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9-10 October

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Tytherington Rocks 1 Fairford Town 3 (away view)
Youngster Charlie Bailey scored a late winner to ensure Fairford Town’s Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup campaign began with a win at Tytherington Rocks.

The visitors made a number of changes to the line-up with manager Jody Bevan giving a number of players an opportunity to shine. Liam Thomas made his first Fairford start at right-back, whilst there were also starts for Ben Snook, Jamie Reid, Bailey, Tom Cairns and Dave Wanless.

And Wanless marked his debut with a quickfire opener, netting with eight minutes played to put the visitors in front. Chances came and went and the half-time whistle blew with Fairford still just a goal in front, and they were made to pay when the hosts levelled the game up ten minutes from time.

But youngster Bailey capped a night to remember with a crucial strike three minutes from time. And former Cheltenham Town youngster Jack Beardsell put the seal on the win with a penalty in injury-time to make sure of a safe passage into round two for the Cinder Lane side.

Fairford Town: Ellis; L Thomas, Hawkins (capt), M Hall, Oakes; Snook, Reid (D Bailey ’57), Beardsell, C Bailey; Cairns (Watson ’75), Wanless Substitutes: not used: Hemming (GK), Bevan

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Longlevens 0 Brimscombe & Thrupp 2 (away view)
Brimscombe were in top form when they travelled to local rivals Longlevens on Wednesday, having won 5 of their last 6 games.

It was a scrappy affair in the first half but the hosts were the closest to taking a lead when they hit the crossbar early on. Brimscombe were caught out when James Campbell’s sublime throw in found Emmett at the back post however he saw his shot well wide. The Lilywhites responded well with some great link up play but they struggled to find the net.

It only took 12 minutes of the second half for the deadlock to be broken, Sam Blackie’s thunderous shot found it’s way in to the bottom corner. Brimscombe still pushed and pushed for a 2 goal cushion, Harrison Reeves shot wide when he was 1-on-1 with Wintle and Blackie also failed to find the target. With the clock ticking down the Brimscombe defence stood firm against a barrage of attack from the home side who were desperate for an equaliser. With only five minutes left on the clock, the visitors had the ball in the back of the net from an Ollie Pitt freekick but the assistant flagged a leaping Sam Blackie offside. Wintle denied Ed Major before Ollie Pitt was tripped in the box in the 90th minute, referee Kevin Dudley had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Ash Caldwell stepped up sending the ‘Levens ‘keeper the wrong way.

Shrivenham 0 Brackley Town Saints 2 (away view)
Three wins on the bounce move Brackley Town saints into second place in the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division after a comfortable win away at Shrivenham on Tuesday evening.

Two goals either side of the break for Charlie kille was enough to seal the points on a perfect autumn evening for football.

Brackley started the game brightly and showed their intent with the keeper saving smartly in the first minute after good pressure from the saints forward line. There was a brief scare a few moments later as the Shrivenham left winger got an excellent cross in from the by line to loop the ball over the keeper and onto the top of the bar and away to safety. From there on in though the saints played high tempo possession football looking to probe into the final third, with Jordan Godfrey instigating much of the play. The dead lock was broken in the 31st minute when a flowing move starting with Joe ward in defence. He found Godfrey in the middle of the park and jinked past an opposition player before playing a through ball to the hard working Ryan Knight, he turned a defender a laid a ball off to Kille who was powering in from the left to coolly slot the ball under the keeper an into the corner of the net. 0-1 Brackley.

The second half started with Shrivenham showing more intent in the final third, with Worby smothering a shot from the Shrivenham striker early on, however in the 58thminute  Godfrey again found a pocket of space in the middle before setting Alex stott free down the right wing. Stotts second touch sent the ball wickedly across the retreating back line to pick out the onrushing Kille at the back post, to side foot the ball into the net for his and Brackleys second. It could have been worse moments later as Stott rose at the back post to head against the post from a Harry Brock corner.

A flurry of substitutions followed for both teams and Saints saw the remainder of the game out, not before some excellent Keeping from Worby to make smart saves and to keep a clean sheet for the team.

Tuffley Rovers 1 Abingdon United 3
tufflry rovers v abingdon united 10 October 2018Coming into this encounter with bottom-of-the-table Abingdon United after three successive victories, the Tuffley Rovers squad would be in a confident mood, especially after scoring six times in their previous match, but they would, as always, treat their opponents with respect particularly because United’s only league points of the season so far had come on the road at Fairford Town and Shrivenham. That is the unpredictability of football of course, that a team marooned at the bottom of the table may not play like it; and Abingdon United certainly didn’t because they upset Tuffley’s mini-revival to deservedly win and move up into 17th place as a result of this victory.

Ashley Bird in for Ryan Dobbins was the only Rovers change from the team which had heavily defeated Virginia Water three days earlier and they kicked-off playing towards the open end of Glevum Park, with Kieran Alder producing an early shot from 20 yards which was caught by visiting goalkeeper Max Evans. At the other end Nathan Baker shot wildly over Luke Merchant’s crossbar, as the visitors went in search of an early goal. More pressure followed, and a neat combination between Callum Harvey and Jack Wright saw Baker’s next shot being mis-hit but continuation of play led to an Abingdon corner on the left. When the ball came over from Ryan Jackson, into a dangerous area, Merchant was unable to gather it and it fell loose for central defender Jason Smith to drive into the net from about eight yards out.

