Useful Info For Clubs

 By john smyth


Crib Sheet

Club Secretaries will get an e mail from Ralph on Saturday / Sunday confirming the ref and opponents. The simplest thing as a home club is to ‘reply all’ to the e mail. Then confirm venue, kick off time, colours and any after match hospitality.
The away club and ref will generally acknowledge receipt of this.

On the day of the game. the Match Sheet should be completed by home side and passed to the away side to complete and then pass to the ref.
After the game the ref will complete their bits and return to the clubs to enter scorer details and referee’s marks.
Referee’s should be paid by the Home side as soon as possible after the game is finished, the fee is £35.00 except for in County Cup games. Also feel free to invite them for a drink, most drink beer.

It is the responsibility of the home side to txt the score to Results Secretary, Nicola on
07497 119648 this should be done by 17:00. The txt should advise of the full time score and scorers for BOTH sides as a minimum. Should you wish to add any more info feel free this will be passed onto Ant Barlow for inclusion in match reports on the website and in the local press. Result texts will not be acknowledged. All results should be on line by around 18:00.
If you wish to add any match details please e mail them to Ant direct at he can then include them in his reports.

Match sheets should be sent to Nicola to
17 Manor Rd
OX29 7YD

Or alternatively they can be scanned and e mailed to in either case these should be received by Wednesday night.

If you have any queries over a result, please do not call Nicola’s number as this will only be switched on during Saturday afternoon and evenings, Please call John’s mobile which is
07720 404271.

Any clubs who do not text the score in by 17:00 on a Saturday or send the match sheet in by Wednesday can expect to be fined, although initially a warning is likely to be issued. Similarly if match sheets are consistently filled out wrong you can expect a fine after a warning or so.

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Witney & District Match Reports – Week 5

