each with Ascott hitting back through Frank Mayne and Luke Paterman. However, an Ascott own goal and further strikes from Mauro Esteves and Jordan McElvaine finished the scoring for Chadlington.

 

Division Three

Five star Seb White scored all of Bampton United Reserves goals as they triumphed over Brize Norton at the weekend. Dan Sollis and Jason Hirschfield both found the net for Brize but could do nothing to stop Seb’s super performance. Bampton winning 5-2.

Another player in fine goal scoring form was Mikey Piper as he hit a hat-trick to help steer Witney Royals Reserves to their first victory of the season, over Aston Reserves. Aston got themselves into the game with goals from Danny Hambidge and Reece Waine. Royals managed to stretch their advantage with further goals from Nathan Harris, Dylan Corkish and Jai Smith to jump up the league table.

Spartan Rangers A also recorded their first win of the season by dispatching FC Ascott Rangers Reserves. Five different scorers found the net for Spartan, Zak Kane, Michael Bason, Stu Morrison, Jayden Chappie and Matt Waite all scored once. Brian Wright grabbed a scant consolation for Ascott in the 5-1 reverse.

Hook Norton Reserves are still at 100% for the season after seeing off the challenge of Kingham All Blacks Reserves. A tidy defensive performance earned them a clean sheet and they marched to a 4-0 victory thanks to a brace from Mitchell Faulkner, a single goal for Dom Hemmings and a Will Wall penalty secured the three points. Hooky are second on goal difference only after a strong start.

 

Witney & District Reports – Week 3

5 Oct 2020

By Ant Barlow

Saturday 3rd October 2020 Written by David Evans

Witney and District fixture programme prevails despite the horrendous weather conditions.

 

In a huge testament to clubs, players and officials across the Witney and District, only one of the scheduled twenty one fixtures was lost to the stormy Saturday conditions. Minster Lovell vs Enstone sadly succumbed to the wet weather but all other fixtures took place.

Premier Division

Charlbury Town and Carterton Town A are both off the mark for the season as the sides couldn’t be separated in an eight goal encounter at Nine Acres. Before the day’s fixture both sides had only scored four goals between them this season, but a free scoring, back and forth game was played out, in which, there were seven different goal-scorers.

Zak Taylor put Town ahead, only for George Sulir and Josh Sylvester to turn the tide in Charlbury’s favour. Rich Hall equalised for Town but Charlbury fired themselves ahead once again as Jacob Hancocks scored the first of his two goals. Wes Christian and Tom Mackenzie-Fenwick scored Carterton’s third and fourth but Hancocks restored parity with his second goal and both sides left with a point in the 4-4 draw.

Hailey FC are in ominous defensive form as they kept their second straight clean sheet of the season. On this occasion they shut out Milton as they put four goals past their opponents. Freddie Buckingham, Sam Wheeler, Devon Wright and Cameron Foster all scored once each to keep Hailey firmly in second place in the table.

Only Carterton FC are keeping Hailey from occupying top spot, but they were made to work for their three points as they battled against Stonesfield. Carterton had to display particularly steely resolve after battling back from 3-1 down at half-time. Raffy Rice’s double, alongside a Tom Weedon strike had Stonesfield in dream land at the break, with Carterton only on the board through a Dan Bishop strike.

Whatever was said at half-time clearly worked in the home side’s favour as they scored four without reply to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Michael Duerden scored two of the four to open his account for the season, with Craig Mays and Mark Threlfall both scoring for the third game in a row to see the game through for Carterton in a 5-3 win.

Rhys Woodward was the solitary goal scorer as Spartan Rangers beat Tower Hill 1-0. Rangers are now fourth in the table, level on points with Hailey and Minster Lovell but with a far worse goal difference.

Division One

Jay Mair is now the joint leading scorer across all four divisions after notching another hat-trick as Hook Norton managed to beat Hailey Reserves by the odd goal in seven. Mair now has eight goals for the season and he was joined on the score sheet by Connor Davies as Hook Norton put four past their hosts. However, it wasn’t all plain sailing as Hailey scored three of their own. Kieran King, Joel King and Moh Semlali all scored once each to give a Hooky a scare but they held on for victory to maintain their 100% start to the season.

Chadlington lost ground on the leaders as they fell to their first defeat of the season. Witney Royals were the victors as they recorded consecutive victories in the league. Corey Donohue scored a brace to get Royals on the board and despite Pete Tate firing Chadlington back into the game, Royals marched on to victory with further goals from George Simms and Stuart Tranter, in the 4-1 win.

Wootton Sports hosted Spartan Rangers Reserves and each side took a point from the game in a six goal thriller. Finley Ludlow, Jamie Hutton and Lee Spencer all scored once for Wootton but Spartan fought back through Josh Walkington, Telmo Fernandez and Richard Brumble as Spartan earned their first point of the season.

Chris Laurence scored his fourth goal in two games as he helped steer Bampton to a narrow victory over Brize Norton. Laurence scored for Bampton, only for Dan Leverton to draw Brize Norton level but Bampton went home with all three points after Dan Toma’s winner secured a 2-1 victory.

Division Two

Aston are the new Division Two leaders after thumping North Leigh 6-1, on their Witney and District return. Aston were rampant throughout the ninety minutes and were ahead thanks to goals from Ben Hardcastle and Charlie Harper. A Max Godwin own goal further compounded North Leigh’s misery and although Jamie Buxton got a goal back for North Leigh, Aaron Robins and Sam Aston (2) both found the net for the second consecutive game to secure the points for Aston.

Aston are now top thanks to Ducklington also scoring six as they brought Cassington Rangers back to earth with a bump this weekend. Cassington, who benefitted from playing against ten men last week, suffered the same fate this week as Alex Kavanagh was dismissed for handball to reduce Cassington’s playing numbers.

Ducklington made the man advantage count, to take the lead through Tom Costley but Cassington hit back to lead 2-1, through Shaun Rowbotham and Nick Edwards, despite playing with less men. Ducklington’s hero was an unlikely source, as centre back Tom Costley netted two more to secure his hat-trick and steer Duck to victory. Rangers fought hard and scored again via Tyler Walker but Ducklington pulled clear through Harvey Butler, Ady Kew and Samm Murphy to win 6-3.

Combe make up the top three, all of whom have 100% records, after beating Eynsham 3-0. Combe proved to be more clinical in front of goal than their opponents and grabbed all three points thanks to goals from Toby Cox, Luke Coles and Conner Hobley.

Siege FC are just three points off the pace after recording consecutive victories in the league, thanks to a 4-2 victory over Bourton Rovers. Dan Cartwright gambled on a long kick from the keeper to put Siege ahead and Tom West scored a fine header to double the advantage just before half-time. Bourton came out much improved in the second half and reduced the deficit thanks to a fine solo goal by Reece Oakey, who promptly put two defenders and the keeper on their backside before slotting into an empty net.

Siege restored the two goal cushion thanks to a Tom West penalty but Bourton got right back into the game thanks to Fin Griffith’s strike. As Bourton pushed for a deserved equaliser, Andy Makepiece gambled on a defensive error and fired hard and low past the stranded keeper to secure all three points.

Carterton Town B and Chadlington Reserves are both off the mark after winning for the first time this season. Chadlington were able to safely negotiate their way past Wootton Sports Reserves with a 5-2 win. James Minchin and Simon Stokes both scored for Wootton but two doubles from Mauro Esteves and George Slatter put Chadlington in control and Ollie Jordan scored a fifth to give Chadlington victory.

Carterton Town gained a slightly narrower victory as they defeated their hosts, FC Ascott Rangers, 3-1. Maahir Alam and Nathan Nyenya scored once each for Carterton but Kyle Grimmett dragged Ascott back into the game. Tyler Webster fired in a third for Town and the visitors left with all three points.

Division Three

Kingham All Blacks Reserves were the biggest winners of the weekend as they thrashed Aston Reserves 10-1. Boosted by some players normally found in the reserves, the biggest help came in the form of Dan Lay who bagged four goals for the reserve side. He was helped by Tom Dodds scoring from the spot. Further goals followed from Dan Davies, Jack Lay, Jay Stonehouse and a brace from Matt Deakin. Daryl Potter got Aston on the score sheet at least but nothing more.

Five star Ryan Stockford joins Jay Mair at the top of the goal scoring charts after scoring five times in Hailey A’s defeat of Bampton United Reserves. Karl Smith scored the other goal in Hailey’s 6-3 victory. Steve Allery, Seb White and Richard Ghagan hit back for Bampton but could only half the deficit in defeat. Hailey A move top of Division Three as a result of a superior goal difference.

