FOOTBALL: Brilliant Bletchingdon retain cup

FOOTBALL: Brilliant Bletchingdon retain cup

FOOTBALL: Brilliant Bletchingdon retain cup

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BLETCHINGDON survived a huge scare against Riverside to become the first team to retain the Oxfordshire Charity Cup for 36 years.

The 2-0 win, in a game involving two Oxfordshire Senior League sides, comes a year after they had lifted the trophy with a victory against Eynsham, ensuring a first successful defence since Banbury Town in 1978.

Adam Wells put Bletchingdon ahead at North Leigh with a 25-yard free-kick on the hour mark.

Riverside were handed a lifeline 15 minutes from time when they were awarded a penalty, but Liam O’Callaghan blazed over.

Ben Foster made the game safe in the 83rd minute after good work from Mark Gaul.

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