Witney & District Football Reports - Week 7

By Ant Barlow

Written By David Evans

Charity Cup
Charlbury charge on in Charity Cup rout

There were only two Witney and District sides entered into the Charity Cup for this season and as luck would have it they were drawn against each other in the 2nd round. FC Hollybush, who now play their home games at Kilkenny Lane will be left hoping that this fixture isn’t a sign of things to come at their new ground as Charlbury ran out 6-0 winners. Charlbury managed five different goal scorers in the process as Stefan Lang, Conor Ladbrook, Steve Fitzgerald and Josh Hunt all scored once, alongside a Chris Rae brace to move Charlbury into the quarter finals.

Fred Ford Cup
In the one remaining fixture, held over from last week’s second round fixtures, Eynsham SSC managed to progress through to round three with a solid 2-0 away win against Chipping Norton Town. David Cooper and Oli Page scored the goals that see Eynsham through to round three to face fellow Division One side Bourton Rovers

Jack Busby Cup
Last season’s Jack Busby cup winners, Minster Lovell Reserves started the defence of their trophy by surviving a second half fightback from Carterton Town B to progress into the next round. Minster, started brightly and were 4-0 up at half time. Peter Okerke and Ben Powell brace gave Town a glimmer of hope scoring three second half goals but the damage was already done and Minster won 5-3 thanks to goals from Jack Muttock, Brendan Neale, Gary Mitchell, Seb White and Steve Burke.

Hailey Reserves, the only other division two side in the competition, avoided a cupset of their own against division four Stonesfield Reserves, by winning 5-2. Luke Burns scored a double for Stonesfield but Will Graham responded with a double of his own and Tom Gonzales, Henry Macke and Darren Tasker joined him on the scoresheet to put Hailey through, where they will face Minster Lovell Reserves in round three.

A Chris Mills hat trick, for division four table toppers Kingham Reserves, saw off fellow division four side Brize Norton Reserves 4-2. Danny Case scored the other Kingham goal. A Lee Litton brace was all in vain for the visiting side. In the other all division four battle, Wootton Reserves managed to defeat Milton Reserves 3-0. Aaron Bowerman and a Simon Stokes double were enough to put Wootton into the hat for round three.

The two remaining round two fixtures saw division three sides playing each other and in each fixture it was the home side that prevailed. Tower Hill Reserves overcame Bourton Rovers Reserves 2-1 to continue their recent fine form. Luke James and Cam Donohoe both scored to put Tower through, David Davanzo got Bourton’s consolation.

Things were somewhat more comfortable for Bletchington Reserves as they beat Witney Royals Reserves 7-2. Michael Trafford, Senan Simmons, Richie Wells, John Boyes, Kyan Rayner and a Mason Connelly double put the home team into the draw for the next round. Mikey Piper and Juan Sanchez got Royals on the scoresheet at least.

Premier Division
Its three wins on the bounce and a bit of daylight for table topping Aston after overcoming Carterton Town A at the weekend. A goal in each half from James Fleming was enough for Aston to stretch their lead at the top of the table. Tomasz Mazur scored Carterton’s consolation goal.

It was a case of what might have been for the remaining fixtures in the division as both games finished 2-2. Carterton Rangers led 2-0 at home versus Kirtlington thanks to goals from Mark Cheriton and Mykel Ryan but a Ross Gray double saw Kirtlington get their share of the spoils.

At The Leys, Spartan Rangers picked up their first point of the season in their draw with Minster Lovell. John Clarke and Matt Swiergon both scored for the home side but Johnny Fletcher took two chances from 12 yards out as he scored two penalties to send both sides home with a point.

Division One
Milton recorded their first league win of the season and it turned out to be a win worth waiting for as they put eight past Middle Barton Milton managed to rack up seven different goal scorers in the process as Stephen Pearce, Chris Godfrey, Paul Dray, Leigh Hilary, Alex Ayres, Lewis Dady and a Levi Steel double did wonders for Milton’s goal difference. Dan Bott squeezed on the scoresheet for Middle Barton in reply.

Moreton Rangers were also in good goal scoring form as they put five past Bourton Rovers as the ascended to the summit of Division One. Doug Wallace bagged a double to set Moreton on their way as Dan Moore, Zac Ellis and a Bourton own goal gave Moreton all three points. Adam Webley replied for Bourton to continue his recent goal scoring form.

Bampton United picked up a first win of the season against Bletchington to jump off the bottom of the table. Jake Godfrey scored for Bletch but it wasn’t enough as the away side took the points thanks to Dan Paintin and a Chris Laurence double.

The final game in the division ended in a 2-2 draw and Stonesfield and Chadlington couldn’t find a way to separate themselves. Matt Chadwick scored both times for Chadlington as Mike Phipps and James Clarke scored one each as both sides took a point.

Division Two
Andy Makepiece’s hat trick made all the difference as Siege FC defeated bottom club Aston Reserves. Lee Manly and Tom Dix helped Siege reach five in total. A Reece Wain double wasn’t enough as Aston went down 5-2 in the end.

With Hailey Reserves in Jack Busby action, Witney Wanderers and Corinthians both missed their opportunity to climb to the top of the league as they pinched points off each other. A 1-1 draw was the final result as Telmo Fernandez and Richie Hall cancelled each other out to leave both sides on seven points, one behind the leaders.

Brize Norton did take advantage and joined the cohort of five clubs on seven points at this early stage by dispatching Charlbury Town Reserves in a 5-1 victory. Mitch Faulkner scored for the home side but the visitors came through with goals from Haydn Parker, Steve Marshall, Matt Parsloe and a double for Jake Farrugia.

Division Three
Third faced second as FC Mills faced off against Spartan Rangers Reserves. A victory would have seen FC Mills close the gap to one point on the top two sides but it was Spartan who came away with all three points. Ian Park scored for FC Mills but Josh Truby, Mickey Hole and David Pryse got one each to send Spartan top of Division Three for the time being.

Wootton climbed four places by inflicting a first league defeat of the season on Hook Norton. Lee Spencer and Charlie Dunmall scored one each to give Wootton the three points, Pete Moulder got Hook Norton’s response as it finished 2-1.

Division Four
There were only two games in Divison Four owing to the cup fixtures this weekend but one of them involved the Ascott derby as FC Ascott Rangers played FC Ascott. Jason Bufton was the pick of the bunch with four goals all to himself and backed up by Jay Whelan and Charlie Vickers meant that FC Ascott took the bragging rights with a 6-0 victory.

Chadlington Reserves maintained pressure at the top of the league with a close victory over Bampton United Reserves. Charlie White and Mateusz Wezyk scored one each to give Chadlington the points and put them level with second place Stonesfield. Steven Allery scored the consolation for Bampton as Bampton went down 2-1.

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