Rovers responded with a neat passing move between Alder and Lee Smith, which ended up at the feet of Brett James but his effort was blocked and went out for a corner. Rovers then won two more corners in quick succession, with a muted appeal for handball coming from the second. Despite that pressure, the main action was coming at the other end as Abingdon tried to increase their slender lead. Harvey set up Sam Wharton, who shot over, then Wright’s shot from Jackson’s pass was saved by Merchant before the ‘keeper had to adjust himself quickly to make the catch when another Harvey shot was deflected towards his top right-hand corner.

James and Abingdon’s Ollie Lynch briefly squared up after James had been fouled and as half-time approached Harry Walker needed treatment on the pitch after a heavy fall near the touch-line. The fluency of passing which the Rovers team had shown in successive Saturday victories was missing this evening and their opponents went in at half-time with a deserved but narrow lead.

Soon after the re-start Bird, who had picked up an injury of his own, went off to be replaced by new signing Henry Birkett, just after Wharton had again shot wide following a neat pass from Harvey. Phil Pykett then made a crunching tackle on Jack Phillips near halfway and deservedly received a caution for his troubles. Walker, having recovered from his earlier fall, met a cross from Rovers’ other full-back, Sam Hill, but his header went narrowly wide when he might have tested Evan, then Smith passed to James as Rovers mounted another attack down the left and the resulting cross was shepherded behind for a corner. From that set-piece Alder swung the ball over out of the goalkeeper’s reach and it was met with a thumping header from home captain Joel White which flew into the net to level the scores.

Abingdon had already made one substitution by this point and immediately brought on Kyle Bestley for Jack Wright, as a response to the equalising goal. Rovers upped the tempo of their game but Abingdon did not let their heads drop after conceding and continued to press forward by breaking in numbers. One such break saw Wharton on the left picking out Harvey at the far post and the visiting Number Seven scored with ease. Both sides then looked for further goals, whilst Rovers made a double-substitution as they tried to restore parity. Neither side could conjure a clear chance but Rovers were pressing hard, without calling Evans into serious action, and as they pushed forward late-on they left themselves exposed at the back and it would cost them dear.

Jackson somehow found himself in acres of space, with only Merchant to beat, and having side-stepped him was brought down by the home goalkeeper. The Abingdon United player had lengthy treatment but could not come off permanently because his side had already used their three replacements. Nathan Baker and Callum Harvey seemed to be having an argument about who should take the spot-kick, a discussion won by Baker who calmly pushed the ball to Merchant’s left as the goalkeeper dived the other way. Time was almost up as the penalty-kick went in but Rovers gamely continued to probe at the visitors’ defence and Sam Hill’s cross from the right was caught comfortably by Evans. The goalkeeper had wasted as much time as he thought he could get away with in the second half but as he thumped the ball up towards half-way the final whistle was blown by referee Tom Green who had had a decent game in the middle without any real nastiness being shown by either team.

These two teams will meet again at Abingdon in a cup-tie in eleven days time with the return League fixture taking place in the third week of November. Whilst Rovers need not be daunted by having to travel to Oxfordshire twice in fairly quick succession, they will look for a better result when they sides resume battle.

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Benson Lions 1 Goring United Vets A 3 (away view)

The game was delayed until 20.15pm kick off due to a refereeing issue but that did little to stop Goring Uniteds momentum as they started the brightest and made all the early running. With both wide players causing all sorts of problems, it was inevitable that their hard work would pay off. A dangerous cross from left winger and captain Glen Francis caused havoc in the Benson box and the ball fell kindly to right winger Lee Dean who took a first time shot into the bottom right hand corner to give Goring a much deserved lead.

Things got even better for Goring 10 minutes later when in-form striker Chris Hatfield picked up possession just outside the box, turning one way then the other before hitting an inch perfect drive into the bottom left corner of the goal to give Goring a 2-0 lead, his 5th goal in two games! 

Benson began to see plenty of the ball but had very little going forward with Gorings defence holding firm until the half time whistle.

The second half got underway with Benson showing why they will be tough opposition this season against anyone. Their fitness was telling as they retained possession much better than Goring and after a weighted ball over the top of Gorings back line saw their forward race into the box, Craig Averies stuck a leg out to try and thwart the attack, resulting in a foul and a penalty kick.

I'm reality, it was no more than Benson deserved and the spot kick was dispatched having sent our keeper Grant Brent the wrong way. 2-1 to Goring and game on!

The remainder of the second half was very scrappy with Benson pushing for an equaliser and Goring making hard work of keeping the ball. A few chances went begging from both sides when towards the end of the game Benson looked to have raced through to get a shot away only to find Rob Lynch at his best with a perfectly timed tackle to send the ball out for a corner.

Quentin Ham had Gorings best chance of the half, sending a shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy but this proved to be inconsequential and the game finished 2-1 for Gorings second win on the bounce.

This particular cup competition has early group games meaning Goring pick up 3 vital points and put themselves in a very strong position to qualify for the all important knock out stages.


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