FC Mills kept up their impressive start to the season by coming away with victory in a five goal thriller against Spartan Rangers A. Lee Senior,Darren Smith and John Chapman put Mills in an early commanding lead, but goals from Mev Gundem and Michael Basson set up a nervy end to the match. However, despite both side having goals ruled out for offside, the hosts held on for the win.

There were five goals in the game between Hook Norton Reserves and Witney Royals Reserves but sadly for Royals they were all scored by Hook Norton.

Five different goal scorers combined to make it two wins from two for the Division Three’s newest outfit. Mark Clifton, Mitchell Faulkner, Damien Corbin, Sean Collins and Dom Hemmings all scored once each to send Hook Norton fourth in the table.

A lightening start from Stonesfield Reserves saw them take the lead just 42 seconds into the game as Sam Hibberd slotted the ball home to give them an early lead. Credit to their opponents Chipping Norton, who had to play the whole game with only ten players, and they admirably kept the gap to one until half-time.

In the second half the floodgates opened as Sam Hibberd added his second and Tom Wilson grabbed a brace all inside the opening ten minutes to put Stonesfield 4-0 ahead. They saved their best till last as James Lloyd fired in from all of twenty five yards to put Stonesfield five ahead.

Chippy weren’t happy to finish the game scoreless and scored the best goal of the game to finish the scoring. Brad Smith nimbly skipped past a couple of tackles before firing an unstoppable strike past the keeper but it finished 5-1.

A tale of two penalties was the take away story from the match between Sherbourne Harriers and FC Ascott Rangers Reserves. Josh Betteridge scored his second penalty in as many games for Sherbourne but was cancelled out by Gary O’Donovan’s own penalty for Rangers. The draw gives Rangers their first point of the season.

 

Witney & District Reports – Week 2

28 Sep 2020

By Ant Barlow

Saturday 26th September 2020 Written by David Evans

“Seventh heaven for Carterton in Charlbury rout”

Premier Division

Carterton FC amassed seven different goal scorers as they stormed to the top of the Premier Division with a 7-0 victory over Charlbury Town. Whilst Charlbury battled hard throughout they proved to be no match for their free scoring opponents. Craig Mays scored his third goal of the season to put himself joint top of the goal scoring charts.

Further goals followed from Al Rogers, Mark Threlfall, Dan Brearley, Brad Bryant, Jason Lonsdale and Charlie Collins as Carterton moved to the top spot in style. Carterton were also helped by a selfless display from Carl Williams who grabbed four assists during the game.

Minster Lovell kept tabs on the leaders with victory away at Carterton Town A. Mykel Ryan scored for the second game in a row for Minster, only for Luke Vincent to score for Town. Mark Norridge and Dean Woolgar pushed Minster onto victory though and preserved their 100% record.

Spartan Rangers and Tower Hill both managed to bounce back from opening day defeats to record their first wins of the season. Spartan utilised home advantage to beat bottom side Milton 3-0. Frank Clarke, Luke Pettifer and Tom Williams all got their names on the scoresheet and condemned Milton to their second defeat in a row.

It was a tighter contest in the game between Tower Hill and Stonesfield as both sides hunted their first win of the season. Stonesfield took the lead through Ollie Wynn but Tower Hill fought back with James Scott restoring parity in the game before Jamie Harris’ goal settled the tie in the home sides favour in a 2-1 victory.

Carterton Rangers and Enstone managed to cancel each other out and recorded the first draw in the Premier Division this season. Unfortunately for Rangers they were responsible for the ball ending up in both nets. Steve Murphy scored at the right end for Rangers only for an own goal to bring Enstone level and that’s how the game finished.

Division One

Jay Mair continues to be a nightmare for Division One defenders and goalkeepers alike as he scored a hat-trick to help Hook Norton thrash Spartan Rangers Reserves to go top of the table. The hat-trick means that Jay has now passed the 50 league goal marker for Hook Norton, in just 33 league games. He wasn’t alone on the scoresheet as Josh Hunt bagged a brace for the second game in a row, whilst Adam Hemmings and Dave Hayward took Hooky’s tally to seven. Josh Walkington grabbed a scant consolation for Rangers but it finished 7-1

Chris Laurence also got in on the hat-trick scoring act as he fired 10 man Bampton United to victory. Lloyd Hancock saw red for two bookable offences but that couldn’t prevent Bampton from beating Witney Royals. Laurence scored all of Bampton’s goals in the 3-1 win. Kieran Colwell replied for Royals.

Jarvis Morley and Ethan Bennett both scored for the second game in a row to help Chadlington record their second win of the season. It was a much tighter affair this week in the game against Hailey Reserves, as Chadlington won 2-1. Sam Wright scoring Hailey’s response but it wasn’t enough to take anything from the game.

Bletchington recovered from their opening day defeat with victory over Kingham All Blacks. A rapid start saw Bletch take the lead inside six minutes, through Jamie Hudson and as they controlled the opening quarter of the game they extended their lead to two after Jonny Boyes’ strike. A disallowed goal for handball stopped it being three for Bletch and for the rest of the half Kingham controlled the game, Dan Lay reducing the deficit to one before the break. Lay then pinched the ball off Bletch right at the start of the second half, dribbled his way past 4 players to put himself one-on-one with the keeper, only to poke wide in the important moment.

A back and forth twenty minutes was calmed by Tom Knox restoring the two goal advantage with a low thumping shot which crept under the Kingham keeper’s body. Bletch saved the best until last after some neat football through the middle of the park, Michael Trafford chested the ball into the path of Jamie Hudson who fired a rocket into the net, leaving the keeper stranded. It wasn’t the end of the drama, as Kingham forced two fine saves and a goal line clearance in the final quarter but Bletch held on for victory.

Wootton Sports also scored four as they won on their first outing of the season. They visited Brize as they played out an entertaining six goal game, Wootton winning 4-2. Jamie Hutton and Karl Guschtscha got the ball rolling for Wootton before Scott Peaper got one back for Brize. Karl Ware scored again for Wootton before Joe Henry pulled another goal back for Brize before Callum Flannery secured the points for Wootton.

Division Two

Cassington Rangers were awarded two penalties and saw opponents Carterton Town B reduced to 10 men in their encounter at the weekend. In an incident packed opening quarter, Jason Blackman scored twice from the spot to give Cassington the advantage. In between the penalties, Carterton were reduced to 10 men after a professional foul.

Despite being a man down, Carterton missed a number of decent chances but they were undone on the stroke of half-time after Cassington broke away following a Carterton corner and Jason Blackman lobbed the onrushing Carterton keeper to complete his hat-trick and become the current Witney and District top-scorer. Shaun Rowbotham added a fourth before Billy O’Brien pulled one back for Carterton. Josh Clarke fired a fifth to cement victory and kept Cassington top in the process.

Aston and Ducklington both recorded 3-0 victories to secure their second wins of the season.

Olly Hawkins found the net twice for Aston as they beat Bourton Rovers 3-0. Aaron Robins hit the net for a second consecutive game to earn Aston all three points.

Ducklington hosted Chadlington Reserves and won by the same score line. Charlie Fisher scored for Ducklington before Sam Doherty bagged a brace for the home side for a fairly comfortable victory.

It appeared to be a week for consecutive victories as Eynsham and Combe both secured their second wins of the season, both winning by a single goal.

Stephen Chappel scored for the second week running to grab the only goal of the game in a tightly fought encounter with FC Ascott Rangers.

Meanwhile, Combe defeated Milton Reserves but needed two goals to do so. Martin Kraus scored for Milton as they hoped to record a second victory of their own but they were undone by Louis Beresford and Rory Ward goals as Combe left with all three points after a 2-1 win.

Siege and Wootton Sports Reserves faced off both looking for a change in fortune after losses on the opening weekend. Siege went ahead thanks to Andy Makepiece’s goal and doubled their advantage when Jordan Finnemore found the net. James Minchin pulled one back for Wootton but Siege pulled away thanks to a Benjy Stephens double as Siege won 4-1.

Division Three

Spartan Rangers A are surely fed up of facing Kingham All Blacks Reserves as they lost for the ninth time in a row against their bogey team. Not even a momentous Ant Barlow goal could stop Spartan from another defeat. Instead Kingham roared on to victories thanks to two goals each from Ben Newton and George Warren as Kingham secured a 4-1 victory.

Hailey A were also in a goal scoring mood as they won 4-1 too. Curtis Hathaway and Ryan Stockford (2) both scored for the second week running to take both of their goal scoring records to 3 for the season. Karl Smith added the fourth for his first goal of the season. Ian Barrett replied for Witney Royals Reserves but it had no impact on the result. Hailey stay second as a result.

