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bluefin sport insurance3 February 2015

Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup - Round 3

Brimscombe & Thrupp 4 Tuffley Rovers 2
Brimscombe progressed to the next round of the Bluefin Sports Challenge Cup after a hard fought game against their Gloucestershire neighbours Tuffley Rovers.

The game sprung into life within 5 minutes when Ben Deakin looked to have been brought down in the box, the referee waved play on and Ben Snook shot from just within the 18 yard box but it deflected out for a corner. Karl Nash drove the resultant corner to the front post where Christien Turner cleverly flicked the ball backwards and Kyle Pitt smashed the ball in to the back of the net, 1-0.

Tuffley responded well with Walter Greenwood testing Steve Sparrow in between the sticks for Brimscombe but the shot stopper was equal to his drive. The home side drove on looking to extend their lead and good chances came and went for Nash and Turner with headers that were wide or saved and Snook who looked like he’d curled his shot into the bottom left hand corner of the visitor’s goal but for a great diving save from Phil Clarke Rovers could have drawn level in the 23rd minute when a corner avoided everyone except a Tuffley player but he scooped the ball over the bar from 6 yards.

10 minutes later though and they were back in the game, another corner this time found ex Brimscombe boy Jordan Fletcher free and he made no mistake with his riffled shot, 1-1. Unfortunately for ‘Fletch’ he had to go off shortly afterwards to be replaced by Shayne Bradley. Rovers weren’t level for long though, a delightful ball from Nash found Deakin rushing through the centre of the park; one on one with the keeper ‘Deakes’ opened up his body and put the ball to the left of Clarke, but the keeper got down well and made a good save only for the ball to ricochet back to Deakin and he made no mistake with his second chance to give his side a 2-1 lead at the break.

Brimscombe extended their lead just after the whistle had blown for the second half. Nash whipped in a free kick out on ‘Brimmy’s’ left which wasn’t cleared and the ball went straight into the net, 3-1. Almost immediately after the re-start Warren Mann was judged to have been fouled in the box and Bradley stepped up and dispatched the penalty giving Sparrow no chance, 3-2.

Both sides made substitutions throughout the second half, for Brimscombe, Johny Davis, Karl Nash and Tom Black were replaced by Matty Blythe, Joey Tustain and Billy Jones and for Tuffley, Mark Ford made way for Dean Barnard. The game developed into a bit of a battle at times typical of a local derby but referee Kevin Norris controlled the game well. Brimscombe’s skipper, Ben Snook, got himself on the score sheet before the end of the game when his freekick could only be diverted into the goal by Clarke and the score finished 4-2.

Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup

Abingdon United 0 Tytherington Rocks 2 (away view)
After travelling over 75 miles to play Abingdon United in the Bluefin Sports Supplementary Cup on Tuesday night the Rocks came away with their heads held high after a two nil defeat against Premier opposition.

With Rocks fielding two new new players it took them sometime to settle and during the first half Abingdon did most of the attacking and Rocks keeper pulled off some excellent saves to keep them at bay, however Abingdon went in front in the thirty seventh minute when a ball from the left found Ryan Jackson on the edge of the penalty box who got beyond the Rocks defense and scored from close in giving keeper Daniel Worton little chance of saving.

The second half was a different game in as much as the Rocks had now found a more settled formation and their defense was in complete control for much of the half, after the home side had been awarded a penalty a minute after the restart, which was not converted the ball hitting the crossbar and going over,.

Once again Rocks played some good football but failed in the final third of the pitch and although creating several chances did not have the striking power to convert those into goals, with Rocks now throwing all in to the attack to try and get the equalizer they eventually conceded the second goal when from the right Daniel Hunt scored in the last minute of the game.

Rocks are at home on Saturday 13th February KO 3.00pm when they host Cirencester Town Dev in a UHL Hellenic League Div 1 West game.

Fairford Town 2 Easington Sports 1
Fairford Town progressed to the next round of the Bluefin Sport Supplementary cup with a 2-1 home win over Easington Sports. The Reds had to come from behind but raised their game in the second period to ensure a place in the next round of the competition.

Jordan Jeacock opened the scoring with just 14 minutes on the clock, firing home following a corner to give the Oxfordshire side the advantage. The home response saw Jack Ellis test visiting 'keeper Jack Goode before the stopper made an excellent save to deny Lee Smith on the half hour mark. Goode was called into action again soon after to deny Dan Hill, but the defender levelled the affair on the stroke of half-time. His left footed drive found its way into the bottom corner to bring the Reds level.

Fairford came out of the blocks well and were soon in front for the first time in the game. A cross from Ellis was handled inside the box and Danny Hale stepped up and slammed home the spot kick. Ben Mitchell made a smart stop after the hour whilst solid defending from Luke Cordery and Scott Chilcott denied the visitors.

All three substitutes were used with Tom Ballard, Jack Bright and Mitch Petrie stepping off the bench to help the home side seal a first home win of 2016.