 By john smyth


By David Evans

Perfect Ten for Junior Shield competitors in opening round

Junior Shield
Ten Witney and District sides advanced to the second round of the largest county cup competition in Oxfordshire. The Junior Shield returned after a one year postponement last season, with plenty of local sides advancing into the next round.
Biggest winners were Freeland, who defeated fellow W&D side Kingham All Blacks
12-1. Joe Burgess proved to be in inspired form as his four timer did a significant
amount of damage. Rob Keylock followed closely behind with a hat-trick and there was also a double for Conor Allmond. Dan Lay did get Kingham on the board at least, but Freeland scored further goals through Jamie Curtis, Liam Harris and Lewis
White to complete the rout.
Another W&D side winning comfortably at the expense of another W&D team were Leafield as they romped past Brize Norton. Another four goal hero for the winning
side, Benjamin Barbosa, scored half of Leafield’s goals with the 8-0 win completed
by further goals from Victor Hugo, Gabriel Menezes and a brace for Markus
There were six goal scorers each for Stonesfield and Enstone as both sides
completed six goal victories against non W&D teams. Stonesfield thumped Union
Street 8-2 thanks to goals from Carry Rice (2), John Umney (2), Mike Phipps, Jack
Barker, Sammy Hart and Nick Higgs.
Enstone kept a clean sheet whilst strolling past Broughton and North Newington 6-0.
Reece Baylis, Nathan Bott, Josh Hunt, Jordan Godfrey, Jamie Gregory and Warwick
Tompkins all scoring one each to get the job done.
Ducklington needed a goal at either end of the ninety minutes to scrape past Blue
Elephant. Lewis Bartlett scored after just 18 seconds to get Duck started early. The
opposition equalised only for Bartlett to grab a second. Just as Duck looked to be
heading into the break ahead, Blue Elephant equalised to restore parity at half time.
Duck dominated the second period but couldn’t buy themselves a goal. As extra time
loomed, Ben Stanley bundled the ball home with less than 30 seconds on the clock
to steal the win and put Ducklington in the hat for round two.
Aston recovered from scoring an own goal to upset Premier Division Charlbury.
Lewis Scott scored in the right net for Aston and a Nick Angus double gave the
division two away side a 3-1 victory for their first win of the season.
Chadlington prevailed in a ten goal thriller against Bloxham, eventually winning out
6-4. Gus Boeing, Alfie Peachey, Jacob Hazelwood, Ethan Bennett and Jarvis Morley
(2) got Chadlington over the line.
Wootton are still unbeaten this season after seeing off Gravenhill in the first round.
Jared Smile’s solitary goal was enough to split the sides and send Wootton through.
A depleted Hook Norton side faced off against Chesterton but still managed to
triumph as they defeated the opposition 2-1. Connor Davies and Adam Hemmings’
goals were enough to put Hooky through and keep their cup hopes alive.
The easiest win of the day came for Spartan Rangers who advanced without even
kicking a ball. Steeple Aston forfeited the game prior to kick off to put Spartan into
the draw for round two.
Extra time heartbreak was felt by not one but two W&D sides. Minster Lovell forced
an extra 30 minutes against Longford Park after Jack Scott and Nick Rose’s goals
had made the full time score 2-2 but Longford Park scored the fifth and final goal of
the game to put Minster out.
It was identical circumstances for Carterton FC Rangers who also found their game
going to extra time after a 2-2 draw inside the ninety minutes. Ben Pearce and
Damien Williams goals forcing the game into extra time. But it would be East Oxford
who would score the last goal of the game to prevent penalties and put Rangers out
as well.
Cassington Rangers found themselves on the end of a thrashing. Donnington
winning 10-0 to make it a truly miserable afternoon for the division two side.
Premier Division
Just the one game in the premier Division after Milton and Hailey avoided being
drawn in the opening round of the Junior Shield. Hailey dished out the second
largest league defeat of the day as they dismantled home side Milton to win 9-0.
Travis O Connor, Jordan Cormack, Luke Turner and Joey Aust all scored one each.
Nathan Kimber went one better as he scored two but it would be Freddie
Buckingham who scored the most as he grabbed a hat-trick as Hailey returned to the
summit with an extremely healthy goal difference.
Division One
Bampton scored two late goals to defeat Bletchington and move up to second in
division one. Karl Pritchard scored for Bampton but was cancelled out by Mason
Connelly scoring directly from a corner. Appeals for a strong Bampton penalty were
waved away but it didn’t deter them and they finished the stronger of the two sides
after a back and forth encounter. Pritchard grabbed his second and a Chris Laurence
strike secured the points for the home side.
Division Two
RAF Brize Norton Social got back to winning ways with a comfortable win against
Hook Norton Reserves. Both sides had chances to score in the opening ten minutes
but squandered those. Brize then took the lead in the 13th minute thanks to a
scooped finish from Wes Christian after beating the offside trap. Two minutes later
and Brize had doubled their lead when Mark Williams slotted home but any thoughts
of one way traffic were banished when Will Wall despatched a beautiful free kick
from the edge of the box in the 26th minute. Brize quickly dampened Hooky’s sprits
though by scoring just ten seconds after the restart. A mazy run from the left hand
side found Carl Drury in plenty of space in the box and he rolled the ball past the
keeper. 3-1 was the half time score. It was 4-1 shortly into the second half, Phil
Kenyon firing home to extend Brize’s advantage. Hooky had a few more free kicks
but couldn’t recreate the magic of the first half strike whilst Tom Dyer, Coen Sword
and Wes Christian squandered numerous one on one opportunities to put Brize
further ahead. It finished 4-1 leaving Hook Norton Reserves still looking for their first
point of the season.
It was equally comfortable for Combe as they defeated Spartan Rangers Reserves.
Five different goal scorers scored for the home side as Kai Paton, Solomon Maasz,
Charlie Ibbotson, Jake Allinson and Lloyd Thomas all scored one each. Branden
Fenwick scored to give Spartan a consolation goal but that’s all it proved to be in the
5-1 reverse.
Division Three
FC Mills pulled off a partial upset by earning their first point of the season against
league leaders Hailey A. Hailey A were at 100% before the game and facing second
bottom Mills might have expected an easier afternoon. A spirited Mills side were a
match for their table topping opponents. Even though Hailey put three past Mills with
Craig Greenhalgh scoring his sixth and seventh goals of the season and Sean King’s
solitary goal, Mills hit back with Ben Thompson’s own brace and Darren Smith’s goal
which brought the final score to 3-3.
The other two games in the division didn’t take place due to the away sides forfeiting
the fixture. Faringdon Town A are only one point behind Hailey now after
Chadlington Reserves couldn’t raise a side. Milton Reserves are up to third after
Bampton Reserves cancelled their game, giving Milton the walkover victory.
Division Four
Sherborne Harriers are now four wins from four after winning yet another epic
encounter by a single goal. This time, Leafield Reserves were the latest to fall victim
to Corey Cullen’s goal scoring heroics for the current season, with his hat-trick
winning the game for Sherborne. It wasn’t all plain sailing for Sherborne, Charlie Hill
putting the ball into his own net and Brandon Laing scoring for Leafield, but with
Cullen taking his season tally to nine, the Harriers continued their astonishing early
season form with the 3-2 victory to leap to the top of the table.
Freeland Reserves are also still at 100% after comfortably negotiating their way past
Spartan Rangers A. Mev Gundem did score one goal for Spartan but found Freeland
in relentless form as Connor Smith, Spencer Lancaster, Ross Henderson and Sam
Blantz (2) all scored for the 5-1 win. Having played a game less, they find
themselves three points behind the league leaders and with a slightly superior goal
difference. Freeland and Sherborne face each other in two weeks’ time, after next
week’s break for the Fred Ford Cup.
Hatherop and Faringdon Town B ended up cancelling each other out in their 1-1
draw at Hatherop. David Legg scored once again for Hatherop with Nick Loveridge firing back for Faringdon. The draw leaves Hatherop and Faringdon second and third respectively in the league.

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Witney & District Match Reports – Week 4

 By Ant Barlow


Saturday 24th September 2021 Written by David Evans

Super Spartan edge nine goal thriller at Wash Meadow.

Premier Division
Spartan Rangers survived a courageous Minster fightback to secure their second win of the season. In a crazy back and forth encounter, Minster found themselves ahead after 18 minutes as Rui Alves pounced on a through ball and fired home past the onrushing keeper who was well outside his area. Spartan turned the screw after going behind and scored three times in the next 15 minutes to go 3-1 ahead and leave Minster trailing. However, on the brink of half-time Minster scored from the spot. Craig Wood firing home after Mark Norridge was fouled in the box.

Just 21 seconds into the second half and Spartan were two ahead once again. Kicking off the second half, Spartan quickly found themselves in the Minster box and Josh Walkington slotted home. 15 minutes later it was 5-2 as Walkington grabbed his second, cutting inside on the left hand side of the box and rolling the ball into the far corner. A quick drink break after Spartan’s fifth was just what Minster needed. Within 60 seconds of the restart they were breathing down on the Spartan goal and Ian Wright fired home for 5-3. With 15 minutes to go it was 5-4 as James Scott slotted home but Spartan defended resolutely to hold on until the final whistle and all three points.

