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Watford Sunday League round-up
11:25am Thursday 6th September 2012 in Sport
Croxley Green Community Centre enjoyed an excellent start to the new season, crushing Wellington Arms 8-2.
Andy Avis was the goal hero for Croxley, scoring four times, with Harry Brock (2), Robbie Martin and Leveny Dzhiburozhi also netting. Ross Shorto scored two consolation goals for Wellington.
Hammer also started well, beating Oxhey Estates 5-1 thanks to two-goal Ashley Toomey and Ryan Denham, while Chris Blunden got the other. Sam Lloyd netted for Oxhey.
St Josephs overcame newly-promoted FC Crescent 3-0 through Jamie Harper (2) and Lewis Jones.
AFC Spartians kicked off their season in spectacular style with a 9-0 demolition of Green Dragons .
Tom Horton grabbed the spotlight with four goals, while Sean Newstead, Darren Lancaster, Carlo Malone, Callum McCarroll and an own goal completed their account.
Rifle Volunteer scored four first-half goals to cruise to a 4-2 victory over Old Garston Juniors .
A brace from Mark Lomas and one each for Sam Ryder and Hugh Trayte were enough for victory before Vilson Culaj and Luke Benson netted after the break to make the scoreline more respectable.
Mill End scored twice late on to break CK Guild hearts and win a thrilling game.
The eventual victors took the lead thanks to a smart finish by Adam Cadmore but the lead did not last long. Karem El Janfali was fouled in the box and Craig Garratt smashed home an equaliser for Guild.
The game seemed to be heading for a draw but up popped Leighton Brooks to give Mill End the lead. Craig Brownsell then smashed home a late penalty to make the scoreline 3-1.
Chorleywood Club and West Herts shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.
George Fenton gave Chorleywood the lead in the first half with a fine free-kick but Sam Saleh equalised. Saleh then repeated the trick to give the Stags the lead with a fine goal, but then it was time for Chris Mays turn to fire home a free-kick to level.
Bushey Bimecc striker, Jordon Sibthorp, produced a man-of-the-match performance to give his side a 3-1 victory over Oxhey Jets Vets .
Sibthorp scored two goals in the first half and one in the second to complete a superb hat-trick. The Vets did pull one back through Lewis Putman but it wasn’t enough.
AFC Bushey and Hammer Reserves fought out a tremendous six-goal thriller, with Ryan Legge grabbing two for Bushey and Carl Mitchell the other. However, Hammer fought back through Gary Wickes (2) and Craig Scott.
Renamed Dome Bar Area shared a 4-4 cracker with Old Fullerians .
Area's scorers were Jack Davies, Richard Langford, Hayden Smith and Angelo Napolitano, while Ben Williams, Joe Rylett and an own goal responded for the Old Boys.
Victoria eased to a comprehensive victory over Wellington Arms Reserves , with Joe Cheshire scoring a hat trick. Ben Foster grabbed another to make the final score 4-0.
Ebury Guild came from two goals down to draw a tight game against Shenley Wood .
In difficult conditions, Shenley raced into a two-goal advantage thanks to a Dan Pippin penalty and another tidy finish from Ollie Edwards. However, Shenely didn’t give in and goals from Matthew Simpkin and Jamie Hazell completed an excellent comeback.
Woodlands United started their season with a fine 7-2 win over Oxhey Estates Reserves .
Mark Mullane netted an excellent treble, backed up by efforts from Tom Kelly, Leigh Harrington and Lee Bailey. Dan Furey and Wayne Gladdy replied for Oxhey.
The Pavillion had an easy 5-1 away win at Sun Postal United thanks to goals from Daryl Gillibrand, Martin Bartlett, Craig Bartlett, Jerome Driscoll and Jamie Phillips.
Evergreen and Railway Arms drew an entertaining game 3-3, with Stefano Pepe (2) and Duncan Sands grabbing the goals for Railway, while Hertsmere (Sunday) saw off AFC Oddfellows 4-0.
Green Dragons Reserves produced a scintillating second-half performance to beat West Herts Reserves 5-1.
The second period got underway with the teams level at 1-1 each but goals from Ant Henderson, Ali McGifford, Rick Madge and Davy Colvin gave them a fine win.
Rickmansworth Athletic narrowly lost 1-0 at home to Carpenders Park Rangers thanks to a Claran Kline goal.
Rickmansworth Rovers also lost, 3-2 to Gadeside Rangers Reserves after Jamie Moran, Richard Reid and James Byron had netted for the victors.
League newcomers Racing Santandome and West Watford met, with Santandome getting off to the ideal start.
Two goals from Chris Dunn, either side of half-time, was enough to give Santandome a well earned three points, although their opponents did pull one back late on.
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