Cup round up and Week 33 reports

By David Evans

Two more league champions confirmed and cup quarter finals complete

Senior Cup

Just like with the Junior Cup and Supplementary Cup, we are now guaranteed to have new winners of the Senior Cup in the 23-24 season. Holders Enstone faced off against Hailey and failed to find the net inside 90 minutes. Hailey scored three times themselves to run out 3-0 victors and move into the quarter finals.

Charlbury Town and RAF Brize played out a seven-goal thriller at Charlbury, with the home side prevailing by a single goal. Michael Goddard scored twice, with top scorer Dave Wanless also on the score sheet for Brize. Charlbury went one better thanks to goals from Stefan Lang, Sam Lewis, George Sulik and Thomas Williams.

Ryan Oliver’s late brace pushed Milton over the line in their game against Hook Norton. Josh Catling and Jack Lonsdale had scored either side of half-time. Hook Norton had two goals themselves but Oliver scored twice in the last twelve minutes to put Milton into the last four.

Hanborough complete the semi-final line up thanks to a win over Fred Ford finalists Stonesfield. Hanborough winning 2-1 on the night to advance.

Semi Final draw (ties to be played on Tuesday 30th April. 18:30 kick off)
Charlbury Town vs Hailey (at Charlbury)
Milton under Wychwood vs Hanborough (at Milton under Wychwood)

Junior Cup

Two of each from Division One and Division Two make up the semi-final sides for the Watts Junior Cup.

Bampton United, the form table favourites, thrashed Wootton Sports to move into the last four. Wootton, who are flying themselves in Division Two, put two on the board, but Bampton went goal mad and hit seven in a high scoring game.

CHQ United scored five for the second round running as they stopped Moreton Rangers from trying to complete a league and cup double. It finished 5-2 to the home side, who move into the last four.

Siege won the other all Division Two battle as they beat Cassington Rangers by a single goal.

Kingham and Heyford had to wait until Saturday to play their game owing to Heyford’s appearance in the Junior Shield final. Heyford safely advanced into the semi-finals with a 6-1 win. Robert Gosling and Filip Wojcik both scored twice. Ben Dawe and Joseph Flarry added the extras.

Semi Final draw (ties to be played on Tuesday 30th April. 18:30 kick off)
Bampton vs CHQ United
Heyford Athletic vs Siege

Supplementary Cup

Three upsets on Wednesday night as more of the high-flying teams were eliminated from the Supplementary Cup.

Second place in Division Three, Aston Reserves, were the second highest placed team left in the competition, but they failed to find the net against Tower Hill Reserves, who scored twice themselves through Ethan Barrett, to win 2-0.

Third placed Carterton Town went down by a single goal against Yarnton B. It finished 3-2 at Tackley as the B team try to emulate their A team who won this cup last year. David Baron, Christopher Marsh and Ben Merrill scored for victorious Yarnton. Travis Cozier and Ben Pullen scored in return for Town.

In the only mixed division tie, Division Three’s Sherborne Harriers caused an upset by dumping out Division Two’s Milton under Wychwood Reserves. It finished 4-2 to the home side who can look forward to a semi-final tie this week.

One game required penalties as Stonesfield Reserves and Leafield Reserves couldn’t be separated inside ninety minutes. Mykel Ryan’s double was matched by a goal apiece from Charlie brand-Wiggins and Daniel Thomas. Stonesfield prevailed from 12 yards though, winning the shootout 4-2.

Semi Final draw (kick off 18:30)
Sherborne Harriers vs Stonesfield Reserves (Tuesday 30th April at Sherborne)
Tower Hill Reserves vs Yarnton B (Wednesday 1st May at West Witney)

Junior Shield

Wednesday night at Kidlington saw Heyford Athletic take to the field in a bid to try and win the Junior Shield. Having won it as recent as 2016, they hoped to become the fourth Witney and District side to win this prestigious County Cup in the last five years. Their opponents, Hardwick Sports, responsible for removing Eynsham, Hailey, Bampton and Tower Hill from the competition in previous rounds. An edgy game saw few chances, with Tom McNamara the busier of the two keepers in the first 45. Having already tried their luck a few times from distance, Hardwick opened the scoring when Leo Beales’ half volley from outside the box looped over McNamara’s head and into the top corner. Heyford finished stronger and forced keeper Carl Clay into two excellent saves, but Hardwick lead at the break. Into the second half and still Heyford looked stronger. Joseph Flarry continually looked dangerous and near the hour mark, appeared to have equalised with a fine shot across the box. The ball nestled into the far corner but Heyford’s celebrations were cut short by the assistant referee’s flag for offside. Hardwick looked impressive on the counter but never truly tested McNamara again. Heyford’s persistence was commendable but eventually the full-time whistle blew to leave Hardwick as champions. Heyford can be proud of their efforts this season and look back on an incredible run in the County Cup.