With no game for Hailey, Enstone returned to the summit and to winning ways with victory against Carterton FC Rangers. Both teams started the day knowing that victory would put them top and it proved to be Enstone’s day. Damian Williams did score for Rangers but Kieran Watts’ double gave Enstone control and Warwick Tompkins secured the points with Enstone’s third in the 3-1 win.

Stonesfield have their first win of the season after narrowly defeating Charlbury Town. Nick Higgs and James Little scored once each for the visiting side and although Karlson Hoyle pulled one back for Chalrbury, Stonesfield held on for the 2-1 win

Division One

Minster Lovell Reserves still have a 100% record after a stunning second half fightback against Freeland at Wash Meadow. Minster found themselves behind after just 71 seconds after Liam Harris’ stunning volley dipped into the bottom corner.

The battles were evident over the pitch but Freeland continued to look more fluent around the park. They doubled their lead in the 35th minute when in similarly stunning fashion, Connor Almond hit a sweet strike from the edge of the box which flew past Minster keeper Tomasz Mazur. Freeland controlled the tempo for the remainder of the half and went in two ahead.

Minster halved the deficit inside two minutes of the second half starting, Ben Daniels slotting home from inside the six yard box as he pounced on a loose ball. Freeland should have restored their two goal advantage when the ball fell to Jason Lonsdale inside the Minster box but his neat strike was ever so slightly over hit as it just crept over the bar.

It proved to be significant as Minster went up the other end and earned a corner. From it, Dan Brearley rose highest at the front post to nod the ball home and bring the game level. Minster sensing the game was for the taking turned the screw as Freeland began to tire.

The winning goal came with a huge slice of luck though. Ryan Barrass, not for the first time, sprinted past his defender and as he looked to put the ball into the middle of the box, his floating left foot strike drifted over Freeland keeper Luke Bowles head and into the far corner of the net. Freeland hunted for an equaliser which only left Minster more opportunities to extend their lead.

However, both sides were wasteful in their attempts to score the games sixth goal and the game finished 3-2.

Wootton maintained their excellent start with an emphatice 6-2 win over Bampton. It was a breathless first half, which saw both sides net two and miss more. Karl Ware tapped home a loose ball after Michael Steers free kick was only partially saved. The lead was shourt lived as a header back to the keeper was intercepted by Chris Laurence and he nodded it over the keper and in. Connor O’Shea then put the home side in front heading home a corner. Only for Steers to level it up with a powerful 25 yard free kick.
The second half though was one way traffic as Wootton bagged 4 to go top of the table. Jared Smile grabbed a brace with Vince Evans and Craig Gilboy the others.

Hailey Reserves have their first win of the season after edging a seven goal thriller against Chadlington. Scott Perkins, Jack Wood and Nathan Kimber’s brace saw Hailey home but they were made to work as Chadlington fought back to within one goal with strikes from Hans Korge, Jacob Hazelwood and Will Foster. Hailey clung on for the 4-3 win to jump up the table.

Both Brize Norton and Kingham All Blacks have their first point of the season as they cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw at Brize Rec. Jake Farruigia scoring Brize’s goal with Jack Lay replying for Kingham.

Witney Royals are now the only side in division one without a point as they succumbed to a 3-1 reverse away to Bletchington. They did get on the score sheet thanks to Richard Murphy but Bletchington proved to be too strong and goals from Michael Trafford, Joe Brewer and Matt Bradd’s first goal for the club earned them all three points.

Division Two
Division Two got started early again this weekend as Bourton Rovers hosted Fratellos under the Rissington Road lights again but couldn’t recreate their winning performance from seven days previous as they were thrashed 5-0 on their own turf. Levi Cox and Dave Slattery both grabbed two apiece with Kenny Hawkins firing home the fifth goal.

Five goals also between Spartan Rangers Reserves and Siege FC with the away side prevailing 3-2. Will Watts and Jay Fenwick scored for Rangers but Kev Lewis went one better all by himself, as his hat-trick stole the points for Siege to leave them with two wins from two.

Another 3-2 game in division two as Witney and District new boys Carterton FC started their campaign with a victory over Aston. Kian Wolland, Tom Slater and Matt Hunt all scored once each for Carterton. Lewis Scott’s brace kept the new boys honest but they held on for a maiden victory in the Witney and District.

Cassington Rangers also have their first win of the season, at the fourth time of asking, as they saw off Combe. Having suffered two defeats and escaping with a point last week, two of Rangers’ regular goal scorers fired them onto victory as Jason Blackman and Tyler Walker (2) put Cassington well in control. Matty Walker did score a consolation for Combe but it was only that as Cassington left with maximum points.

Division Three
Dylan Briggs was the hat-trick hero for the second week running as he helped Brize thrash Bampton United Reserves. Brize have scored 13 goals in two games as they put seven past Bampton this week. Joe Hatt followed closely behind Briggs with a double and Richard Duffy also got on the score sheet. Lee Litton scored for the third week running to complete the 7-0 rout.

Two five goal thrillers for division three this week. Hailey A climbed to the summit with a hard fought 3-2 victory over Chadlington Reserves. Tommy Burns scored his first goals for Hailey as he grabbed two for the new leaders. Will Jeffrey scored Hailey’s third to give them the points and top spot in the process.

Leafield and Wootton Sports Reserves also served up a good contest as Leafield won by the same score line as Hailey A. Jack Pease and Tom Reeves both scored once each for hosts Wootton but Hailey went one better thanks to goals from Sean Dennis, James Clater and Kieran Holder.

