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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Cup Reports – Week 2 – Witney and District Football News

12 Apr 2021

By Ant Barlow

Saturday 10th April 2021

Witney and District Football News – Groups start to take shape after game week 2

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 1

Witney and District Football News: All 100% records disappeared in Group 1 as sides failed to strike any meaningful blows in their bid to head towards the semi-finals.

Two of last week’s winners, Charlbury and Hook Norton, met at Charlbury with both sides missing out on the opportunity to make it two wins from two. In fact, Charlbury became the first side all season to take any points off their imperious opponents in hard earned draw. Felix Robertson scored for Charlbury only to be cancelled out by Max Green’s goal for Hook Norton. No further goals could be found and both sides left with a point.

Hailey and Carterton finally faced off against each other this season and also ended up battling out a score draw as they missed the opportunity to capitalise on sides above them dropping points. Jack Wood scored for Hailey with Tom Harvey replying for Carterton. The result leaves Hailey third and Carterton seventh as they picked up their first point of the campaign.

Spartan Rangers and Carterton Rangers have their first wins as they defeated Chadlington and Minster Lovell respectively. Rhys Woodward and Arun White both scored once each to give Spartan a 2-1 victory over Chadlington. Lee Woodward replying for Chadlington. Minster Lovell are the only side without a point in group one as they succumbed to Carterton Rangers at Monahan Way. Luke Manning and Chris Tingate both scored once each to give Rangers their first win and allow them to climb up to fourth in the process.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 2

Milton find themselves with an early three point advantage at the top of Group Two, the only side to maintain their 100% start. They made their lives difficult as they beat Hailey Reserves, Stephen Pearce managed to miss two penalties during the game. Fortunately for Milton the mistakes went unpunished. Although Ryan Holmes did score for Hailey, goals from Louis Breaks, Stephen Pearce and Jon Chapman secured all three points in the 3-1 win.

Witney Royals battled back from their defeat last week with a hard earned win over Carterton FC Reserves. Despite dominating possession, Carterton were wasteful in front of goal, their lack of game time perhaps a contributing factor as shot after shot failed to test the Royals keeper.

Royals slowly grew into the game and eventually countered out of their own half to send Luke Rippington free down the right hand side. His burst into the box left the defenders unable to put in a meaningful challenge and he fired into the back of the net, off the post.

Carterton kept up the pressure and on the stroke of half-time equalised. Royals failing to deal with a corner sufficiently enough and Dave Cross’ ball into the box cannoned into Nick Rose’s path who volleyed home for the equaliser.

The second half was much more even, but again Carterton had the better chances, winning multiple corners and forcing two good saves from the Royals keeper. But an inspired substitution saw the introduction of Ben Liddle and Ollie Nolan and after Royals broke from a poor Carterton free kick, Liddle made his way up the left wing, found Nolan in the middle who burst towards the box, shot round the Carterton defender and into the back of the net, leaving the keeper stranded and that’s how the game finished.

Wootton Sports and Stonesfield, last week’s two big winners, both came back to earth with a bump, as they both suffered defeats. Bletchington produced a much improved performance to beat Wootton, Tom Williams scored once and a Michael Trafford double gave Bletch a 3-0 win and all three points.

Enstone jumped from 6th to 4th and cancelled out their goal difference deficit in defeating previous league leaders Stonesfield 3-1. Rhys Warner-Carter scored for the second week in a row and was joined on the score sheet by Dan Bott and Kieran Watts. Luke Holdsworth got Stonesfield’s consolation, which could prove crucial as Stonesfield remain second on goal difference.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 3

Ducklington managed to win their first game of the revised format with a 1-0 victory over Wootton Sports Reserves. Duck, who had their rest week last week due to an odd number of teams in the group, controlled large portions of the game, only to find Wootton keeper James Bateman in inspired form as he made a number of good saves. But there was one strike he could not keep out, George Townsend’s 25 yard screamer found its way into the top corner and Duck saw out the game to grab all three points.

Aston and North Leigh are both off the mark with a point each as they cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw at Aston. Luca James scored for North Leigh but Thom Allinson equalised for Aston to leave both sides winless after two games each.

Combe gave themselves a little bit of breathing space with a comprehensive victory over Eynsham SSC. Sam Coles scored for Combe with Ben Oates replying for Eynsham but that was as good as it got for Eynsham. Herbie Hamilton scored from the spot and Rory Ward’s brace finished off the scoring in a 4-1 win for the hosts as Combe went 3 points clear for the time being.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 4

Gaz Price was the hat-trick hero as he steered Kingham to victory over Spartan Rangers Reserves. Aaron Tipping also scored once in the 4-1 win which elevates Kingham into third place. Spartan Rangers Reserves replied through Fabio Fernandes but their Junior Cup hopes are on the ropes after the second successive defeat.

Cassington Rangers, who drew with Kingham last week, also scored four as they recorded their first win of the season. They also managed to keep a clean sheet against Milton Reserves in the 4-0 win. Jason Blackman scored twice for Rangers, with Nick Edwards and Gareth James adding a third and a fourth as Cassington jumped into the top two due to their superior goal difference. Milton drop to the bottom of the group.

