Charlbury secure historic league and cup double
John Fathers Junior Shield
Charlbury Town FC are the second consecutive Witney and District side to complete the Premier Division and John Fathers Junior Shield league and cup double following a tight victory over Chasewell Park. Following last week’s title triumph, Charlbury marched into the final, held at Kidlington FC, under the lights on Saturday night. With both sides boasting mean defences it was never scripted to be a high scoring affair but Charlbury were jubilant as Keiran Watts broke the deadlock in the first half. However, Chasewell Park were not to be denied and equalised through Joe Squirrell before half time to take the game in level after the first 45. Into the second half and the game remained tight and equal but Josh Hunt proved to be the difference maker as he slotted home in the final five minutes to give Charlbury the glory and take home the county's most presgious trophy.
On Tuesday night, Hailey and Kirtlington played out an entertaining draw in what was a repeat of this season's Fred Ford Cup Final. Hailey repeated their feat from the cup final by scoring two through Jack Wood and Freddie Buckingham. Kirtlington were able to restore parity and take home a point thanks to Adam Kelly and Jake East. Bradley Bryant's hat-trick was too much for Tower Hill to handle as he helped FC Hollybush romp to a 4-0 victory and reclaim second spot on Saturday. Craig May's added a fourth. They'll have to wait for Hailey's final game to find out if they'll finish runners up for the second year running. Carterton Rangers forfeited their game against Kirtlington giving Kirtlington a walkover victory.
Witney Royals great escape is almost secured after defeating Combe 2-1 at the weekend. Miles Roberts and Luke Baker scored one each to give Royals the three points and helped them jump two league places in the process. Matt Currill responded for Combe but Royals leapfrog their opponents and Bourton Rover in the league. The three teams are separated by just one point with one game to go.Milton and Moreton Rangers played out a 9 goal thriller, with hat-trick scorers in both sides, as Milton secured victory and second place in the league at the same me. Cal Peters hit the net three times for visiting Rangers and was joined on the scoresheet by team-mate Javan Nurse. But Milton went one better, thanks in part to Stephen Pearce's hat-trick and further goals from Jim Littlewood and Paul Dray as they edged through for the win.