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Hellenic League Match Report

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Banbury Litho Floodlit Cup

Langley 0 Risborough Rangers 4 (away view)

Rangers moved in to the Banbury Litho Floodlit Cup second Round with a competent 4-0 win against Langley at Holyport’s Summerleaze ground with whom they ground share. 

After the euphoria of Saturday’s Vase win at Wembley this could have been a different story, having already played Langley last month in the League, they knew what to expect from their hosts but Manager Mark Eaton will be pleased with their application from start to finish. The surprise really was it took until the 23rd minute to open the scoring with new boy Kyle Faulkner stroking the ball into the far corner to put the Boro’ a goal up. Rangers extended the lead ten minutes later when following a corner Davis Haule with his back to goal swivelled and placed the ball into the bottom corner. Two minutes before the break Brian Haule virtually guaranteed the win by notching his 12th goal of the campaign so far with a shot from an acute angle into the top corner. Langley keeper Leo Smith with be disappointed with his attempted save as the ball squirmed through his hands but saying that it was a fine strike to give Rangers 3-0 up. 

It took just four minutes of the restart for Rangers to extend their lead when Kyle Faulkner was put through on goal and as he bared down on goal but despite being pushed and he placed his shot past the Langley keeper to notch his second of the night and his sixth since joining from Leighton Town. With the game now won Mark Eaton gave other members of the squad a run out with defender Tom Gibbons making his first appearance of the season. Rangers had numerous chances to extend their lead with substitute Steve Tavender having the clearest chance but sadly for Tavs his effort was slightly too high as it cleared the keeper but also the crossbar. 

Rangers saw the game out comfortably and now look forward to the second round draw. Next up for Boro’ is away at second in the table Penn & Tylers Green next Tuesday (24th September) kick off 7.45pm at Beaconsfield Town’s Holloway’s Park. 

Shortwood United 7 New College Swindon 0 

Despite all their injury problems Shortwood still had enough firepower to notch up a 7-0 win against New College. On a positive note Ellis Harper made his first appearance since pre season as he got 15 minutes under his belt as he returned from injury. 

Wood were on top throughout but it took a fine solo goal from Harper – Emerson after 14 minutes to open the scoring and when Tom Black converted a low cross from Josh Blunt just 2 minutes later it was going to ba case of how many! Young keeper Adam McGill kept the visitors in it until the 40th minute but he was powerless to stop another Harper – Emerson piledriver after a fine through ball from Blunt. It was Harper – Emerson’s turn to be provider before the break when his low cross was turned in by Josh Kerr. 

Twice Alex Sukosd had to save from Jack Rockett before Troy Budd slammed home another low cross from Josh Blunt and Wood rang the changes. Callum Scrivens hit the bar with a crossshot and Luke Soule bagged himself a brace after 67 and 77 minutes. Jake Lowe was the provider for the first and man of the match Tom Black put him in for his second. 

To their credit New College never gave up and it took a fine save from Sukosd to preserve Wood’s clean sheet just before the end. 

Shortwood:Alex Sukosd, Blunt, Fin Blythe, Hoskins, Kerr, Mat Blythe (Callum Scrivens 56), Jake Lowe (Harper 75), Snook, Budd (Soule 64), Black, Harper – Emerson 

Woodley United 1 AFC Aldermaston 0 

Thirteen days after drawing with Aldermaston in the league, the two sides met again this time with Woodley hosting a Floodlit Cup game played in front of the biggest crowd of the season so far. 

The first chance of the match fell to United’s Harry Swabey who was playing right midfield in a 3-5-2 that was first deployed this season in Saturday’s match against Wallingford. A cross from the left was headed wide.  Twenty four minutes in saw Woodley get the game’s only goal with Swabey involved again. Forward Max Laschok won the ball high up the pitch and found Swabey who netted after his initial shot was saved. 

Aldermaston then had a couple of chances. The first saw a Jamel Forde-Small strike deflect wide whilst Martin King couldn’t direct his header from a right wing free kick on target.  The half ended with both sides trading shots neither of which troubled either keeper. Laschok missed to the right for United before Monay Mills-Chandler blazed well over for the visitors. 

The closest Aldermaston got to levelling came moments after the restart when a fierce shot from the right was excellently saved by Callum Sangwell diving to his left. A further chance followed when another Forde-Small shot deflected wide. After surviving the early pressure Woodley started to regain control of the match. A fine run by Freddie Barron down the left ended with his cross cut out whilst Gareth Ainsworth headed a Danny Blatchford free kick wide. 

United made a change on sixty four minutes when Sam Wood replaced Nathan Lock in centre midfield and a second substitution six minutes later with Ben Anderson coming on for Laschok. Moments before Anderson’s introduction Aldermaston had their numbers reduced for ten minutes when Forde-Small was sin binned. Making the most of the man advantage a superb strike by Swabey didn’t make it as far as the goal due to an even better block by King. The resultant corner was headed wide by Swabey. 

A minute from time saw Anderson come within inches of sealing the win when his shot cannoned back off the bar whist a looping header at the other end landed on the roof of Sangwell’s net. The last chance of the game saw Ainsworth square to Anderson who couldn’t keep his shot down as it bounced up before him six yards out.