With no sign of any winter-like weather this week, the Aylesbury & District Football League continued to march on with a bunch of league and cup matches taking place at the weekend.
In the Berks and Bucks Junior Cup, the ADL will have at least one side in the quarter-finals after FC Mandeville romped past Tring Town AFC, scoring five goals without reply. They will now face fellow ADL side Wendover in the fifth round this Saturday. Ryan Macintosh was the standout performer with four goals. Steve Keating netted the other.
Meanwhile, Wendover almost lost their undefeated record in the Marsworth Cup. After going 3-1 behind to Downley Albion at half-time, Wendover pulled the game back to 4-4 before three extra-time goals sealed a 7-4 win. Alex Grover and Tristan Nicholls scored two goals apiece.
There was a major upset in the Tom Sparkes League Cup as Division Two outfit stunned Premier Division side Berko Sports with an impressive 3-4 away win. James Baxter, Jon Miller, Andy Wright and Gavin Martinig all found the net for the underdogs.
Haddenham Utd Reserves avoided a banana skin tie in the ADL Reserve Cup by beating Rivets Sports Reserves 3-1.
Back in league action and it’s still all to play for in the Premier Division as Aylesbury Dynamos came from a goal down to beat Bucks CC 3-1 and keep the pressure up on leaders Walton Court Wanderers. Steve Lindsey scored twice and Chris Shennan netted the other.
At the other end of the table, Pond Park Rangers and Elmhurst drew 3-3 and with Long Marston losing 2-1 at home to Haddenham Utd, any two of the bottom six could go down with four points separating fifth from ninth.
In Division One, Bedgrove Dynamos got revenge for their cup defeat last week by beating Oving 3-1 as a brace from Matt O’Donovan and Adam McCauley’s goal kept them second.
Aylesbury Park Rangers also kept in touch at the top thanks an easy 5-0 win over Northchurch - the goals coming from Rob Smail (2), Lamar Mason Williams, Vinny Greco and Dylan Walker. FC Spandits and Wingrave shared a 1-1 draw to keep away from danger at the bottom, while Aylesbury Sports and Longwick Sports shared a rare goalless draw.
In Division Two, Long Crendon went back to the top after beating Rivets Sports 3-0 with goals from Oli Lethbridge, Chris Scott and Luca Forchione.
Tetsworth went back to second after thrashing Ludgershall 4-1 away. Ricky Brown’s scored a consolation in a result that all but ends Ludgershall’s hopes of promotion.
At the bottom, FC Spandits were outdone by Quainton’s strikers as Carl Gunning scored three and Jodean Horwood another two in a 5-3 win, while Stone Magnets led 2-0 through Ryan Freeman and Shaun Walker with just five minutes left away at Tring, before Ben Alock and Rob Simpkins netted late to steal a 2-2 draw for Tring.
The race for second in Division Three remains tight as Wingrave Reserves thrashed Ludgershall Reserves 7-0 following Paul Perkins’ hat-trick with a treble, and Waddesdon beat Oving Reserves 4-0. Lee Petitt (2), Dan Price and Mike Jones scoring.
At the bottom, SUFC dominated against Quainton Reserves and ran out 4-2 winners, their first victory since late October after goals from Chris Cackett (2), Illias Bendefa and Dave Touceda scoring.
In Division Four, leaders FC Mandeville Reserves needed Chris Hunt’s 20-yard curler to defeat bottom side Tring Titans Reserves 1-0, but AC Meadowcroft’s poor run continued, losing 3-1 at home to Great Milton despite the division’s leading scorer Josh Edworthy netting yet again. Finally, Bedgrove Utd Reserves’ Jamie Johns scored three times in his sides 5-3 win over Waddesdon Reserves.