There were mixed emotions for teams in the Aylesbury & District Football League this week as the cup competitions head towards their climax.
The quarter-finals took place this week and the ADL Reserve Cup is the first down.
Haddenham Utd Reserves eased into the semi-finals by thumping Tring Town AFC Reserves 6-1, Andrew Lambie and Sam Long hat-tricks.
They are joined by FC Mandeville Reserves who hammered Wendover Reserves 5-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Kris Byrnes (3) plus Luke Trewavas’ brace.
Wingrave Reserves are already through in this competition so there is now only one Division Three reserve side left after Rivets Sports Reserves survived a massive scare at Aylesbury Dynamos Reserves, who threw away a 2-0 lead to go down 3-2.
Marc Thoday’s opener and a Chris Cackett tap-in looked to have put Dynamos through but a deflected James Tomlinson free-kick and then Craig Topping forced extra-time before Dan Fox put Rivets ahead, with Dynamos missing a 115th minute penalty on a rotten day for the team.
In league action, Elmhurst have given themselves a chance of staying up with only their second win of the season, thumping the team above them Long Marston 4-0 as Akeel Khan, Ibrahim Khan, Waqar Mohammed and Ibra Mohammed all scored.
FC Mandeville will want to forget this Valentine’s weekend after they were humiliated 10-0 at home to leaders Haddenham Utd, hat-tricks each for Mitch Meretih, John Curtis and Jordan Rogers.
APBS have games in hand on Utd and moved into second place with a 4-2 away win at Walton Court Wanderers after Liam McElhinney (2) Luke Norris and Pat Callaghan found the net.Bucks CC beat Pond Park Rangers 5-2 in a bad-tempered game as Jon Miller scored a hat-trick
In Division One, St Johns Sports’ unbeaten run in the league was ended by Tring Town AFC, who won through goals from Ollie Ruttle and Ryan Shefras which cancelled out Ian Pearce’s opener.
Long Crendon took advantage with a 3-2 win over Bucks CC Reserves, a red card for a Bucks defender when the score was 2-2 helped Crendon move nine points clear as Ryan Scott and Chris Scott set them on their way before a Luca Forcione sealed the win.
FC Spandits remain in the hunt thanks to a 5-1 win over Bedgrove Dynamos, while Oving won a massive six-pointer away at Tetsworth 5-2, goals from Pat Hurst, Josh Dance, Colin Rhodes and Stuart Richardson (2) moving them seven points away from the relegation zone.
In Division Two, the two favourites for the title Quainton and Ludgershall drew 0-0, keeping the home side two points clear at the top.
Rivets Sports took advantage to move back second on goal difference with a 4-0 win over FC Spandits Reserves; Jack Stevens, Tom Staszewski, Jake McCourt, James Mabaudi scoring.
Waddesdon won a relegation six-pointer over Wingrave Reserves while Bedgrove Utd grabbed a point in a 4-4 draw with Long Marston Reserves. Simon Fox’s hat-trick and a Dan Lynn goal cancelled out by goals from Carl Dell, Alan Jack, Karl Thomas and Darren Caseman. Utd still haven’t won since late November.
In Division Three, AC Meadowcroft bagged their fourth win in a row when beating The Kennedy 2-1; Steve Keating and Matus Samcik both on the score sheet.
Great Milton were held by ever-improving Ludgershall 3-3 thanks to Anson Stout, Rich Hatherway and a screamer from 16-year-old Liam Webb’s screamer. Paul Trott, Lee Emery and Brett Harnden for Ludgershall.
Finally, Oving Reserves ended a run of seven straight defeats with a 3-0 win over Bedgrove Dynamos Reserves, George Vere-White (2) and Nat McCarthy on the scoresheet.