[size=large]The Witney and District pay their respects[/size]
Teams across the leagues paid their respects in honouring the fallen heroes of conflicts across the world this weekend as the centenary of World War One ending was fittingly respected across each of the games this weekend. All sides fell silent for one minute before each game, setting their minds elsewhere, momentarily, before engaging in their own 90 minute battle on the pitch.
Fred Ford Cup
There were two upsets as Premier Division sides fell to Division One opposition. Perhaps, the biggest shock of all came as high flying Charlbury Town, previously with 100% record in all competitions, shared a 10 goal thriller with Stonesfield, before being dumped out on penalties. Raffy Rice (2), Carry Rice, Lewis Colwell and Peter Searle all scored for Stonesfield. Warwick Tompkins, Tom Williams, Connor Ladbrook and Josh Hunt (2) all responded for Charlbury as it finished 5-5. To penalties it went and it would be Stonesfield who prevailed, winning 3-1 in the shootout.
Bampton United were also in the mood for an upset as they took down Minster Lovell. Extra time was required once again but Bampton upped their game in the second half of extra time, scoring 3 goals without reply, to send them through to the quarter finals. Tom Thorpe, Karl Pritchard and Joe Paintin scoring one each as Bampton won 3-0.
In the all division one battle, Eynsham and Bourton Rovers managed to score 9 goals between them, and produce 9 different goal scorers, but it was Bourton Rovers who advanced into the quarter finals. Oli Page, Matty Walker, Matty Hall and Ross Lewington all scored for the home side, Eynsham. But, visiting Bourton went one better thanks to Liam White, Lee Mosson, Ryvan Masardo, Mitch Thomason and Ben McPhilimey.
There were two all premier division battles, in which, the home sides won through in each. Carterton Rangers snuck through, 1-0, against Tower Hill thanks to Jamie MacDonogh.
A Mark Threlfall brace set FC Hollybush on their way to defeating Carterton Town A. Josh Grant, Alex Stubbs and a Dan Bishop penalty helped Hollybush notch five. A Sam Cairns penalty and a Will Smaldon strike weren’t enough for Town.
An Alex Metcalfe hat-trick enabled Kirtlington to breeze past Middle Barton as they booked their place in the quarter finals. Ross Gray, Shane Probitts, Chris Kirby and an Anthony Booker double helped Kirtlington win 8-3. Dan Bott scored a brace, including one direct from a restart and a John Umney penalty were only consolation efforts for Middle Barton.
Hailey completed the quarter final line up as they received a walkover victory vs Moreton Rangers.
There was only one fixture in the Premier division as most sides were in Fred Ford Cup action. Aston took full advantage in beating Spartan Rangers 4-3 to increase their lead at the top of the table. It was all about the Ryan’s as Ryan Colleton, Ryan Oliver and Ryan Lewis (2) scored Aston’s goals to put them 6 points clear of the chasing pack. Spartan fought admirably but remain bottom of the league despite goals from Callum Hampson and a Cody Davies brace.
Chadlington moved level on points at the top of the table after a close fought victory over visiting Milton. Stephen Pearce had scored for the away side but Matt Chadwick and Lee Woodward scored one each to give Chadlington a 2-1 win. The result leaves them second on goal difference, behind Stonesfield.
With league leaders Minster Lovell Reserves out of action due to a water logged pitch, the chasing group had a chance to assert their own ambitions for progressing out of division two.
Witney Wanderers put their stamp on the league and are now level on points with Minster after defeating Kingham. Dan Lay scored a brace for Kingham but James Basson scored two of his own and team mates Telmo Fernandez, Josh Walkington and Omar Semlali all scored one each to see Wanderers home 5-2.
Hailey Reserves elevated themselves to third place with a 2-0 victory over Brize Norton. Paul Read and a Perry Tinson penalty put Hailey just a point behind the top two.
It was a battle of the bottom two as Aston Reserves played Charlbury Town Reserves and whilst a 6 goal thriller is often nice to be involved in, the point will have done nothing for either side in their bid to climb up the rankings. Martin Grimsley, Sean Godfrey and Michael Hayes all scored for Charlbury but Reece Wain and a Sam Aston double saw the points shared at full time.
Two other sides who could have done with three points faced off as Corinthians played Siege FC. Richie Hall and Karl Dodds cancelled each other out in a 1-1 draw to leave both sides in the bottom half of the table.
In a surprising turn of events, none of the top three sides in division three could collect three points at the weekend. Spartan Rangers Reserves were given a reality check as bottom side Witney Royals Reserves defeated the table toppers. Arrun White and Pete Jenkins scored for visiting Spartan but were overshadowed by a Jake Harding double and Ollie Nolan completed the scoring to give previously winless Royals their first 3 points of the season.
That result presented an opportunity for Carterton Town B to return to the summit but they could only manage a point away to Wootton. Matteo Barraclough scored for Wootton but John Wood ensured that Carterton came away with a point to leave them second and one point behind Spartan.
With no wins for the sides above them, FC Mills had ample opportunity to close the gap on the top two but fell short against an impressive Hook Norton side. Harry Prickett and James Ingham both scored twice for Hook Norton, with John Mair and Ben Haynes also on the scoresheet. Carlos Paiva and Lee Senior grabbed consolations for Mills as the score line finished 6-2 to Hook Norton.
Rocky Burton scored a hat-trick as Chipping Norton Town jumped up the table by defeating Bletchington Reserves. Richie Wells and Jonathan Watts scored for Bletchington but a double from Mark Corbett saw Chippy through as 5-2 victors and helped them jump their opponents in the table.
Chipping Norton’s victory helped them to jump both Tower Hill Reserves and Bourton Rovers Reserves as they could only share their points after 90 minutes. Ryan Frost scored for Bourton with an unknown contributor for Tower Hill but the point does neither side any favours as they remain in the bottom half of the table, edging nearer to the halfway point of the season.
FC Ascott Rangers remain pointless and bottom as Bampton United Reserves handed out the biggest defeat of the weekend by winning 10-0. Oli Partridge, Steven Newman, Rob Pratley, Jordan Ford, and Steve Allery all got one each. Ben Brown got two but they were all eclipsed by Richard Garchan who popped up with a hat trick to put the score into double figures.
There were important battles elsewhere in the division as first played third and second played fifth in this weekend’s fixtures and there were hat-trick heroes in both games as the away side triumphed in each fixture.
Table topping Kingham Reserves suffered their first defeat of the season as Mateus Wezyk’s hat-trick did all the damage in Chadlington’s 3-0 victory. Chadlington’s victory leaves them just one point behind the league leaders although Kingham still boast a far superior goal difference.
With Kingham defeated, Stonesfield Reserves just needed a point to go top but found themselves on the wrong end of a 7-2 score line against Brize Reserves. James Clarke and Jamie Gardner scored for Stonesfield as they looked to reach the summit but were undone, primarily, by a Dan Sollis hat-trick. Chris Greenaway scored two and they were joined on the scoresheet by Jason Hirshfield and Paul Morrison. Brize closing the gap on the leaders and the top five are separated by just four points now.
Milton Reserves added pressure on the leaders by coming through a tight encounter with Wootton Reserves. Mark Mumford and Joe Houghton had scored for Wootton but Martin Kraus scored a double and Michael Doubrava proved the difference maker as Milton won 3-2. They’re now just 3 points off the top of the table.