Weekly Round-up for Sunday 13th January 2019.
We start with our "Match of the Day" and this week that's the Leamington Referees' Association Andy Campbell Challenge Cup 2018-19 - Round 2 game between Division 2 Real Barston and Division 4 Blackdown.
Blackdown are pushing hard for promotion and are comfortable in second place with games in hand, but Barston have some Cup pedigree to support their lowly position in Division 2.
A bitter wind swept across the Wardens Park and the Blackdown youngsters were on the pace early doors. Within 10 minutes young Cameron Coutts was brought down in the box. A poor penalty easily saved. Barston relieved. The wind was making life difficult for the Barston defenders and it was no surprise when Blackdown took the lead on 30 minutes. A corner from the right went deep and was headed back across the box where it was stabbed home from close range by Sam Nunn. Coutts was a threat and demonstrated his pace down the flanks but Barston held on. With a goal disallowed through a push in the box it remained 1-0 at half time.
The second half continued in the same vein, but now it was Barston with the wind at their backs. Blackdown were forced to deal with the onslaught but the odd foray into Barston territory threatened the Division 2 side who were committed to finding an equaliser. Blackdown had the keeper to thank for several fine saves. With a minute left on the clock Barston were running out of ideas, up popped Philip Richardson to level the score and take the tie to penalty kicks.
The dream ended after Blackdown scored their first spot kick. The Barston stand in keeper played his part with three saves and it was all over.
Real Barston win 3 - 1 on penalties.
We move on to the remaining matches and we start as usual with the Cup Competitions.
Cancer Research UK Charity Invitation Supplementary Cup 2018-19 - Round 1
Stockton United 3 Liberal Club C 1
A Cup upset here as Division 4 Stockton United were too good for Liberals from Division 3. A Will Wall brace and one from James Farmer were enough to outdo a Ryan Yearsley consolation.
We move on to the Leamington Referees' Association George Dutton Challenge Cup 2018-19 - Round 2
Castle Rangers 3 Bishops Itchington 10 (ten)
This one went according to the form book as Bishops strolled into the next round. The Rangers still grabbed three of their own through Matt Wix , Lee Watton and Ethan Allies-Proctor , but the Tom O'Callaghan show was in full swing, as he bagged 5 (five) of his own. Johnny Adair chipped in with a hat-trick. Andy Yeates and Tom Cooper grabbed the others.
We move on to the Leamington Referees' Association George Dutton Challenge Cup 2018-19 - Round 1
Radford Albion 0 HRI Wellesbourne 1
A tight all Division 2 clash here and it was a single goal from Samuel Pye that gave the Veg boys the edge.
On to the Leamington Referees' Association Andy Campbell Challenge Cup 2018-19 - Round 1
Dynamo Leamington 2 Khalsa Reserves 1.
Another tight one with the bottom two sides from Division 2 competing to go into the next round. Khalsa went in front on 10 minutes through Jasraj Gill . Ashley Rowley pulled Dynamo level before half time and David Iwanyckys scored the winner with 15 minutes left on the clock. Dynamo held on to go into the next round.
Khalsa 1 Stockton 2
The Cup upset of the day here. Division 1 Khalsa were under the cosh after 7 minutes when Richie Davies put Stockton ahead. It was 2 before half time as Alex Boulden grabbed another. Khalsa got a consolation but Stockton held on to take the honours and progress into the next round.
We move on to League Action now and start as usual in Division 1
Leamington Hibernians 0 Westlea Wanderers 1.
Not much to separate these two apart from a Joe Wright goal on 15 minutes. With Khalsa on Cup duty Westlea close the gap at the top, level on points but with a game in hand.
Lillington Juniors 2 Radford Semele 5
Jack Sidgwick with the fastest goal of the day on 2 minutes set the Radford ball rolling. A brace apiece from Mark Anderson and Paul Wilkinson did the damage. David Jones and Kylo Allen got the Lillington replies.
On to Division 2
Heathcote Athletic 3 Kineton S and SC 4
Kineton maintain their top spot but Heathcote made them work for it. James Carro, Chris Collier and John Aston on target for Heathcote. A James Keller brace , Mitchell Keyes and Max Coton for Kineton.
Long Itchington 1 Leamington FC Veterans 10 (ten)
The Vets jump up to third spot with this demolition of the Long Men. Ross Jackson helped himself to 4 , Philip Davies a hat-trick, old boy James Quinlan a brace and James Canning got the other.
We move on to Division 3
Chadwick End 4 VTS Warwick 2
A Connor McAndrew hat-trick and one from David Dellenty were enough here as VTS could only reply twice through Thomas Scott and Gagandeep Pahl .
Hampton Magna 1 Bishops Tachbrook FC 7.
Bishops close up the gap at the top with this win over close rivals Magna. Karl McGuire led the way with 4 , Alister Wrist grabbed a brace and Lewis Christian the odd one. Michael Jefferson on target for the Magna consolation.
Harbury 2 Warwick Printing 2
Harbury maintain top spot but dropping points here allows Bishops to close up. Jack Underhill and Andy Cahill scorers for Harbury. Connor Kenny and Jake McCarthy-Phillips on target for the Printers.
We move on to Division 4
HRI Wellesbourne Reserves 1 Lillington Juniors Reserves 3
HRI went ahead with an Arundeep Sodhi goal on 15 minutes. Reece Robbins then had a great day getting his hat-trick to take the points for Lillington. HRI remain at the foot of the table.
Warwick Boar 0 Chadwick End Reserves 2
Danny Chinn and Steven Ebdon doing the damage here in this mid table clash.