Witney & District Reports – Week 10

21 Dec 2020

By Ant Barlow

Written by David Evans

Carterton stretch lead at top as fixtures tumble in weekend before Christmas

Premier Division

Alex Stubbs scored once again as Carterton maintained their 100% start to the season going into the Christmas break. Following on from his impressive brace last week, Stubbs once again rose to the challenge to help Carterton break down a stubborn Spartan Rangers side. Mark Threlfall hit goal number five for the season, this one from the spot, to give Carterton a 2-0 win.

Hailey’s match against Enstone had to be abandoned after 75 minutes. Hailey have fallen six points behind Carterton now, but have two important games in hand. Enstone remain fourth.

Unsurprisingly, the game at Wash Meadow was a wash out as the rain prevented any action in the game between Minster Lovell and Tower Hill

Division One

Only two games were able to be played in Division One. Witney Royals remain in third place after thrashing Spartan Rangers Reserves. Royals recovered nicely from their defeat to Bampton last weekend by putting seven past their hosts. Corey Donohoe, Reuben Wertheim and Miles Roberts all scored for Royals but Spartan hit back through Fabio Fernandes and Josh Walkington who both scored once each.

Royals were able to wrangle control back in their favour thanks to a brace apiece from Ryan Harris and Jordan Pratt and the score finished 7-2. Spartan remain second bottom after their fifth defeat of the season.

Chris Laurence scored for the third game in a row to help guide Bampton United to victory over bottom side Brize Norton. Brize battled hard and levelled through Jake Farrugia but Bampton pushed on for the win and Jake Pritchard was able to slot home to secure the three points. Bampton jump one place to fourth, level on points with Royals above them.

Hook Norton against Hailey was postponed due to a positive Covid result amongst the Hook Norton players whilst Carterton against Wootton was also postponed.

Division Two

Four of the top five teams all dropped points in Division Two as things got a little tighter at the top after an eventful weekend of fixtures.

Milton Reserves visited top side Eynsham SSC and couldn’t have made a worse start after seeing Toby Harrison-Turner get sent off after just 15 minutes, leaving them with ten men for the remainder of the game. Eynsham made their numerical advantage count as they scored from the spot thanks to Stephen Chappell, Adam Drhouri doubling their advantage. But Milton were not to be deterred and hit back through goal machine Dan Hooton. Harry Nolan scored his first of the game to bring things level and Milton had the lead as Nolan slotted home his second of the game.

Incredibly, Milton then went 4-2 up as Hooton grabbed his second of the game. Eynsham are top for a reason though and found an energy boost of their own against the tiring legs of their disadvantaged opponents. Their own goal machine, John Ayres, hit two of his own to restore parity and in the last ten minutes Eynsham had the lead for the second time as Jack Knight gave them a 5-4 lead. The minutes ticked by and just as Eynsham could smell victory, Dan Hooton completed his hat-trick in the 90th minute to rescue a point for Milton.

Second place Combe played third place Ducklington but neither side were able to capitalise on Eynsham’s slip up as they cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw. It was a day to forget for Josh Hartley as he put the ball into the back of his own net, to give Combe the lead. Ducklington then found themselves a man short as Hartley then got sent off, leaving Ducklington with a real challenge on their hands. But Tom Costley, guilty of scoring at the wrong end last week, stepped up after a late penalty was awarded to the home side and he calmly slotted the ball home to leave honours even at Glebelands.

Siege were the beneficiaries of their rivals inability to win as they jumped from sixth to fourth as they beat Cassington Rangers. There was just as much drama at Carterton Rec as Andy Makepiece was sent off for protesting too fiercely in the event of a disallowed goal. Siege had put the ball in the back of the net but the referee saw differently and disallowed the effort. From there Makepiece talked himself into the book and saw red to leave Siege a man short. However, it was Siege who battled hardest and walked away with the three points. Darren Cartwright opened the scoring after Siege were awarded a penalty and his second goal of the game earned all three points for the home team. They find themselves just four points off the top of the table.

Carterton Town B recorded just their second league win of the season as they upset fifth placed Aston. A scrappy game saw both sides struggle to test the keepers in the opening 30 minutes but when Dave Wanless was played through, he beat the keeper to the ball and was then taken out, leaving the referee with no other choice than to point to the spot. Maahir Alam calmly firing home from twelve yards out. And it was two before the break as Maahir fired home his second. Good work on the left from Nathan Nyenga saw the ball reach the box and Maahir was on hand to slot home past the stranded keeper.

Aston halved the deficit in the second half after a defensive mix up in the Carterton defence. Charlie Harper sneaking in to fire home to give Aston renewed hope. Despite their best efforts, it was to be Town who would stretch their advantage rather than crumble under the pressure. As they executed a high press, they pinched the ball off the Aston back four and Dan Chillington sumptuously lobbed the Aston keeper from 25 yards out to give some breathing space.

Aston did their best to get back into it and almost did, forcing a smart one handed save from the Carterton keeper. It proved clinical to the outcome of the game as Carterton broke up the other end immediately from the save and Tahir Alam slotted home goal number four and the win.

