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Super Sub Cox heads Saxton to the final (
In a game that had everything Division One Saxton Rovers had to come from behind twice to see off a determined Division Two outfit Westminster and finally come away from White Road with a 4-3 victory after extra time to book their place in the Charity Shield Final. Saxton started the better of the two teams with Danny Parry firing just over in the first five minutes and Kyle Allsworth producing a fine save from Westminster keeper Leigh Furze to keep out a rasping drive from just outside the box. Then moments later a fine free kick from Saxton’s Louis Bloomfield found the head of the onrushing and unmarked Tom Mullord but he could only head over from close range when in a good position. On the twenty minute mark Saxton should of took the lead when a fine run and cross by Tom Stanley found Parry in space ten yards out and with the goal gaping somehow missed the target. Then slightly against the run of play Westminster took the lead when being awarded a free kick around forty yards out Simon Joyce launched his free kick towards the Saxton goal which keeper Jack Absolom misjudged the flight of the ball which went over his outstretched arms and to his despair saw the ball nestle into the far corner of the Saxton net. Westminster suddenly found a foot in the game and minutes later hit the Saxton bar after a shot come cross by Max Watterson had beat the diving Absolom and bounced out to safety. Then moments before half time Westminster extended their lead with a moment of brilliance when Luke Lewis-Rippington found Harry Ackland just inside the Saxton area and he took a touch turned and fired a half volley past the diving Absolom and into the far corner of the net. Saxton would need a good team talk at half time to pull this one around and after twenty minutes of the second half both sides cancelled each other out and chances were few and far between. Then Saxton pulled a goal back when they were awarded a corner which Allworth fired over and was met by the head of leading goal scorer Stanley who powered his header past Furze from six yards. Saxton now saw a silver lining and Furze had to on his toes minutes later to turn over a fierce free kick from Allsworth from thirty yards out with moments later Saxton’s Riley Stone just failed to get a touch on a Garry Belcher low cross as Saxton piled on the pressure in search to level the scores. Then the game had an unbelievable last five minutes with firstly Saxton pulling level when Stanley was pulled down from behind just as he was pulling the trigger with referee Ben Whitty having no option but to point to the spot and Parry stepped up and fired his drive past Furze who was sent the wrong way. Then a minute later Westminster retook the lead when they were awarded a free kick which was floated over by Joyce and was met by the head of substitute Jason Hillis who headed past Absolom from six yards and into the Saxton net.Saxton then pushed everyone forward but struggled to carve a opening until the final minute of normal time when they were awarded a free kick just outside the Westminster box and Parry placed the ball and smashed his free kick over the wall and into the top corner of the net with keeper Furze rooted to then take the game into extra time. The first period of extra time saw very few chances with the best of these falling to Westminster’s Ackland who got on the end of a fine Hillis cross and fired his volley towards the Saxton goal which was brilliantly saved low down by Absolom.The second period of extra time started and Saxton’s Stanley had a glorious chance when he was put through on goal but mishit his shot at the crucial time and straight into the hands of Furze. Then when penalty kicks were beckoning Saxton clinched victory with three minutes of extra time remaining when Parry floated over a free kick which was met at the far post by substitute Daniel Cox who headed across goal and past Furze and into the far corner of the net to the joy of the Saxton fans. A game which was a credit to both sides which was entertaining from start to finish and an excellent advert for the North Berks Football League.
Charity Shield Semi-Final
Berinsfield booked their place in the Charity Shield final when they posted a fine 6-2 victory over Burghclere at Mill Lane with Max Palmer scoring a hat-trick with Mark Ingram scoring twice and David Murphy also hitting the target whilst Max Davis and Ethan Weedon scored for Burghclere.
Kintbury Rangers put last week’s cup exit firmly behind them when they travelled to Bockhampton Road and came away with a thumping 8-1 victory with Shaun Thorp claiming a four timer and Thomas Mahoney scoring twice with further goals coming from Chris Collin and Connor Willmoth whilst Luke Peacock scored Lambourn’s consolation.
Champions Hungerford Town Swifts lost their one hundred per cent league record but still came away with a hard earned 2-2 draw against North Oxford with Hungerford scoring through George Smith and Freddie Seaward whilst Steve Andrews scored both goals for North Oxford.Harwell Village warmed up for next week’s War Memorial final when they posted a thumping 10-0 victory over Kintbury Rangers Reserves with Paul Powell scoring a double hat-trick with Gareth Fenton scoring twice whilst further goals came from Paul Churchouse and Ross Tyler as Kintbury’s day was made worst when James Keen received his marching orders.
