Impressive upsets & six pointers

Football at any level can have its David vs Goliath moments, most weeks the norm continues and sides in a rut just cannot get out of it, then one result swings thing, not just for the winner but for everyone else too.

Thame FC were reduced to one side after their First Xi won the ADL Premier last season, few of those players remained with the second string and they now run solo, last weekend they did what 12 other teams had failed to do; beat Great Missenden who are in the Division above and had yet to lose a game, a cup draw their only mark on a winning run. Thame FC took an early lead when James Keeble stuck a 20-yard free-kick into the bottom corner. Missenden equalised 10 minutes later from a corner but Thame regained the lead before half time when Nick Barrett drilled home. 1-2 at the break. Missenden started the second half on the front foot and equalised again with a ball in from the right-hand side and many would think they would take control. However, from a James Keeble volley that hit the crossbar Matt Johnston reacted smartly to smash his header into the bottom corner beyond the stranded goalkeeper. Despite their lead, the game seemed evenly poised until super-sub Max Bestley whipped in a superb delivery that was met by the head of Jordon Davis to send Thame into the semi-final against all probable odds on paper.

In the other Cups, Bedgrove Utd Reserves reached their second Reserve Cup semi-final beating Haddenham Utd Reserves 1-0. James George with the winning goal.

Back in League action, there were four postponements. With two Premier Division games Leaders APBS extended their lead to 4 points with games in hand after a 3-0 win over free-falling Bedgrove Utd, Ryan Short with a hat-trick. Ayletico won the battle of the bottom two with a Sean Williment hat-trick helping them win 6-2 away at Rivets Sports, Matt Logan with their consolation goals

In Division One Stoke Mandeville faced FC Titans in a six-pointer, Titans have games in hand in the chase for probable second place and saw off Mandeville 3-1, Chris Davies (2) and Alex Zackarek netting.  Wingrave smashed AWFC for the second time in a week 6-1 this time to push themselves up the table and away from the bottom sides, Dan Coggins with a hat-trick after AW went down to ten men early on. Oving won a six-pointer away at Ludgershall, Jamie Mai scored another penalty and Nathan Boyden rounded Kevin Main in the Oving goal to make it 2-1 to the home side at the break but going downhill turned the game around for a 3-2 win. Aylesbury Raiders beat Tring Corries Development 3-2 in the final game.

In Division Two the title race is wide open once more as two of the top sides were defeated in style. Long Marston Reserves had given a number of teams a few beatings but were on the end of one as Aylesbury Vale Dynamos Development stunned them 6-1, the game seemed even for 25 minutes before 3 goals in 20 minutes from Andy Young, Stuart Proctor (pen) and Kedge Jeffrey turned the game before the break. Dan Forde Jude Guest-Brainch and Young again made it a romp. Prestwood Reserves have games in hand but they were upset by Quainton Reserves who grabbed their first win of the season. 4-3 the score Dan Flowers, Max Smith & Rich Cairnie netting. Ever improving AFC Berryfields came from 2-0 down away at Wingrave Reserves to win 3-2, Barry Mitchells brace and an Adam Fulker goals in the second half. Aylesbury Vale FC won their first game since October with 3-2 against Stone Utd the last team they beat. Vale they did throw away a two-goal lead, first goal by Sanwal Hussain followed by a couple from Hammad Javaid to seal the points. St Johns and Stoke Mandeville Reserves drew 2-2, Richard Mumford with a brace for the home side.


By Michael

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