North Leigh hosting Bourton and Wootton Reserves against FC Ascott Rangers were both postponed.

Division Three

Hailey A have a three point advantage at the top of the league after defeating third placed FC Mills in close fought contest. Mills’ second top of the table clash in two weeks saw them start brightly but were undone by a Will Jeffrey strike on his debut to give Hailey the lead. Mills were able to hit back through Aaron French but Hailey made it seven wins from seven thanks to Ryan Stockford’s 14th goal of the season.

Brize Reserves made it three wins in three since the restart with a 7-0 demolition of Aston Reserves. Joe Hatt and Paul Morrison both shared the limelight as they both hit hat-tricks with Lee Litton firing home goal number seven. The win takes Brize fourth. Aston stay bottom.

Eight goals were scored in a fiery game at Burwell Meadow between Witney Royals Reserves and Bampton Reserves. It was a game which Royals dominated but could never completely shake a determined Bampton side. Royals were ahead in the first half thanks to a Josh Taylor goal. The advantage was doubled when Ben Horne got his first of the afternoon and Stuart George made it 3-0. Bampton fought back with a goal from Gary Mitchell, only for Horne to restore the 3 goal cushion. Lewis Townsend made it 4-2, with Kris Collis making it 4-3 as Bampton continued to fight. Stuart George eventually scoring goal number five for Royals. There was enough time for a mass brawl in the final minutes which saw cautions given by the referee but there were no further goals and Royals jump up to sixth place, just one place below their opponents.

Spartan Rangers A recorded their first away win of the season after coming out on top in a six goal thriller against Sherborne Harriers. In a back and forth encounter, Spartan A raced into a two goal lead thanks to James Macke and James Tudge goals. Sherborne hit back through Andy Barnes but Spartan went further ahead thanks to Mike Hole. Darren Bartlett reduced the gap once again but Macke popped in his second for the 4-2 win.

FC Ascott Rangers Reserves against Hook Norton Reserves was postponed because of a positive Covid test in the Hook Norton camp.

 

Witney & District Reports – Week 9

14 Dec 2020

By Ant Barlow

Written by David Evans

Super sub Stubbs clinches three points for Carterton

Premier Division

Alex Stubbs came off the bench to score a double for Carterton to help maintain their three point lead at the top of the Premier Division. Facing off against second bottom Charlbury in their first game back since lockdown, perhaps some of the rust was still apparent as they struggled to break down their stubborn opponents. But the introduction of Stubbs proved to be a masterstroke as he made the most of his opportunity on the pitch to score both goals in the 2-0 win. The defeat leaves Charlbury second bottom and still winless this term.

The most hotly anticipated fixture in the Premier Division saw third play second as Carterton Rangers hosted Hailey and the game didn’t disappoint. As early as the first minute the drama started as Rangers were awarded an early penalty. However, they missed their opportunity to leave their mark on the game as they squandered their opportunity from 12 yards. It was to prove a chance they would rue as it was one-way traffic on the scoresheet after that.

Jack Wood doubled his league tally for the season by scoring twice for the visitors. Tom Gregory and Freddie Buckingham scored for the second game in a row to make things comfortable for Hailey and Sam Britnell rounded off the 5-0 win to leave Hailey firmly in second place.

Spartan Rangers and Milton cancelled each other out in a 2-2 draw as they bounced back from defeats last week. Alex Ayres scored for Milton only for Frank Clarke to bring Spartan level. Sean Godfrey gave Milton the lead again only for Ethan Barrett to restore parity once again and the game finished all square

Stonesfield remain sixth after being held to a 1-1 draw against ninth placed Tower Hill. Raffy Rice notched his sixth league goal of the season, Ollie Squires levelling for Tower.

Division One

Wins are like buses for Hailey Reserves it would seem after recording a second victory of the season, just 7 days after recording their first. Joey King nodded home after being left unmarked at the back post to give Hailey the lead. Chadlington were then awarded a penalty but with regular penalty taker Matt Chadwick in goal, Jarvis Morley stepped up, only to fire the ball well over the bar. The scare was enough to fire up Hailey as from the resulting restart they ended up down the other end and Moh Semlali fired home from twenty yards to double the advantage. Early in the second half Hailey had the chance to seal the game but Luke Perkins imitated Morley’s earlier effort by sending the ball well over.

To compound his miserable game, Perkins was sent off minutes later for violent conduct to leave Hailey battling for the remaining 40 minutes with only ten men. But hold on they did and in a tightly contested division, now find themselves just 3 points off third place.

Carterton took their December tally to nineteen goals after thrashing Brize Norton. Four different goal scorers combined to give Carterton the win. Dave Cross made it five goals in two games as he followed up from last week’s hat-trick with a brace this time around. Chris Hirons, who also scored last week also found the net twice and Jamie Kennedy opened up his account for the season, also finding the net twice. Ryan Barrass went one better than all of them, firing in a hat-trick to also open his account. Jake Farrugia and Nathan Walton hit back for Brize in the 9-2 reverse. Brize remain bottom and winless so far.

