For the first time this season the weather claimed victory as the fixture list was ruined from as early as Friday morning as the backlash of Storm Ciaran swept its way across Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire. Eleven games succumbed to the weather eventually but there was still a small amount of action across the region.
Most of the Witney and District side who got a game in were taking part in the second round of the Junior Shield, Six out of eight sides in action progressed on a successful afternoon for our local teams.
Tower Hill, who narrowly missed out on being Team of the Month for October, made a strong start to their November campaign with a 7-0 thrashing of Union Street. They only required two goal scorers as well. Tom Costley scored a rare hat-trick for him but he was beaten to top goal scorer accolades by team mate Jack Scott, who netted four times to send Tower into round three.
Charlbury also scored seven as they brushed past Cassington Rangers. William Sweet scored a hat-trick to put Charlbury in the draw for the next round. Sam Lewis, David Jenkins, Stefan Lang and George Sulik added one each in the comprehensive win. Tyler Walker bagged Cassington’s consolation.
Stonesfield returned to winning ways with a 5-1 hammering of MINI. Sam Hart’s brace in conjunction with solo goals for Jack Sale, Jordan Newman and Will Barker saw Stonesfield win comprehensively.
Hanborough and Milton under Wychwood was the only all W&D fixture played this week. Hanborough doing well to get the game on all together in the horrible conditions. A quick start on a zippy pitch saw Alpha Breezy Kamara set up Travis O’Connor. His goal-bound shot was blocked by a Milton arm and O’Connor backed himself to slot away the spot kick, which he did to give Boro the lead. Hanborough should have been two ahead when O’Connor narrowly dragged his next effort wide and Milton made them pay by equalising shortly after. Ryan Oliver’s 20 yard thunderbolt shooting into the top corner for 1-1. Alpha Breezy Kamara restored Hanborough’s advantage shortly after but the fact the game was close at the break was down to the heroics of the Milton goalkeeper. Three crucial saves kept Milton in the game but whilst Hanborough led on the scoreboard, the playing numbers were soon in Milton’s favour. Riley Weston receiving his marching orders for rash challenge on halfway which ended his afternoon early. Milton were level early on in the second period, Ryan Oliver grabbing a second goal which was better than the first. Bringing down a long ball, he cut onto his left foot and unleashed another rocket which found the top corner once again.
Milton took the lead for the first time shortly after. Oliver grabbing his hat-trick with a deflected strike which left keeper Bennington stranded as the ball nestled in the goal. Hanborough fought on despite their numerical disadvantage. Sean Quinn found their deserved equaliser after an excellent cross by Karl Roberts and Boro even had chances to win it but couldn’t go closer than nearly grabbing a fourth. The game went to penalties where Milton found their form from 12 yards. A 100% record in the spot kicks put all the pressure on Hanborough who missed two of theirs to crash out 5-3 on penalties.
Wootton Sports edged out Bodicote Sports to advance to the next round. A 3-2 win thanks to a Jamie McCuaig brace and a Paul Brown effort saw them advance into the next round.
Alfie Peachey and Hans Korge were on target for Chadlington in their 2-0 win over SWIS.
Deer Park Rangers battled valiantly but ultimately fell to Chesterton. A 2-0 defeat ended their Junior Shield charge for this season.
All postponed ties have been rescheduled to the 11th November!
Fred Ford Cup 1st Round
Jake Godfrey’s hat-trick secured victory for Kingham All Blacks in their rescheduled first round fixture against Bourton Rovers. George Callinan’s brace had Bourton in the contest but a Lewis Pretorius brace helped Kingham to a 5-2 win and earned themselves a trip to Freeland in round two.
Only one game survived in Division Two as CHQ United jumped back up to third place with a tough victory over Faringdon Town Development. Richard Evans and Chris Rutt both scored one each for Faringdon but an Alex Anderson goal alongside a Troy Weaven hat-trick spurred United to their sixth win of the season.
Two games managed to survive the weather in Division Three at least. Yarnton B are now unbeaten in four league games and have three wins under their belt after a 4-1 victory over Kingham Reserves. Barney Quick, Angus McIver and a Chris Marsh double secured all three points for the away side. Dan Lay hit back in reply for Kingham.
In stark contrast, Sherborne Harriers have their first win wince the 16th September after surprising league leaders Aston Reserves. Jordan Blackstock struck for table-topping Aston but Daniel O’Toole and Josh Betteridge both returned to the scoresheet for the first time in five games to snatch all three points.