HENLEY YMCA UNITED won their first match of the season on Sunday, thrashing STERLING 12-1 in the first round of the Sam Waters County Cup.
Jeremy Hughes put the hosts ahead within two minutes of the start after good work on the right from Aaron Brittain.
With YMCA quickly assuming control of the middle of the park it was not long until Dan Barrett connected with a Hughes cross to calmly place the ball into the bottom corner of the Sterling net for his side’s second of the match.
Brittain then combined with Matt Webb before knocking in a deep cross that eluded everyone apart from the onrushing Jason Russell who tapped in at the back post to make it 3-0.
Barrett added his second with a flicked finish from another inviting Hughes cross before returning the favour with an assist for Hughes to dispatch his second of the game.
With their Banbury league opponents reeling with only 30 minutes played, YMCA did not take their foot off the pedal, Matt Webb playing a through ball to Brittain to lay off to Sam Taylor, who calmly placed the ball into the bottom corner for United’s sixth.
Just before half-time, neat interplay from Hughes and Barrett culminated with the ball being laid off to captain Matt Brakspear, who shot through the keeper into the net from 20 yards out.
In the second half Sterling rallied slightly and with a defensive reshuffle became harder to break down.
However it was not too long before Barrett had completed his hat-trick with an assured finish after dancing through the Sterling defence. Sam Taylor added his second with a good finish from just inside the area.
Barrett was then brought down by the visiting keeper after knocking the ball past him to earn a penalty. Hughes stepped up to complete his own hat-trick with a shot low into the corner.
A defensive mistake allowed the Sterling striker to run on to a through ball before scoring. This spurred United back into life with substitute Dom Cleall adding their 11th goal.
With the game entering the final stretch Brittain fired in his first ever goal for YMCA with a shot after jinking through the defence from the right wing.
A last minute winner from Michael Butcher ensured KIDMORE END progressed to the next round away to Banbury side DOLPHIN.
Kidmore’s Zac Tull and Anthony Holland went close in the first half, but the visitors eventually broke the deadlock when Kieren Chard opened the scoring.
A rally from Dolphin followed and they got back into the game, heading home a set piece with only a minute of the game remaining. In a frantic finish, Kidmore went on the attack with Butcher getting the slightest of touches to seal a dramatic victory.
Kidmore looked lively in a first half in which both sides regularly threatened.
Holland saw his first half header tipped on to the post whilst Tull also saw his strike well saved.
Kidmore’s greater attacking guile told early in the second half though as Chard embarked on a mazy run on the right hand side to cut inside to smash home from 15 yards.
Dolphin immediately put Kidmore under pressure and almost took the lead but for visiting captain Simon Butler’s fine goal line clearance.
Ultimately Dolphin’s pressure told and after winning a free kick, with the resulting set piece was headed home with a minute to go.
Undeterred Kidmore themselves pushed forward with Chard winning a free kick. Tull curled a low set piece into the box with Butcher on hand to glance in off the post and secure the victory.
SC UNITED eased into the next round of the E Cambridge Cup after thrashing a weakened IMAAN side 11-2 away.
United took the lead after four minutes when Paul Read played a through ball to Lukonde Kasonde who finished from a tight angle.
Three minutes later Thorsten Gentsch was pulled down in the box and Aaron Attfield converted the resulting penalty.
Danny Jakubiszyn headed in Arran Finch’s corner after 10 minutes and before Imaan pulled a goal back five minutes later.
Jakubiszyn headed home his second of the match after 20 minutes following a rebound off the post following Attfield’s long range shot.
Read got his name on the score sheet after 35 minutes when he volleyed home Finch’s left wing cross. Five minutes before half-time Imaan pulled a goal back to make it 5-2 from the penalty spot after Sut Basra had made a clumsy challenge.
Three minutes into the second half Finch netted from 18 yards after running on to a James Phillips goal kick over the Imaan defence. Seven minutes later Finch added his second of the match with a 25-yard curling shot into the top left hand corner.
Read completed his hat-trick with two goals in five minutes on the hour mark before Kasonde made it 10 goals for the visitors after 70 minutes.
Rob Taylor headed home the final goal of the match from a Finch corner 15 minutes from time.
KIDMORE END RESERVES also progressed to the next round following a 6-1 win at AFC BURGHFIELD RESERVES.
Central midfielder Ton basketfield netted a hat-trick for the visitors while Jonny Bramwell, Bradley Hayden and Wayne Jenkins were also on target.