It’s nine out of nine for Hook Norton but they survived a real scare on their visit to Bletchington. Tom Knox on his last appearance for Bletch banged in a double to give them the half-time lead. Whatever was in the half-time refreshments did the trick for Hook Norton as they came out firing in the second half to take back the initiative. The two Max’s, Harris and Bayliss scored once each to bring Hook Norton back into the game, George Rickard fired in a third and no Hook Norton game would be complete without Jay Mair scoring. His double has taken him to 18 goals now in the 20/21 season and cemented the three points for Hooky with the 5-2 victory.

There was more than one second half comeback as Bampton United gave a spirited second half performance to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Witney Royals. Royals went in at the break two goals to the good, thanks to strikes from Ryan Harris and Ricky Williams. But Bampton’s half-time oranges clearly did the trick as the second half brought about a much improved performance. Chris Laurence halved the deficit to get them back in the game before Connor O’Shea brought them level. It was left to Laurence to fire in his seventh goal of the season to leave the Bampton players celebrating and the Royals players stunned at the final whistle.

An eight goal thriller at Wootton as they hosted Kingham All Blacks but both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils in an entertaining 4-4 draw. Michael Steers picked a good day to get his first goals of the season as he hit two but Kingham got themselves back into it with goals from Matt Deakin and Shane Cooper. After that Dan Lay scored twice for Kingham, either side of goals from Lee Spencer and Craig Gilboy for Wootton as the game finished all square.

Division Two

Combe’s return to the Witney and District continues to remain positive as they stormed past Chadlington Reserves to jump into second place in the table. Mauro Esteves had struck for Chadlington before Combe took control of the game. Rory Ward, Callum Snook and Herbie Hamilton all scoring once apiece to take Combe just three points behind leaders Eynsham and with an important game in hand.

Ducklington showed their steely resolve to stage a comeback against Carterton Town B. A Tom Costley own goal got Ducklington off to the worst possible start. Ducklington got back on level terms through Charlie Fisher and victory was complete as Ady Kew fired home to give Ducklington a 2-1 win. The win takes Ducklington third. In next week’s fixtures, Combe will host Ducklington in an important fixture for the outcome of the division.

Jason Blackman rediscovered his early season goal scoring form as he hit four in Cassington Rangers demolition of FC Ascott Rangers. Blackman, who opened the season with consecutive hat-tricks, found the net four times to score his first league goal since the 26th September. Last week’s hat-trick hero, Tyler Walker, scored once again and there were further goals for Nick Edwards, Nathan Prestidge and Lewis Hooper in the 8-0 victory.

For the second week in a row Siege FC were involved in a five goal thriller but this time it was North Leigh who won by the odd goal in five to record just their second league win of the season. Just like last week, Andy Makepiece scored twice for Siege but the combination of Liam Varney, Lewis Hathaway and Jack Clarke found the net for North Leigh for their first away win of the season.

An entertaining second half saw Aston and Milton Reserves share four goals in a 2-2 draw. A poor first half with no efforts to trouble either keeper made way for a barnstorming second half from both sides. Just 10 minutes after the interval Dan Hooton broke the deadlock as he cut inside from the left wing to fire a rasping drive high into the top left corner to spark Milton celebrations. Aston controlled possession and territory but Milton continued to create chances. Following a messy corner, Milton lost their goalkeeper to hand injury and Aston sensed blood. Milton held on bravely but eventually gave way as Max Hazell fired into an open goal following a cross that the keeper tried to gather. Aston plugged on and had Charlie Harper to thank for giving them the lead as they hunted the three points. But just three minutes later, Hooton was the hero again. Taking command of a free kick on the left hand side of the box, his low free kick bent round the wall and under the scrambling keeper and into the bottom corner to take home a well-deserved point for Milton

Bourton Rovers and Wootton Sports Reserves shared the same score line in their encounter. Fin Griffiths grabbed both goals for Bourton but one each for James Perella and James Minchin ensured the points were shared. Wootton earning just their second point of the season whilst Bourton recorded their first draw.

[b]Division Three[/b]

On paper, the fixture to keep your eye on in Division Three this week was between league leaders FC Mills and second place Hook Norton Reserves and on the pitch the match lived up to expectations. Both sides boasted a 100% record going into the game but knew that by the end, one, if not both of those would be gone. Mills took the lead in the first half as Darren Smith moved into double figures for the season and that’s how it stayed until half time. As the second half got going tempers started to fray and the action intensified.

Will Wall equalised from the spot only for Mills to retake the lead as Stu Cutts turned home from a free kick which the keeper should have caught. Hooky’s second equaliser was a carbon copy of Mills’ second as Mitch Faulkner turned in from a free kick which should have been caught by Gary Williams in the Mills goal. With ten minutes to go Hooky took the lead for the first time. Dom Hemmings with a sweet strike from the edge of the box which rocketed past the stranded Mills keeper to lead 3-2.

