Watford Sunday League enjoys fine County Cup day

Herts Sunday Senior Cup Round Four 

St Josephs made it through to the fifth round of the Senior County Cup on what was an excellent day for the league in the Herts knockout competitions.

Joes saw off Nicholas Breakspere OB 4-1 thanks to goals from Alex and Jack Brown, Sean Sonner and Paul Stuart.

Herts Sunday Junior Cup Round Four Five of the league’s seven representatives in the Junior Cup reached the next stage of the competition after only one side fell to opposition from another league.

Sun Postal United were the biggest victors of the day, winning 6-2 at Bricketwood through a Chris Malski brace and further goals from Kev Malski, Jerome Driscoll, Dan Parks and Steve Coleman.

Liam Hanley found the net four times as Oxhey Lions saw off Hadley Green 5-1 with Steve Howard also on target.

Chris Panyai, Chris Charrot, Martin Preston and Scott Porter were on target as Racing Santandome made it through to round five at the expense of King George Seniors 4-2, while Croxley FC Reserves also scored four, but found the going harder, as they edged out The Ridge 4-3.

Rishi Doshi scored half of Croxley’s goals and Ollie Edwards and Dan Pippin netted singles.

There was no upset in the one all-WSFL tie to be played as Division Three side Shenley Wood beat Met Police (Bushey), from a tier lower, 6-2.

Wood had two scorers to thank for their win – four-goal Jamie Hazel and Dean Lewis (2) – while Dan Branch and Steve Smyley replied.

The other WSFL side to fall at the fourth hurdle were AFC Oddfellows, well beaten 6-1 at Greenacres II. Michael Lambert netted Oddfellows’ consolation.

WSFL Challenge Cup Round Three

A brace from Jimmy Phang helped Old Fullerians safely through to the quarter-finals as they beat Amici 3-0.

Sam Parker scored the victors’ other goal.

WSFL Intermediate Cup Round Two

A tie between two mid-table Division One sides saw Rifle Volunteer secure cup progress with a 3-1 win at Bushey Bimecc.

Two-goal Gary Froy and an Adam Doe single accounted for the visitors’ tally as Kevin Kenwright netted for the home side.

Premier Division

Oxhey Estates took advantage of St Josephs’ County Cup involvement to go top of the table after a 3-0 victory over Hammer.

Luke Lloyd, Sam Lloyd and Marc Ayres scored the goals that opened up a three-point lead at the summit, although Estates have played three games more than their nearest pursuers.

Oakview moved level on points with Joes, but stay third in the table on goal difference, after they defeated Bushey 4-1.

Adam Lowton (2), Tim O’Mara and an own goal registered for the home side with Nadim Akhtar netting Bushey’s reply.

Croxley Green Community Centre and AFC Spartians eased their problems towards the other end of the table with 2-1 and 3-1 victories against West Herts and Gadeside Rangers respectively.

Andy Avis and Harry Brock were on target as hosts Croxley beat the Stags (Roger Lake), while Kieran Nelhams, Matt Green and Hugo Figueirdo fired Spartians to their win at Gadeside, for whom Dave Rooney netted.

Division One

Only one first division game was played following the postponement of Evergreen’s clash with Chorleywood Club and it resulted in a comfortable 6-0 home win for Cassiobury Rangers at the expense of Croxley FC.

Joe Mortimer was the undoubted star of the show for Rangers, scoring five times, and Chris Parrott also notched.

Division Two

Green Dragon made it eight wins out of eight after they trounced Hertsmere (Sunday) 12-0.

Dragon remain three points adrift of leaders Hammer Reserves, who beat Victoria 4-2, but the second-placed side will fancy their chances of overhauling the gap as they have three games in hand.

Dave O’Sullivan and Joe O’Brien led the rout with a hat-trick apiece, Luke O’Malley scored twice and the other goals were shared between Lee Spence, Keifer Shuttleworth, Sam Margerison and Dean Parratt.

An Alan Dunton brace and sole strikes from Mark Smith and Tom Ford gave Hammer the points against Victoria, who replied through Spencer Bellotti and Steve Noonan.

Sun Postal Sports remain without a point but they made a fight of it before suffering their tenth straight league defeat, losing 6-3 at home to AFC Bushey.

Louis Hakner (2) and West Moore scored for the hosts but they were outshone in the scoring stakes by Ryan Legge, who netted four times, Mark Ferguson and Paul Watts.

Goals from David Best, Matt Honey and Liam Shutes enabled Langleybury Cricket Club to move further away from danger after claiming a 3-1 home victory over Colne Valley (Tom Seamons).

Division Three

The sole third tier game to be played saw goals from Garvin Fisher and Angelo Napolitano fire Dome Bar Area to a 2-1 at RD FC, for whom Kojo Agyeman was on target.

Division Four

With Met Police (Bushey) on Herts Sunday Cup duty, North Watford overtook them at the summit following a 4-2 win at AFC Bushey Reserves.

Two-goal Mansoor Ali and single efforts from Orlando Meridith and Ben Bateman fired the visitors to victory, while Scott Mitchell and Lee Stiles hit Bushey’s replies.

North Watford now lead Met Police, who have three games in hand, by a point, but Rickmansworth Athletic are also in the thick of the title hunt after their 6-0 triumph at West Watford.

Shane Kitts led the victory charge with a hat-trick and the other goals were shared between Nicky Thomas, Simon Lee and Jamie Exley.

Athletic are a point behind Met Police, having also played eight matches, but another team on 21 points, Carpenders Park Rangers, slipped to fourth following their 4-2 loss at West Herts Reserves.

Rangers, who could have gone top with a win, netted through Blake Scott and Patrick Bessinga but they were out-gunned by Ian Gurney, who scored twice, Matt Jones and Rob Boarder.

Watford Town moved off the basement with a 3-1 win over Green Dragon Reserves who scored through Rick Madge.

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