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Olympian League Review
Birkdale Trophies Challenge Cup Round One
Second division Brookside produced the undoubted performance of the day with a comprehensive 4-0 away victory at Inter from a division higher.
They took the lead early on when Johnny Armitt was put through by Neil Rosenbaum to finish in the top corner. The lead was doubled ten minutes later when Armitt scored again when he ran through and rounded the keeper. A third goal soon followed when, following a Matt Gee corner, James Smithson finished in the top corner from the edge of the box.
Inter put up much stronger resistance in the second half but Armitt completed his hat-trick by rounding the keeper and finishing from outside the box to complete an impressive result.
Holders Headstone Athletic are through to the next round, but only after they were given a massive fright by first division Amici vefore winning 3-2.
Chris Gough gave Headstone the lead before Jamie Hunt equalised before the break.
The cup upset looked on after the break when J Da Silva put Aimci ahead and then missed two great chances to knock out the favourites. They were made to pay for these missed chances when Gough levelled. The game looked to be heading into extra-time when Lawrence Roberts scrambled the ball over the line for Headstone in the last minute.
Old Danes Athletic's winning start to the season carried on with a 2-1 victory over Woodside in the battle of the Premier Division new boys.
In a close and even game, all three goals came in the first half.
Tom Kennedy put Old Danes ahead before Drew Snailham equalised for Woodside. Tom White scored what turned out to be the winner for Old Danes just before the break.
Tudor Arms had an easy 5-1 victory over FC Apps .
Jack Robertson hit a hat-trick, including a second-half penalty, with the other goals coming from James Roope and substitute Dale Mallouppa. Scott Varley scored the sole goal for FC Apps.
Pavillion Rangers lost 5-1 at Reed Rangers .
After a goalless first half they took the lead early in the second period through Jordan Ashton-Woods but the Premier Division side hit back, scoring five times.
Evergreen Olympians defeated WD Athletic 9-3.
Jack Garratt scored four times, supported by goals from Martin Tebbs, Neil Yull, Chris Wells and Stephen Powell.
The only game played in the division saw Watford Labour enjoy a 4-1 home win over Aquis .
Labour went ahead halfway through the first half when John Barker deftly curled an effort into the top corner.
Watford doubled their advantage early in the second half when Mark Bedford headed home and a third soon followed from debutant Mark Hofman. Aquis pulled one back with ten minutes to go from Andy Smillie, but Bedford’s completed the scoring.
The big winners of the day were Colne Valley Reserves , who beat Roundbush 7-1.
Jack Wilson netted four times, with Ian Mitchell, Mike Knight and substitute Jack Barker also hitting the target. Perry Naylor scored the Bush goal.
Bovingdon got brought down to earth, losing 3-1 to another new side, Oxhey Park , after their 20-0 opening day-win over Bushey Olympians.
The game was goalless until the second half when Bovingdon went ahead. But Oxhey scored three times in the last 20 minutes thanks to a brace from Shane Flynn and one from Charlie May.
The game between Bushey Olympians and Ebury Olympians had to be abandoned at half-time with Ebury leading 6-0 as their opponents, who had only started with nine men, went down to just five fit players.
Jamie Oram scored a hat-trick, supported by goals from Joe Spencer, Jason Quilley and a Dev Patel penalty.