Monday, 22 January 2018

Bennett’s double helps visitors maintain their promotion push

EMMER GREEN maintained their Premier Division promotion push with a 4-4 draw away to PURLEY.

EMMER GREEN maintained their Premier Division promotion push with a 4-4 draw away to PURLEY.

Richard Bennett netted a brace whilst Richie Froude and Daniel Donegan also got their names on the score sheet for the visitors.

Elsewhere in the division relegation-threatened KIDMORE END picked up a crucial point as they drew 1-1 away to mid-table RUSCOMBE. The hosts took the lead before Anthony Holland netted the equaliser for the visitors.

YMCA UNITED slipped to another Division 1 East defeat at Lawson Road as they went down 3-0 at ELDON CELTIC.

The hosts’ defensive uncertainty led to Celtic taking a quick lead and doubling their advantage shortly after.

YMCA shuffled their defensive personnel and this led to a much more stable platform. However, the hosts were still indebted to an outstanding goalkeeping display from Tim Moore that prevented them from going further behind on a number of occasions. After the break YMCA began much more confidently with Ricki Keeley and Sam Taylor going close to pulling a goal back. With Matt Webb providing a man-of-the-match display after moving to centre back, United stayed in the contest until Eldon Celtic broke away and scored their third goal.

HENLEY TOWN maintained their Division 1 East championship challenge on Tuesday of last week when they won 3-0 at home against PURPLE TURTLE.

Henley took the lead on the half-hour when Paul Nobes beat a defender and rifled the ball past the keeper. Two minutes later Sam Bell junior beat two opponents and dinked the ball over the advancing goalie.

The Town were forced to make changes through injury in the second half, but substitute Brett Barton emulated the feat of his brother in the previous game by scoring within five minutes of his arrival.

GORING UNITED hit back to secure a point in their Division 1 West clash at AFC BURGHFIELD.

The hosts took the lead in the first half from a 25-yard shot after earlier hitting the post.

In the second half good work between Sam Green and Jack Purser led to a cross from Purser that found John Ramsay at the far post to head home the equaliser.

Division 3 East title chasers SC UNITED stormed to an emphatic 6-0 win away at MAPLEDURHAM CAVALIERS.

The scoring was opened after 10 minutes when centre half Michael Johnson picked up a failed Mapledurham defensive clearance and volleyed home from 15 yards.

The lead was doubled when striker Paul Read collected a cross from Robbie Jack 15 minutes later before finishing from close range.

Paul Read made it 3-0 two minutes into the second half when he received a short pass from attacking midfielder Lukonde Kasonde before placing his effort in the bottom right corner.

Robbie Jack scored his first goal of the season from an inswinging free kick 40 yards out from goal that sailed into the top corner.

Read made it 5-0 and a hat-trick with 20 minutes to go, having rounded three Mapledurham defenders before firing a 20-yard solo effort into the roof of the net with the outside of his right boot. Winger Aaron Attfield made it 6-0 with 10 minutes remaining when he lashed in a 25-yard shot into the top left corner.

SC UNITED RESERVES closed the gap at the foot of Division 4 East to just one point after their 3-0 victory at WOODFORD PARK.

Two goals from John MacDonald and one from Dennis Trimmings secured the points for the visitors.

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