Only a handful of Aylesbury & District League games succumbed to the cold winter weather at the weekend as a number of important league and cup matches took place.
In the county competitions, FC Mandeville won an all-ADL affair in the B&B Junior Cup as they overcame Bedgrove Utd 3-1 to set up another clash against an ADL team this weekend when they take on Tring Town AFC. Steve Keating, Ryan Macintosh and Chris Hughes all netted for Mandeville.
The winners of Tring versus Mandeville will face Wendover for a place in the quarter-finals.
In the Herts Junior Cup, Berko Sports came from behind three times in 90 minutes and a fourth time in extra-time to level at 4-4 before eventually losing 6-5 on penalties away at Bengeo Trinity. The result ends ADL’s interest in the competition.
In the Tom Sparkes League Cup, upset of the day went to Division One outfit Longwick Sports, who thrashed Premier Division side Elmhurst 6-1. Sam Robertson and Liam O’Donnell each bagged a double, with Liam McElhinney and Ryan Sunderland also on the score sheet.
Rivets Reserves from Division Three took Division One side APR to extra-time after James Tomlinson and Dave Brown both scored respectively, but Lemar Mason-Williams grabbed an extra-time winner for APR.
Elsewhere, Bucks CC won 5-1 away at Downley thanks to some late goals, Brad Lonsdale with the consolation for Albion, while Haddenham Utd beat Aylesbury Sports 4-1.
The final cup game saw Oving grab a rare win, beating Bedgrove Dynamos 2-1 thanks to goals from Pat Hurst and Andy Broadbent.
There were also a number of key clashes across all five division and with AFC Victoria folding, the Premier Division has been blown wide open.
Leaders Walton Court Wanderers are now five points clear after recording a crucial 3-1 victory against second-placed Aylesbury Dynamos. A brace for Musa Smidt and Lewis Roots’ goal did the damage.
Pond Park Rangers were also involved in a key six-pointer as they were beaten 5-0 by relegation rivals Long Marston. Alex Groom netted twice and goals from Carl Dell, Dom Schofield, Dan Farmer sealed a much-needed win for Marston.
In Division One, Wendover pulled clear at the top with a 3-1 win over bottom side Northchurch. Jamie Spurden (2) and Tom Shepperd on the score sheet.
Bucks CC Reserves are the new leaders in Division Two after they raced into a 3-0 lead over Stone Magnets St Johns before being pegged back to 3-2, Andy Wright, Durelle Palmer and James Baxter netting for Bucks before Elliot Delong and Thomas Hudson set up a nervy finish, but Bucks held on to go a point clear at the top, although Long Crendon have two games in hand.
Ludgershall still have an outside chance of winning the title following a 3-0 away triumph at Haddenham Utd Reserves. The goals came from Jamie Bayliss (2) and Mike Dimarcello.
Rivets Sports also got back into promotion contention courtesy of a 4-2 win against bottom side Tring Titans. A Luke Sellar penalty plus strikes from Steve Bryant, Sean O’Donnell and Ranga Gono sealed Rivets’ victory.
In Division Three, Quainton Reserves have given themselves a chance of avoiding relegation when they notched just their second win of the season, beating rivals Oving Reserves 4-0. Quainton remain bottom despite Damien Eatwell, Rod Gordon, Danny Haines and Connor Flowers all scoring.
Elsewhere in the division, the clash between SUFC and Wingrave Reserves appeared to be heading for a goalless draw before Wingrave defender Mike Martin scored a 90th minute screamer for his first goal for the club.
In Division Four, leaders FC Mandeville bounced back from last week’s shock defeat in emphatic fashion, thrashing The Kennedy FC 8-0. Luke Trewavas was the star of the show with a hat-trick.
A Josh Edworthy brace put AC Meadowcroft 2-1 ahead over Waddesdon Reserves at half-time, but two soft goals turned the game around as Waddesdon ran out 3-2 winners.
The final game saw Shaun Bartlett net the only goals as Bedgrove Utd Reserves beat inconsistent Bedgrove Dynamos Reserves 1-0.