Milton Reserves have their first win of the season after defeating FC Mills. Ben Thompson got Mills into the game but goals from Duncan Cooper and Dan Hooton gave Milton their first win to leave Mills second bottom and without a point so far.

Division Four
Before last week Sherborne Harriers had never recorded back to back victories in the Witney and District but can now say they’ve strung three wins together with an incredible fightback against Spartan Rangers A. Michael Hole and Tom Merchant had put Spartan in the ascendancy with a two goal lead after 55 minutes but that only served to spark Sherborne into life. Josh Betteridge scored a penalty and then Corey Cullen went and grabbed a quick fire four-timer to help the away side storm to victory and jump to second place in the table.

Hatherop bounced back from defeat to Sherborne last week to subject Witney Royals Reserves to their first defeat of the season. Ben Horne scored for a second consecutive week for Royals but Richard Stearn and David Legg’s goals gave Hatherop a 2-1 win which was enough to put them top.

Leafield Reserves grabbed a second win, leaving the top seven sides separated by just three points, in a congested bottom league. Their home victory over Stonesfield Reserves left the away side without a point in eleventh as Leafield rose to seventh. Adam Holmes and Eden Rice’s goals would have left Stonesfield with hopes of at least a point and whilst Brandon Laing’s double restored parity Brian Wright’s goal grabbed the points for the hosts in a 3-2 win.

Freeland Reserves defeated Carterton Town FC to leave them bottom still searching for their first win of the season. Faringdon Town B received a walkover victory against Kingham Reserves.

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Witney & District Match Reports – Week 3

 By Ant Barlow


Saturday 18th September 2021

Sides scramble for maiden wins in rollercoaster third week.

Premier Division
Away from the Groundhop action, Jay Mair is back to his goal scoring ways as his hat-trick helped Hook Norton to their first win of the season. After back to back defeats, Hooky welcomed Mair’s triple strike with Max Harris adding a fourth to put the icing on the cake. Carry Rice hit back for Stonesfield but it barely made a dent in Hooky’s progress.

Charlbury defended as though their lives depended on it to see off a determined Enstone side. Enstone, who romped to victory last week to storm to the top of the league, saw attack after attack fended off by the hearty Charlbury back line. Charlbury only mustered a handful of attacks but managed to profit from two of them as James Robertson grabbed an all-important brace. Enstone fired one back through Nathan Bott but could do nothing more to break Charlbury’s resolve and the visitors escaped with all three points for an opening fixture victory.

Another first win of the season, another hat-trick scorer as newly located Carterton FC Rangers stormed to victory against Spartan Rangers. Evergreen John Andrews got Spartan on the scoresheet but Carterton found the net through Ryan Clish and Adam Lee before Alex Berrow’s hat-trick gave daylight to the away side with the game finishing 5-1.

Division One
Bampton kept pace with the leading pack by dismantling Hailey Reserves on Saturday afternoon. With Freeland busy winning their Groundhop game, Wootton and Minster Reserves on a week off, Bampton had to win to join them all on 6 points and did so with ease. Four different goal scorers got in on the act with Chris Laurence scoring twice, Jordan Day and Conor O’Shea opened their accounts for the season and Seb White grabbed his second of the season to complete the rout.

Bletchington condemned Brize Norton to their third straight defeat of the season as they finally got their season off to winning ways. After a difficult opening defeat Bletchington came good at the second time of asking, managing to turn their goal difference positive in the process. They came out 4-1 winners thanks to Mason Connelly and Joe Brewer both scoring twice each, Jon White’s consolation for Brize was only that at full time.

Division Two
Division Two got started early this weekend as Bourton Rovers hosted Hook Norton Reserves under the Rissington Road floodlights on Friday night. A scintillating end-to-end encounter left the watching crowd thoroughly entertained. A pacy first half was highlighted by a stellar performance from Lewis Harrison who made four great saves from Jake Maudsley and Matt Winter. It took just 90 seconds for Winter to break the deadlock in the second period, capitalising on a poor back pass and sliding the ball past the onrushing Harrison. Winter doubled his tally ten minutes later. Harrison rushed out of his box to clear a through ball but mishit his clearance into the path of Winter who showed all the composure in the world to lob everyone from 25 yards out and get the home fans cheering.

Bourton remained two ahead thanks to their own heroic keeper, Ashley Nuttall, who saved at point blank range from Mitch Faulkner’s strike. Dalton Cooper then secured the points for Bourton as he curled a well-placed shot into the net off the underside of the bar. Hooky eventually got on the scoresheet as Faulkner made amends with a cute flick on a loose ball in the box and got one back, which was no less than they deserved. Hooky tried to reduce the deficit further but couldn’t create a clear chance and the match ended 3-1, giving Bourton two wins from two.

RAF Brize Norton Social are also at 100% with their biggest win in their early life as a football club. They hosted Spartan Rangers Reserves at the RAF base with familiar names getting on the scoresheet for the win. Michael Flavell was the hero as he scored three to guide the home side to victory. Rangers hit back through Daz Craig and Harvey Alder but further goals from Philip Kenyon, Wes Christian and Nathan Nyenya gave RAF Brize Norton a 6-2 win.

A five goal thriller at Aston as Aston hosted Combe with both sides looking for their first win of the year. For the third week in a row Aston managed to lose by one goal, as Combe took the points with a 3-2 win. Cairo Cuss scored his second of the season but Matty Walker’s double gave Combe the lead. Charlie Ibbotson gave Combe some breathing space and whilst Sam Aston reduced the gap to one, Combe held on for the win.