Carterton Town B still occupy the summit of Group 4 after a 4-0 win over Chadlington Reserves. Tahir Alam followed up from his goal last week to notch a brace and Mark Williams followed suit in scoring two of his own as Town opened up a two point safety cushion.

Supplementary Cup – Group 5

Bampton United Reserves recorded the biggest margin of victory as they defeated Sherborne Harriers by 6 goals in their first game back after the resumption of the season. There were clearly little signs of rustiness as Bampton put six different scores on the score sheet. Steve Allery, Joe Paintin, Josh White, Gary Mitchell and Ed Norris all scored one apiece, Regan Pritchard fired in a brace to make it seven for Bampton. Josh Betteridge with a mere consolation for the home side as it finished 7-1

Chris Godfrey scored a hat-trick but still ended up on the losing side after Leafield Reserves went down 7-4 to Kingham All Black Reserves. Jake Godfrey, Jay Stonehouse and Brad Smith all scored a double each to put Kingham firmly in control and whilst Jason Bufton was able to score a fourth for Leafield, George Warren added a seventh for Kingham to make sure of all three points.

Brize Reserves recorded their second consecutive 2-2 draw as they held Witney Royals Reserves at Brize Rec. Joe Hatt scored once again, only for Joe Dallimore to reply. Zack Ryall gave Royals the lead but Scott Peaper restored parity and that’s how the game finished. The point enough to put Royals top for now.

Supplementary Cup – Group 6

Only two sides can boast 100% records in Group Six at the end of game week 2.

FC Mills played their opening fixture after sitting out last week and promptly delivered Spartan Rangers A’s first defeat of the cup. A resounding 4-1 win means they are already second having played a game less than the sides around them. John Chapman, Connor Smith, Darren Smith and Dan Hedges all scored once each for Mills. James Macke pulled one back for Spartan but 4-1 was the final score.

Hook Norton Reserves had a much more comfortable afternoon this weekend as they overcame Chipping Norton Town. Both sides one last week but there was only one side in this week’s encounter as Hook Norton won 4-0. Mitchell Faulkner was the pick of the bunch as he scored twice. Dom Hemmings and Harry Prickett both scored a goal each for the second week in a row to move Hook Norton to the top of the group.

Leafield have their first win of the competition after inflicting a second successive defeat on Stonesfield Reserves. A 2-0 victory moved Leafield to third in the group, goals from Ed Russell and Frank Mayne were enough for all three points at the full-time whistle.


Cup Reports – Week 1 – Witney and District Football News

5 Apr 2021

By john smyth

Football returns at long last! By David Evans


The much anticipated return of local men’s football arrived over the Easter weekend in the Witney and District and, along with everything else in life at the moment, adaptations had to be made to provide a competitive and meaningful end to the current season. 3 cup competitions, split into two groups for each cup, played in league format would be how the season would finish. The top two from each group then make up the semi-finals in each cup. The groups are pictured at the end of the report.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 1

With the prolonged postponement of football, results were always going to be difficult to predict but Hook Norton showed no signs of rustiness as they got their cup campaign off to a flying start with a 5-0 thumping of Minster Lovell.

Star striker Jay Mair helped himself to a brace, Ben Morbey, Sam Prickett and Logan Mitchell completed the scoring as Hook Norton hit the summit after round 1.

Despite losing their goalkeeper to an early leg injury, Chadlington managed to still keep a clean sheet in their win over Carterton FC. The result caused a bit of a stir in Group 1, with Chadlington having previously been in Division One when the season ended, playing the former Premier Division league leaders. Alfie Peachey hitting the only goal of the game to give Chadlington the best possible start.

Hailey were made to work for their 3 points but eventually got there thanks to a late winner from Moh Semlali. Their game against Carterton Rangers looked destined for deadlock as the game moved into its final stages, only for Semlali to break Rangers’ hearts and steal the three points.

Charlbury recorded their first win against Premier Division opposition all season, safely despatching Spartan Rangers in their game at Nine Acres. Regular goal scorers Michael Hayes and Jacob Hancocks found the net once each and Felix Robertson hit their third in a comfortable 3-0 win.

Ted Young Senior Cup – Group 2

Lee Spencer smashed in four goals as he helped Wootton Sports rout Witney Royals 5-1. Ryan Harris hit back with a consolation for Royals with Jamie Hutton notching Wootton’s fifth goal to give them a dream start to life in Group 2.

Stonesfield sit pretty at the summit thanks, in part, to a Raffy Rice hat-trick as they comfortably overcame Bletchington. Bletchington’s poor discipline and timing inside their own box contributed to their downfall as Mike Phipps slotted home two penalties during the game and despite Richie Wells and Joe Brewer getting Bletchington back into the match with a goal each, Liam Harris hit goal number six to cement their victory and leave Stonesfield top on account of goals scored.

Milton defeated Enstone to ensure that all home teams won in Group 2 this week. Rhys Warner-Carter scored for Enstone but his goal was cancelled out by Levi Steele. Stephen Pearce then bagged a brace to give Milton a 3-1 lead and that’s how the game finished.

