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.

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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.

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