With a minute’s silence being honoured around the area, the Remembrance Sunday fixtures provided for some interesting results.
In Division One, two games were played, and they both finished 3-1. Warwick Cavern travelled to Harbury, and Albion’s run of poor results continued, with Cavern’s Matt Saunders getting two goals, and Jamie Campton getting the other. Lawrie Kendall scored the Harbury consolation.
Meanwhile, Radford Semele entertained Leamington Hibs and although the visitors took the lead through Ash Kitchen, Radford took all three points with goals from Richard Waterworth, George Ayley and Jamie Duffy.
The one game in Division Two saw Leamington Vets put six past Radford Albion without reply. Ross Jackson got a hat-trick, Phil Davies picked up a brace, and Steve Howkins got the other.
It was a busy day in Division Three, with some high-scoring games. The most dramatic being Foresters Arms getting back onto winning ways, defeating HRI Wellesbourne Reserves 9-3. Jack Rees got a hat-trick, Lee Gold and Roberto Cuiffini each got a brace with Adam Chitty and Matthew Jones also getting in on the act. Andrew Tomlin, Jordan Willoughby and Carl Ellard got the goals for HRI.
The other three games were all close affairs, all won by a single goal. Royal Oak edged past Chadwick End 4-3, courtesy of a Michael Glover hat-trick and one from Wesley Klopper. Niall Mcilduff and Thomas Harris, along with an own-goal, replied for Chadwick End.
Liberal Club inflicted the first defeat of the season on Lillington Juniors in a close game that ended 3-2. Sam Ashford and Ryan Yearsley put the Liberals two goals clear, with Lillington levelling the score-line through Jordan Bedford and Gavin Reynolds either side of half-time, but the game was won with Tom Gayton’s excellent curling shot from distance.
Athletico Murphy’s edged out GristMill with two goals from Dave Jones, with Jamie Rossiter getting the GristMill goal.
Division Four also saw its fair share of goals.
Barley Mow put nine past Joiners Arms, who managed a Mauro Palma hat-trick in reply. Castle Rangers travelled to Princethorpe, and notched eight times, with Princethorpe getting a solitary goal from Sam Rose in reply. Conor Warburton got a hat-trick for Princethorpe, with Adrian Sellar, Daniel Hargreaves, John Hampton, Lewis Dewar and Jake Allies-Proctor sharing the spoils.
Lillington Juniors Reserves and Stockton United battled out a 4-3 game, with Stockton coming out on top. Mark Hickey (2) and Jamie Byrne got the Lillington goals, with Mitch Coleman (2), James Davis and Will Webster-Wall scoring for Stockton.
There was plenty of cup action as well this weekend with cup-ties in the Tracey Thomas Challenge Cup and the RA George Dutton Cup, and four semi-finals in the Divisional Cups.
Khalsa eased past Stockton in the George Dutton Cup, with goals from Talveen Nagi, Luke Warby and Anvinder Thiara proving too much for their Division Four opponents.
The Tracey Thomas Challenge Cup ties saw four Division One teams battle out a couple of high-scoring Round 3 games. Westlea Wanderers travelled to Midland Rangers and an early Henry Leaver hat-trick for Westlea, countered by a brace from Steve Nollet saw Westlea take a 3-2 lead into the half-time break. Rangers equalised shortly after the break through Sam Muller, but Westlea turned on the style in the second half, and a fourth from Henry Leaver, an own-goal, a Craig Watkin penalty and a late brace from Joe Wright took the score to 8-3.
Bishops Itchington cruised past HRI Wellesbourne, putting the game out of reach before half-time. With Josh Turton hitting five, and Calum Yeates, Rob Herdman, Joel Bennett and Jason Bradshaw all contributing, Bishops hit nine past HRI, for whom Liam Bullimore, Rocky Sihra and Vitor Machado responded.
The PMC Financial Services Division Two Cup semi-finals saw AFC Warwick and Kineton Sports & Social through into the Final. AFC eased past Heathcote Athletic 4-1 in their semi-final, with goals from Ricky Barby, Alex Sharp, Karl Goddard and Sam Opie, with John Aston getting one back for Heathcote.
The other semi-final saw Real Barston go two goals ahead through Matt Gillet and Joe Campbell, before Khalsa Reserves made it a tense finish by getting one back through Ryan Butler on the hour, before Gareth Davies sealed the game 3-1 shortly before the end.
The two finalists for the Spa Trophies Division Four Cup were also decided today. Long Itchington took an early 2-0 lead in the first-half with goals from Sam Crawford and Mike Clement, only for Kineton Sports & Social to get one back through James Keller before the break, and Cameron Mair to equalize right at the death to send the game all the way to penalties. Kineton held their nerve and went through with David Melhuish scoring the decisive penalty.
In the other semi-final, Warwick Printing took an early 2-0 lead through Terry Bayliss and Chris Calder. Abishek Paul clawed one back for Whitnash just before half-time, only for Jake McCarthy-Phillips to restore the two goal cushion a few moments later. With a 3-1 lead going into the second-half, Printing held on and progressed through to the final, despite a last-gasp Archie Evans goal for Whitnash in the 90th minute.