Carterton Reserves received a walkover victory against Hailey Reserves as Hailey couldn’t field a team.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 3

An eight goal thriller made the headlines for the Junior Cup as Eynsham narrowly defeated North Leigh. In a back and forth encounter, which saw both teams battle hard for the points, ever reliable

John Ayres managed to score twice to help Eynsham into the lead. Stephen Chappell scored from the spot but North Leigh weren’t to be outdone as Liam Varney hit back with a brace of his own. Andy Stratford scored for Eynsham only for Robbie Wyatt to drag North Leigh back into the game once more. Eventually, Chris Baldwin’s effort returned the gap to two goal and that’s how it stayed as Eynsham ran out 5-3 winners.

Another goal fest at Carterton Rec where Siege FC hosted Wootton Sports Reserves in their Junior Cup encounter. Dave Cartwright gave Siege the lead but Wootton showed they were up for the fight as Jacob Cooke fired home a 25 yard screamer to restore parity. Siege hit back instantly as Gez Morgan fired them back in front straight from the kick off. After that Siege stretched their advantage thanks to a goal from Will Griffiths and as Cartwright scored his second, Siege looked comfortable. Cooke slotted home a penalty to reduce the deficit and whilst Wootton threatened to pinch a draw, Siege held on for all three points.

In the only other game Combe overcame Aston 2-0. Kai Paton slotted home for the lead and Aston compounded their own misery by putting the ball into their own net for Combe’s second.

Watts Junior Cup – Group 4

Carterton Town B top Group 4 after a hard fought win over Spartan Rangers Reserves. Carl Ford fired Town in front, with pacey Tahir Alam firing home their second. Nick Lister pulled one back for Spartan to give them hope of a point However, Town sealed victory with a third from Daz Craig to secure the 3-1 win.

Brize Norton made a winning start to their Junior Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over Milton Res. Harry Nolan scored for Milton but his strike was cancelled out by Ryan Weston. Dan Leverton’s strike was enough for Brize to leave with all three points.

Cassington and Kingham couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes in their Junior Cup tie. Cassington dominated the first half but were guilty of not putting away their chances. Eventually Tyler Walker did find the net and although Cassington missed a penalty, they went into the break a goal to the good. Whatever was said by the Kingham team at half-time worked because they came out rejuvenated in the second half and made a real game of it. Dan Lay eventually brought Kingham level and whilst there were chances at both ends to win it, none could be taken and both sides left with a point apiece.

Supplementary Cup – Group 5

Hailey A were the biggest winners of the weekend with an 8-0 victory over Leafield Reserves. It wasn’t an easy start for them as Leafield fronted up to the challenge in the opening quarter. Hailey were wasteful in front of goal too but eventually Curtis Hathaway broke the deadlock after 28 minutes. Ryan Stockford opened his account and Hathaway notched his second to send Hailey in three up at half time. An early penalty was despatched by Hathaway in the second half to complete his hat-trick. It was then the turn of Henry Macke to score two beauties in the space of 10 minutes. First, after Leafield failed to clear their lines from a corner, Macke showed off his athletic abilities to power home an overhead kick into the far corner and shortly after fired home a perfectly timed volley past the despairing keeper. Two smart saves from keeper Gianni Cascone kept Leafield off the scoresheet. Darren Tasker and Will Jeffrey then completed the scoring for Hailey who have a comfortable goal difference to start the tournament with.

Witney Royals Reserves managed to beat Kingham All Blacks Reserves by the odd goal in five to take second place in the table. Olly Nolan and Elliot Major scored for Royals but they were cancelled out

by goals from Jake Godfrey and Liam Barnes for Kingham. Nolan’s second goal proved to be the difference maker as Royals won out 3-2

Brize Reserves were left to rue a missed penalty as they ended up sharing the spoils with Sherborne Harriers. It ended up finishing 2-2 as Jacob Hambridge and Joe Hatt both scored for Brize. Corey Cullen’s brace for Sherborne meant that the penalty miss proved crucial as the points were shared at the final whistle.

Supplementary Cup – Group 6

Game of the weekend looks to have taken place at Aston as Aston Reserves hosted Hook Norton Reserves in a nine goal thriller. Damien Corbin put Hook Norton in front only for Ash Edwards to equalise. Aston then took the game by the scruff of the neck and extended their advantage. Max Hazell scored for Aston and Edwards scored twice more to complete his hat-trick. In the 80th minute, Aston led 4-1 but Hook Norton’s never say die attitude has been ever present this season and so it proved again this time. Goals from Dom Hemmings, Harry Prickett, Jake Robinson, and a second from Damien Corbin saw a frantic end to the game as Hook Norton somehow snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a 5-4 win.

Chipping Norton Town opened up their campaign with a win over Leafield. It was a tale of the two George’s as George Kay and George Knight both scored once each in the 2-0 victory. The opening three points puts Town second in the table at this early stage.

Top spot is occupied by Spartan Rangers A after a 3-1 victory over Stonesfield Reserves. Mike Hole and Will Watts put Spartan in control only for Tom Wilson’s goal to drag Stonesfield back into the game. But a point evaded the visitors as James Macke scored Spartan’s third to secure all three points and grab top spot in the process.