Dan Hedges is the leading scorer in the Division Three charts after scoring another brace in another FC Mills victory, this time against Sherbourne Harriers. Josh Betteridge opened his account for the season from the penalty spot but Darren Smith added a third for Mills who stay top by virtue of alphabetical order of team name.

Bampton United Reserves were the biggest winners in the division this week after putting five past FC Ascott Rangers, without reply. Lewis Townsend and Seb White both scored twice for the home team, with Josh White firing home a fifth to get Bampton’s season off to a great start.

Aston Reserves and Chipping Norton Town are both off the mark after they couldn’t be separated in a 1-1 draw. Reece Waine opened the scoring for Aston but visiting Chipping Norton Town fought back and equalised through Tomas Donner and that’s how the game finished.

Despite six goals being scored, nothing could be done to separate Stonesfield Reserves and Brize Norton Reserves in a thrilling 3-3 draw. Three times Brize took the lead only to be pegged back each time by a battling Stonesfield side. Richard Duffy, Joe Hatt and Lee Litton hit the net for Brize but Sam Hibberd and Tom Wilson’s brace was enough to earn a point for the hosts.

 

Witney & District Reports – Week 1

 21 Sep 2020

By Ant Barlow

Results for Saturday 19th September 2002

Football’s long awaited return brings goals galore on opening day

It’s been six months since the last competitive ball was kicked in anger in the Witney and District after Covid-19 brought last season to an unceremonious halt.

After a further two week postponement this year, fixtures were finally under way this weekend, albeit in strange and safe environments.

The new league set-up saw the number of divisions reduced from 5 to 4. Three new teams (and one team who have changed their name) have entered the fray, hoping to pit their wits against the established teams in the region as 48 teams set out to do battle over the next 8 months to try and win silverware and promotions.

Premier Division

A new season commences but familiar teams earned victories in the first round of fixtures in the 2020-2021 season. Hailey FC are the early pace setters after handing out a 9-0 thrashing to Tower Hill. No less than 7 different scorers found the net as Matt Knapton, Freddie Buckingham, Moh Semlali, Devon Wright and Perry Tinson all scored once.

Jack Wood and Tom Gregory also opened their accounts for the season as they both hit two to put lacklustre Tower Hill to the sword.

There was a local derby for two sides who are well acquainted with each other after last season as Carterton FC hosted Carterton Town FC. The sides faced each other no less than 4 times last year as they met in two cup competitions, as well as the league, and in this early season clash, Carterton FC prevailed in a five goal encounter.

Mark Threlfall scored for Carterton only for Town to hit back through Mark Williams and John Sword. A Craig Mays double secured the three points for Carterton FC as they got their season off to a winning start.

Enstone are the Premier Division new boys but showed little signs of being phased of their elevated status as they swept aside Milton. The Bott brothers both found the net as Dan scored once. Nathan was able to go one better and notched two with Reece Bayliss and Jordan Godfrey scoring the other goals as Enstone finished off their 5-0 victory.

Jamie Macdonogh scored a hat-trick as he set Carterton Rangers well on their way to victory over Spartan Rangers. It finished 8-2 as Myles Easton scored two for Carterton with Daniel Barnes, Liam Day and Damien Williams all finding the net once. David Pryse and Jon Clarke responded for Spartan but it wasn’t their day.

Minster Lovell earned a hard fought victory over Charlbury Town in the remaining fixture. Mykel Ryan scored on his debut for Minster. Stefan Lang restored parity for Charlbury but Henry Traas scored to give Minster the three points in a 2-1 win.

Division One

Matt Chadwick fired in a hat-trick and also managed to keep a clean sheet as Chadlington hit the top of the table in style as they brushed aside Spartan Rangers Reserves 8-1. Chadwick had already scored all three of his goals when he replaced the injured Chadlington keeper halfway through the second half.

Further Chadlington goals came from Ethan Bennett, Lee Woodward, Toby Walker, Jarvis Morley and Jacob Hazelwood. Fabio Fernandes smart free kick during the first half was a mere consolation for defeated Rangers.

Hook Norton, who were top of Division Two when the season stopped last year, instantly returned to winning ways in Division One with an away victory over Kingham All Blacks. A competitive contest saw both sides find the net, Dan Lay hit two for Kingham but a Kingham own goal and Elliot Williams strike had Hook Norton well in the game.

Hook Norton managed to take control of the game as time went on and goal machine Jay Mair and Josh Hunt both hit two goals each as Hook Norton eventually coasted to victory, winning 6-2.

Carterton Reserves also made a winning start to life in Division One as they recorded an away victory against Bletchington. Chris Hirons and Ryan Colleton found the net once as Carterton won 2-0.

Witney Royals got their season off to a winning start as they safely dispatched Brize Norton. Adam Davis gave Brize and early lead pouncing on a underhit back pass. Royals then has a great chnce to equalise, then they were awarded a penalty, but Ben Liddle’s well struck kick was superbly saved by Darren Brooks. Royals equalised just before the break, when Miles Roberts free kick was headed from from close range by Stu Tranter. The 2nd half was dominated by Royals and they added further goals by Jordan Pratt and Ryan Harris.

Division Two

Combe returned to the Witney and District league in impressive style as they swept aside Bourton Rovers in a nine goal thriller. Connor Hobley, making his first start in men’s football, had a dream debut as he helped himself to a perfect hat-trick for Combe. Team mates Archie Hamilton, Toby Cox and Louis Beresford also scored as Combe hit their opponents for six. Bourton replied through Lee Mosson, Will Pulham and Ben McPhilimey to half the deficit but Combe prevailed 6-3.

Eynsham SSC and Cassington Rangers (formerly East Oxford Rangers) also hit six and had hat-trick heroes in each of their respective fixtures. Eynsham played out an epic game with Carterton Town B which saw 10 goals scored. Carterton amassed four different goal scorers as Ryan Clement, Ian Sparkes, Carl Ford and Nathan Nyenya all got in on the action. But Eynsham hit back through John Ayres, a Stephen Chappel brace and it was left to Ben Oates to pick up his hat-trick and all three points for Eynsham.

It was far more comfortable for Cassington Rangers as they cruised to a 6-0 win over Chadlington Reserves. No surprises with their hat-trick scorer as Jason Blackman continued where he left off last season in grabbing three goals. Nathan Prestidge and Josh Clarke also hit the net with a Chadlington own goal compounding their misery.

There weren’t quite as many goals between Milton Reserves and FC Ascott Rangers but there was still enough for yet another Division Two hat-trick. This time it was Dan Hooton as he steered Milton Reserves to victory. Travis Cozier grabbed a goal back for Ascott but Martin Kraus hit the fourth for Milton to complete the 4-1 victory.

Aston managed to score in both ends as Luke Beauchamp put the ball into his own net but Sam Aston, Kieran Watts and Aaron Robins all scored once each to secure the win.

Meanwhile Ducklington travelled to Wootton and managed to win by the same score. Harvey Butler, a Dan Stanley screamer and Ady Kew all scored one each. Former Duck player Liam Gubbins had actually put the the hosts in front but Ducklington travelled back with all three points.

Division Three

FC Mills are at the summit of Division Three after the first round of games as they safely negotiated their way past FC Ascott Rangers. Despite Jason Bufton getting on the scoresheet for Rangers, FC Mills were too good for their opponents as they hit six past them. Dan Hedges bagged a brace with Aaron French, Stu Cutts, Joel Boetang and Darren Smith scoring the other four goals.

Hailey A are in second place after putting five past Aston Reserves. Ryan Stockford, Owen Partridge and Josh Anderson all scored once each whilst Curtis Hathaway went one better in grabbing a double. Darren Light managed to score on debut for Aston Reserves but it was too little, too late to prevent Hailey taking all three points.

Brize Norton Reserves find themselves third after they put four past Kingham All Black Reserves and kept a clean sheet in the process. Chris MacNeill scored two for Brize with Dan Sollis adding a third. The three points were secured when Luke Simmons’ quick free kick caught Kingham napping to bring up the fourth and final goal.

Newly formed Hook Norton Reserves followed in their first teams footsteps by recording a victory on the opening day of the season. They faced off against Stonesfield Reserves who had Sam Hibberd to thank for putting them on the scoresheet. But Hook Norton hit back with goals from Lewis Smith and Mitchell Faulkner to complete the 2-1 victory in their inaugural game.

Chipping Norton Town were unable to field a side and sadly had to forfeit their game against Sherbourne Harriers. Sherbourne were automatically given the three points.