The drama still wasn’t over as Mills had one last opportunity to snatch a point but substitute keeper Daryl Middleton denied Smith his second when he was clean through on goal.

The victory was enough to see Hook Norton leapfrog Mills but they don’t take top spot.That honour goes to Hailey who jumped two places to lead the division by virtue of goal difference following a 6-0 rout of Kingham All Blacks Reserves. Another top performance by the second best defence in the league ensured a clean sheet and they were clinical at the other end of the pitch. Ryan Stockford now has 13 goals in all competitions for the season after bagging a brace.

Jake Fisk followed suit by scoring two as well. Zack Payne scored one to take his seasonal tally to three and it was left to Curtis Hathaway to slot home for goal number six. Hailey A now top the table with a goal difference one better than Hook Norton’s.

Aston Reserves missed the chance to record their first win of the season after surrendering a three goal advantage to draw against fellow strugglers FC Ascott Rangers Reserves. Aston hit the ground running and quickly found their feet. Benji Sunblad broke the deadlock to give Aston the lead and their advantage was doubled when Sunblad fired home from the penalty spot soon after.

Aston were three up as Reece Waine continued his fine goal scoring form this season and it looked like the points were secured. But Rangers hit back through top scorer Brian Wright and the deficit was reduced to one when Jake Bee fired home. It was left to Luke Wiggington to complete the comeback and snatch a point for the home side.

Stonesfield Reserves made it two wins in two since the restart with a hard fought victory over Sherborne Harriers. Once again, Josh Betteridge was on the scoresheet for Harriers but Stonesfield fought back through Jack Barker. Ben Blagden gave Stonesfield the lead and Sam Hibberd stretched their advantage as Stonesfield looked to secure the points. Sherborne showed their fight by reducing the gap to one but Stonesfield held on in a nervy finish to take home all three points.

Witney Royals Reserves bounced back from last week’s heavy defeat to beat Spartan Rangers A with a 3-1 win. Three different goal scorers for Royals this time around as Sam Perry, Ben Horne and Zack Ryall all scored one each for the win. Things may have been better for hosts Spartan had player-manager James Macke not skied his spot kick over the bar, throwing away the chance to take a half time lead, therefor their only consolation was a well taken Dan Jeffrey goal.

Brize Norton Reserves received a walkover victory against Chipping Norton Town.

 

Witney & District Reports – Week 8

7 Dec 2020

By Ant Barlow

Saturday 5th December 2020

Football returns with a century of goals!

No Witney and District football had been played since Halloween following the four week lockdown that dominated November. With the teams finally returning to competitive action over the weekend no less than 100 goals were scored over the 17 fixtures that were played.

Premier Division

There was an early cancellation as Minster Lovell forfeited their game against Carterton FC, leaving Carterton with the easiest of their 6 recorded victories this season. This placed pressure on the chasing pack who knew they’d have to secure victories of their own to stay within touching distance of the league leaders.

Second place Hailey FC duly stepped up as they brushed past second bottom Charlbury Town. Tom Gregory scored his sixth goal of the season to move into second place in the Premier Division’s goal scoring chart. Cameron Foster and Sam Wheeler fired in their first league goals of the season and although Josh Sylvester hit back for Charlbury, Freddie Buckingham and Devon Wright made things comfortable for Hailey in the 5-1 win.

Enstone maintained their fourth placed position after seeing off Spartan Rangers by the odd goal in 7. Rhys Woodward continued his fine pre-lockdown goal scoring form by hitting two more this time around but he was cancelled out by a Warwick Tompkins brace for Enstone. Luke Pettifer and Dan Bott cancelled each other out for goals five and six, but Enstone were not to be denied and with Jordan Godfrey slotting home goal number seven, all three points went to the home side.

Stonesfield jumped two league places after taking the three points in their away fixture against Milton. A brace apiece for Carry Rice and Tom Weedon put Stonesfield comfortably in control. Alex Ayres grabbed the reply for Milton in the 4-1 reverse.

Division One

Out of the 100 goals scored at the weekend, ten of them were contributed by Carterton FC Reserves as they went on the rampage against Spartan Rangers Reserves. Dave Cross led the way as he opened up his account for the year with a hat-trick, Ryan Colleton ably backed up his strike partner with a brace of his own. A waddle of penguins followed as Brad Bryant, Tommy Burns, Joe Langdon, Chris Hirons and Nick Rose all got in on the goal scoring act too.

They didn’t have it all their own way as their miserly defence, which had only conceded once all season, leaked three at the hands of the youthful Spartan attack. Ethan Barrett, Omar Semlali and Fabio Fernandes all scored once in reply but it finished 10-3 to Carterton.

Witney Royals are up to third after beating bottom club Brize Norton 3-0. Reuben Wertheim marked his promotion from the Reserves with a goal for the first team to open his Division One account. Luke Rippington also scored his first goal of the season and Ryan Harris scored goal number two for the season to complete the scoring as Royals jumped two places.

They climbed over Bletchington and Wootton Sports as they suffered defeats to Chadlington and Hook Norton respectively.