Division Three
Four games in Division Three this week and an astonishing 32 goals scored across the division, with each winning team scoring no less than five to claim victory. Early pace setters Faringdon Town A claimed victory by smashing eight past Bampton United Reserves. Richard Evans scored for the third week running to get Faringdon going and further goals followed from Adam Finney, Jamie Arlott, Liam O’Sullivan and Ronnie Platt. Robbie Harrington grabbed the plaudits with his hat-trick, equalling Evans’ feat of scoring for the third week running as the game finished 8-0.

Hailey A are in hot pursuit, trailing only on goal difference, as they also maintained their 100% start to the season. Another goal scoring Evans, this one called Bradley, set Hailey well on the way to victory with two for himself. Midfield maestro Darren Tasker got in on the action as well and there was still time for Karl Smith to slot one home and for Lewis Mills to grab his first goal for the club. Lewis Simons did add some respect to the scoreline from hosts Wootton Sports point of view as he scored twice but couldn’t prevent defeat in the 5-2 reverse.

Dylan Briggs fired in a hat-trick for Brize Norton Reserves as they recorded their first win of the season against FC Mills. Darren Smith, Dean Spivey and Dan Hedges all scored once for Mills to put three on the board for the away side but further goals for Alfie Gardiner, Lee Litton and Jacob Hambridge put Brize well clear and they finished 6-3 winners.

Eynsham SSC had a back and forth encounter for the second week running but ended up on the losing side this week as they were defeated 5-3 by Chadlington Reserves. Mauro Esteves and Cam Hannington scored for Chadlington before Chris Baldwin pulled one back. Brin Mayne restored Chadlington’s two goal lead, only for Ben Oates to grab one back for Eynsham. Sam Coles scored a brace for Chadlington to finally give them some breathing space and although Baldwin scored a second it wasn’t enough to rescue a point for Eynsham.

Division Four
Five teams are tied on six points in the early battle to climb out of division four. Witney Royals Reserves lead the pack thanks to a superior goal difference after squeezing past Stonesfield Sports Reserves. Ben Horne and Tom Wilson traded goals for Royals and Stonesfield respectively before Damilola Famikin scored the winner for Royals to send them top.

Aston Reserves recorded back to back victories to join the chasing pack also on six points. Despite Jayden Chapple’s goal for Spartan Rangers A, Aston came through for a comfortable victory. Neil Cooley followed on from his hat-trick last weekend to score two more this week and was joined on the scoresheet by team mates Alex Murrell and player/manager Jack Goodchild to secure the three points sending them third.

Faringdon Town B returned to winning ways against winless Carterton Town FC. A good performance combined with goals from Lucien Ghimpu and Brodie Maplefort saw Faringdon home and also onto the train of teams on six points (see the Groundhop II report to find out how Sherborne and Hatherop played out).

The final mention of this week’s report goes to Leafield Reserves who were one of many teams to record their first win of the season this week. Like Faringdon, they bounced back from a heavy defeat last week to see off Kingham Reserves in a seven goal thriller. Both sides benefitted from their first teams having the day off and the goals flowed freely between both sides. Chris Godfrey scored twice for Kingham but he was matched by Liam Barnes’ double for Kingham. Dan Lay grabbed a third for Kingham but Leafield rallied with goals from Mark Hillier and Brandon Laing to secure the three points.

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Witney & District Match Reports – Week 2

 By Ant Barlow


Saturday, 11th September 2021

9/11 is remembered across the District[b]

Clubs across the Witney & District Football League held a minutes silence prior to all matches on Saturday as they remembered all those who lost their lives in the atrocious attacks of September 11th

[b]Blistering Bayliss scores four in Enstone romp

Premier Division
A spectacular four-timer from Reece Bayliss helped Enstone conquer Hanborough in an entertaining encounter as Enstone started their season in style. Kev Davies scored a double and Dan King added a third for Hanborough but further goals from Jamie Gregory and Kieran Watts gave Enstone a 6-3 win.

Hook Norton suffered consecutive defeats in the league as they went down to Spartan Rangers. Max Harris scored Hook Norton’s first goal of the season but goals from Frank Clarke and Donny Henderson-Sowerby saw Spartan grab all three points in their opening league fixture.

Minster Lovell battled back from two goals down to secure a point against Milton but finished the game slightly disappointed that they didn’t take all 3 points. Alex Ayres’ second goal in as many games and Stephen Pearce had put Milton firmly in control of the tie until Rui Alves slotted home from the spot to reduce the deficit. Alves then missed a second penalty, saved by keeper Stephen Hocknell as Milton tried to hold on for all three points only for Jack Scott to steal a point for Minster in the final minutes.

Division One
Freeland are back in the Witney and District and opened their account in some style as they thrashed Brize Norton 9-0. Four different players got on the scoresheet twice, Joe Burgess, Rob Fotherby, Conor Allmond and Rob Keylock all with doubles. Danny Taylor also got in on the act and scored once to take the total to nine.

Wootton Sports made it two wins from two as they recorded consecutive away victories in the league. Bletchington were the hosts this time, who made things a bit more difficult for Wootton by scoring twice through Ben Knox and Scott Johnson but Wootton proved to be far too good for their challengers. Jared Smile scored a double to take his early season goal tally to four already and he was ably assisted by Tyla Peck who grabbed two of his own as Wootton ran out 4-2 winners.

Minster Lovell Reserves were on the right side of a five goal encounter with Witney Royals to maintain their 100% start for the season. Alex Stubbs scored a cracking goal to open his account for Minster this year but Royals hit back through Robbie Cockroft. Ben Davies scored again for Minster but Royals it back again through Zack Ryall but Ryan Colleton scored a third goal to break Royals’ resolve and win 3-2.

