Weekly round-up for Sunday 22 October 2023. With the weather front that we have had, there are surprisingly few games off due to waterlogged pitches. We still start with our “Match of the day” and this week that comes from Cubbington and the game between Cubbington FC and Ettington Rovers FC in the George Dutton Cup.
Cubbington FC 1 Ettington Rovers FC 0
An overcast morning, Chilly but the rain had stopped. A late change of referee but we were ready to go! It only took three minutes for the first goal. Some neat control and play and a lovely little flick through on to the edge of the area where it’s met by Jack Gibson who leathers it into the net past the despairing dive of the Ettington keeper. Ettington are straight back with a superb ball out to the right wing. A deep cross and the header is wide. Some neat interpassing and Ettington break through the middle. A delightful flick up with his heel to lob the defender and it take an unfortunate bounce to bring a halt to the attack for handball. Ettington come on strong. Another move down the right and the cut back cross takes a wicked deflection, and bounces over the swinging boot of a defender to land at the feet of an Ettington striker who blazes over. Another chance goes begging as the ball is again into the Cubbington box. The keeper is stranded and the shot fired in is cleared off the line by the defence.
We race up to the other end with another break down the flank for Cubbington. The ball is set up and it’s hit with venom from Thirty Five yards. It’s a screamer all the way but the Ettington keeper makes a tremendous finger tip save to tip it over the bar. The keeper then makes a hash of a clearance straight to Cubbington but the quick fire shot is well wide of the open goal. Within two minutes another clearance from the keeper. This time it’s met sweetly on the half volley straight back and just goes past the post. Cubbington should be three or four ahead by now.
The second half remained the same. Lots of scruffy midfield play but chances came and went at both ends. A super strike from twenty five yards had the Cubbington keeper stone dead as he watched it rebound back off the crossbar.
Cubbington held on to take the points and progress into the next round.
We resume with the remaining George Dutton Charity Invitation Cup 2023-24 - Preliminary Round matches.
Ettington FC 23
Bishops Itchington 5 Heathcote Athletic 1
Jonny Hawker with the consolation for Heathcote after twelve minutes. Darren Street had given Bishops the lead two minutes earlier. Elliott Powell, Ashley Dutton and Matt Trinder also added for Bishops before the break. Edward Kostiuk rounded it all off a minute into the second half and it was all done. Bishops go into the hat for the next round
Chadwick End 2 Tysoe United 5
Stephen Rickett set Tysoe on their way after only seven minutes. Thomas Gardner added a second just before the half hour mark, when Tom Tarbuck pulled one back for Chadwick. Harry Edgington-Furlong added another for Tysoe just before the break. Adam Priestly pulled another back for Chadwick with twenty minutes to go but two goals in the last four minutes by Josh Truman and another from Gardner wrapped things up for Tysoe, who progress into the next round.
Khalsa 2 Bowling Green 1
Fastest goal of the day here for Josh Mann in the first minute to put Khalsa ahead. It stayed that way until ten minutes into the second half when Sundeep Kalsi added a second for Khalsa. Noah Whitlock struck to pull one back for Bowling Green with fifteen minutes to go but Khalsa held on to progress into the next round.
Napton 1 Whitnash Town 3
Harry Norton gave Napton the advantage just after the half hour mark. Whitnash struck back in the second half through Mark Hickey, Sion Humphreys and Connor Hickey to take the tie and progress into the next round.
Real Barston 2 HC Raiders 5
Raiders were four goals up in the first thirty minutes when Joseph Thompson struck to pull one back for Barston. Raiders goals coming from Joshua Fitzgeralad, Paulo Mota and a brace from Kyah Campbell. Mota added a fifth for Raiders on the hour mark and Andrew Bogle then completed the scoring with a second consolation for Barston with five minutes to go. Raiders go into the next round.
Stockton 2 Pig and Fiddle 3
Nip and tuck here. Adam Edwards put Pig ahead after only eight minutes. Charlie Bewick made it all square two minutes later. Ben Osborne then gave Stockton the lead on the half hour mark, only for James Bramwell to make it all square again before half time. That’s how it stayed until eight minutes from time when Edwards popped up to give Pig the advantage again. They held on and Pig go into the next round.
We move on to League action now and we start as usual with Division 1(A)
Leamington Hibernian Reserves 7 (seven) Dynamo Leamington 4
A four goal haul from Ryan Woodward for Dynamo but he still ended up on the losing side. Scott Hammond started Hib’s on their way and went on to get a brace. Connor Mort also grabbed a brace. Charlie Fitzmaurice, Mitchell Williams and Harry Hartin got the others.
We move on to Division 3
H R I Harbury 1 Wellesbourne Wanderers 2
Wanderers went ahead after twenty minutes through Alexander Rea, but Sam Pye levelled three minutes later. Max Dale then restored the Wanderers advantage just before the break, and that’s how it stayed.
Long Itchington Reserves 1 Bishops Itchington Reserves 4
A local Derby and The Bishops take the Honours from The Long Men. Billy Bench, Filippo Mannina, Johnny Adair and William Wall the marksmen for Bishops. Austin Brooks on target for the Long Men.
Newbold 2 Kenilworth Royal Oak 0
Adam Coles and Daniel Masters with the goals here.
We round off as usual with Division 4
Stockton Reserves 1 Southam Sporting 4
A Trystan Bending consolation here with twenty minutes to go. The damage had already been done through a Joshua Thomas brace and goals from Ackeem Marshall and Harley Francis.
Wellesbourne Wanderers Reserves 2 Kineton Sports and Social 7 Wellesbourne struck first here through James Sanderson after eight minutes. Within fourteen more minutes they had already shipped three. Ryan Muich, Tom Jordan and James Campion getting the goals. Dylan Koenig pulled one back for Wellesbourne straight after the break to make it interesting. Then a devastating hat-trick in a four minute spell from Liam Naven Jones put the nail in the coffin. Probably the fastest hat-trick on record.