 

Cup Reports – Week 7 – Witney and District Football News

5 May 2021

By Ant Barlow

Written by David Evans

 

Semi-final line ups confirmed as last fixtures play out to dramatic conclusion.

 

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 1

A winner takes all battle ensued at Kilkenny Lane as Carterton FC hosted Carterton Rangers in a hastily rearranged fixture. There was plenty of drama anticipated on the pitch before kick-off but the tension escalated in the build up with Rangers’ pitch deemed unfit for play by the match officials. Quickly travelling to the other end of Carterton to get the game on and avoid an abandonment the delayed game finally kicked off. The perfect surface allowed a free flowing game of football and the goals flowed too as Carterton FC completed a dramatic turnaround in their fortunes in the competition to advance into the last four.

Despite no wins in the opening three games, they crucially battled back to win the remaining four fixtures to advance, winning this final encounter 4-1 and send Rangers out of the competition. Carterton just had to wait on the Hailey result to find out if they finished second or first.

Hailey found themselves two goals down and missed a penalty but eventually saw off a resilient Hook Norton side to win the group. Hook Norton came out firing and quickly earned themselves an advantage in the game, Jay Mair slotting home before Hooky’s lead was doubled by Sam Prickett.

Jack Wood missed a penalty and the subsequent rebound as Hooky held onto their lead but found themselves pegged back by Jordan Cormack’s brace to bring the scores level. Hailey took the lead for the first time through Sam Britnell but Hooky drew level thanks to Shane Peedell’s goal. A seventh goal would prove critical to Hailey’s finishing position if it arrived. Carterton’s victory would have seen them slip to second with a defeat but they were on the right side of it as Cameron Foster put them 4-3 ahead and secured three points and top spot in Group One.

Minster Lovell managed to record back-to-back victories in their last two fixtures as they won 2-1 for the second week running. Their victory over Spartan Rangers, ended their opponent’s hopes of breaking into the top two. Mykel Ryan scored for the second week running and was joined on the score sheet by Joe Dove. Donny Henderson-Sowerby grabbed a consolation for Spartan but it was too little too late.

Charlbury received a walkover victory against Chadlington to eventually finish third in the group.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 2

Enstone were assured of top spot after finding out on Saturday morning that Carterton Reserves were unable to raise a side. Their walkover victory guaranteed them top spot in the group, leaving Milton and Stonesfield to fight it out for the second place in the group.

Stonesfield left it very late but ultimately did what they had to do to dump all the pressure on Milton by beating Wootton Sports 4-2. In an entertaining back and forth affair Stonesfield benefitted from a penalty that was safely dispatched by Nick Higgs. Wootton hit back to draw level through Craig Gilboy and then added a second to take the lead through Karl Ware. It stayed that way until the 85th minute where Stonesfield hit another gear.

Mike Phipps added a second to restore parity, Nick Higgs slotted home a second penalty to give them the lead and Luke Holdsworth scored a fourth to make sure of the points. The game finished with six goals and Stonesfield had to wait to hear how Milton had got on in their game to know if they’d progressed.

For the second game in a row, Milton owe a huge debt of gratitude to Alex Ayres as his brace gave Milton the three points that ensured they would definitely finish second in the group. Bletchington put up a fight and scored through Tom Knox but Ayres’ brace for Milton gave them a 2-1 win and a earned themselves a trip to Hailey.

Witney Royals had already received a walkover victory against Hailey Reserves prior to the weekend’s games.

 

Senior Cup Semi-Finals

Tuesday 4th May – Hailey vs Milton (at Hailey). 18:30 kick off

Wednesday 5th May – Enstone vs Carterton (@Enstone) 18:30 kick off

 

Watts Junior Cup – Group 3

Ducklington did just enough to defeat Siege and set up a home semi-final against Kingham All Blacks. Ducklington were well aware that a point would take them through but started in a dominant fashion only to find themselves wasteful in front of goal. Lewis Bartlett hit the inside of the post with Steve Lazarus well beaten in the Siege net, then fired wide from a tight angle. Harvey Butler had a header cleared off the line but as the half wore on, Siege grew into the game with no chances of note.

In the second period Tom Sore was called upon to make his first save blocking Andy Makepeace’s close range effort. Makepeace then fired over when it was easier to score from inside the six yard box. As the game appeared to be petering out to a 0-0 draw, Duck had a Bartlett free-kick blocked and from the subsequent cross, Gary Nicholson found the ball hitting him and into his own net past the unfortunate Lazarus. Duck held on comfortably and confidently head into Wednesday’s semi-final.

With Ducklington victorious Combe could no longer qualify, not that it mattered as they were battered 8-3 by North Leigh. Lewis Hathaway led the way as he fired home a hat-trick. Liam Varney hit two and the three further goals followed from Louis Williams, Jack Clarke and Bailey Wyatt. Combe hit back from Archie Hamilton. Rory Ward and Angus Ibbitson but it was nowhere near enough to get the job done on this occasion.

Wootton Reserves had already pulled out of the competition and so Eynsham received the points.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 4

Carterton Town B secured top spot, and a last four showdown with Siege, in an entertaining 3-3 draw against Cassington Rangers which ended their opponent’s chances of reaching the semi-final. In a topsy-turvy game, Cassington found the net through Jason Blackman, Nathan Prestidge and Tyler Walker but couldn’t escape the clutches of Town as they also hit three through John Sword, Carl Drury and Tyler Webster meaning that Cassington were eliminated.

With Cassington drawing, it was a straight fight between Kingham and Brize Norton with the winners going straight into the semi-final. Brize fired in through Jack Cameron but Brize were undone by a brilliant Dan Lay hat-trick as Kingham progress to meet Ducklington

Game of the group was played out between Chadlington Reserves and Spartan Rangers Reserves as they engaged in a seven goal thriller at Chadlington. Neither side could progress but it didn’t stop a brilliant game of football taking place. Ethan Barrett’s brace put Spartan on the road to victory with further goals from Matt Sweirgon and Richard Brumble. Ethan Taylor and Miles Taylor scored one each and a third followed from Liam Walsh as the home side fought valiantly but couldn’t stop the 4-3 reverse.

 

Semi-Final line up

Tuesday 4th May – Carterton Town B vs Siege (at Monahan Way) 18:30 kick off

Wednesday 5th May – Ducklington vs Kingham (at Ducklington) 18:30 kick off

Supplementary Cup – Group 5

Bampton Reserves pulled off a narrow victory over Witney Royals Reserves to leapfrog their opponents and qualify for the semi-finals in the process. The third versus second encounter had plenty riding on it and the game delivered plenty of drama in the process. Josh White scored for Bampton only for Olly Nolan to restore parity. Ryan Harris gave Royals a 2-1 lead to put them in a commanding position. With Bampton having to win to guarantee their place, up stepped Regan Pritchard to score a devastating double to give Bampton the 3-2 win and break Royals hearts in the process.

Brize Norton could no longer qualify following Bampton’s victory and ended up having no game, receiving a walkover victory against Leafield Reserves.

Hailey A also got the points to finish on 100% for the group stage. Kingham Reserves forfeiting their fixture before kick off.

Supplementary Cup – Group 6

Hook Norton Reserves were already guaranteed top spot ahead of Saturday’s fixtures but will fly into the semi-finals with plenty of confidence after a sixth victory in the group stage. This time their victims were FC Mills who in turn saw their semi-final dreams fade with defeat. Darren Smith did score for Mills but regular goal getters Mitchell Faulkner and Will Wall scored one apiece to take the three points. They face Bampton on Wednesday night.

Leafield were in charge of their own destiny and dominated proceedings to send them into a semi-final against Hailey A on Wednesday night. They won 6-1 against Spartan A to cement their place in the top two. Kyle Grimmett (2), Lloyd Offort (2) and Stu Morrison were amongst the goal scorers for the winning side.

Leafield’s victory ended Aston Reserves outside chance of qualification. Chipping Norton Town forfeited the fixture before kick-off to give Aston the points.

 

Semi-Final line up

Wednesday 5th May – Hailey A vs Leafield (at Hailey) 18:30 kick off

Wednesday 5th May – Hook Norton Reserves vs Bampton United Reserves (at Hook Norton) 18:30 kick off

 

Cup Reports – Week 6 – Witney and District Football News

 30 Apr 2021

By Ant Barlow

Written by David Evans

More teams make sure of their semi-final berths in last of the midweek fixtures

 

A smattering of midweek fixtures were bestowed upon the Witney and District as many teams played out their game in hand ahead of super Saturday at the weekend. Of the twelve semi-final places available, over the three cup competitions, less than half of the spaces have been taken with multiple teams still in with a shout of reaching their respective last fours.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 2

Only one fixture in the Senior Cup but a crucial one nonetheless as Wootton hosted Milton. Although Wootton’s hopes had been dashed earlier in the competition, Milton had the ball in their court with regards to whether they would advance into the last four. It was a tense and tightly contested affair with the game played at a good pace. Whilst Milton enjoyed more possession, it was Wootton who squandered decent chances to go ahead. In fact, Wootton only grew stronger as more chances came and went. Lee Spencer spurned a glorious opportunity from in front of the posts and then with Milton’s keeper stuck in no man’s land coming for a ball he had no right to claim, Karl Ware tried an audacious 35 yard lob only to see the ball bounce agonisingly over the bar. Somehow the game was goalless at half time.

