Weekly round-up for Sunday 1 October 2023. Week 5 and we have plenty of Cup action to start us off.
We start with our “Match of the day” and that’s the Division 1 Cup game between Cubbington Albion and Khalsa.
Cubbington Albion 4 Khalsa 1
An overcast morning but it remained dry. The lawnmower was broken so the grass was a touch long! The game started in a frantic mood, as both sides tried to settle down, and it soon became apparent that the pace of the Cubbington attack was going to pose Khalsa a problem. Freddie Finn proved that theory after only three minutes as he poked the ball home to give Albion the lead. The keeper stranded after the ball had rebounded from a clearance and Finn was on hand to finish. Albion always looked a threat going forward and poor finishing along with desperate Khalsa defending kept the score to the odd goal until half time.
Albion started well straight from the restart. Ryan Butler doubled the lead two minutes after the whistle ended up on the end of a through ball to slot home. It took another fifteen minutes for the third. A neat move across to the right and Finn cut back and fired his shot under the keeper. Khalsa were given a lifeline when Luke Lindsay struck a sweet penalty into the bottom corner, after a soft challenge in the box saw a dive worthy of the Premier League. Khalsa were sparked into life and had a brief spell in control but could not break down the Albion defence. A thirty yard freekick was driven into the wall and a shot from the edge of the box went well wide. Albion scored another with nine minutes to go. The ball played out to the right where sub Alex Witchell raced into the box and smashed his shot into the roof of the net. Albion deserved the win and progress into the next round.
We continue with the Division 1 Cup 2023-24, sponsored by Anthony Eden Gents Hairdresser - Round 1
Bishops Itchington 4 Leamington Hib’s 1
Rob Herdman set Bishops on their way after only two minutes here. Edward Kostiuk had doubled the lead after fifteen minutes, before Jack Marsden pulled one back for Hib’s on the half hour mark. Kostiuk grabbed his second just before the break. Martin Hutchcox roundedcit off with a fourth with fifteen minutes to go.
Bishops go into the hat for the next round.
Bourton & Frankton FC 3 Heathcote Athletic 3
A brace for Oliver Owen-Smith and one from Jamie Halleron-Kay had kept Heathcote in the hunt but it was three all at the end of play so it went to penalty kicks.
Bourton & Frankton FC win 4 - 3 on penalties and progress into the next round.
Dynamo Leamington 4 Khalsa reserves 1
Dynamo took control in the second half here with a brace in ten minutes by Amine Bouhali shortly after the break. Lee Watton and Charlie Taylor added two more in a five minute spell to seal the win. David Benton with the Khalsa Reserves consolation.
Dynamo go into the next round.
Kenilworth Wardens 6 Tysoe United 2
A welcome return for James Keller as he scored a brace in the first half for Tysoe. However, this was the Dan Twigger show ! His hat-trick came in an amazing eight minute spell. The first after only ten minutes. The third after eighteen minutes! The next three took a bit longer but his double hat-trick was complete with more than twenty minutes left on the clock.
Wardens go into the next round.
We move on to the Division 3 Cup 2023-24, sponsored by Nick Chambers, in memory of his father Chris - Round 1
Kenilworth Royal Oak 4 Bishops Itchington 0
Elliot Wong started the ball rolling here with the opening goal for Royal Oak after eleven minutes. William Harte then took over the scoring for the Oak grabbing himself a hat-trick.
Royal Oak go into the next round.
Long Itchington Reserves 1 HRI Harbury 4
Sam Pye put The Veg boys ahead after twenty minutes. Elliott Parasmo made it all square just before the break. Pye scored his second just after the break to restore the Veg boys advantage, then ten minutes later Brett Ellard added a third and at the death Greg Eales added another.
HRI Harbury go into the next round.
Napton 3 Newbold 3
A close game here and it went to penalty kicks. Jordan Bedford was on target after only two minutes to put Newbold ahead. Suroush Lisle-Pourzyaie made it all square less than ten minuters later. Reece Mason restored the Newbold advantage shortly after the break. Jake Hyams struck to pull Napton level again seven minutes later. Less than a minute later and Clinton Phillips went straight back down the other end and gave Newbold the advantage once more. Joe Merry struck with five minutes left on the clock to take the tie to Penaty kicks.
Napton win 4 - 3 on penalties. Napton go into the next round.
Whitnash Town 1 Cubbington FC 2
Liam McNally on target for Whitnash but strikes from Alister Wrist and Adam Short were enough to give Cubbington the victory and take them into the next round.
We finish the Cup matches with the Division 4 Cup 2023-24, sponsored by Spa Trophies - Round 1
Balsall & Berkswell 0 AFC Snitterfield 2
A goal in each half from Neil Wilson and Talib Bellamy were enough here for Snitterfield, who progress into the next round.
Massey Ferguson Sports&Soc 5 Pig and Fiddle 2
Fastest goal of the day here for Jack Morgan in the first minute to put Massey’s in front, before Pig had even touched the ball. Lee Gold had pulled Pig level with a great free kick, before Morgan grabbed his second twenty minutes later. Blake Arthur restored Massey’s advantage on the half hour mark and Connor King added another before the break. Arthur got his second just past the hour and sealed the win before Calum Gellender struck for a consolation for Pig in the final minute after a defensive mix up.
Massey’s go into the next round.
Sporting Foresters 4 Stockton Reserves 3
A ding dong thriller here and it was a hat-trick from evergreen Andrew Hood that helped Foresters take the win. Richie Davies with the opener for Stockton after six minutes. Trystan Bending doubled the advantage five minutes later. Hood scored his first three minutes after that and had his second to make it all square before the half hour mark. Bending scored his second just before the hour mark to give Stockton the lead again, but Hood popped up for his hat-trick seven minutes later. With the tie looking to go to penalty kicks Alex Stevens grabbed the winner for Foresters with fifteen minutes to go.
Foresters into the next round.
Wellesbourne Wanderers Reserves 1 Kineton Sports and Social 4 Finley Goodman with the only goal of the first half to give Wanderers the advantage. Kineton took control in the second half through Rory Fisher, Scott Dunn and an Alexander Mercer brace to progress into the next round.
We move on to League action now and we start with Division 3
H C Raiders 1 Wellesbourne Wanderers 2
Alexander Rea and Elliot Durbin with the Wellesbourne goals to take all three points home.
Stockton 3 Real Barston 1
George Edward Ayley, Josh Tolley and Ben Osborne on target for Stockton and Darius Potten-Ravenshad with the late consolation for Real Barston.
We round off as usual with Division 4
Bowling Green 2 Southam Sporting 2
With no goals in the first half the second became a veritable goal fest! Shamir Entezar with the first for Southam just before the hour mark. He then grabbed his second on the hour and Bowling Green were surely done! However with fifteen minutes to go an own goal gave them hope and the pressure paid off as Noah Whitlock struck with five minutes to go to give Bowling Green a share of the points.