ADL round-up: APBS keep the pressure on table-topping Haddenham

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The Aylesbury & District Football League has entered its final full month of the 2015/16 season with crunch time fast approaching for many teams.

In the Premier Division, APBS saw off FC Mandeville 4-1 as goals from Daniel Jones, Liam McElhinney, Lewis Creser and Charlie Creser kept them two points and two games behind leaders Haddenham Utd.

Utd this week beat Walton Court Wanderers 4-2 but APBS know if they win their remaining games they may not need to beat Haddenham on the final day of the season to secure the league title.

Current champions Walton Court look destined to finish mid-table having ended their season, and third-placed Wendover also completed their 18 games after a 2-1 win over Long Marston at the weekend; the goals coming from Darren Woolard and Jamie Spurden.

Aylesbury Dynamos can still nab third spot after beating Bucks CC 6-2 with goals from Chris Shennan (3), Taran Ashall, Matt Logan and Toby Cresswell.

In Division One, St Johns Sports beat league leaders Long Crendon 4-2 thanks to an Ian Pearce hat-trick and an Adam Richmond goal. That leaves Sports six points behind with three games in hand, with Crendon needing just one more more point to secure promotion.

Oving and FC Spandits drew 2-2 after goals from Josh Dance and Andy Broadbent and a Liam Addlesee double respectively, while Wingrave beat Bedgrove Dynamos 4-1 in the final game; Harry Pickering (2), Louis Birdsey and Paul Brown all on the score sheet.

In Division Two, Quainton showed why their are on course for the title by romping to a 12-0 win over bottom side Wingrave Reserves. Carl Hunning and Chris Hance scored hat-tricks and Rob Springer and Luke Powell chipped in with two apiece to goal with goals for Rob Elsey and Damian Eatwell.

Second place remains up for grabs as Rivet Sports lost 2-1 at home to Haddenham Utd Reserves, who have a massive eight games in hand.

FC Mandeville Reserves also missed the chance to put pressure on when losing 2-1 to Long Crendon Reserves who, after six straight defeats at the start of the season, are settling for a mid-table finish.

FC Spandits Reserves also failed to record a win in their opening six games but a 4-0 win over Waddesdon sees them also sit in mid-table.

In Division Three, Rivets Sports Reserves are all but champions due to their superior goal difference as second-placed Quainton Reserves could only draw 2-2 with Waddesdon Reserves.

Jodean Horwood and Joe Gregory scored for Quainton but those goals were cancelled out by Richard Chaudry and Tom Goals.

Waddesdon can no longer reach third, which has been secured by Aylesbury Dynamos Reserves who are unlikely to sneak runners-up spot.

In other competitions, the Marsworth Reserve Cup final on April 18 will be between holders Bucks CC Reserves and Rivets Sports Reserves.

Bucks beat Aylesbury Dynamos 3-1 in a game where the latter missed two good chances before Sam Elliott put Bucks ahead. Jay Hollihead then made it 2-0 and despite Eddie Arthur pulling one back, Ben Floyd secured Bucks’ place in the final.

Rivets won by the same score over Long Marston Reserves. Racing into a 3-0 lead through goals from Nico Aquino, Dan Fox and Craig Topping, Rivets always looked comfortable winners despite a late Marston consolation from the penalty spot.