Witney & District Football Reports - Week 21

By Ant Barlow

Written by David Evans

Thompkins Treble for Table Topping Charlbury Town.

Premier Division
Charlbury Town moved five points clear at the top of the Premier Division as they put six past Carterton Town A, thanks mostly to a hat-trick for the league’s top scorer Warwick Thompkins. Craig Macallum scored a penalty to start proceedings and Josh Hunt joined in with a double of his own to complete the scoring. They also managed to shut Carterton out and keep a clean sheet in the 6-0 win. Carterton remain third bottom.

Charlbury’s lead at the top has extended after FC Hollybush and Hailey played out their second 0-0 draw of the season. In what was always going to be a tough fixture between two in-form sides, neither could find the killer instinct required to break the deadlock and they both came away with a point.

Aston also failed to close the gap as they played out a 1-1 draw with Minster Lovell. Alex Cade scored for Aston, who remain third on goal difference also five points behind Charlbury. Minster responded through Craig Wood and they remain sixth as a result.

Tower Hill are now just three points off the top two as they stuck five past Carterton Rangers. Jack Scott scored a brace for the home team and he was backed up by team mates James Scott, Sam Britnell and Kieran Watts. Tower Hill are still fourth but closing in on the sides in front. Carterton Rangers remain seventh following the 5-0 reverse.

Kirtlington took advantage of the two Carterton sides losing by picking up only their second league win of the season against Spartan Rangers. Donny Henderson-Sowerby scored for Spartan but Kirtlington came through for all three points thanks to Shane Probitts, Alex Metcalfe and Jake East. Kirtlington remain ninth but are now just one point behind Carterton Town and Carterton Rangers and have games in hand.

Division One
Division One league leaders Stonesfield suffered their first league defeat of the season as they went down 2-1 to Bourton Rovers. Harry Larner and Danny Way helped Bourton get on the way to victory but Stonesfield responded through Raffy Rice. Bourton will also be grateful to keeper Andrew Herbert for a string of fine saves which more than earned the three points for the visitors.

Dan Bott scored yet another hat-trick to help Middle Barton to another three points and ascended to the top of the division one goal scoring charts in the process. Goals 17, 18 and 19 found the net for Dan and Nathan Bott got involved on the action too to take Barton’s scoring to four against Eynsham SSC. John Ayres and Ash Bowerman responded for Eynsham but it finished 4-2 as Middle Barton kept up the pressure on the top two
Chadlington followed suit in applying pressure on the top two with a 2-0 victory over Combe. Matt Chadwick and Roman Harris scored one each for Chadlington. They're third, level on points with Middle Barton who are fourth, but remain ahead on goal difference.

Watts Junior Cup
Witney Royals fired themselves into round three of the Junior Cup with a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Division Two pace setters Minster Lovell Reserves. Although there's a division’s difference between the sides there is only one league place between the sides which may have seen Minster as favourites but Royals put in a five star performance thanks to Jamie Kennedy, Jordan Priest, Ryan Harris and a Miles Roberts double.

Bampton United have a Chris Laurence double to thank for putting them into round three. Bampton defeated Moreton Rangers 2-1 in the all division one battle to advance. Kyle Smith replied for Moreton.
Milton also advanced to round three thanks to a walkover victory over Aston Reserves.
Supplementary Cup

Reigning champions Carterton Town B are safely through to round three of the Supplementary Cup after beating Division Four’s Stonesfield Reserves. Dan Chillington and Dave Wanless scored one each in the 2-0 win as they continue to pursue a consecutive league and cup double.

Bletchington Reserves were the biggest winners of the round after dispatching Milton Reserves 7-1. Craig Barrett managed to find the net four times during the victory. Team mates Joe Brewer and Nigel Taylor scored one each whilst a Milton own goal finished the scoring for the home team. Michael Doubrava replied for Milton.
Hook Norto
n also progressed in comfortable fashion after beating Tower Hill Reserves 5-1. Hook Norton also benefitted from an own goal, just like Bletchingtn, and then saw Ryan Hall, Ben Haynes and a James Ingham brace complete the scoring. Tower Hill responded through Ian Wright.

The other games saw closer affairs, including two games which played out seven goal thrillers. In the all division three battle Chipping Norton Town overcame FC Mills to advance inside 90 minutes. Dean Spivey, Craig Isle and Steve Foster had all scored for Mills but Chippy hit back thanks to a double from Peter Rafferty Andy further goals from Darren Bridge and Rocky Burton.

Also sharing seven goals were Division three’s Witney Royals Reserves and Division Four’s Kingham Reserves. It was the lower league side who prevailed thanks to an Adrian Williams brace. Liam Barnes and Harley Miller also scored for Kingham. Ollie Nolan scored a double of his own and Rob DeBanks followed up with Royals’ third but they only served as consolations in the end.

Spartan Rangers Reserves got in on the act of scoring four goals to advance by beating Brize Reserves 4-2. Spartan managed to notch four different goal scorers as Gavin Kominek, Ben Hardcastle, Scott Mason and Daz Craig all scored one each. Chris MacNeill and Adam Harris replied for Brize but it's Spartan in the hat for round three.

Jack Galpin was the solitary difference maker as Bourton Rovers Reserves defeated FC Ascott 1-0.
Wootton were able to advance without kicking a ball as FC Ascott Rangers forfeited their game before a ball was kicked.

Division Two
Due to commitments in the Junior Cup there were only a couple of fixtures played in Division Two but both games still managed to create some headlines for one of the tighter leagues in the Witney and District.
In the absence of a game for league leaders Minster Lovell Reserves, Hailey Reserves grabbed the opportunity to return to the top of the league. The ball found the net three times for the new league leaders as Paul Read, Shaun Evans and Connor Beveridge all scored once for the three point return. Ducklington, their unfortunate opponents, replied through Samm Murphy but it proved to be merely a consolation.

Kingham also hit three and kept a clean sheet in the process as they beat Siege FC 3-0. A Harry Notman hat-trick proved the difference in front of goal but Kingham will be grateful for the performance of keeper Chris Brain for pulling off three brilliant saves whilst the score was still 1-0. Kingham can still look toward the promotion fight after victory as their games in hand mean they can still catch Hailey Reserves at the top of the league.

Division Four
53 year old Andrew Watson rolled back the years to find the back of the net whilst helping Chadlington Reserves to victory over Spartan Rangers A at the weekend. Chadlington have put the fate of Division Four in their own hands with the 3-0 win, and the three points helped them jump from third to second at the same time. Further goals from Ollie Jordan and Charlie White made sure of the points for Chadlington who, are now level on points with Milton Reserves and have a game in hand as well.

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