Much like Carterton Reserves, Bletchington’s usually solid defence, which had only conceded four goals in three games, were stunned into submission as Chadlington smashed six past them in 90 minutes. Lee Woodward’s hat-trick set Chadlington well on the way to victory, Richie Wells hitting one back for Bletch. Chadlington spurred themselves on and extended their advantage through Ethan Bennett before Miles Taylor and Pete Tate made sure of the points with a 6-1 win.

Goal number 15 was enough for Jay Mair to secure victory for Hook Norton and preserve their 100% record this season. The one goal was enough to overcome Wootton Sports in their encounter, their lead at the top still 12 points, having played three games more.

Hailey Reserves have their first win and first points of the season, dispatching Bampton United for a very welcome three points. Bampton scored through a Chris Laurence free kick but Hailey were able to hit back through a Luke Perkins penalty. Joey King scored his second goal of the season to put Hailey into the lead and Moh Semlali scored goal number three to grab win number one.

Division Two

Cassington Rangers halted their two game losing streak by staging a stunning comeback to snatch three points away from Aston. Aston were in control after Kieran Watts had slotted home two penalties to give the home side some breathing space. However, Cassington had other ideas and Tyler Walker halved the deficit, restored parity and then scored the winner as he completed a marvellous hat-trick to steal the points for the away side.

Another five game thriller in Division Two had Wootton Sports Reserves and Siege FC engaged in battle. Andy Makepiece fired Siege ahead only for James Minchin to draw Wootton level. Greg Neath scored Siege’s second but Wootton clawed them back for a second time but Andy Makpiece scored his second, Siege’s third and Wootton had no response. Siege returned to Carterton with all three points.

In the mid table battle Chadlington Reserves faced off against Milton Reserves with the home side prevailing 2-0. Level on points and nearly identical goal difference before the start of play, goals from Sam Coles and George Slatter were enough for the three points as Chadlington leapfrogged their match day opponents in the table.

Division Three

Nine was the seemingly magic number in Division Three as the entire division contributed 40 goals to the overall weekend total. Hook Norton Reserves and Brize Norton Reserves both scored nine in securing big wins, and Kingham All Blacks Reserves won by nine goals as goal differences were significantly swayed in a free scoring afternoon.

It was a five star performance from Brad Smith as he scored half of Kingham All Black’s goals in their 10-1 rout of Spartan Rangers A. James Rawlings, Jake Godfrey and Pat Kim all scored one each and the demolition was complete when Olly Peters slotted home twice to take the score to ten. Mike Hole grabbed a mere consolation for the away side in the nine goal defeat.

Brize Norton Reserves scored nine at the weekend but were made to work hard for their win over Sherborne Harriers. Jason Hirshfield scored early on from the spot but Sherborne pegged them back when Josh Betteridge fired in a free kick from 25 yards. Just five minutes later Betteridge beat the offside trap to head home from 9 yards out and Sherborne had the lead. It stayed that way until 10 minutes before half-time when Danny Briggs turned smartly in the box and fired in the equaliser through a defender’s legs, leaving the keeper helpless.

All square at half-time. Players from both sides took speculative long range efforts to break the deadlock but all were wildly off target in the second half until Joe Hatt finally managed to give Brize the lead again. Just minutes later it was 4-2 as Danny Claridge made a smart run behind the Sherborne defence, the through ball was perfectly weighted and the winger casually rolled it into the back of the net. Sherborne weren’t done though and a defensive mix up was capitalised upon by Scott Hartop who poked home to half the deficit.

The Brize keeper had to make a smart reflex save onto the bar and over as a deflected Josh Betteridge strike almost restored parity again. But on 70 minutes, Lee Litton took the game by the scruff of the neck and turned the tide in Brize’s favour for the three points. First he restored the two goal cushion firing home from inside the box. Next, with some tricky footwork in the centre circle, he skipped past two challenges, before rolling the ball into the path of Cameron West, who needed no second invitation to make it 6-3.

Litton completed his double as he sprinted across the pitch, evading three defenders, before firing a low shot back across goal and into the bottom corner. Inside 8 minutes, Brize had opened up a four goal cushion. Scott Peaper saved the best goal until second last as he stole in at the back post to lob the keeper with the outside of his boot for 8-3 and the scoring was complete in the 88th minute as Joe Hatt outmuscled a defender to fire in the net for his second and Brize’s ninth.

Hook Norton also scored nine but did so without reply as they handsomely improved their goal difference against Witney Royals Reserves. Mitchell Faulkner moved to fourth in the Division Three goal-scoring charts as his double got Hook Norton started. Tom Lane opened up his account for the season with a single goal and there were further goals for Marc Clifton and Lewis Smith. Damien Corbin scored for his fifth of the season but it was left to Dom Hemmings to grab the headlines as he notched a hat-trick to complete the defeat. Hook Norton remain in second place in the league.