The half-time team talk for the boys in blue seemed to rally them. Just seven minutes in and Sean Godfrey headed against the post for Milton’s best chance yet. Another corner, same post struck as Phil Stringer’s defensive header came close to finding his own net.

Halfway through the second half and Milton again came close, centre half Chris Godfrey fancying his chances from 40 yards out hit a sweet strike that only just whistled past the wrong side of the post.

And so came a dramatic conclusion. With the clock reading ninety a mistimed header from defender Gary Townsend struck the same post as twice previously but Wootton’s luck had run dry as this time the ricochet bounced kindly for Alex Ayres to bury the ball into the net to give Milton the lead. Milton held strong against one final Wootton attack and the final whistle sounded to give them the three points, enough to sneak into the top two with just one game to play.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 3

Ducklington faced off against Aston on Wednesday night with both sides in search of three points to keep their hopes of qualification alive. A Duck win would put them second and eliminate Aston, whereas an Aston win would keep them in contention along with Combe and Ducklington.

A greasy pitch soaked by the evening showers met the players with Aston using home advantage to dominate early proceedings and test Tom Shore in the Ducklington goal on a number of occasions, with Jack Scott looking lively for Aston.

Against the run of play Ducklington took the lead. Tom Costley’s first appearance of the competition was very much welcome as his 25 yard free kick flew over the wall and in. The lead was soon doubled as Charlie Fisher scored from a similar distance, a skidding shot picking up pace as it hit the greasy surface and beyond Josh Barber in the Aston net.

It was harsh on Aston and they soon got themselves back into the game, Sam Aston heavily deflected strike flew into the net past the stranded Shore. However, Duck were able to restore their two goal advantage just before the break, Costley scoring his second of the game, from another free kick. With the ball placed wide on the right, Costley’s strike flew into the top corner leaving Barber with no chance.

The second half was less frantic with few openings, but Fisher made his opportunity count to score a second from close range following fine link up play between Harvey Butler and Chris Smith. Alex Murrell pulled one back for Aston with ten to go to give them a glimmer of hope but Duck held on to set up a final game showdown with Siege FC for top spot in the group.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 4

In the battle of the top two at Monahan Way, group leaders Carterton Town B thumped second placed Kingham to safely advance into the semi-finals. The opening 15 minutes saw Kingham have the marginally better chances but were guilty of failing to capitalise on some defensive errors leaving stand-in keeper Nick Lister with easy saves. Carterton grew into the game and pacey Nathan Nyenga taunted and haunted the Kingham back line with his pace and trickery. Corners rained down on the Kingham box but Carterton couldn’t capitalise with any of their chances.

Halfway through the first half the deadlock was broken. Carterton broke smartly from a Kingham attack and a perfectly weighted through ball found Carl Drury on the left wing, he broke into the box, calmly took one last touch before sending the ball past the onrushing keeper. The game remained well balanced with no real chances of note until, on the brink of half-time, Carterton finally made one of their corners work. With the ball floated in from the right touchline, Rich Hall rose highest to power the ball into the back of the net and give Town daylight at the break.

Any hopes and dreams of a Kingham fightback were blown away in the opening seven minutes of the second half. Following yet another corner, Kingham couldn’t get the ball clear and half-time substitute Steven Cox rifled home a volley from the edge of the box for goal number three. Just two minutes later it was four, a scramble in the Kingham box put the ball airborne and John Sword was able to outjump the Kingham defender and the despairing goal keeper to nod the ball home for the fourth and the points.

Credit to Kingham who never stopped trying and probably enjoyed the better of the second half at that point, not that Lister was ever tested between the posts. The score stayed the same until the 90th minute when Mark Williams ran through on goal, prodded the ball past the keeper and the retreating Kingham defenders were two paces too slow to stop the ball bouncing over the line for goal five as the final whistle ended the game.

A carbon copy score line at Chadlington as Brize Norton kept up their hopes of advancing with a 5-0 thrashing. Despite Chadlington battling bravely, Brize just had too much in the tank for their opponents as Haydn Parker fired home a hat-trick. Adam Davis and Ryan Weston both added a goal each as they moved to within two points of the top two. The win sets up a meaningful contest in the last game as Brize visit Kingham on Saturday afternoon.

Supplementary Cup – Group 5

Hailey A maintained their 100% record and qualified as group winners with a tight victory over Brize Norton Reserves. The game was end to end stuff as Hailey looked to finish their group campaign unbeaten whilst Brize went in search of a victory that would put them well in the mix for qualification on Saturday. As it happened just a solitary goal was required from Zac Payne to secure a win for the hoops of Hailey. They will have to wait until Saturday to learn of their semi-final opponents with four teams still mathematically capable of finishing second in the other group.

Witney Royals have scored nineteen goals in the group stages so far and fourteen have come in the last two games as they appear to be hitting their stride at just the right time. This time, a 5-1 demolition of Sherborne Harriers took place on a cold and wet evening in neighbouring Gloucestershire as Royals kept their fate in their hands ahead of the final games on Saturday. Despite a goal for Sherborne, Royals came through the task with some ease in the end. Goals from Elliot Major, Olly Nolan, Ryan Harris and a brace from George Lambourne secured the three points to leave them on the brink of challenging Hook Norton Reserves in the semi-final

Supplementary Cup – Group 6

Much like Hailey A, Hook Norton Reserves are still at 100% and guaranteed top spot, although their Tuesday evening was slightly easier than Hailey’s according to the score line. They visited Leafield in a battle of the top two in the second Supplementary Cup group, with both sides hunting for three points to take them towards the last four. Both sides played some nice football and showed signs of the quality that had got them to the top two positions in the league but inevitably ended up cancelling each other out as the first 45 passed without incident or goals. 0-0 at half time.

The second half was in stark contrast to the first as the goals flooded in. 10 minutes after the restart Hooky had the lead as Dom Hemmings slotted home to give Hooky the lead. It stayed that way for 15 minutes where Hooky doubled their lead to effectively make sure of the points, Jay Mair in the right place at the right time to steer the ball home. There were three goals in the last 20 minutes as both sides pushed men forward.

Leafield got themselves back into the game thanks to a goal from Kyle Grimmet but the one goal deficit was short lived as Mitchell Faulkner slotted home Hooky’s third and the semi-finals were secured for definite as Jay Mair got his second of the night and Hooky’s fourth to ensure Hooky took the points, and top spot, in the 4-1 win. Leafield control their own destiny on Saturday when they play Spartan Rangers A.

Chipping Norton’s outside chances of qualification are over as they slipped to defeat against Stonesfield Reserves. A 3-0 victory for the away team brought them their second win of the group stage. Luke Burns goal sandwiched between Kai Barnes’ brace saw the three points go home with the visitors.

Cup Reports – Week 5 – Witney and District Football News

26 Apr 2021

By Ant Barlow

Written by David Evans

Groups stay wide open before last week of fixtures

Teams basked in the glorious sunshine as the penultimate Saturday of group fixtures were played out. Only two teams have booked their place in the semi-finals of their respective cup competitions as teams look to seize their chances in the next seven days of cup competition.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 1

Hailey are one of the sides to have guaranteed themselves a place in the next stage of the Senior Cup, recording a comfortable victory over previously second placed Spartan Rangers. Jack Wood’s brace did some of the damage in the 5-1 victory. Luke Bolley also hit a brace and Freddie Buckingham struck goal number five as Hailey kept a firm grip on top spot, leaving themselves just a point away from winning the group. Spartan Rangers clawed one back through Henry Clarke and will have to hope for favours elsewhere if they are to advance to the knockout stages next week.

Carterton FC recorded three wins on the bounce in progressing into second place with victory over Charlbury Town. Victory for either side would have seen them break into the top two and it was Carterton who took advantage in the sunny conditions at Kilkenny Lane. Despite goals from Stefan Lang and Michael Hayes for the visitors, Carterton took all three points thanks to strikes from Mark Threlfall, Jack Robinson, Jason Lonsdale, Tom Harvey and Carl Austin as Carterton ran out 5-2 winners. Carterton now have their fate in their own hands next weekend whilst Charlbury must rely on results elsewhere and win their own fixture as well against Chadlington.

