John Fathers Oxfordshire Junior Shield 17-18 - 4th Round
The festive break seemed to have no ill effects on Hanborough as their excellent form continued. They trounced Stonesfield 5-0 in the John Fathers Junior Shield, progressing to the 5th round with Jack Morton grabbing a hat trick. Craig Johnson also bagged a brace.
Several teams were playing catch up in the previous round that had been effected by the bad weather. FC Hollybush set up a fourth round tie with Witney Royals as they recorded a comfortable 5-0 win over Bampton United. Bradley Bryant (2), Michael Duerden, Craig Mays and Dan Bishop all got on the score sheet.
Combe’s cup run came to an end as they went down 4-1 to Tetsworth. Simon Gale scored Combe’s only goal. Chipping Norton were also knocked out; 2-1 to their hosts Deddington. Reece Bayliss scored the consolation for Chippy.
John Ayres scored a hat trick for Eynsham SSC but still ended up on the losing side as they went down 6-3 to Original Swan from the Oxford City League.
With leaders Hollybush in cup action it was up to Kirtlington to close the gap at the top. However they had to settle for a point each after a 4-4 draw with a battling Hailey side. Kirtlington scored through Alex Metcalfe, Shane Probitts, Tom Wiliams and Ross Gray , but Hailey replied with goals from George Blundell (2), Luke Manning and Dev Wright.
Charlbury Town also missed out on the chance to move into second place as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Spartan Rangers. Warwick Thompkins and Matthew Boyd were on target for the hosts but it was not enough as an Alfie Saunders brace brought equilibrium to the score line.
Despite there being only one game in Division One, there were still plenty of goals as Tower Hill trounced FC Nomads 9-0. The visitors threw everything they had at Tower Hill, but found their resolute and quick to counter. Lewis Bartlett scored a hat trick with Jack Scott (2), Ollie Squires, Brad Olive, James Scott and Adam Bolley all joining the party.
Witney Wanderers dragged themselves out from the drop zone in emphatic fashion with the days shock result. Wanderers, who were sitting in the relegation places prior to kick off, beat runaway leaders Kingham AB 5-4. Kingham, who had previously only lost one game all season scored through Chris Mills (2), Olly Peters and Gaz Price, however they found themselves a couple of goals shy of the win as Mark Wright and Dan Smith each scoured doubles with Ben Border nabbing the 5th.
The other game in Division Two was a less surprising but equally emphatic win for Hailey Reserves as they smashed Bourton Rovers 8-1. Harry Larner scored for the hosts but a Freddie Buckingham hat trick was accompanied by goals from Jamie Austin (2), Bradley Snell, Matthew Eeles and Rupert McFarlane.
Hanborough Reserves remain rooted to the foot of the table and Middle Barton moved into third as the latter won a closely fought match 2-1. John Umney and Tony Bott were on target for the hosts with Lewis Maskens getting the goal for Boro’.
It’s very tight at the bottom where only four point separate five teams. Brize Norton received a boon to their survival hopes courtesy of a 2-0 win over Spartan Rangers Reserves.Haydn Parker and Matt Parsloe scored the important goals.
There was a goal each for Rob Chatwell, Perry Letten, Harry Purfitt and Frank Webb of Corinthians as they saw off FC Mills 4-2. Cody Davies replied with both Mills’ goals.
Siege FC closed the gap on leaders Minster Lovell after their 5-1 win over Bourton Rovers Reserves. Karl Dodds weighed in with a hat trick while Darrell Steele and Andy Makepiece got the others. Alex Winter scored Bourton’s consolation goal.
Hosts Witney Royals Reserves were left ruing missed chances as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Combe Reserves. Royals took a 2-0 lead through Rob DeBanks and Josh Taylor, but were pegged back by late goals from Aaron Drewitt and Mark Minchin.
Wootton beat Chipping Norton Town Reserves 4-2 with a Lee Spencer hat trick being the highlight. Liam Robinson added the other with consolation strikes from Matt Smith and Tomas Dolezel for Chippy.
Division Four was the place to be for goals this weekend as 43 were scored across six games. Wootton Reserves were displaced at the top of the table after going down 3-1 to Chadlington Reserves. Sam Davin, Ewan Thomas and Connor McMahon were all on target to secure the points with Theo Flatman nabbing Wootton’s consolation.
Carterton Town B took full advantage of Wootton’s slip and moved into top spot after they beat Kingham AB Reserves 4-3. Dan Lay, Adrian Williams and Liam Barnes all scored for Kingham but goals from Danny Haining, Shay Lowthian, Dave Wanless and Ryan Clement settled the tie.
Brize Norton Reserves moved into third place after a 13-0 demolition of Siege FC Reserves; (unlucky for them). Olly Puddle and Leo McLoughlin each scored a hat trick with Lee Litton and Jason Hirschfield both scoring double. Danny Claridge, Paul Morrison and Ciaran Clarke completed the rout with a goal apiece.
Bampton United Reserves saw off Eynsham SSC Reserves with a 3-0 win over the visitors. Danny Watters, Steve Allery and Oliver Partridge were all on target.
Tom Merchant (2), Mev Gundem, Scott Mason and an Oli Crook own goal all contributed towards Spartan Rangers A’s 5-1 win over FC Ascott Reserves with Gary O’Donovan scoring for the hosts.
Stonesfield Reserves went down 6-4 to Bletchingdon Reserves in an end to end match. Shaun Kemp (2), Jamie Gardner and Bruce Wilson were on the score sheet for the hosts but a hat trick from Mason Connolly and further goals from Loren Bushay, Michael Trafford and Chris Fennell secured the posts the visitors.