Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Kidmore’s five-star display lifts them out of drop zone

MITCHELL PARKER netted a hat-trick to help KIDMORE END ease to a 5-0 Senior Division win away to DEE ROAD

MITCHELL PARKER netted a hat-trick to help KIDMORE END ease to a 5-0 Senior Division win away to DEE ROAD RANGERS.

The first-half was a tight affair with the two best chances falling to Kidmore End top scorer Mitchell Parker.

Dee Road looked a threat at set pieces but the visiting back four defended well.

In the second half Kidmore End upped the pace and were rewarded when Zac Tull played in Parker who made no mistake to put the visitors ahead.

Dee Road responded well but it was Kidmore who doubled the lead when Bradley Hayden again found Parker in space to make it 2-0.

The hosts responded well again but Kidmore stood firm and made it 3-0 when the home keeper’s clearance hit the on-rushing Parker for his hat-trick.

The visitors made it 4-0 with the goal of the game when Patrick Gardener beat three players before passing to Parker whose first-time flick sent 17-year-old Lewis Jenkins to slot home.

Dee Road kept pressing and were rewarded with a penalty that was struck against the crossbar.

Kidmore made it 5-0 through Duval Wallace-Clarke who cut in from the right and curled the ball home. Dee Road were awarded another penalty soon after which once again was missed. The result lifted Kidmore End out of the relegation zone. HENLEY TOWN went down to a 2-0 defeat away to Premier League promotion chasers SOUTHCOTE.

The visitors could only muster 11 players for the trip, with one of them arriving 15 minutes after the match had started against the hosts who have a 100 per cent league record.

Henley survived this handicap but went behind to a penalty on the half-hour. Twelve minutes in the second half, Sam Bell junior and an opponent were both sent off after a tussle between them and Southcote scored a second goal directly play restarted.

SC UNITED moved up to second place in Division 2 West thanks to a 3-1 home win against PARK VILLA. On a difficult Bishopswood pitch Villa took the lead after 15 minutes. Michael Johnson pulled down a Park Villa striker just outside the box and the resulting free kick was headed home.

United then dominated proceedings and equalised on 35 minutes when centre half Aaron Attfield drilled striker Seve Mayberry’s cross into the roof of the net from 10 yards.

Two minutes later United made it 2-1 when midfielder Martin Shenton chested the ball into the path of Mayberry who sharply finished from close range for his sixth goal in three games.

United wrapped up the scoring on the stroke of full time when Ben Harwood ran from the halfway line, dribbled past two Villa defenders into the box before firing home into the top corner.

In Division 3 East MAPLEDURHAM picked up a point as they held promotion chasing ELDON CELTIC to a 1-1 draw.

Elsewhere in the division HENLEY YMCA UNITED went down to a 5-1 defeat at home to GROSVENOR. Dan Franklin netted the hosts’ only goal of the game.

GORING UNITED RESERVES recorded their first Division 4 West win of the season in style as they ran out 10-8 winners in an extrordinary match at WESTFIELD ATHLETIC.

l A minute’s silence was held before Henley YMCA United’s clash with Grosvenor at Lawson Road in memory of former player Kevin Hardiman.

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