FOOTBALL: Leaders made to fight by strugglers

Witney Gazette: Charlbury’s Steve Fitzgerald (right) wins this battle with Ben Waldron during their 2-0 home win against Aston in the Premier Division Charlbury’s Steve Fitzgerald (right) wins this battle with Ben Waldron during their 2-0 home win against Aston in the Premier Division

Chipping Norton Town remain top of the Witney & District FA Premier Division after narrowly beating bottom side Chadlington 2-1 at home.

Rhys Bayliss and Warwick Thompkins scored the goals for the hosts that keep them three points clear at the top. Stephen Hunt replied.

West Witney got back to winning ways as they stormed to a 3-1 success at Carterton Town A.

Kev Lewis helped himself to a double, with Carl Austin scoring their other goal. Jason Lonsdale pulled one back for the hosts.

Charlbury Town kept within touching distance of the leaders after a 2-0 home win against Aston.

Stefan Lang and Tony Bott did the damage.

Bourton Rovers moved top of Division 1 on goal difference as they strolled to a 4-1 win over Freeland A.

The hosts got on the scoresheet through a Bourton own goal.

But the visitors were already in command and settled it via goals from Matt Winter (2), David Gainford and Mark Payne.

Hosts Brize Norton slipped to a 4-3 home defeat against FC Nomads.

Chris Lawrence slammed in a treble for the visitors, with Mike Hole netting his second in two games. Rob Marsh, Dan Frizzell and Matt Townsend were on target for Brize.

Carterton Pumas edged to a 2-1 victory at home to Eynsham SSC.

Carl Naughton bagged a brace for the hosts, with Matt Walker on target for Eynsham.

Carterton Rangers eased through to the second round of the league’s Junior Shield with a 3-0 home win against Milton, thanks to goals from Chris Balfe, Ben Pearce and Sam Giles.

FC Mills will be joining Rangers in the next round after they edged past visitors Bampton Town 3-2.

Jake Payne and Arron Robbins scored for Bampton, but a double from Rob DeBanks and a rare effort from Steve Lyons settled the tie in the home side’s favour.

Finstock eased to a 3-2 home triumph against Witney Royals Res.

Josh White, Lee Travers and Ashley Overton netted for the hosts.

Marcus Albert and Richard Sims responded for the visitors.

Division 1 side Kingham All Blacks needed extra time to see off the strong challenge of Division 4 high-fliers Corinth-ians in the first round of the Supplementary Cup.

Gareth Price scored a hat-trick for Kingham, with teammate Ed Webb adding a double.

Luke Herbert and Ryan Barrass were their other scorers.

Frank Webb scored a four-tmer for Corinthians, with Dan Smith completing their tally.

The sides had been locked at 4-4 at full time.

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