Saxton Rovers Reserves continued where they left off last week and claimed another three points when they came away from Grove Rangers with a hard earned 1-0 victory with Connor Spraggs scoring the only goal of the game.Marcham moved out of the relegation zone in their last game of the season with a hard fought 1-0 victory over high flying Benson Lions with Stuart Armstrong scoring for Marcham.
Blewbury moved five points clear at the top of Division Four with a fine 9-1 victory over Berinsfield Reserves thanks to a Arran Gray hat-trick with Dan Knapp scoring twice whilst Harry Timms, Jamie Prescott, Tom Savage and Daryl Harper also found the target. Long Wittenham moved into third place in the league with a 4-1 victory over Dorchester Reserves with goals from Jay Mace, Callum Bowler, Conor Thomas and Nick Townsend with Alex Kerry scoring for the home side.
Grove Rangers Reserves maintained their one hundred percent league record when they posted a narrow 2-1 victory over Coleshill Reserves with goals from Matt Hammond and Jonathan Naish whilst Josh Coombe scored for Coleshill and Grove now travel to Didcot Eagles next week to try to complete a clean sweep of wins in Division Five. Wallingford Town A cemented their second place with a fine 4-2 victory over Cumnor Minors thanks to a Joe Webber double with Savio Patel and Lewis Riseley also finding the target whilst Charles Bennett and Daryl Johnson scoring for Cumnor. Marcham Reserves made it three wins in a row when they came away from Didcot Eagles with a narrow 3-2 victory with Alex Meakin,James Madge and Tom Faulkner scoring for Marcham whilst Dan Osbourne scored both goals for Didcot.Sutton Courtenay Reserves got back to winning ways when they travelled to Steventon Reserves and claimed a high scoring 5-4 victory with Godfree Antony and Rhys Griffiths both scoring twice with Ian Dingwall also finding the target whilst Kevin Scott, Dan McArdle,Nathan Page and Justin Robinson scored for Steventon.
Roll of Honour
Berinsfield and Saxton meet in Charity Shield final.
Harwell Village hit ten against Kintbury Reserves.
Blewbury hit nine at Berinsfield Reserves.
Kintbury hit eight away at Lambourn.
Paul Powell hits a six timer for Harwell Village.
Shaun Thorp hits a four timer for Kintbury.
Max Palmer hit a hat-trick for Berinsfield.
Aaron Gray hits a hat-trick for Blewbury.
Ackland’s strike lifts Memorial trophy. (
Westminster lifted the War Memorial Cup with a hard fought narrow 1-0 victory against fellow Division Two side Harwell Village in front of just over 150 spectators at Wantage Town football ground. Both sides started the game with caution with the only real chance to note in the opening exchanges was when Harwell’s Wayne Robbins found space on the left and his pass found Daniel Cox-Rodgers on the edge of the Westminster box and he took a touch and fired low and hard which was turned around the post by Westminster keeper Leigh Furze. Then just before the half hour mark Harwell’s Gareth Bertram was put through on the Westminster right and his cross found the unmarked Gareth Fenton who only could head straight at Furze when in a good position. Then moments later a fine ball by Westminster’s Joshua Bourton found leading scorer Tom Srawley in space and he turned on the edge of the Harwell area but his shot went straight at keeper Lee Newport who gathered the ball safely. It was not long before Westminster broke the deadlock when a long ball over the top of the Harwell defence which Newport decided to stay on his line found Harry Ackland on the left he took a touch and from an acute angle fired towards the near post in which Newport could only parry the ball into the corner of his own net when at full stretch for Westminster to go into half time with a narrow lead. The opening moments of the second half saw both sides having half chances which were either saved or missed and then on the hour mark Westminster’s Ackland found space on the edge of the Harwell box and his shot was turned around the post for a corner by Newport. Westminster then had a glorious chance to double their lead when Simon Joyce hit over a fine free kick which was met by the onrushing Ackland who could only head straight at Newport from close range.Harwell then started to up the tempo and crated a few chances of their own with Cox-Rodgers free kick just going wide of the near post and then Paul Powell being put through on goal and his shot beat Furze but to his dismay saw it rebound of the far post and out to safety. Then with time running out Westminster’s task was made harder when Joyce received his second yellow card and was given his marching orders by referee Geoff Long and for the remaining fifteen minutes Westminster had to play with ten men.Harwell pushed forward looking to level the scores and Jake Chaffey thought he had scored but saw his half volley just inside the Westminster box rebound off the post which followed with Harwell having a succession of corners which were well dealt with by keeper Furze mainly punching to safety. Then in the final minute the chance Harwell was looking for when a fine ball found Powell in the box and he turned and fired low and hard from ten yards only to see his effort cleared off the line. Westminster held on in the final moments of the game and greeted the final whistle with cheers and relief as they knew they had been in a hard battle but their efforts were rewarded when they lifted the trophy moments later.