Division Two
Duck started their Division 2 campaign in great style showing why they will be one of the promotion favourites with a 7-2 dismantling of newly promoted Hook Norton Res. They opened the scoring within ten seconds scoring without a Hooky player touching the ball, Lewis Bartlett eventually putting Harvey Butler in on goal and he slotted past Thomas Lane. But Hooky soon hit back and a defensive mistake gifted the ball to Mitch Faulkner and the Hooky Striker needed no second invite to score from ten yards.

In a frenetic opening, Duck were soon back in front, when Butler crossed for debutant Jamie Harris to collect the ball and rifle home from the edge of the box. But again Hooky were soon level, Damien Corbin was put through on goal but was and denied by Tom Shore but Ashleigh Booth reacted first to score the rebound, The pace showed no sign of slowing down with a couple of meaty challenges in the midfield before Harris added his second and Bartlett who had already had two close efforts made it 4-2 just before the interval.

In the second half Duck made their aerial presence felt from corners, firstly Josh Hartley hooking the ball home after Tom Costley’s knock down, then Costley himself powered home the sixth with a trademark header. In between the goals, Hooky lost keeper Lane with a dislocated finger. Will Wall, who had come off injured earlier was forced to go between the sticks and produced a number of fine saves to keep the score down. The game finished as it started with Butler again on the end of a through ball and slotting home at the far post. Hooky were missing a few key players and will probably think themselves unlucky coming up against a rampant Duck side, who if they continue this form will be very hard to beat.

Levi Cox’s third and fourth goals of the season were enough for Fratellos to make it consecutive victories for the new division two outfit. Cairo Cuss scored Aston’s response to keep the early league leaders honest but it finished 2-1.

Siege FC managed to withstand a Combe onslaught to come away with a very hard earned three points in their first game of the year. Combe dominated possession and territory but could not find a way past the steadfast Siege defence. Siege, who only had a total of three shots during the ninety minutes made one of those count as Gez Morgan fired home the only goal of the game to give Siege a 1-0 win.

One more new team, another one goal victory as new boys RAF Brize Norton Social took victory on their maiden outing. A first half Sean Clerkin strike was all that was required to secure the win against Cassington Rangers who are still looking for their first win of the season.

Division Three
An end-to-end breathless thriller took place at Eynsham as Eynsham SSC hosted Wootton Reserves. Wootton took an early lead through Chad Blackman but Eynsham fired in three quick goals in reply to take control of the game, Lewis Wild scoring for the second week in a row, with two goals from Chris Baldwin, giving Eynsham a decent 3-1 half-time lead. Early drama in the second half saw Wootton reduced to ten men as their keeper was sent off for giving away a penalty.

To rub salt into the wound, Wild dispatched the penalty to increase Eynsham’s advantage. Any thoughts of an easy finish for Eynsham quickly evaporated as Wootton scored the game’s sixth goal through Dan Bourton. As the clock ticked to seventy minutes, Eynsham found themselves on the receiving end of a red card as another penalty was awarded for handball on the goal line.

Dan Bourton doubled his goal tally by slotting the penalty home to make it 4-3. It stayed that way until the 88th minute where Simon Stokes was on hand to equalise for Wootton and send the away side into rapturous celebration. The clock ticked past ninety and just as it looked as though the points would be shared, Baldwin was the right man in the right place at the right time to complete his hat-trick and steal all three points for Eynsham.

Another team scoring five for victory were Faringdon Town A but they had things much easier than Eynsham as they beat FC Mills 5-1. Richard Evans is finding life very fruitful in division three as he scored a hat-trick to make it seven for the season, so far! Robbie Harrington is also enjoying life in front of goal as he scored his third goal of the season and Adam Bird added a fifth for the hosts. Visitors FC Mills scored a consolation goal through Aaron French but that was as good as it got.

Brize Norton Reserves battled valiantly with ten men for a whole ninety minutes but lost out by one goal in their visit to Leafield. With only ten players available Brize fought hard against their numerically advantaged opponents but found themselves two goals down at half-time thanks to efforts from Gabriel Menezes and Benjamin Barbosa. Into the second half and Brize got back into the game.

Pete Moore’s low drive took a horrible bounce in front of the keeper and flew over his crouched shoulders and into the back of the net. It only took 3 minutes for Leafield to regain their two goal advantage, Guilherne Silva dancing through a myriad of legs in the box and nudging the ball into the far corner. With 3 minutes left to play, Brize once again reduced the gap to one as Lee Litton bundled the ball into the back of the net but the game finished with Leafield narrow victors.

Hailey A have already scored eleven goals this season after they put six past Milton Reserves. More goals again this week for Craig Greenhalgh as he got two. Ryan Holmes, Curtis Hathaway, Dan Readin and Will Lyne all scored one apiece as Hailey won 6-0.

Division Four
Hatherop Reserves made light work of pre-season favourites Stonesfield Reserves as they stormed to a 6-0 victory. Having been given a big scare last week by Aston Reserves fightback, Hatherop made sure not to make the same mistake twice, and defended well to keep a clean sheet. James Head scored a hat-trick to grab the headlines but he was well supported by Rob Stewart and Chris Saunders grabbing their first goals of the season. Mani Rawanawa hit the net for the second week running to complete the scoring and send Hatherop clear at the top.

