Aylesbury & District Football League round-up: Mandeville through to County Cup final

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FC Mandeville are flying the ADL flag high after they made it through to the final of the Berks & Bucks Junior County Cup with a 3-1 away win over Elton Celtic at the weekend.

Dom Mitchell, Steve Keating and Ryan Collins scored the goals as Mandeville needed extra-time before seeing off the home side in a hard-fought semi-final. They will now face either Penn & Tylers Green Reserves or Winnersh Rangers in the final.

Elsewhere, in the ADL Reserve Cup, Long Marston Reserves defeated neighbours Wingrave Reserves 2-0 after extra-time to reach the final, where they will face Bucks CC Reserves, who came from 3-0 down at half-time to clinch a thrilling 6-4 win in extra-time.

Bucks CC beat old foes 10-man Walton Court Wanderers 2-1 in the Tom Sparkes League Cup after goals from Ray Long and Carl Moreton.

Away from the cups, the Aylesbury & District Premier Division looks set to go down to the wire after leaders Aylesbury Dynamos opened up a four-point lead over Walton Court Wanderers, who have three games in hand. The Dynamos needed an 80th minute goal from Chris Shennan to see off bottom side Downley Albion, who must win all of their remaining three games to have any chance of avoiding the drop.

Haddenham Utd could still sneak the title after a 4-0 win over Pond Park Rangers kept them in the mix. A Callum White brace, an Aaron Rogers strike and an own goal saw Utd to victory. Pond Park have been relegated as a result of the defeat.

There were some more eyebrow-raising results in Division One, although it was business as usual for table-topping Wendover, who comfortably beat promotion rivals Bedgrove Dynamos 5-2 largely thanks to Jamie Spurden’s four-goal haul.

Second-placed Aylesbury Sports’ impressive run of form came to an abrupt and surprising end when they were beaten 2-1 by FC Spandits. The league’s top scorer, Liam Addlesee, netting twice to condemn Sports to their first loss since October.

Pat Callaghan scored five goals as Longwick Sports recorded a 6-2 win over bottom side Northchurch to keep them in the promotion hunt.

In Division Two, leaders Long Crendon now need just one more point to claim the title after they were made to work hard by bottom side FC Spandits Reserves, who were only beaten by a James Ford 92nd minute goal which confirmed their relegation.

Stone Magnets St Johns went down 5-2 at home to Quainton and as a result of Tring Titans’ 5-2 win over Ludgershall, they have also been relegated. Tom North (2), Will Salmon, Cris Topping and Tom Hill finally securing Tring’s survival.

In Division Three, Tring Town AFC just need to avoid defeat against Long Marston Reserves to claim the title following a 3-0 triumph away at Wendover Reserves, with the goals coming from Ryan Shefras (2) and Fergus Cull.

There is just one match remaining in Division Four after AFC Meadowcroft and Tetsworth Reserves finished their league campaigns with a 2-2 draw. Goals from Jon Young and Joshy Edworthy cancelled out by Julian Reed and Dan Montague.

In the subsidiary cups, the games are coming thick and fast. In Junior Group A, SUFC had a shaky first few minutes at The Kennedy FC before romping to a 7-1 win with Iliass Bendefa bagging a hat-trick and Scott Donald, Chris Morbey, Daniel Gaffney and Marc Thoday scoring the others.

Ludgershall Reserves and Long Crendon Reserves are in the same group and they drew 2-2.

In Junior Group B. Bedgrove Dynamos Reserves lost 5-3 at home to FC Mandeville Reserves after goals from Nathian Bateman (2) and Josh Gray were cancelled out by Brad Bunce (2), Kris Byrnes, Luke Trewavas, Archie Harrison and an own goal.

In the Senior Group B, Elmhurst beat Long Marston 5-2 thanks to goals from Ibra Mohammed (2), Nasar Mohammed, Ibra Khan and Caz Hamid.