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Hellenic League Match Report

16 October

Banbury Litho Floodlit Cup

Bishops Cleeve  3  Westfields  2  (away view)

Westfields were beaten 3-2 away at Bishops Cleeve last night in the Bluefin Hellenic Floodlit Cup when the 2 highly competitive sides gave an entertaining and hard-working display. 

Bishops Cleeve clearly had the better of the first half and raced into a 3-1 interval lead with goals in the 7th minute from Nick Hancock with a speculative lob and then danger-man Jack Watts scored 2 goals in the space of 5 minutes before the break whilst Keanu Cooper replied for Westfields but it was the home side that went in 3-1 ahead at the break. 

In the second half Westfields brought on substitute Richard Greaves and this made an immediate impression and it was Greaves who reduced the arrears from the penalty spot after youngster Cameron Peters was brought down in the Bishops Cleeve penalty area. With the score set at 3-2 Westfields mounted tremendous pressure in the last 10 minutes to try and draw level and Peters, Aidan Thomas and Richard Greaves all went close but they could not get the better of a resolute Bishops Cleeve defence which stood firm to see the home side through to the next round of the Floodlit Cup. 

This was only Westfields’ second defeat of the season, their first defeat being in the FA Cup. The stage is now set for a classic uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division game next Tuesday, again at Bishops Cleeve, kick-off 7.45pm. 

Shrivenham 3 Malvern Town 5 (away view)

Malvern Town claimed the scalp of another higher level opponent in the Banbury Litho Floodlit Challenge Cup with a 5-3 win at Shrivenham on Tuesday night.

The home side started in a lively fashion to keep our back-line on their toes, but it was Harry Clark who had the best chance in the opening exchanges as he latched on to an intelligent ball from Ben Miller only to fire inches wide. After a long range drive went close from Stanley for the home side, we then had to defend in numbers as George Hayes got in a timely intervention and then Charlie Weaver did well from the corner that followed. We took the lead on 12 minutes when Clark did well out wide following a neat passage of play and his cross was met by the head of Turner who made no mistake. Turner almost grabbed another soon afterwards but the ball just ran away from him.

There was a good opening for Robertson for the home side but he fired over, however they were soon on level terms when Stanley`s free-kick found its way to Petrie who turned the ball home from close range. Just past the half-hour and we regained the lead when a free-kick fell to Louis Loader inside the area and he was able to lash home.

After Prictor had sent an effort over for the hosts, we made it 3-1 when Clark did well out wide and his cross to the far post was sweetly fired home by Matt Fusco to give the keeper absolutely no chance. As the half came to a close, Weaver did well to push an effort onto the post before Turner was hauled down by the keeper just inside the area for a penalty on 41 minutes. The keeper received a yellow card before Turner heaped more misery as he converted from the spot.

Leading 4-1 at the break, it was the home side who came out for the second period with the bit between their teeth, however a delicious through-ball from Loader carved them open as Clark burst through to force the ball home and extend our lead further.

Within minutes Prictor had prodded home to reduce the arrears for his side as Craven went close from distance. There was a superb point-blank save from the home keeper to deny Miller who then showed good running as we launched a slick move down the left. Fusco was denied by the keeper as the clock ticked down, whilst at the other end, Stanley`s header looped onto the roof of the net.

On 83 minutes Reynolds managed to break the offside trap only for the keeper to save well at his near post and then the home side snatched a third goal to make it 5-3.

There was a late chance for Moran as he showed good feet to weave his way into the area until a block from a home defender ended his progress. It wasn`t enough to end our progress in this competition, though, as we made it through to the third round.

Malvern Town :Weaver, Hayes, Wickett, Febery, J. Sauntson, Loader, Fusco, Craven (Emblem 77), Turner (Reynolds 46), Miller (Moran 80), Clark. Subs not used: Smith, Hunt.

Shortwood United 3 Highworth Town Development 0 

Highworth Town Development are unbeaten in Division Two of the uhlsport Hellenic and it is easy to see why. Although Shortwood deserved their victory Highworth put in a spirited display and played some excellent football. The man of the match was undoubtedly keeper Arie Peursum who made several fine saves but young Alex Sukosd also made some excellent saves to keep the lively Highworth forwards at bay. 