Premier Division

Hailey are Premier Division champions for the third season in a row, winning the title on the final day for the second season running. A walkover victory over Enstone gifted them the three points needed to overtake RAF Brize Norton and reach the summit for the first time this season at the most important time.

Charlbury Town finished the season on high, beating Stonesfield in their final league game. A 3-1 win away from home secured their sixth win of the campaign and a fourth placed finish.

Division One

A positive weekend for the current top three as results went their way to re-establish some of the daylight that had evaporated in recent weeks.

Tower Hill moved to within two points of promotion as they saw off Witney Royals. Jack Scott’s brace, along with a third from Lewis Bartlett secured the three points. Corey Donohoe replied for Royals.

Second placed Chadlington won the promotion six-pointer against Aston to maintain their hold of second place. Lewis Scott scored for Aston but first half goals from Prince Nyongolo and Ethan Savage gave Chadlington a half-time lead. Ethan Barrett’s goal, fifteen minutes from time, cemented the win and dented Aston’s challenge.

Ducklington made light work of ten-man Brize Norton to move five points clear of the chasing pack. Their 4-1 victory moved them onto 46 points. Brize slip to third bottom, looking nervously over their shoulder as Eynsham still have two games in hand and are two points behind.

Bampton also slipped up, in a surprise defeat to relegation threatened Hailey Reserves. A five-goal thriller played out and Bampton lost by the narrowest of margins in the 3-2 reverse. Bampton now five points behind Ducklington, but with two games in hand.

Division Two

The stars aligned and the results came through that made Moreton Rangers Reserves league champions on Saturday. They did what they had to do as they edged past Milton under Wychwood Reserves, 2-1. Jake Newland scored in the 25th minute for Milton but goals from Keiron Harte and Lee Brooks ensured Moreton captured the three points they needed, now they needed a favour from FC Mills.

A favour they got, and then some, as FC Mills thrashed Wootton 4-1 at West Witney. Mills’ eighth win of the season was richly deserved on a successful afternoon in front of goal. Wootton have four games to overhaul CHQ United’s eight-point advantage in second spot if they are to go up.

Bourton Rovers moved further away from relegation and left Chadlington firmly in the mix with a 3-0 win.

Witney Royals Reserves moved level on point with Milton under Wychwood Reserves with a walkover victory against CHQ United.
Siege were the biggest winners of the day, putting six past Faringdon Development. Faringdon scored two in reply in the 6-2 reverse.

Division Three

The race to join Deer Park Rangers in Division Two got hotter with mixed fortunes for the three sides mathematically capable of finishing second.

Second placed Aston Reserves lost a seven-goal thriller to Yarnton B. The teams were locked at 2 each at half-time. In the second half, Yarnton matched their tally from the first half with two more goals. Aston could only manage one and succumbed to a 4-3 defeat. Sam Bodinham, Jordan Blackstock and Alex Murrell scored for Aston. Sean Dyer’s brace plus goals for Michael Trafford and Marco Armellin got Yarnton all three points.

Carterton Town moved level on points with Aston after a professional 2-0 win over bottom side Leafield Reserves. Both goals were scored in the first half to leave Carterton and Aston in a straight fight for second spot.

Heyford Athletic Reserves faced the unenviable task of travelling to Deer Park Rangers, hoping to stay hot on the heels of the two sides above them but like many other sides this season came away with nothing in a fascinating game. It finished 5-3 in the end. Cullen Angus scored twice in the first half to give Rangers a 2-1 lead at the break. Jamie Horne made it 3-1 five minutes after the restart. Angus completed his hat-trick in the 65th minute before Brandon Laing scored number five, five minutes later. Heyford are now four points behind with two games to play so now need favours from other teams to leapfrog their promotion rivals.

A Jamie Gregory hat-trick helped Eynsham Reserves to their biggest win of the season, a 7-0 demolition of Sherborne Harriers. Owen Johnson, Ben Norris, Mark Duval and Matthew Hughes-Davill both scored one each in the rout which continues Eynsham’s recent hot run of form.

Stonesfield Reserves earned their fourth win in five games with a narrow victory over Faringdon Town A. Chris Rutt, John Curtis and Nick Loveridge all scored for visiting Faringdon. Kieran Grant scored for Stonesfield along with goals from substitutes Jordan Newman, Luke Burns and Jonny Newton helped Stonesfield towards all three points.

Where next?

Week 32 and Cup Match Reports Deer Park Rangers are Division Three champions

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