Bucks CC were unable to retain the Dayla-sponsored Thomas Field Shield after Wycombe Senior League side Great Missenden gained revenge on their ADL counterparts following last year’s defeat with a 4-2 victory in a repeat of last year’s final.
On a sodden pitch, the 2014 runners-up came flying out of the blocks and Bucks were unable to resist the early pressure from Missenden, who went ahead through a 20-yard screamer on 20 minutes.
Although Carl Moreton equalised moments later with a cheeky chip, Missenden continued to make all the running and they restored their lead early in the second half.
Again Bucks hit back, this time through Ray Long’s smart finish, but two goals in the final 30 minutes saw Missenden clinch the trophy despite finishing the match with 10 men.
Back in the Aylesbury & District League, more teams discovered their fate in the latest round of matches this week, although the race for the Premier Division title will go down to the final game of the season following Walton Court Wanderers’ 1-1 draw with Haddenham United.
Kedge Jeffrey and Callum White scored the goals and although the draw keeps Walton second, they now need just a single point from this week’s home game against bottom side Downley Albion to retain the title and pip current leaders Aylesbury Dynamos, who have finished their campaign.
In Division One, Aylesbury Sports’ title bid suffered a huge blow when they were beaten 3-1 by Wendover to slip from first to third. Adam Richmond gave Sports the lead but goals from Bruno Passaro, Tristan Nicholls and Jamie Spurden turned the match on its head.
That win takes Wendover top, two points clear of Aylesbury Park Rangers, who were 6-3 winners over Longwick Sports thanks to Aaron Bonham’s brace plus goals from Chris Davies, Lamar Mason-Williams, Rob Jolly and Vinny Greco.
The race for top spot now appears to be between Wendover and APR with four games remaining.
At the bottom, already relegated Northchurch finished their season with a 10-goal thriller but ended up on the losing side, going down 6-4 to FC Mandeville. Tom Garraway, Scott Cook and Tom Colclough all netted for Northchurch, but two goals apiece for Steve Keating and Ryan Macintosh helped earn victory for Mandeville, who have climbed out of the relegation zone.
Bedgrove United remain in deep trouble as they were thrashed 4-0 by relegation rivals Oving. Josh Dance bagged a hat-trick to boost Oving’s survival hopes and push Bedgrove into the bottom two.
In the Subsidiary Senior Cup Group A, Aylesbury Dynamos made the semi-finals with a comfortable 7-1 win over Tetsworth, while Pond Park Rangers also made it to the last four by beating Ludgershall 6-3.
Group B is far more open after Waddesdon held Elmhurst to a 2-2 draw.
In Group A of the junior version, Great Milton raced into a 4-0 lead before holding off a late fightback from SUFC to win 4-3, while Liam Wing, Liam Marshall, Chris Scott and Sheldon Bacon all scored to fire Long Crendon Reserves to a 4-0 win over The Kennedy.
Ludgershall Reserves and AC Meadowcroft drew 0-0 in the final game.
In Group B, Tetsworth Reserves embarrassed Wendover Reserves 9-0 following goals from Ian Castle (3), Jake Herreros (2), Tom Scarsborough, Jordan Finch (2) and Dan Montague. Tetsworth are now favourites to make the semi-finals at the expense of Wendover.