Carterton Rangers and Hook Norton played out a seven goal thriller at Hook Norton with Rangers securing all three points to eliminate Hook Norton from the competition. There were seven different goal scorers on the day with Liam Day and Damien Williams scoring for Rangers. Hook Norton fought back through Sam Prickett and Max Harris but Rangers extended their advantage thanks to Joe Collett. Adam Lee struck a fourth for Rangers and although Max Bayliss pulled one back for Hooky, they couldn’t find an elusive fourth and Rangers escaped with all three points. Rangers take third spot in the Group and face a winner takes all battle in the Carterton derby next week when they host Carterton FC at Monahan Way.

Minster Lovell had failed to score and failed to secure a point before Saturday but saw a change in their fortunes as they scored and won against Chadlington. In a tough encounter, Chadlington controlled possession and territory in the first period, testing the Minster keeper on a couple of occasions before earning a slice of luck as Callum Curtis’ strike from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection and looped over the Minster keeper to give Chadlington a first half lead. Minster had the better of the start of the second period and hit the woodwork twice as their efforts edged closer to the back of the net. Just past the hour mark their tenacity paid off as a wicked cross from the left found Sam Wright all alone in the box who powered a header past the Chadlington keeper to spark Minster celebrations. For 15 minutes the stalemate remained but in the 75th minute Mykel Ryan used his strength to fend off the stubborn Chadlington defender and used the yard of space to perfection as he fired home to put Minster ahead for the first time. Chadlington desperately sought an equaliser, even sending the keeper up for corners but Minster stayed strong and held on for their first three points.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 2

Enstone climbed to the top of Group Two with one game to go with a 5-0 rout of Witney Royals. Prior to the game Royals would have held ambitions of their own of breaking into the top two and advancing but found Enstone in stunning form. Regular goal scorers Dan Bott, Josh Hunt and Rhys Warne-Carter all hit the net once and Jamie Gregory and Jordan Godfrey joined in on the action to leave Enstone just one point from qualification.

Milton came from behind to earn an unlikely victory and keep their hopes of qualifying in the Senior Cup. Stonesfield, were the dominant side and should have been out of sight early in the second half Raffy Rice put Stonesfield in front after a ball over the top put him through on goal and he kept his composure to slot home. They should have made it two but Mike Phipps missed a penalty as Josh Allen comfortably saved. Allen was the hero in the second half as well, making one great save to deny Carry Rice. Milton stayed in the fight and drew level fifteen minutes from time, a driven ball hit Jordan Newman and deflected into his own net. As the 90 minutes were almost up Milton drew level. A throw in high up the pitch found Stephen Pearce who made a great move. He fed Louis Breaks and he curled the ball round the defender and past Lewis Kemp in the Stonesfield goal. Stonesfield went in search of a winner in the final seconds and with Kemp dribbling the ball out deep into is own half, he was tackled by Alex Ayres who was able to keep his composure and slot home from distance to give Milton all three points. Milton join Stonesfield on 12 points, behind only on goal difference now, and have a their fate in their own hands as they have a crucial game in hand.

Bletchington and Wootton received walkover victories against Carterton FC Reserves and Hailey Reserves respectively but realistically neither can reach the semi-finals on account of their severely inferior goal difference.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 3

Siege FC and Combe contested the battle of the top two and Siege prevailed by a single goal to make sure of their place in the semi-finals. Andy Makepeace was the only scorer of the game in the 1-0 win. Siege may still require victory in their final game to guarantee top spot. Combe will be left sweating on other results to see if they make it through.

Ducklington missed the chance to leapfrog Combe as they succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against North Leigh. Ducklington, who were twice ahead had Lewis Bartlett to thank as he struck a double for Ducklington. But he was outdone by Jack Clarke’s crucial hat-trick for North Leigh as they secured their second win of the competition, leaving them just 2 points outside the top two with one game to go. Ducklington still have things in their own hands as they face Aston in midweek in their game in hand before a tasty encounter with Siege on the final Saturday.

Aston go into their game with Ducklington knowing that a win will elevate themselves into the top two ahead of the final round of games as they thrashed Eynsham 5-2. Olly Hawkins, Charlie Harper and Cairo Cuss hit one goal each for Aston, with Andy Stratford and Ben Partlett grabbing goals for Eynsham to get them back into the game. Nick Angus bagged a brace for Aston to make sure of the three points and leave them with something to fight for on Wednesday night.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 4

Four teams are mathematically capable of advancing from the second Junior Cup group. Kingham All Blacks and Carterton Town B occupy the top two spaces and have the strongest case for going through as they both have two games left to play.

Kingham hit top spot with a 5-0 demolition of bottom side Chadlington Reserves. The Lay brothers, Dan and Jack, both scored one each with Dan Davies grabbing a third. Gaz Price bested them all with a brace to take the tally to five and send Kingham to the summit.

Carterton Town B benefitted from Milton Reserves not being able to get a side. Both themselves and Kingham have a one point advantage over Cassington Rangers who were gameless this week. Carterton Town B face off against Kingham on Tuesday night and then Cassington in a crucial encounter next weekend.

Brize have left themselves a mountain to climb after losing to Spartan Rangers Reserves. Fabio Fernandes inspired his team to a brilliant victory with a sublime hat-trick in the 3-0 win to propel Spartan into fourth place, one ahead of their opponents. Sadly, it’s too little too late for Spartan who are unable to qualify due to other results going against them. Brize must win their outstanding games and hope for favours elsewhere to be able to make the last four.

Supplementary Cup – Group 5

Hailey A maintained their 100% record and are almost certain of qualifying following a handsome victory over Sherborne Harriers. The scored six to take their tally to 19 for the competition and leave themselves just a point away from guaranteeing a place in the top two. Curtis Hathaway hit his second hat-trick since the resumption to take the plaudits from his team mates. Further goals followed from Luke Hessey, Zack Payne and Daniel Reading as the swept Sherborne aside. Pete Houston scored a scant consolation for Sherborne.

Brize Reserves are masters of their own destiny as they edged a seven goal encounter with Bampton United Reserves. Victory for Bampton would have practically seen themselves and Hailey A through and their hopes would have been high scoring three away from home through Seb White, Gary Mitchell and Ed Norris. But Brize have been free scoring of late and found their form in front of goal once again as they scored four. Jacob Hambridge scored two for the home team with further goals coming from Danny Claridge and Joe Hatt to secure the three points and put them third, one point behind second placed Bampton. Brize play Hailey A on Tuesday night in a decisive night for both sides.

Witney Royals Reserves smashed Leafield Reserves for nine, the massive boost in goal difference doing them the power of good in their attempt to qualify for the semi-final. Elliot Major hit a five goal haul to most of the damage to the opposition. Rob DeBanks followed with a brace and there was still room for goals from Joe Dallimore and Dylan Corkish too. It means Royals are now just two points behind Bampton and have a slightly better goal difference thanks to a clinical Saturday afternoon’

Supplementary Cup – Group 6

There appears to be no stopping Hook Norton Reserves as they beat Spartan Rangers A 10-0 to maintain their 100% start and put them on the verge of qualification. Mitchell Faulkner hit a hat-trick to set the wheels in motion for their huge victory. Dom Hemmings and Will Wall both scored two goals each, both scoring 35 yard screamers in the process. Damien Corbin also got in on the goal scoring action and Joe Shirley scored his first goal of the season to the delight of his team mates. There was still time for Spartan to compound their own misery as Michael Hole headed into his own net from a Hook Norton corner. Spartan’s now only have pride to play for in their final game, whilst Hooky need a point to secure qualification.

A second half goal fest ensued at Aston as they played host to Stonesfield Reserves. Aston led at the break by a solitary Lewis Scott goal but the second half saw seven goals in a back and forth game. Aston had current goal scoring machine Ash Edwards scored and was joined on the scoresheet by Daryl Potter. Stonesfield edged back into the game with goals from Tom Wilson and Nick Higgs. Lewis Scott grabbed his second to extend Aston’s advantage and although Luke Burns dragged Stonesfield back into contention, Jay Whelan grabbed Aston’s fifth to leave them within touching distance of the top two with their last game against Chippy on Saturday.

