Witney & District Football Reports - Week 9

By john smyth

By David Evans

Junior Shield 1st Round

There will be new Junior Shield champions this season as current holders Charlbury Town were dispatched by East Oxford.
They battled hard against their opponents but eventually lost out 6-3. Stefan Lang, Michael Hayes and Sam Stich all scoring one each for the defeated champions.

Premier Division league leaders Hailey also fell at the second hurdle as they also lost to external opposition. An even tighter affair on this occasion, with just one goal separating the teams, as Tetsworth ran out 1-0 victors.
FC Mills also fell to a side from outside the Witney and District as they lost 2-1 to Bloxham. Ben Hoare scored for Mills but it wasn’t to be as Bloxham went through.

There were brighter Witney and District headlines as two of the Carterton sides forced their way through into round three. Carterton FC visited Witney Royals and ran out 7-3 winners. A Roger James four-timer set Carterton well on the way to victory with further goals from Matt Knibbs, Jacob Hughes and Brad Bryant. Royals hit back through Josh Grant, Luke Baker and Robbie Cockroft but it wasn’t enough.
Carterton Town A will join them in the hat for round three thanks to a 4-1 victory over Masons Arms. Wes Christian hit a brace with Dave Wanless and Connor Fairbrother both grabbing one each to cement a solid away win.
Brize Norton completed the biggest upset of the round as the Division Two side overcame Premier Division Carterton Rangers in a five goal thriller. Liam Day and Jonny Dover both hit the net for Rangers but Brize hit back through Ryan Weston’s penalty and a Jake Farrugia double sealed the win and a place in the next round.
In another all Witney and District battle Chadlington managed to overcome Division Two pace setters Hook Norton. Ryan Hall scored for Hook Norton but a Jordan Godfrey brace put the Division One side through to round three
Michael Trafford hit a hat-trick as Bletchington stormed into round three. They scored six goals for the second round in a row as they beat Chasewell Park 6-3. Mark White and Joe Brewer (2) completed the scoring for the Division Three league leaders.
There were further victories for Bampton United, Stonesfield, Milton and Enstone against non-Witney and District opponents at the weekend, with all their victories coming by just one goal.
Chris Laurence scored the only goal of the game as Bampton United defeated Oxford Leys.
Jordan Newman was also a sole name on the scoresheet as his brace put Stonesfield through at the expense of Hardwick Sports. Stonesfield winning 2-1.
Enstone also won 2-1 versus Bodicote. Dan Bott and Lewis Reeve-Smith putting the Division One league leaders into round three.
Milton had themselves a seven goal thriller and managed to sneak through courtesy of a 4-3 win. Banbury Galaxy were on the receiving end of the defeat as Alex Ayres and Jake Taylor both scored one each. Stephen Pearce’s brace was the difference maker as the Premier Division side went through by the odd goal in seven.

Jack Busby Trophy 1st Round

Charlbury Town Reserves booked their place in the quarter finals with a comprehensive 4-1 win over Minster Lovell Reserves. Josh White scored for Minster but they were overrun by Charlbury thanks to goals from Bradley Empson, Damien Corbin and a Dom Hemmings double. They’ll face Bourton Rovers Reserves in the last eight.

Division Three

Wootton Sports Reserves recorded their first win of the season as they defeated Witney Royals Reserves 3-0. Danny Poole scored once for the home side and Jacob Cooke’s brace secured their first three points of the season.
Connor Hitchman’s double helped Bourton Rovers Reserves record their second away win of the season. They beat Aston, 3-1, to move themselves up the league. Tom Wrenn scored Bourton’s third for the
three points. Aaron Robins scored Aston’s consolation.

Division Four

Milton Reserves remain at 100% for the season as they put six past Brize Norton Reserves. Richard Duffy and Jason Hirschfield both scored one each for Brize but a brace apiece for Max Sauvagnargues and George Ford put Milton firmly in control. Matt Twinn and Martin Kraus also scoring one each to give Milton some breathing room at the top of Division Four.
Aaron Court scored the only goal of the game as FC Ascott Rangers maintained their fine start to the season. It’s now three wins from four as the defeated Spartan Rangers A 1-0

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