SECOND placed EMMER GREEN maintained their Senior Division title push thanks to a 4-2 home victory against third-placed BARTON ROVERS in a match that saw captain Daniel Donegan bag four goals
SECOND placed EMMER GREEN maintained their Senior Division title push thanks to a 4-2 home victory against third-placed BARTON ROVERS in a match that saw captain Daniel Donegan bag four goals.
The hosts took the lead early in the game when they were awarded a penalty after Chris Read was brought down in box. Donegan converted.
Ten minutes later Dickie Howell was brought down in the box and once again Donegan sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-0.
Barton Rovers had a good shot saved by in-form keeper Mark Compton and soon afterwards pulled a goal back when Emmer Green failed to pick up a player at the back post.
Despite starting the game with only 10 men the visitors fought back and were starting to pile the pressure on Emmer Green and were awarded a spot kick 10 minutes into the second half which Compton saved.
The visitors equalised when the Barton Rovers forward saw the Emmer Green goalkeeper off his line and lobbed him.
Donegan put the hosts back in front as he completed his hat-trick in style by beating four players before finishing in the bottom corner.
With 10 minutes from time Donegan completed the scoring as he took on the Roversâ?? defence to beat the keeper at his near post.
Elsewhere in the division KIDMORE END slipped into the relegation zone as they crashed 4-2 away to league leaders WRIGHTCHOICE GROUP.
HENLEY TOWN wasted a golden opportunity to improve their perilous Premier League position when they lost 3-1 away at basement side ARBORFIELD who had not previously won a competitive match all season.
With only 11 players and no regular goalkeeper available, there was little room for manoeuvre, yet it was failure to turn possession into goals that was largely responsible for Henleyâ??s defeat.
Arborfield established a 2-0 lead by the interval before Howard Olley reduced the arrears on the hour. Arborfield made the game safe 10 minutes from time.
In Division 3 East MAPLEDURHAMâ??S promotion hopes were dealt a blow as they went down 2-1 away to GROSVENOR.
The hosts took the lead in the first half before Stuart Owen equalised 10 minutes into the second half from the penalty spot after a home player had handled on the line.
With the match level going into the last minute of the game a goalmouth scramble led to a Grosvenor player tapping home the winner.
Basement side HENLEY YMCA UNITED went down to a 4-1 defeat away to TILEHURST TITANS.
The Titans netted two quick goals before Jamie Clarke pulled one back for the visitors. With Henley pushing for a equaliser they were caught out late on as the Titans netted twice more.
GORING UNITED RESERVES remain bottom of Division 4 West after going down to a 4-1 defeat at home to WOOLHAMPTON CFC.