Watford Sunday League round-up

Watford Observer: Croxley Green Community Centre (orange shirts) shocked Oakview in the Premier Division. Picture: Pippa Douglas Croxley Green Community Centre (orange shirts) shocked Oakview in the Premier Division. Picture: Pippa Douglas

Herts Sunday Intermediate Cup Round Five

Rifle Volunteer progressed through the fifth round of the County Cup with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Hemel Hampstead Corinthians.

After edging past Phoenix in the previous round, Rifle knew they would have a tough game on their hands and were boosted by the returns of skipper George Wells, Sam Ryder, Andy Tobias and Lee Inch.

The Rifle dominated possession from the outset and began to open the visitors up with some incisive passing.

Inch, Hall, Jackson and Lomas were interchanging well and Mark Lomas was lively on the right wing.

The first goal arrived on 20 minutes as good work from Lomas and Doe on the right set up Wayne Jackson, who fired home from the edge of the box.

The away side were struggling to get a foothold in the game and it was only a matter of time before the second goal arrived as Inch finished excellently from Andy Lomas’ through-ball.

Lomas almost made it three but hit the post and the game wasn’t made safe until the 70th minute when Myles Hall’s shot crashed in off the underside of the bar.

Herts Sunday Junior Cup Round Five

Oxhey Lions enjoyed a convincing 4-1 home win in the fifth round against Wheathampstead 89.

Joe Shepherd scored a brace and was ably assisted by goals from Liam Hanley and Ollie Brinton.

Croxley FC Reserves recorded a 4-2 victory away to Sporting Blackbirds.

Dan Pippin was on target twice while Rishi Doshi and Michael Gillman added one each to put Croxley into the last eight.

Premier Division

Croxley Green Community Centre registered their best result of the season with a 2-1 shock away win at high-flying Oakview.

Harry Brock and Robbie Martin scored the all-important goals for Croxley while a Lee Armit goal was not enough for their opponents.

West Herts lost a bad-tempered encounter with Oxhey Estates 3-1 at Park Avenue.

Wayne Gladdy’s double and one from Mark Ayres put Estates in control before Laurence Olorunfemi pulled one back for the Stags.

Estates are now top of the league but have played more games than the sides directly below them.

Division Three

League leaders Rickmansworth Rovers eased to a 2-0 win against ninth-placed Railway Arms.

Adam Seabrook and Lewis O’Leary scored the goals.

Amici enjoyed a 5-0 away win against RD FC to maintain their mid-table position.

There were two goals for Chris Coleman and one each for Scott Reid, Bradley Thompson and Mitch Weiss.

Division Four

West Herts Reserves kept up their recent run of good form by beating West Watford 4-3 in a thrilling contest.

Ron Boarder grabbed a brace and Chris Blundan and Davan Desai scored one each to secure West Herts’ fifth consecutive win.

Tahir Azam, Ajmel Ahmed and Ali Kazmi netted for West Watford.

Rickmansworth Athletic remain top but only after a hard-fought 2-1 win against strugglers Green Dragon Reserves.

Jordan Allen and Shane Kitts were Ricky’s saviours with a goal apiece.

Scott Bain scored for the Dragons, who were disappointed with the result despite a much-improved performance.

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