Holyport 4 Old Woodstock Town 2
There was a rather surreal atmosphere at Summerleaze yesterday evening as Holyport anxiously awaited the arrival of the visitors who had experienced difficulties in scraping a team together for this eagerly awaited Supplementary Cup tie. However, all was eventually well and the game kicked off on time with Old Woodstock mustering a bare eleven players after a hectic day of phone calls and the cajoling of players. To their credit they performed admirably with 'Port extended to the limit at times to achieve a well merited 4-2 victory in front of 12 frozen spectators on a very chilly evening.

The home side started confidently, perhaps too confidently, as they attempted to blitz the visitors out of the equation early doors and leading scorer Paul Rake was guilty of an amazing miss in the second minute when he screwed the ball wide of the target from ten yards.  'Port soon recovered though and took a tenth minute lead through Jonny Feaver who raced clear of the defence as he latched onto Sam Whitfield's through ball and placed a clinical shot beyond Bown in the visitors' goal. However, the visitors were level six minutes later when a howler by 'Port keeper Leo Smith saw him completely miss an attempted fly kick clearance which left Woodstock striker Callum Green to dispatch the loose ball into an empty net which he did competently enough. Another six minutes elapsed before 'Port regained the lead. A scramble developed following a right wing corner, and Josh Waldron popped up at the far post to head the ball into the top left corner of the net. The visitors were playing with plenty of spirit though and restored parity eleven minutes before the break. The luckless Smith was penalised for bringing down Dunmall as the Woodstock man took the ball towards the left by-line, and from the resultant penalty Green was on target again with a well-struck kick. The action continued unabated and with three minutes to go before the players could claim a well-earned cuppa, Ben Wall delivered the ball into the box and it broke kindly for Jonny Feaver to net with a well struck cross-shot into the far left side of the net.

What had been a competitive but generally well behaved encounter somewhat erupted on the hour when Woodstock's Charlie Dunmall was sent off following a scuffle with Luke Dexter who, some thought, was rather fortunate to escape admonishment himself. There were niggles aplenty on both sides after this, and with extra time a scary possibility on this cold evening, 'Port could never really relax against such determined opposition. However, with literally seconds to go, a determined foray into the Woodstock penalty area by Rob Boyd saw him clear of the last man before belting a match clincher past the unprotected Bown in the Woodstock goal.

So 'Port progressed into the next round but boy did they make hard work of it .

berks&bucks faBerks & Bucks Senior Trophy Q/F
Ascot 1 Binfield 3
(home view)
Ascot and Binfield finally beat the weather in the B3034 derby as Binfield edged into the County CupSemi Final on Tuesday. After the festive league encounter and original Quarter Final date were both washed out, the Moles first half super-show was enough to see them through.

A pair of goalless draws last season underlined there is very little given away in this fixture, but this season’s first meeting between third and seventh opened with the visitors in blistering form. Binfield’s first real sight of goal - a Jemel Johnson volley after eight minutes - flashed narrowly wide of the left-hand post and this was the start of a dominant opening 45 minutes for his side.

Liam Ferdinand then wriggled clear before unleashing a shot on the turn which fizzed past the right hand post after 17 minutes, before Chris Grace blocked a Johnson effort moments later.

However, the Moles took a deserved 20th minute lead courtesy of Ferdinand who took one touch in the penalty area before rifling a rising left-footed shot into the centre of the net. Ferdinand then stung Grace's palms from a tight angle after Jack Gibbs' deep free kick had eluded Steven Deverall, whereas at the other end a disciplined Binfield rearguard allowed the Yellamen scant few opportunities.

James Knight's low effort then missed by a foot as Binfield pressed again, before Josh Howell drilled home the second on 28 minutes. Dave Hancock's poor pass gifted possession to the visitors, Johnson raced half the length of the pitch, and after the ball broke loose to Howell the midfielder delivered ruthless punishment.

Johnson then came close to converting a Ferdinand cross as Binfield threatened to run riot, before spinning away from Alex Rodrigues and dragging wide when clean through. Ascot finally threatened when Joe Grant's header was cleared off the line five minutes before the break, but despite a spell of intent the home side failed to cut the deficit ahead of the whistle.

The second half was more balanced, but it took fully fifteen minutes for Ascot to threaten - Grant once again involved - when his enterprising turn and shot from a tight angle finally tested Nathan Silver. Jamie West's introduction for Seb Costello after 65 minutes gave Ascot more attacking options, and he soon turned provider for Grant to force a fine save from Silver who beat Grant's stinging effort away.

A combination of Silver and a packed goal-line of defenders thwarted Joe Yeates' thumping effort after Ascot were awarded a free kick inside the penalty area, before Damien Markman replaced Dave Pitt for the remaining 20 minutes. Grant deservedly cut the deficit with ten minutes remaining, racing onto Adam Cashin-Murray's long pass and looping a header over the stranded Silver, and with the momentum firmly with Ascot there was suddenly a real sense of an equaliser that was barely conceivable an hour earlier.

However, as Ascot pushed forward, Binfield hit them on the break and Howell slotted home at the far post at the death, with Knight the provider. It finished 3-1 to Binfield, who join Newport Pagnell Town, Holmer Green and Flackwell Heath in the last four.

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