North Berks League Cup Final
Division Four Burghclere Reserves lifted the North Berks League Cup when they beat Division Five Coleshill United Reserves 2-0 at Hungerford Town Football Club.Coleshill missed the chance to take the lead when Burghclere Keeper Kevin Butler saved a penalty and Burghclere made them pay for that miss by taking the lead on the hour mark through Joseph Stockwell and then doubled their lead through Joe Lawrence with five minutes of the game remaining.
Berinsfield remained at the top of the league when they travelled to Bockhampton Road and came away with a thumping 7-1 victory over basement side Lambourn Sports thanks to a Max Palmer hat-trick with Luke Holdsworth,Mark Ingram, Charlie Lee and Luke Saunders also finding the target whilst Lambourn replied through a Damian Harris penalty.Saxton Rovers kept the pressure on the leaders with a fine 4-0 victory over Long Wittenham with Jonny James, Tom Stanley, Harry Winn and Michael Smith all hitting the target.Kintbury Rangers remained in fourth place when they were held to a 1-1 when they travelled to Burghclere with Shaun Thorp scoring for the visitors and Joshua Stockwell replying for the home side.
Dorchester got back to winning ways and caused a mini shock when they posted a fine 4-0 victory over high flying North Oxford with Miles Southon scoring two goals with Jack Rowe and George Kay also finding the target.
Grove Reserves completed their one hundred percent winning record in Division Five when they travelled to Didcot Eagles and claimed a fine 4-1 victory thanks to a Eammon McGowran hat-trick with Jamie Dutton also hitting the target whilst Grove’s Matt Hill scored a fabulous own goal. Steventon Reserves made short work of their afternoon when they claimed a fine 6-0 victory over Hanney 66 Club on Steventon Green thanks to a Danny Curran hat-trick with Kevin Scott, Nathan Page and Steve Bell also finding the net.
Roll of Honour
Westminster win the War Memorial Cup Final.
Burghclere Reserves win the North Berks League Cup Final.
Berinsfield hit seven and remain at the top of the league.
Steventon Reserves hit Hanney 66 Club for six.
Max Palmer scores a hat-trick for Berinsfield.
Eammon McGowran hits a hat-trick for Grove Reserves.
Danny Curran hits a hat-trick for Steventon Reserves.
Berinsfield Crowned Champions (
Berinsfield clinched the Division One title when they travelled to Harts Lane and came away with a fine 5-3 victory against Burghclere thanks to two goals from Mark Ingram with Brian Rawlings, Max Palmer and Luke Saunders also finding the target. Kintbury Rangers finished the season in fourth place as they were surprisingly beaten 1-0 at home to Long Wittenham through a well taken goal by Callum Bowler.
Steventon remained in second place and ended their season campaign by claiming a hard fought 2-1 victory over Westminster with goals from Joe Couchman and Dave Johns whilst Jason Hillis scored for the visitors.
Burghclere Reserves missed the chance to move into second place in the table when they were held to a 3-3 draw at Cottage Road against Stanford Reserves with Burghclere scoring through two goals from Alistair Baillie with Josh Matthews also finding the target whilst Ryan Bradbury, Kane Harding and Tyrun Mayall scored for the hosts. Lambourn Reserves continued with their fine run of form when they came away from Dorchester Reserves with a narrow 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Shaun Randall and Joe Choules whilst Joe Marriott replied for Dorchester.
Blewbury crowned Division Four Champions (
Long Wittenham travelled to Burghclere and got back to winning ways when they claimed a fine 3-0 victory at Harts Lane thanks to goals from Steve Malloy, Callum Bowler and Kieran Cooper.
Champions Hungerford Swifts finished off their league campaign with a fine 5-0 victory over North Oxford thanks to a George Smith hat-trick with further goals coming from Liam Thorne and Dan Chamberlain. Westminster continued their push for a promotion place when they posted a fine 4-0 victory over Kintbury Reserves with Harry Ackland and Mike Hooton both scoring twice.Harwell Village moved into third place in the league when they travelled to Faringdon Reserves and posted a fine 5-1 victory.
Blewbury were crowned Division Four champions when they travelled to Lambourn Reserves and claimed a fine 3-1 victory with Arran Gray claiming a hat-trick whilst Eddie Annett’s replied for Lambourn.In a battle for second place in the league Coleshill United came out on top claiming a narrow 2-1 victory over second placed Burghclere Reserves thanks to goals from James Head and David Coleman whilst Karim Faouzane replied for the home side.