FC Mills are still the league leaders after seeing off a spirited Bampton United Reserves side. An impressive defensive performance helped Mills tremendously. Bampton, who were the league’s top scoring side at the start of the day could find no way past the Mills defence. Meanwhile, one of Mills’ goal-scoring machines this season, Darren Smith, had no problems finding the net as he scored twice. John Chapman hit Mills’ third and the game finished 3-0. Next week’s mouth-watering fixture sees FC Mills host Hook Norton Reserves in a top-of-the-table clash.

Stonesfield Reserves recorded their second league win of the season, firing five past FC Ascott Rangers Reserves. First league goals for Ethan Holloway and Kai Barnes set Stonesfield on the path to victory. Liam Hatton also opened his account but managed to go one better by scoring two, to take Stonesfield’s tally to four. James Lloyd finished off the scoring with his second goal of the season as it finished 5-0.

 

Witney & District Reports – Week 7

2 Nov 2020

By john smyth

By David Evans

Hailey survive fright on Halloween Saturday

With the prospect of playing on Halloween Saturday, compounded with a full moon to follow in the evening, most teams elected not to show their faces during this weekend’s fixtures. Whilst many probably put it down to Covid or the bad weather, many remain sceptical over the motives of some. Perhaps turning into a werewolf halfway through a league fixture was enough to turn most people away from the playing field Saturday just gone.

Premier Division

Hailey maintained their 100% record , but were made to work hard by Spartan Rangers. With a gale force wind blowing straight down the pitch at Newland, Spartan failed to really test Luke Manning in the Hailey goal and it was his opposite number Ash Horne who made the first save denying Freddie Buckingham. Buckingham then produced a pin point cross at the end of the half for Devon Wright to powerfully head home.

Spartan soon git themselves back in the game, a long throw was flicked on and Donny Henderson-Sowerby headed the ball in off the post. They almost went in front, when a corner was missed by Manning, but Jamie Timms headed over from close range. They were then made to quickly pay, a quick Hailey break saw Carl Wheeler cross for Tom Gregory to head home. Within minutes it was 3 when Buckingham got the goal his fine deserved.

But Spartan were not to be out-done Rhys Woodward scored his 6th goal of the campaign turning in a rebound after a shot had come back off the bar. Despite late pressure Spartan, were not able to grab an equaliser. Carterton moved to within 3 points off Carterton at the top.

Carterton Rangers crept past local rivals Carterton Town A to keep second place in the league. Beastly Billy Mo Hales opened the scoring for Rangers to get them on the way to victory. Mysterious Mark Cheriton doubled their lead but Town weren’t willing to play dead and fought back through spooky Sean O’Donnell. But it would be Rangers who stole away into the night with all three points with Hales grabbing his second to put Rangers just one point from the top of the league. Town remain rooted to bottom spot after their fourth defeat in five games

Division One

Hook Norton continued their horrifyingly good form with six points in the space of four days this week

First, under the lights on Tuesday night they ended Carterton Res 100% record with a narrow 1-0 victory. In a game of very few chances, the match was decided by a goal 10 minutes from the end when sub Josh Hunt fired home from 10 yards.

Then on Saturday the ghastly goal scoring blitz returned with the nightmare that is Jay Mair firing in yet another hat-trick as the Hooky ghost train rolled onto another victory, over Chadlington. Josh Hunt haunted the opposition for the second time in a week as he hit his eighth league goal of the season. Demonic Dave Hayward and creepy Connor Davies also scored a goal each as Hooky reached six on the day. Matt Chadwick slotted a solemn contribution for Chadlington in the 6-1 defeat.

It might be unlucky for some but goal thirsty Dan Lay fired in goals 12 and 13 as his spirited performance fired Kingham to their second league win of the season. Witney Royals were their victims in the 2-1 defeat. Corey Donohoe kept Royals in the game with his fourth goal in October but Kingham held on for the win.

Division Two

Siege FC used their initiative to rearrange their fixture but were left to rue that decision as Eynsham SSC emphatically cast them aside in a stunning 7-1 win. Jumping John Ayres notched a harrowing hat-trick to set eerie Eynsham well on the way to victory. Despite Kev Lewis grabbing a goal for Siege, three further Eynsham players found the net for the first time this season to open their goal scoring accounts. Adam Drhouri and Ash Bowerman both scored once a piece and Jack Knight dug deep to go one better than his team mates to score two to finish the scoring and send Eynsham top of Division Two in the process.

Division Three

It was definitely more treat than trick for both Hailey A and Hook Norton Reserves as they both smashed in seven without reply to maintain their 100% starts to the season.

Second at the start of the day, Hailey A faced off against second bottom FC Ascott Rangers Reserves and subsequently found themselves top of the pile by the end of the ninety minutes. There was no zombie state for Zack Payne who fired in two goals to lead the goal scoring charge before the rest of his terrifying team mates took over to frighten FC Ascott Rangers Reserves further. Owen Partridge, Curtis Hathaway, Jake Fisk, Jack Ray and Alex Barnes all notched one goal apiece to fire Hailey A to the top of the table.

