There were three wins and two defeats for our local sides in the Hellenic Premier yesterday as all five of our sides played on the same day for the first time in 2018.
An early Sam Blackie strike was added to by a John Evans finish to ensure that Brimscombe & Thrupp kept up with the top six as they comfortably beat Woodley United 2-0 at the Meadow. The rejuvenated Blackie broke the deadlock after just 2 minutes before Evans was found by Harrison Reeves just after the 20 minute mark.
Ollie Pitt, who scored from the spot in the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup tie at Tuffley on Tuesday night failed to convert from 12 yards as he saw his spot kick rebound off the cross bar.
Brimscombe stay in 7th just 10 points off the top five with as many as two games in hand over some of the teams above.
Longlevens remain 8th after they picked up their 11th league win of the season in our featured game. Levens welcomed Highmoor Ibis to Saw Mills and didn’t play particularly well in the first 45.
However, they went in ahead at the break thanks to the first bit of quality in the game. Shaun O’Connor took a corner and after it came back out to him he cut back and swung a glorious cross to the back post where it was met by the boot of Jonty Welch.
Highmoor were unlucky on the day as they hit the woodwork three times including a scorcher of an effort from left back Ricardo Caitlyn who fizzed a 30 yard screamer against the post with Wintle beaten all ends up.
Just before the hour mark though the points were made safe as Dave Merrick looped an effort up over Aaron Watkins in the Highmoor goal and you always felt that would be enough.
Not a classic but in reality Ash Wintle in the Longlevens goal will not have a quieter afternoon.
At Glevum Park Tuffley Rovers exorcised the demons of Tuesday night with a fairly straightforward 2-0 win over Abingdon United. A Brett James double gave Rovers a 2-0 lead going into the break and it was enough on the day for the three points.
James’ first came when Warren Mann looped a cross to the back post, it was spilled by the keeper and the winger was on hand to break the deadlock. James then beat the keeper to a loose ball and finished from the angle.
Dave Evans saved a late penalty for Tuffley who are now in 11th, just a point outside the top half.
There was a tough afternoon for Fairford Town as they were beaten 3-1 by a game Oxford City Nomads at Cinder Lane.
Looking at the tweets of the game it appeared to be a quiet yet competitive first half with not much action. That was until full back Steve Hall was dismissed for a second yellow card just before half time.
Despite the red card it remained 0-0 until just before the hour mark when Sami Khawaja put the Nomads in command. Further goals from Bradley Singh and Kyreece Martei either side of a Lee Smith penalty saw the visitors run out winners.
Fairford sit 17th in the table outside of the relegation zone on goal difference but have two games in hand over Woodley United and Burnham who occupy two of the three places below.
After 11 minutes yesterday it looked like Lydney Town could potentially grab the shock result of the day as they took the lead at Larges Lane against promotion chasing Bracknell Town. But doubles for TJ Bohane and Jon Bennett saw the hosts take a 4-1 win.
Lydney are 16th only one point above Fairford but have four games in hand over them and a whopping 7 games in hands over Ascot United who are above Town by two points.
There are a couple of games in midweek for our Hellenic Premier sides so here is the full fixtures for the next week:
Tuesday 16th January
Brimscombe & Thrupp vs Fairford
Wednesday 17th January
Longlevens vs Thame Rangers (Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup)
Saturday 20th January
Brackley Town Saints vs Fairford Town
Thatcham Town vs Lydney Town
Tuffley Rovers vs Wantage Town – LIVE ON SEVERN SPORT RADIO
Windsor vs Brimscombe & Thrupp