After winning their first three, FC Mills recorded back to back defeats this Saturday to leave their semi-final hopes outside of their control as Leafield thumped them 7-1 to jump into the top two. James Rogers scored for Mills but it was one-way traffic as Leafield found the net with regularity. Ed Russell, Luke Housegood, James Wadie and Lloyd Offort all scored once each. Kyle Grimmett scored a hat-trick to complete the thumping and elevate Leafield into second. Leafield play Hook Norton Reserves on Tuesday night in what promises to be a pulsating encounter between the top two.

 

Cup Reports – Week 4 – Witney and District Football News

20 Apr 2021

By john smyth

 20 Apr 2021

By john smyth

Minutes silence precedes weekend fixtures in honour of Prince Philip By David Evans

Teams joined together in harmony around centre circles across the county as players and officials paid their respects to His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with early kick offs arranged to avoid the funeral.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 1

The top two sides both dropped points as Group One tightened even further as the fixtures passed the halfway stage. Hailey benefitted from a Charlbury own goal to find the back of the net but Craig McCallum netted for Charlbury to keep them within a win of the top two as the points were shared.

Carterton Rangers missed the chance to move above Hailey as they also drew 1-1. Their opponents, Chadlington, continue to be nuisance opponents in Group One as they took points for the third time in four games. Matt Chadwick scoring for the visitors but Rangers levelled through Jamie Macdonogh who remain one point behind Hailey. Spartan Rangers are agonisingly close to the top two, missing out on goal difference as they edged Hook Norton in a five goal thriller. David Pryse elegantly skipped round a last ditch tackle and the advancing Hook Norton keeper before sliding the ball home to give Rangers the lead. Donny Henderson-Sowerby made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time with a 30 yard effort from the touchline which sailed over the head of Lewis Harrison in the Hooky goal. Whether that was the intention when the ball left the boot, only the player himself will know. Hook Norton came out after the break knowing that scoring the third goal was crucial to salvaging something from the game and they did just that as Josh Hunt pounced to make it 2-1. Their joy was short lived however as a Rangers long throw caused problems in the Hooky defence and substitute Rhys Woodward found the ball hitting his foot and flying into the net, not that he knew too much about it. There was still time for Hooky to get back into the game and they threw lots of bodies forward to preserve their unbeaten record. James Ingham scored in the 80th minute to give them hope but a third goal evaded them and Spartan held on for a nervy win. Carterton FC have their first win at the fourth attempt, thrashing bottom side Minster Lovell 4-0. Carterton recorded four different goal scorers in the process with goals from Carl Austin, Will Smalldon, Alex Stubbs and Jason Lonsdale to keep Carterton’s hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals firmly alive.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 2

It was a perfect 10 for Enstone as they thrashed Wootton Sports 10-0 to move to the top of Group Two. Jamie Gregory was the hat-trick hero on the day firing in three of Enstone’s goals. Josh Hunt and Tony Bott both scored a brace each with Jordan Godfrey, Andy McCabe and Nathan Bott all scored one each to take the tally to 10 in a crushing win. The win could prove crucial as goal difference could well decide who moves into the semi-finals.

Stonesfield followed up their midweek victory in far more comfortable fashion, defeating Witney Royals 7-1, as they moved into the top two at the expense of their opponents. Raffy Rice made it six goals in two games as hit four goals past Royals. Brother Carry Rice also got in on the goal scoring action and Liam Harris scored number seven in the rout. Corey Donohue hit a consolation for Royals but they slip to fourth as their goal difference took a massive dip. Milton hosted Carterton FC Reserves in a critical game in a bid to hold onto the coat tails of the top two. Milton prevailed by a solitary goal thanks to a Levi Steele strike as they jumped into third spot, level on points with Stonesfield. Carterton are now fifth but still only three points off the top two and have a huge fixture against Stonesfield on Wednesday night. Unfortunately, Hailey Reserves have had to withdraw from the competition, giving Bletchington a victory without kicking a ball and moving them onto six points with three games left to play.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 3

Only two games in Group 3 at the weekend as Siege and Combe strengthened their hold on the top two places in the group. Combe gave their goal difference a healthy boost as they thumped Wootton Sports Reserves 7-1 to remain at the top of the league. Theo Flatman put Wootton on the score sheet but it was one way traffic as Combe netted through six different goal scorers. Theo Chalmers, Archie Hamilton, Dan Burgess, Rory Ward and Marcus Smith all scored one each, Louis Beresford scored a double to give Combe all three points and dump Wootton out of the competition.

Eynsham’s loss to Siege means their cup hopes are hanging on by their fingertips. Siege took the lead through a deflected Andy Makepeace goal and should have scored more but were wasteful in front of goal. Eynsham made them pay as Chris Baldwin equalised. Kev Lewis carried on his fine midweek form with another fine solo goal. Dancing his way past 5 or 6 players he slotted home to restore Siege’s lead before half-time. The second half was all Siege and they made their domination count in front of goal. Andy Makepeace scoring again after a fine team move before Lewis secured his brace, lashing home from distance to secure the points. Eynsham did grab one more back through Ben Kinchin but it wasn’t enough.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 4

Cassington Rangers and Spartan Rangers Reserves couldn’t be separated as they played out an eight goal epic. Marcus Owsnett and Josh Walkington traded goals before Jason Blackman and Telmo Fernandes did the same. Fabio Fernandes hit a brace for Spartan but Gareth James hit his second brace in as many games to restore parity and send the team’s home with a share of the points Carterton Town B and Brize Norton lost their 100% records to each other as they had to settle for a point apiece in their fixture. Adam Davis scored for Brize but Nick Lister replied for Carterton. Milton Reserves have their first win of the competition as they overcame fellow winless side Chadlington Reserves. Max Sauvagnargues put Milton in front only for Brinley Mayne to pull Chadlington level. A point apiece would have done nothing for either side’s cup hopes but Francis Breaks fired home a winner for Milton to keep their cup dreams alive for the time being.

Supplementary Cup – Group 5

Hailey A have daylight at the top of group five after beating second placed Bampton United Reserves. Curtis Hathaway fired in a brace to get Hailey well on the way to victory. Lewis Townsend and Josh White fired Bampton back into the game but Luke Hessey and Connor Beveridge both scored once each to give Hailey the win and put them 3 points clear at the top of Group Five.

Brize Norton Reserves have their first win of the competition as they jumped up to third place following a 6-2 win over Kingham All Blacks Reserves. Six different goal scorers hit the net as Brize sauntered home with all three points. Paul Morrison, Joe Hatt, Lee Litton, Jon Goodman, Richard Duffy and Jason Hirschfield all scored once each. Alex Stringer and Olly Peters hit back for Kingham but couldn’t prevent themselves sinking to their third defeat. Leafield Reserves also have their first win of the competition with a comfortable win over Sherborne Harriers. A steady start to the game saw no goal but Leafield scored twice in 2 minutes to take control of the game. Following a scrambled defence from a corner, Charlie Hill was unfortunate enough to knock the ball into his own net and Henry Mullenger fired home to double their advantage. It stayed that way until the second half and although Sherborne started brightly in the second half, they found themselves three down after Chris Godfrey headed home from a corner. Sherborne were awarded a penalty which Josh Betteridge comfortably slotted home and Leafield’s nerves started to show as Harriers grew into the game. In fact, it should have been 3-2 but Betteridge missed an open goal from 7 yards as his header flew over the bar. Brian Wright was the man to settle the nerves for the away side though as his sumptuous 20 yard lob sailed over Ian Hepworth and into the far corner to make it 4-1 and secure the points for Leafield.

Supplementary Cup – Group 6

The top two are five points clear as Hook Norton Reserves and FC Mills both won again at the weekend to preserve their 100% starts. Mills defeated Aston Reserves 3-1 for their third win in three. Stu Cutts, Dan Hedges and James Rogers doing the damage for Mills. Reece Waine replying for Aston. Hook Norton Reserves went one better as they beat Stonesfield Reserves 4-1. Goal machine’s Mitchell Faulkner and Dom Hemmings both scored twice to give Hooky all three points. Sam Hibberd’s goal a mere consolation for bottom side Stonesfield. Spartan Rangers A and Chipping Norton Town drew a blank as they played out a 0-0 draw.

Both sides are the teams who are subsequently 5 points adrift of the top two and they’ve also played a game more which dampens their chances of progressing out of the group

 

Cup Reports – Week 3 – Witney and District Football News

16 Apr 2021

By Ant Barlow

Midweek games

Midweek Drama Sparks Cup Campaigns Into Life

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 1

With the lighter evenings mid-week kick offs finally returned to the Witney and District as another round of fixtures played out across Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

On Tuesday, In Senior Cup Group One, Carterton Rangers recorded back to back victories as they defeated Charlbury in a five goal thriller at Monahan Way. For the second game in a row, Luke Manning found the back of the net, Jamie Macdonogh adding a second for Rangers. Sam Stitch got Charlbury back into the game and Jacob Hancocks scored Charlbury’s second only for Steve Murphy to break Charlbury’s hearts and grab an important three points for Rangers.