Five different goal scorers hit the net for Witney Royals Reserves as they also scored six in defeating Leafield Reserves. Aaron Court fired in a thunderous strike inside six minutes but for most of the first half, both sides were wasteful when finding themselves in front of goal. That all changed in the 34th minute when Elliot Major raced through onto a through ball and poked the ball past the keeper for a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Leafield started much better in the second half and could have had three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Royals keeper Sam Taylor was in inspired form as he saved from two Leafield strikes and reacted well to prevent an own goal after a deflection off Court inside his own box. As Leafield tired Royals gained more territory and possession but it took until the 84th minute to grab the third, Luke Colville sweeping in a wonderful strike from the edge of the box. In the last 5 minutes Kyle Grimmet and Nathan Harris also scored, with Major grabbing his second to complete the scoring.

Aston Reserves bounced back from last week’s disappointment with a good win over Carterton Town FC. Jack Chaundry scored two to take his tally to three for the season with Tyler Webster responding for Town, also scoring in consecutive weeks. Andy Partlett did grab a second for Town but Neil Cooley’s hat-trick was Aston’s saving grace as they came out on top with a 5-2 win.

Five goals scored in the match between Faringdon Town B and Freeland Reserves with Freeland winning 4-1. Ben Edmond scored for Faringdon but Freeland posted four different scorers in the first win of the season. Connor Smith, Tyler Castle, Jerome Carbon and Sam Blantz fired home once each for all three points.
Five goals also in the game between Spartan Rangers A and Kingham Reserves but a slightly tighter affair in this fixture.

Will Watts’ brace kept Spartan competitive but Kingham went one better thanks to goals from Brad Smith, Dan Lay and Liam Barnes.

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Witney & District Match Reports – Week 1

 By Ant Barlow


Saturday 4th September 2021

Marvellous Mays gives Hanborough a happy return

Premier Division
Craig Mays fired home a tremendous hat-trick on his debut as he helped Hanborough to the top of the Premier Division with a 3-0 win over Milton in their first fixture back in the Witney and District.

Mays opened the scoring to get Hanborough on their way but found themselves pegged back by Milton after Alex Ayres scored a screamer to get to 1-1. Dan Haggie restored Hanborough’s advantage poking the ball home from a corner and May’s got his second to double their advantage. Tom Bennington was called upon in the Hanborough goal on a couple of occasions but made good saves as Boro went in two up at half-time.

A slightly more comfortable second half for Boro as they took control of the game. Kev Davies scored a fine goal from the edge of the box and then turned provider as he put Mays through for his third and the goal that made sure of all three points.

Hailey are hot on Hanborough’s heels as they safely negotiated their way past Premier Division new boys Hook Norton at Middletown. Joey Aust, Freddie Buckingham and Tom Gregory each scored once to give Hailey all three points in the 3-0 win.

Division One
Hailey Reserves couldn’t share the same fortune as their first team as they were thrashed 6-0 by visiting Wootton. Jared Smile made everyone happy with his brace. Further goals followed from Vince Evans, Jamie Hutton, Jack Dineen and Craig Gilboy as Wootton made a huge statement on the opening day.

Pre-season favourites Minster Lovell Reserves had a roller coaster first game out as they recovered from two goals down and only having ten men on the field to see off Brize Norton. Early omens were not good as Danny Brearly missed an early penalty and things got worse as Brize took the lead against the run of play. Jamie Pattison firing in for the home side. Carl Williams was then sent off for Minster for foul and abusive language and before the half was up, Brize were two ahead thanks to Dylan Briggs’ goal.

The half-time team talk clearly did the trick though as Minster came out firing in the second half. Rui Alves scored a brace to restore parity and Minster took control as Sam Wright scored two of his own. Ryan Barrass eventually secured the win with Minster’s fifth. Adam Davis grabbed a third for Brize, who gave a spirited performance but ultimately wasn’t’ enough on the day.

Seb White slotted home a second half penalty to give Bampton all three points against Kingham. In a back and forth encounter Bampton scored through Karl Pritchard to take the lead only for Tom Gustine and Matt Deakin to put Kingham in front. Bampton levelled through Dan Paintin and just as though the game looked to be heading for a draw, White slotted home from twelve yards for a 3-2 victory.

Division Two
Witney and District new boys Fratellos made light work of Cassington Rangers as they ran out 8-1 winners. Jack Allen slotted home five goals to get his season off to the perfect start and he was joined on the score sheet by team mates Frank Michienzi and Levi Cox (2). Calam Branch scored Cassington’s consolation goal.

Adam Webley scored an 82nd minute penalty to give Bourton Rovers all three points on their trip to Aston. In a competitive, back and forth encounter, Webley was a constant nuisance for the Aston back line and put the Gloucestershire outfit ahead as he side footed the ball into the back of the net following a drilled cross into the box.

Aston slowly got themselves into the game and drew level through a stroke of luck. Lewis Scott’s corner was swung in from the right hand side and as the keeper rose to claim the ball unchallenged, he let the ball slip through his gloves and into the back of the net.

Both sides searched for a winner but as the game ticked into the last ten minutes Webley arrived first to a 50/50 ball and the Aston defender could only clatter into him to give away the penalty. Webley dusted himself off and calmly popped the ball into the back of the net, despite the keeper going the right way and getting a glove to the ball too. It stayed that way until the final whistle and Bourton left the happier of the two sides.

Division Three
Another new team, another resounding victory as Faringdon Town A thumped Leafield FC in their first game in Division Three.

Gabriel Menezes did score a double for Leafield but he was cancelled out by Robbie Harrington’s own double. Man of the match awards were reserved for Richard Evans who scored four times to put the game out of reach and take home all three points.

