Witney & District Football Reports - Week 14

By john smyth

By David Evans

John Fathers Junior Shield

Witney and District sides will make up 50% of the Junior Shield quarter finalists this season after a mixed bag of results across the weekend.

Big winners of the weekend, Carterton Town A, romped into the last eight with a convincing eight goal victory against fellow Witney and District side, Brize Norton.
Dave Wanless led the charge with a hat-trick, Alex Bradley fired in a double and there were single goals for Dan Robinson, Wes Christian, Rich Hall and Tom Leach. A Brize own goal finished off the scoring for Town as Rob Hook and Joe Henry scored in the right net for Brize but did little to affect the outcome in the 10-2 defeat.

A fellow Carterton side also secured safe passage with a 3-1 victory over Chadlington.
Chadlington, from Division One, gave a good account of themselves and scored through Alfie Peachey but Carterton's quality eventually pushed them through thanks to Mark Threlfall, Jacob Hughes and Dave Rabbich strikes.

Another Witney and District Premier Division side into the draw for the next round are Stonesfield. They saw off Milton in an all Witney and District Premier Division battle. Paddy Collett had scored for Milton but a brace for Carry Rice turned the game around with Peter Searle's goal making sure of victory.

Bampton United are the lowest ranked Witney and District side left in the hat after seeing off Bloxham. It required extra time to separate the sides, Chris Laurence scoring for Bampton inside 90 minutes to leave it tied at one apiece. Dan Paintin then fired home inside the extra period to send Bampton through to the last eight.

There was extra time heartbreak for Enstone as they lost out to Black Swan. Warwick Tompkins scored for Enstone to take the game past 90 minutes but Black Swan grabbed a winner to knock out the Division One high flyers.

There were also heavy defeats for Tower Hill and Bletchington to external opposition. Tower Hill were kept off the scoresheet in a 4-0 reverse against Chequers.
Jamie Hudson did manage to find the net for Bletchington but it proved to be of little consolation as they went down 6-1 to Deddington.

Premier Division

There are now no winless sides in the top league after Charlbury Town secured their first league victory of the season.
They were made to work for it by a spritely Spartan Rangers side who scored through Frank Clarke and Charlie Waite. But the current champions showed some of the resolve that carried them over the line last year with goals from Craig McCallum, Sam Stich and Sam Oliver helping them to a 3-2 victory.

Carterton Rangers and Minster Lovell played out an entertaining 2-2 draw to take a share of the spoils.
Caer Timothy and Billy Hales scored for Rangers but Johnny Fletcher's brace gained a point for Minster.

Division One

There are also no more winless sides in Division One as Gaz Price slotted home both goals in a much needed win for Kingham All Blacks. Witney Royals were the opponents but Kingham's defence was as crucial as Price's goals in the 2-0 victory.

Division Two

Hook Norton remain only one of four sides with a 100% record across all leagues after a back and forth nine goal encounter with Carterton Town B. It may have been top versus bottom but there was plenty of fight from Town as they notched up three goals through Mark Williams, Tyler Webster and Max Clark. Jay Mair turned into a hat-trick hero for Hooky with Tyler Bradley, Max Harris and James Ingham also hitting the net in the 6-3 victory.

Spartan Rangers Reserves bounced back from defeat last week by defeating Ducklington, to maintain pressure on Hook Norton.
Ed Smith fired in from the penalty spot for Duck but Matty Howard's second goal in two games and Garet Thomas' goal gave Spartan three points to leave them just one win from the top of the league

Charlbury Town Reserves gave away some ground at the top by allowing a two goal lead to slip as they fell to defeat against Eynsham SSC.
Mitch Faulkner and Damien Corbin had given Charlbury some daylight but John Ayres pulled one back and a Stephen Chappel brace completed the turnaround in the 3-2 win.

Division Three

FC Mills beat Aston by the odd goal in five as they climbed up to second place in Division Three at the weekend. Joe Cockroft and John Chapman scored for Mills with Alex Murrell and Nick Angus hitting back for Aston. Aaron French popped up with Mills' third to take all the points as they leapfrogged their opponents into second place.

Witney Royals Reserves are still hunting for their first win of the season after sharing six goals with Stonesfield Reserves. Oliver Nolan and a Jake Harding double would have had Royals thinking of victory but Liam Hatton, Ollie Laughton and Liam Harris all scored for Stonesfield in the 3-3 draw.

Bourton Rovers Reserves have put themselves into a congested top four after a good away win against Wootton Sports Reserves. Chris Stewart fired in from the spot for Wootton only for Bourton to hit back through Finn Griffiths and two goals from Ollie Sammons. The win lifting Bourton up two places to fourth and just one point behind second place Mills.

Division Four

There were victories for the top three sides in Division Four, all recording healthy home wins to keep themselves right at the top of the league.

Third place FC Ascott Rangers kept a clean sheet and produced three different goal scorers in a 3-0 victory over Brize Norton Reserves. Marshall Balmer, Aaron Court and Joe Lofthouse all scoring one apiece.

Second place Milton Reserves were made to work a little harder for their three points against Sherbourne Harriers. Goal machine Josh Betteridge scored for the fourth consecutive game for Sherbourne with Ben Simpson scoring a second. However, Milton showed why they're near the top once again this year with four goals from Adrian Underhill, Josh Edwards, Michael Doubrava and George Ford. It finished 4-2.

The other division four goal machine, Jason Blackman, scored for the sixth game in a row, in helping to keep East Oxford Rangers top of the league. He bagged a brace in Rangers’ 5-1 victory. Jamie Poynton also scored two and there was a further goal from Will James. Marc Abiss replied for FC Ascott but proved to be nothing more than a mere consolation.

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