Hailey received a walkover victory against Minster Lovell to remain unbeaten.

Group 1 opened right up during Wednesday’s games as both games finished in score draws.

Chadlington continue to surprise as they stole points off former top side Hook Norton. Chadlington’s goal came from Konrad Wezyk but Chadlington also managed to put the ball into the back of their own net for Hook Norton’s equaliser. It finished 1-1 as Chadlington moved onto 4 points, meanwhile Hook Norton tumble down to third after the midweek games.

Carterton remain winless since the resumption after being held to a 1-1 draw by Spartan Rangers. Jason Lonsdale scored for Carterton with Frank Clarke restoring parity for Rangers.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 2

Following the midweek fixtures, five teams are now tied on 6 points with it all to play for in Group Two.

Enstone recorded back to back wins on as they brushed past Bletchington. Enstone were three up by half time and comfortable thanks to goals from Andy McCabe, Reece Bayliss and Josh Hunt. Bletchington managed to win the second half at least, Mason Connelly dispatching a second half penalty in the only goal of the half but it finished 3-1.

Carterton Reserves bounced back from their defeat at the weekend to record a narrow win over Wootton Sports. Once some of their players arrived at the correct Wootton, the game was able to start and a good battle commenced. Both sides battled hard and Wootton had the better of the possession and the chances but failed to find the back of the net. Ryan Colleton was more clinical for Carterton as he scored a superb goal to give Carterton the lead, and added a second to give them some breathing room. Karl Ware did find the back of the net for Wootton but it wasn’t enough and Carterton held on for the three points.

On Wednesday Milton suffered their first defeat as Witney Royals recorded back to back wins in the competition. Eliott Major, Reuben Wertheim and Kieran Colwell all scored one each to put three on the board for Royals. Harry Lake replied in vain for Milton who drop down to third.

Stonesfield came back from behind on two occasions before grabbing victory over Hailey Reserves. 20 minutes in, Sean King finished smartly from close range following a knock down to give Hailey the lead, but James Little replied just 8 minutes later for Stonesfield and the game rolled into half-time level. The second half exploded into life as both teams scored again, inside the opening 10 minutes.

Mo Semlali stole a march on sleepy defenders at the back post to head home following Cam Foster’s cross from the right but five minutes later Stonesfield were level again thanks to Raffy Rice firing home. It took a defensive mix up from Hailey to gift Stonesfield their third.

Rice poached the ball off a Hailey boot and stormed into the area, rounded Hailey keeper Cody Davies and snuck a shot inside the near post despite the retreating Hailey defence. A last second free-kick for Hailey saw all 22 men inside the box and despite the chaos, Hailey’s last shot floated agonisingly over. Stonesfield move to the top of Group Two on goal difference as a result of the narrow win.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 3

Siege hosted North Leigh at Carterton Rec where all the goals came in the second half. A lacklustre first 45 ended goalless but not before Steve Lazarus made a world class save from the only meaningful shot on target. A Craig Mays goal gave North Leigh the lead but that only served to spark Siege into life.

Rob Marsh rolled back the years to head home an equaliser before Andy Makepiece gave Siege the lead as he turned inside his man and smashed one into the top corner. It was left to midfield maestro Kev Lewis to secure the points as he fired in a late free kick as Siege maintained their 100% start to life in Group 3.

Ducklington and Eynsham played out a five goal thriller full of plenty of drama as both sides looked for their second victories. It was 1-1 at half time, Dan Stanley’s opener cancelled out by Brad Olive putting the ball into his own net. The second half exploded into action as 16 year old Jasper Winder fired Ducklington into the lead in only his second game in men’s football, a screamer that whistled past the keeper and into the back of the net.

Ducklington should have had daylight, only for Ed Smith’s awful penalty to be comfortably saved by Karl Grossman. Eynsham then equalised through Ben Kinchin but the drama didn’t end there. In the 85th minute Ducklington were awarded their second penalty but in a horrible case of déjà vu, Dan Stanley took an equally awful penalty that was well saved again by Grossman. Just as it looked like the points would be shared Duck were awarded their third penalty and young Winder took the ball and showed his elder team mates how it was done, slamming the ball home from 12 yards to spark wild celebrations for the home team to make it two wins from two.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 4

Josh Walkington’s hat-trick fired Spartan Rangers Reserves to their first victory in the Junior Cup but they didn’t have things all their own way in a seven goal encounter with Milton Reserves. Milton scored three of their own goals through Paddy Collett and a Dan Hooton brace but Daz Craig hit a fourth for Spartan to give them their first taste of three points since the restart.

Cassington Rangers jumped to the top of Group 4 as they thrashed Chadlington Reserves 5-0. Gareth James hit a brace to give Cassington plenty of momentum but he was outdone by team mate Ross Lewington who hit a hat-trick to put Cassington at the summit after three games.

Supplementary Cup – Group 5

In an early battle of the top two sides, Hailey A visited Witney Royals Reserves on Tuesday night. It was always going to be a tight encounter with both sides in good form and so it proved. Ryan Stockford scoring the only goal of the game to maintain Hailey’s 100% start.

Bampton United Reserves also have two wins from two as they bested Kingham All Blacks Reserves by the odd goal in seven. Joe Paintin and Lewis Townsend gave Bampton the early advantage but they were pegged back by an Olly Peters penalty and a Brad Smith goal. Josh White scored Bampton’s third but back cam Kingham, Peters scoring his second goal of the game. Gary Mitchell fired home Bampton’s fourth to finish the scoring and put Bampton into the top two positions.

Supplementary Cup – Group 6

Ashley Edwards hit his fourth goal since the resumption of competitive football to help Aston Reserves to their first win in the Supplementary Cup. He wasn’t alone on the scoresheet as Harvey Gould, Bobby Harrison and Jack Scott also scored one goal each. James Macke hit back with a consolation for Spartan Rangers A but it finished 4-1.

FC Mills recorded a narrow 2-1 win over Chipping Norton Town to make it two wins in a row. Jonny Dunn scored for Chippy as they hunted their second win of the tournament but Steve Carvey’s brace fired FC Mills to victory and they jumped into second place in the process.

Ted Young Senior Cup
TED YOUNG SENIOR CUP GROUP 1
Position Team Played W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Hook Norton 1 1 0 0 5 0 5 3
2 Charlbury 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 3
3 Chadlington 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
4 Hailey 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
5 Carterton FC 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
6 Carterton Rangers 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
7 Spartan Rangers 1 0 0 1 0 3 -3 0
8 Minster Lovell 1 0 0 1 0 5 -5 0
TED YOUNG SENIOR CUP GROUP 2
Position Team Played W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Stonesfield 1 1 0 0 6 2 4 3
2 Wootton Sports 1 1 0 0 5 1 4 3
3 Milton 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
4 Carterton Reserves 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3
5 Hailey Reserves 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
6 Enstone 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
7 Bletchington 1 0 0 1 2 6 -4 0
8 Witney Royals 1 0 0 1 1 5 -4 0
Watts Junior Cup
WATTS JUNIOR CUP – GROUP 3
Position Team Played W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Eynsham SSC 1 1 0 0 5 3 2 3
2 Siege FC 1 1 0 0 4 2 2 3
3 Combe 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 3
4 Ducklington 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 North Leigh 1 0 0 1 3 5 -2 0
6 Wootton Sports Reserves 1 0 0 1 2 4 -2 0
7 Aston 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0
WATTS JUNIOR CUP – GROUP 4
Position Team Played W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Carterton Town B 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3
2 Brize Norton 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
3 Cassington Rangers 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
4 Kingham All Blacks 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
5 Chadlington Reserves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Milton Reserves 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0
7 Spartan Rangers Reserves 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
Supplementary Cup
SUPPLEMENTARY CUP – GROUP 5
Position Team Played W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Hailey A 1 1 0 0 8 0 8 3
2 Witney Royals Reserves 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 3
3 Brize Norton Reserves 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
4 Sherborne Harriers 1 0 1 0 2 2 0 1
5 Bampton United Reserves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 Kingham All Blacks Reserves 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0
7 Leafield Reserves 1 0 0 1 0 8 -8 0
SUPPLEMENTARY CUP – GROUP 6
Position Team Played W D L GF GA GD Points
1 Spartan Rangers A 1 1 0 0 3 d
6 Stonesfield Reserves 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0
7 Leafield 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0