Craig Greenhalgh’s hat-trick proved to be the difference as Hailey A visited Brize Reserves. Joe Hatt and Jacob Hambridge’s goals for Brize were cancelled out by Zac Payne and Bradley Evans’ goals for Hailey A with Greenhalgh’s goals crucial for a 5 – 2 victory.

The only draw of the day came at Milton as Milton Reserves faced off against Eynsham SSC. Dan Hooton scored for the home side Milton with Lewis Wild’s strike ensuring that both sides left with a point.

Division Four
An eleven goal thriller welcomed Hatherop Reserves into the Witney and District as they played out an epic encounter against Aston.

Mani Rawanawa has the honour of scoring Hatherop’s first goal in the league and it only took him four minutes to do so. A quick-fire David Legg brace and a goal for James Head saw Hatherop four up inside 20 minutes.
Stunned Aston eventually settled and on the forty minute mark made their presence known with Harvey Gould’s free kick sumptuously curled into the top corner from the edge of the box. Just 2 minutes later they scored again, Ash Edwards leaping highest from a corner to make it 4 – 2.

A change of keeper at half time did nothing to stem the flow of goals into the Hatherop net. One shot went through the keeper’s legs and Josh Asbrey bundled the ball into the net. Minutes later Aston were level as Jay Whelan took a chance shot at goal from yards out only to see the ball fly into the bottom corner with the keeper out of position. Aston’s astonishing turnaround was complete as the keeper let another shot squirm through his legs and Jack Chaundry was on hand at the back post to put Aston 5 – 4 ahead.

Hatherop weren’t to be denied though and equalised soon after thanks to Harvey New’s strike. Both sides had chances to win it, Aston hitting the woodwork and Hatherop forcing a world class save from the Aston keeper. In the final minute, a Hatherop free kick was fired in by Rawanawa which cannoned off the underside of the bar. As the Hatherop players appealed that it had gone over the line, Andrew Easton reacted fastest and headed the ball into the net to give Hatherop victory.

Faringdon Town B also secured a maiden victory on their Witney and District debut as they were able to defeat Leafield FC Reserves by the odd goal in five. Tom Burdett’s brace got Faringdon nicely on their way but Jason Bufton and Mark Hillier responded for Leafield. Iestyn Morgan-Evans scored a third for Faringdon and the game finished 3-2 to Faringdon.

Winning by one goal proved to be a theme in Division Four as Sherborne Harriers and Carterton Town FC played out a five goal battle. Tyler Webster and Fenn Carey scored for Carterton but Aaron Lowe, Kev Goodwill and Josh Betteridge went one better for Sherborne as they won 3-2.

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Witney & District Reports – Week 2

 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.

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Track & Trace

 By john smyth



Important info fron the FA

We wanted to draw your attention to the Government’s recently updated guidance on test and trace, and specifically a new section on the use of QR codes. This has important implications for you and requires action.

By maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors, and displaying an official NHS QR poster, you will help NHS Test and Trace to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to the virus.

You must register for an official NHS QR code and display the official NHS QR poster from 24 September 2020.

The NHS COVID-19 app has a feature that allows users to quickly and easily ‘check in’ to your venue by scanning the code. The information stays on the user’s phone. In England, you do not have to ask people who choose to ‘check in’ using the official NHS QR code to provide their contact details. If there is an outbreak associated with a venue, a message will be sent to the relevant app users with the necessary public health advice.

This will help to avoid the reintroduction of lockdown measures and support the country to return to, and maintain, a more normal way of life.

In addition to maintaining and sharing records where requested and displaying an official NHS QR poster, you must also continue to follow other government guidance to minimise the transmission of COVID-19. This includes maintaining a safe working environment and following social distancing guidelines.

The relevant settings this applies to are:

– clubs providing team sporting activities
– facilities for use by elite and professional sportspeople (including sports stadia)
– indoor sport and leisure centres
– cafes, including workplace canteens
– bars, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs

Please note this updated guidance comes into effect from the 24th September and failure to comply will result in Government issued fines.

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Witney & District Reports – Week 1

 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.

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Season Suspended

 By john smyth



No football until 19th September

Good evening,

Following an emergency Committee Meeting this evening, I am sorry to say we have decided to suspend the league with immediate effect and we will not recommence until Saturday 19th September. No league matches and friendlies will be allowed to be played during this period. However socially distant training will be allowed.

The reason for this is quite simple, we are aware of at least one and possibly more positive Covid tests over the last few days.
We are unsure just how many people the person/people have been in contact with over the last few days, but they have certainly played games and were drinking in a number of local pubs over the weekend before taking a test. We know at least one person, who has tested positive, has been in contact with players from half a dozen local clubs.

We have to take this seriously, sadly we do not believe some people are.

We also need to make it clear regarding rules over track and trace. ALL clubs should be recording names and contact numbers for every player who attends a training session and a game, These need to be kept for a minimum of 21 days. Ideally you also should be obtain any spectator information.

Additionally clubs should have carried out a risk assessment with regards Covid. We are not stupid we know some of you will not have done this. Alternatively you can get a copy form the OFA Website The FA Issues Guidelines for the Return of Outdoor Competitive Grassroots Football

The FA Issues Guidelines for the Return of Outdoor Competitive Grassroot…
The FA Issues Guidelines for the Return of Outdoor Competitive Grassroots Football

Clubs will be not be permitted to resume playing friendlies or matches until a copy of your risk assessment has been sent to me by e mail.

We would also urge anyone that may have been in contact with the persons to go and arrange a Covid test asap.

On first glance this may appear to be draconian, but we as a league do not want a serious illness or death on our hands.

Best wishes and stay safe.

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