Hair-raising Hook Norton Reserves followed suit in winning by seven and jumping one league place as they hosted Aston Reserves. Aston should have been ahead in the first couple of minutes but for some last ditch defending and had another opportunity to score, only for the sleepy Hook Norton defence to recover once again. On twenty minutes deadly Damien Corbin took advantage of Aston waiting for a linesman flag that didn’t come and Hooky were three up by 30 minutes as magical Mitch Faulkner grabbed a quick fire brace and it was four by half time as Corbin also grabbed a second. Aston came out firing in the second half but just couldn’t find any quality in the final third. Hooky could though and Corbin completed his hat-trick to move to six for the season in total. Will Wall grabbed goal number six and Sam Prickett finished off the scoring to put Hook Norton Reserves third in the league, one of four teams still with a 100% record.

Frightening FC Mills are the side sandwiched between Hailey A and Hook Norton Reserves as they put five past Spartan Rangers A. The deathly trio of Dean Spivey (1), Darren Smith (2) and Dan Hedges (2) stunned Spartan into submission and ultimately defeat. FC Mills are tied on points with Hailey, just behind on goal difference.

Chipping Norton Town were at their chilling best as they recorded their first win of the season against Sherbourne Harriers to rise up from second bottom to ninth in the league. Ghoulish George Knight opened the scoring for Chippy, only for Russ Griffin to drag Sherbourne level. But Chippy were not to be denied as Yusuf Okunade scored for the second game in a row to restore the advantage for Chippy and Josh Morgan completed the win for Chippy to help them jump four places, including leap frogging their opponents.

Jack Busby Trophy

In the last remaining Jack Busby 1st round tie, Hailey Reserves made it a Halloween to remember as they ensured safe passage into the quarter finals. It finished 5-0, with familiar names finding the net against Witney Royals Reserves. Ryan Stockford carried on his scary goal scoring form to notch his eleventh of the season. Dan King rolled back the years to double Hailey’s advantage and there were further goals from Moh Semlali, Sam Wright and Mark Edmunds to complete the rout. Hailey’s reward is a home tie against Division Three’s Brize Norton Reserves in the last eight.

Quarter Final Draw

Bampton United Reserves vs Hook Norton Reserves

Chadlington Reserves vs Carterton Reserves

Hailey Reserves vs Brize Norton Reserves

Wootton Sports Reserves vs Spartan Rangers Reserves

Witney & District Reports – Week 6

25 Oct 2020

By john smyth

By John Smyth

Premier Division

Two of the title favourites met in the game of the day in the Premier Division as Enstone hosted Carterton. The visitors took an early lead as a deep cross found Dan Bishop in the box, his shot came back off the bar and Tom Harvey reacted quickest to thump home the rebound. But the lead was short lived as Enstone were awarded a penalty after a clumsy tackle. Skipper Nathan Bott coolly dispatched it past Mike Hedges. The rest of the first half was evenly matched, Bott forced Hedges into a fine full length diving save and Reece Bayliss saw a free kick skim the top of the bar. At the other end Harvey saw another effort come back off the bar.

The second half was much of the same, with both sides creating half chances but the course of the game changed in 2 minutes. Firstly from a Carterton corner, Bishop found himself in acres of space and when the ball dropped to him he struck it past Danny Phillips. Bishop then signalled he wanted to come off, Brad Bryant came on and his involvement was to give away a foul. For some reason Bayliss reacted to this and kicked out at Bryant, forcing him off injured and giving ref Cliff Grove no option but to show him red. From then on Carterton comfortably saw out the rest of the game and maintain their 100% league campaign.

Carterton Rangers are up to the dizzy heights of 2nd place after bearing Charlbury 5-1. Charlbury ahead inside 2 minutes through Josh Sylvester and kept it that way for 20 minutes. Damian Williams equalised with a towering header in the box and then the Myles Easton show took over. He scored a 15 minute hat-trick with the time remaining in the first half to make it 4-1 at HT. Charlbury were much improved in the second half but never tested Daniel Floyd again. Easton finished the scoring on 70 minutes calmly slotting past the keeper for 5-1 and make it 9 for the season.

Milton made it back to back wins as they overcame a disappointing Tower Hill 4-2. The game was effectively over at half time as Milton raced into a 3-0. With George Ford adding to a Stephen Pearce brace, Pearce completed his hat trick in the 2nd half and although Lewis and Jack Scott pulled goals back it was never enough.

Stonesfield earned their first points of the season in emphatic style as they thrashed Minster 7-1. A double for Raffy Rice took his total to 9 for the season, whilst brother Carry opened his account. Other goals came from Tom Weedon, Liam Harris and Luke Holdsworth. Mykel Ryan netted Minster’s consolation.

Division One

With Hook Norton hosting Bampton at least one of the league’s 100% record had to go. Hooky were without the leagues leading scorer Jay Mair who was away on international duty. In his absence Max Bayliss stepped up to the plate and capped an outstanding individual performance with 2 goals Max Harris and Dom Hemmimgs scored the others as Hooky ran out 4-2 winners. There were first goals of the season for Conor O’Shea and Lloyd Hancock for Bampton.

