North Berks Football League Roundup - 18th March 2017
Richard Underwood, NBFL Media Relations Officer
Clark fires Coleshill into the final
Coleshill United Reserves made their second final of the season when they travelled to the Bodkins Sports Ground and came away with a hard fought 2-1 victory over Wallingford Town A. In very blustery conditions both sides found it very hard to get a foot in the game and the only notable chance in the early exchanges was when Coleshill’s Antione Semenyo beat the offside trap but was foiled by Wallingford’s keeper Garry Clark when Semenyo’s shot was saved by Clark’s head. Wallingford’s first real chance came around the half hour mark when Jamie Newport floated a fine cross over but Alvaro Ferrer-Bonsoms could only head over from close range when challenged. Then with minutes remaining Wallingford took the lead when Newport gathered the ball inside the Coleshill half and turned his defender to then fire past Adam Legg in the Coleshill goal and into the far corner of the net. Then with time added on Newport had a great chance to double the lead when he gathered the ball on the edge of the Coleshill box and chipped the onrushing Legg only to see his effort bounce off the top of the bar and to safety. The second half began and Coleshill came out all guns blazing and gained a penalty when Josh Coombe was brought down inside the box but Tom Steele stepped up only to see his effort rebound off the bar. But it was not long before Coleshill levelled the scores when they were awarded a free kick just outside the box and Kalem Marsh hit his shot which took a wicked defection off the wall and wrong footed Clark and nestled into he far corner of the Wallingford net. Then Coleshill had further chances to score with a Marsh volley which just went wide and Coombe who fired over when in a good position. Wallingford were struggling against the elements as Coleshill pushed forward and Semenyo was put through on goal with ten minutes remaining only to see his shot rebound off the post. Then with extra time looming Coleshill finally made all their possession pay off when a long ball wind assisted bounced over the Wallingford defence for Jordan Clark to run on to and he kept a cool head to slide the ball past Clark and into the far corner of the net. Then in the dying minutes Legg made a fine point blank save to maintain the lead and to see Coleshill home to the final whistle where they will now meet Burghclere Reserves in the final.
North Berks League Cup Semi Final
Burghclere Reserves travelled to Fawler Road and booked their place in North Berks League Cup Final when they posted a fine 4-0 victory over Steventon Reserves thanks to a hat-trick from Cian Weedon with John Taylor also finding the target where they will now go on to meet Coleshill Reserves in the final.
Wallingford Town ended their league season with a victory when they came away from Burghclere with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Charlie Silkstone and Bradley Charmers.Kintbury Rangers got back to winning ways when they claimed a narrow 1-0 victory over Stanford-in-the-Vale with Charlie Allsop claiming the only goal of the game. East Hendred moved up into sixth place in the table when they posted a 2-0 victory over Lambourn Sports with both goals coming from Steve Vaux.
Hungerford Swifts maintain their unbeaten league record and moved twelve points clear at the top of the table when they posted a fine 4-0 victory over Hanney United thanks to a Luke Johnson double whilst Liam Thorn and Dan Chamberlain also found the target. Two goals from Paul Churchouse and a Garth Fenton strike helped Harwell Village claim a fine 3-1 victory over Sutton Courtenay with Matt Payne scoring the visitors consolation. North Oxford put last week’s cup exit firmly behind them when they came away from Steventon with a 4-2 victory thanks to goals from Dale Cameron, Ryan Macer, Aaron Andrews and Dean Boyles with Kevin Scott and Engli Zeneli scored for Steventon.
Watlington Town were crowned champions of Division Three when they travelled to Wallingford Town Reserves and claimed a hard fought 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Alex B’Layachi, William Wright and a late winner scored by Ollie Lynch whilst Peter McLaughlin and Samuel Hazell scored for Wallingford. Uffington leapfrogged Marcham in the league when they posted a fine 3-1 victory thanks to two goals from Pete Byrne with Sean Rose also hitting the target whilst Damien Perks scored for Marcham. Grove Rangers continued where they left off last week and claimed all three points with a narrow 3-2 victory over Saxton Reserves with Mark Reid claiming all three goals for Grove whilst Michael Smith and Dale Truby scored for Saxton.
Leaders Blewbury got back to winning ways and maintained their two point cushion with a thumping 7-1 victory over North Oxford Reserves thanks to two goals each from Aaron Gray and Jack Chapman with Harry Timms, Dan Knapp and Charles Jamieson also finding the net whilst Chris Williams scored for North Oxford. Coleshill United kept the pressure up on the leaders with posting a fine 7-0 victory over Berinsfield Reserves with James Tranter claiming a four timer with Gregg Higgs claiming a brace whilst Josh Head also found the target. Drayton went goal crazy went they travelled to Dorchester and posted a thumping 8-2 victory with Nathan Merry and Carl Bolton both hitting hat-tricks with Lewis Collacott scoring twice whilst Dorchester replied through Alex Kerry and Joe Marriott.Stanford Reserves got back to winning ways when they posted a 4-1 victory over Hagbourne United with Dominic Wills and Ryan Bradbury both scoring twice whilst Dom Lovegrove replied for the visitors.
Grove Reserves were crowned champions of Division Five and maintained their one hundred percent record in the league with posting a hard fought 2-0 victory over Hanney 66 Club with goals from Jamie Dutton and Arron Colley and Uffington Reserves are the only team standing in their way of completing a clean sweep in the league.
Berinsfield made the final of the Oxon Intermediate Cup final when they posted a fine 3-1 victory over Oxford City Development thanks to a Max Palmer double and a late Mark Ingram penalty and now go on to meet Oxford City Nomads in the Final.
Roll of Honour
Burghclere Reserves and Coleshill United Reserves make the League Cup Final.
Berinsfield go through to the Oxon Intermediate Cup Final
Watlington Town crowned champions of Division Three
Grove Reserves crowned champions of Division Five.
Drayton hit eight at Dorchester Reserves.
Coleshill United hit seven against Bersinsfield Reserves.
Blewbury hit seven at North Oxford Reserves.
James Tranter hits a four timer for Coleshill United.
Cian Weedon hits a hat-trick for Burghclere Reserves.
Mark Reid hits a hat-trick for Grove Rangers.
Carl Bolton and Nathan Merry both hit hat-tricks for Drayton.