This was an excellent game played in a good spirit and Wood rested a few players and gave debuts to Manolo Marquez and Jacob Waddington. Wood could have been out of sight in the early stages as Peursum made several outstanding saves including an outstanding double save from Halliday and Marquez and Wood contrived to miss some great opportunities before taking the lead after 26 minutes, Mills sent a corner to the near post and Marquez headed home from close range. The battle between Peursum and Wood continued as he defied Black and Kerr but slowly Highworth battled back and the game became more even. Marquez rattled the post after Harper – Emerson and Black combined before Black was fouled just inside the box on the stroke of half time and Ben Snook sent Peursum the wrong way. 

Highworth attacked from the start of the second half and Kerr was superbly placed to clear off the line from Coombes. Sukosd them made a fine save to deny Coombes and then the young Wood keeper saved full length from Beer. As Wood regained the ascendency Haines did brilliantly to clear a lob over the keeper from fully 40 yards. Both sides looked dangerous going forward and it took a rare mistake from the Highworth defence to give Wood their third goal after 72 minutes. They lost possession on the edge of the area and although Peursum saved Marquez’ effort Harper - Emerson was on hand to knock home the rebound. Wood could have added more in the closing stages but Highworth should feel justifiably proud of their performance and their part in an excellent game.

Shortwood United : Alex Sukosd, Harper, Jacob Waddington, Nowell, Kerr, Halliday (Byrnes 60), Mills, Manola Marquez, Black, Harper – Emerson (Lewis Hicks 74) 

Windsor 1 Virginia Water (away view)
(Windsor win 4-1 on penalties)

Virginia Water went out in the big local derby, in the most sickening fashion – the dreaded penalties! Credit to the home side for their execution in the shoot-out, even if Waters feel a little hard done by that they did not win in normal time.

A much improved performance saw VW start well, with some fluent passing, even if clear cut chances for both sides, were not plentiful. The game turned in the first half in bizarre fashion, when the referee awarded a free kick to WFC, and pulled aside Louis Sanders and Captain Adam Mills, for a brief discussion – both these players would have been in the wall (if allowed!).

The referee awarded a goal, when they took a quick free kick, without restarting the game on the whistle, and some 10-15 yards away from where the shot was taken. With Matt standing on his near post waiting to set his wall, the most bizzare refereeing decision I have seen in 50 years of football. Cue chaos – no one, even WFC, understood how this was awarded, but on we went.

The second half belonged to VW, who had most of the chances, Paul Burrows, Martin Peters, Joel Drew, Josh Hill, all going close. The deserved equaliser came on 68 minutes, when Martin headed in a trademark Finn Evered long throw.

Apart from a great save by Matt in the VW goal, it was the away side who looked the likely winners, with some last ditch blocks and defending, keeping the home side on level terms. All level at the end, with Windsor coming out on top on penalties.

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Marlow United 4 Holyport 1 (away view)

A three goal blast in the final quarter of an hour saw Marlow grab the points and bragging rights in their local derby against Holyport.  In the process they took the visitors unbeaten league record and moved level on points with leaders Risborough Rangers. 

United opened the scoring on ten minutes with Ramel Sutherland poking home the ball from a Tripp header following the award of a free kick against the visitors.  Despite this Holyport looked the more industrious side, never allowing Marlow to settle and it came as no surprise when the dangerous Fabian Driffell blasted home the equaliser on thirty five minutes.  Marlow looked to have gained a certain penalty with Liam Bushay being hauled down as he was about to shoot but the referee ignored the appeals.  The half ended all square with the visitors undoubtedly feeing they deserved to be in front on the balance of the play. 

Marlow bought on Josh Fox early in the second period and he added another dimension to their game, constantly troubling the Holyport defence down the left as the hosts gradually gained the upper hand.  Both he and Bushay were constantly getting behind the Holyport defence, United unable to take advantage of the chances created. 

Holyport felt they were denied a penalty with the referee again unimpressed by their protests and ironically it was Marlow who eventually took the lead from the spot on seventy five minutes as James Tripp was bought down in the area, Qwam Thomas calmly slotting home the spot kick.  Marlow put the game to bed with Felix Prudden bundling home a Fox corner and to rub salt in the wounds Sutherland notched a fourth goal following an excellent build up to send the Marlow faithful in a crowd in excess of 100 home happy.

Marlow United :Partridge, Woodward, Tripp, Mckie, Waldron, Thomas, Prudden, Davis, Sutherland, Etienne, Bushay Subs. Fox, Lucas, Singleston.