ADL round-up: Big guns struck down by cup curse

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There may have been little in the way of FA Cup upsets at the weekend but that certainly wasn’t the case in the Aylesbury & District League with three almighty shocks.

The biggest of those came in the quarter-finals of the Michael Anthony sponsored Marsworth Cup when Division Two leaders Ludgershall came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and dump out defending champions Bucks CC of the ADL Premier Division.

Luis Silva (2) and Howard Holmes on target to knock the holders out and book Bucks’ place in the last four.

In the semi-finals they will face Wendover, who thrashed Long Marston 10-2 after Jamie Spurden scored a remarkable seven goals.

APBS scraped through 2-1 at Walton Court Wanderers thanks to a Pat Callaghan brace and they will face former ADL side Downley Albion, who also caused an upset when recovering from a 3-0 deficit to win 4-3 over Rivets Sports, two goals coming in the last two minutes.

In the reserve section, Wendover Reserves came from 2-1 behind to beat Stewkley, while Aylesbury Dynamos Reserves defeated Tring Town AFC Reserves for the second time in seven days after goals from Chris Cackett and Jens Von Haefen.

Wingrave Reserves had not won since October but thrashed Ludershall Reserves 6-1. Paul Perkins bagging a hat-trick with Rob Fenn, Brad Jones and Tom Bailey also on target.

In the Tom Sparks League Cup, Great Milton’s chances of a cup upset was blown away as they lost 10-0 to FC Mandeville, for whom Aaron Bonham (5) and Stuart Creaser (3) did the bulk of the damage.

In the league, there was one Premier Division game as Aylesbury Dynamos eased to a 5-1 away win at Elmhurst. Chris Shennan, Matt Logan, Jon Lloyd, Steve Lindsey and Craig Beale all netting.

In Division One, table-topping Long Crendon beat Wingrave 3-0 thanks to Tom Sykes, Ryan Scott and Archie Pettingell, while St Johns Sports were made to work by Bedgrove Dynamos before grinding out a 3-2 win as Ray Atiba-Davies, Kirsten Edworthy and Adam Richmond all netted.

New Zealand missed the chance to keep in touch as they lost 4-3 to FC Spandits, for whom Marc Addlesee, Dean Tansley, Paul Douglas and Cory Riley scored.

A Ryan Shefras hat-trick kept Tring Town AFC in the hunt as they beat Oving 4-0, while Bucks Reserves were 3-0 winners over Tetsworth.

In Division Two, Quainton put pressure on the leaders with a 5-2 win at FC Mandeville, Carl Gunning with a hat-trick, and Long Marston Reserves’ new-look side won again 4-2 over Waddesdon.

FC Spandits edged a nine-goal thriller 5-4 over Long Crendon Reserves, while Haddenham Utd Reserves are playing catch up on league games and battered Bedgrove Utd 7-1. Sam Hodges’ hat-trick and a brace for Andrew Lambie added to by goals from Darren Gascoyne and Jordan Brown.

It was in Division Three were the final upset of the day occurred when league leaders Rivets Sports Reserves, who had 13 wins from 14 this season, were beaten for the first time as they went down 3-1 at home to AC Meadowcroft. Alex Fletcher (2) and Steve Keating with the goals.

Quainton Reserves took advantage to go top, just, scraping a 6-4 win over Bedgrove Dynamos. Euan Hutchings’ hat-trick not enough for Bedgrove as Jodean Horwood went one better by netting four times, while a goal each for Joe Gregory and Sam Beckett sealed the win.