Bletchington are up to 2nd place after defeating bottom side Brize Norton 4-1. Jamie Hudson scored twice to double his tally for the season. Craig Dawson and Skipper Tom Knox scored the others. Haydn Parker scored for Brize who are still looking for their first point of the season.

A solitary game from Lee Spencer was enough for Wootton to defeat Chdlington and lift them into 4th place.

Tuesday night saw the first Witney and District match under lights as Carterton Reserves played Kingham All Blacks. What took place was a lively encounter at Kilkenny Lane. Carterton certainly bossed possession with Jamie Kennedy and Chris Hirons controlling things in the middle of the park. But Kingham always looked threatening on the counter attack with Gaz Price and Dan Lay looking particularly menacing

An even first half saw the Kingham keeper have his palms stung on a couple of occasions after making fine saves. At the other end Dan Lay turned Carterton defenders inside out before tamely firing into Tomasz Mazur’s steady hands and Kingham also hit the post but half-time came with the sides at 0—0.

The second half saw much of the same and frustration started to grow. A couple of meaty challenges saw necessary conversations from the man in the middle.

At one end Dan Lay and Gaz Price missed golden opportunities to break the deadlock for Kingham. For Carterton, Carl Wlliams slipped on two occasions in the box whilst through on goal, Dave Cross fluffed his lines from 3 yards out in a goalmouth scramble and Chris Hirons and Tommy Burns were wildly wide from long range efforts as desperation mounted.

As the clock ticked to 90, Carterton fired a free kick directly into the Kingham wall. With the Kingham left back dawdling on his clearance Chris Hirons chased him down and won the ball back with a well-timed slide tackle, he stormed into the box and fired a strike in at the near post to beat the keeper and break Kingham’s resolve.

The full-time whistle followed just 30 seconds later, much to Carterton’s delight as they maintained their 100% start to the season, just about!

Next Tuesday 27th October Carterton Res will host leaders Hook Norton at Kilkenney Lane with a 7:30 kick off. It may worth a trip out!!!!

Division Two

With leaders Ducklington’s game against Bourton Rovers postponed, both Aston and Combe had the chance to leapfrog them with a victory, but both sides failed to take the opportunity.

Combe’s youngsters were undone by one of their old boys as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wottoon Res. Sam Coles goal for Combe was cancelled out by James Minchin’s 3rd of the season. It also earned Wootton their first point of the season.

Despite a Charlie Harper double Aston missed out by going down to Eynsham SSC by the odd goal in 5. Ben Oates scored his 5th of the season to add to an own goal and a Tom Cattell strike. The win moves Eynsham into a 3 way share of the top spot.

After a sluggish start North Leigh recorded their first win of the campaign as they saw off a weakened Milton Res 3-0. Liam Varney was on target twice and Lloyd Lewis added the 3rd as North Leigh moved up into 9th place

Division Three

There is a 3 way share of the top spot of Division 3 as Bampton Res, Hailey A and FC Mills all won to sit on 12 points.

Bampton Res are scoring goals for fun at the moment and they made it 25 from 5 games after thumping 10 man Chipping Norton 8-2. Seb White added 4 more to his total to make it 14 for the season, there were 2 apiece for Regan Pritchard and Gary Mitchell. Darren Bridge and Yusuf Okunande scored for Chippy who were with 4 players pulling out in the morning.

Ryan Stockford added 2 more to his total for Hailey A to take him to double figures for the campaign. Will Lyne also netted twice with Karl Smith and Curtis Hathaway scoring the others. The evergreen Mev Gundem replied for Spartan.

FC MIlls twice came from behind to see off a determined Stonesfield Res 3-2. Sam Hibberd and Tom WIlson put Stomesfield into the lead but they were pegged back by goals from Daren Smith (2) and Dan Hedges.

The days biggest scorers were Witney Royals Res who travelled over the Glocs border and came away with a thumping 12-1 victory. There were hat tricks for Reuben Werthein and Daniel Townsend, 2 for Nathan Harris and Jordan Pratt and 1 apiece Stuart George and Joe Dallimore. Rael Mills scored Sherborne’s consolation.

FC Ascott Rangers and Brize Norton Res shared the points and 6 goals. Ascott , however will feel that they should have picked up all three points conceding a headed goal from Brize keeper Scott Hempsall in injury time. Earlier Sub Brian Wright had scored 2 for Ascott and Brandon Laing 1. Dan Sollis and an Own Goal were Brize’s other scorers.

Jack Busby Memorial Trophy

There two outstanding Jack Busby Trophy 1st round ties. And they were won in contrasting ways. Aston Res hosted Spartan Rangers Res and were routed 10-1. Both Josh Walkington and Ben Madley bagged hat tricks for Spartan. New signing Omar Semlali scored 2 on his debut and there was one each for Dan Jeffrey and Fabio Fernandes. Jake Worth grabbed Aston’s consolation.

A George Slatter double was enough for Chadlington Res to defeat Kingham Res 2-1 recent recruit Brad Smith netted Kingham’s reply.

 

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.