Witney & District Football Reports - Week 4

By Ant Barlow

Saturday 29th September 2018 - Written by David Evans

Premier Division
Premier Division new boys finish September top!
Aston march on to the top at the end of the first month of fixtures.

In the absence of previous league leaders Charlbury having a fixture, Aston helped themselves to 3 points and subsequently pushed themselves top of the league in the process in the latest weekend’s action in the Witney and District Football League.

Sam Rowe and Nick Angus each found the net against Carterton Rangers at Monahan Way, leaving Rangers pointless after their first two games as they went down 2-1. Liam Day scored Rangers’ reply.
Tower Hill, the other promoted team from last term, secured a 3-0 win over Spartan Rangers. Lewis Bartlett, Luke James and Kieran Watts all hit the back of the net to give Tower their first points of the season whilst Spartan remain pointless after 3 games.

Minster Lovell’s 100% record went down the river at Wash Meadow as Carterton Town A also ran out 3-0 winners. Goals from Will Smaldon, Martin Watroba and Nick Rose gave Town their first away win of the season.

Hailey and Hollybush played out an eventful 0-0 draw. There were chances for both sides throughout the 90 minutes but the clinical touch was missing from both sets of players.

Division One
The midweek fixtures started early in Division One this season, Moreton Rangers hosted Witney Royals last Wednesday night as Moreton managed to run out 3-2 winners in that exchange. They took another 3 points at the weekend as well, to take top spot in the division. Dan Moore and Cal Peters (2) helped put 3 past Eynsham whilst John Ayres scored Eynsham’s consolation to keep up his own impressive run of scoring in every match this season so far.

Witney Royals bounced back from their midweek disappointment to share 6 goals in a thriller with Milton. Both sides grabbed their first point of the season in the 3-3 draw. David Cross, Ben Horne and Miles Roberts all scored for Royals but were ably cancelled out by Alex Ayres, Harry Lake and Jake Taylor who scored for Milton.

Middle Barton beat Bourton Rovers 2-1 to become one of four sides on 6 points at the top of the table. Adam Webley had scored for Bourton but Ian Hatch and Sammy Ibrahim ensured the points went back with the away side after 90 minutes.

Division Two
A Richie Hall hat trick helped Corinthian’s to their first win of the season in Division Two as they thrashed Aston Reserves 8-0. Steven Cox and Harry Purfitt both got a brace and Frank Webb grabbed one for himself to complete the scoring.

There were 7 goals scored in the game between Minster Reserves and Witney Wanderers as Minster ran out 6-1 winners. Russ Whitlock (2), Josh White (2), Gary Mitchell and Perry Letten all scored for the Minster men. Telmo Fernandez’s goal served as a mere consolation for Wanderers.

The other two games in the division saw much tighter affairs. Ducklington inflicted a first defeat on Kingham with Charlie Fisher scoring from the spot in the only goal of the game. Meanwhile, at Carterton Rec, Siege FC and Hailey Reserves played out a 2-2 draw. Dev Wright and Reuben Wertheim both grabbed a goal each for the visitors but Andy Makepiece and Karl Dodds scored for Siege to give both sides a point.

Division Three
Carterton Town B continue to lead the way in Division Three after a hard fought 3-2 win over Wootton. Karl Guschtscha and Karl Ware scored for Wootton but Tyler Webster, Danny Haining and Dave Williams’ goals were enough to take the 3 points.

FC Mills remain hot on the heels of the league leaders after overcoming Beltchingdon Reserves 2-1. Dale Cox and Carlos Paiva scored for Mills whilst Michael Trafford got the consolation for Bletch.

Spartan Rangers scored 3 goals away from home for the second week running but still couldn’t come away with 3 points after being beaten by Hook Norton. Jamie Timms, Gareth Thomas and Ben Allan got on the scoresheet for the visitors but Hook ran out 5-3 winners after goals from Luke Street, Ben Haynes, Max Sinclair and a brace for John Mair.

In the other game Chipping Norton Town beat Witney Royals Reserves 4-1. Lewis Smith scored 2 for the home side, with one apiece for Darren Bridge and Jack Knight. Ollie Nolan’s goal put Royals on the scoresheet but acted only as a consolation.

Division Four
Division Four continues to be goal scoring heaven after 33 goals were scored in just 5 games this weekend. FC Ascott were the pick of the bunch running in 9 goals against Spartan Rangers A. Ellis Whapshot, Jason Bufton and Matty Lewis all scored 2 whilst Brad Evans, Robert Harrison and Brook Jones added one each to the final total. Mev Gundem and Sam Harper scored in vain for Spartan.

10 goals were scored in the game between Eynsham Reserves and Stonesfield Reserves and it was the away side who managed to edge the game 6-4. A brace each for James Little and Liam Harris along with goals for Tom Wilson and Jamie Gardner saw Stonesfield home with all 3 points. Martin Read, Shaun Rowbotham and a Keiran Clarke brace saw Eynsham go close but just lose out.

Chadlington Reserves beat Wootton Reserves 3-2 in another close encounter. Elliot Higgins and Jacob Cooke scored for Wootton but a Mateus Wezyk brace and a goal from Ellis Godin secured the points for Chadlington.

Kingham Reserves and Milton Reserves managed to keep up their 100% records in the league with home victories for each side.

Dan Hooton is another player to have scored in every game in September and a goal for him along with efforts from Michael Doubrava and George Ford gave Milton a 3-0 win versus FC Ascott Rangers to keep them top.

Kingham Reserves are second only on goal difference after dispatching FC Ascott 3-1. Jay Whelan managed to get Ascott on the score sheet but Dale Norris, Adrian Williams and Dan Alsworth all found the back of the net for Kingham for their third win in three.

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