10:00am Monday 12th August 2013
UHLSPORT HELLENIC LEAGUE
JIMMY Deabill fired a hat-trick as ten-man Wantage Town got their campaign off to a flier with a 5-1 home demolition of Newbury.
Deabill completed his treble with a last-minute penalty to cap a top day for the title hopefuls, who had Danny Lachacz sent off for a second booking.
But it was a day to forget for several Oxfordshire clubs, including Abingdon United, who slumped to a 5-0 defeat at home to Ascot United on their return to the league.
Kidlington suffered a 9-0 humiliation at Flackwell Heath, while Abingdon Town lost 7-0 at Binsfield.
Wantage led 1-0 at the break, with Deabill finishing powerfully from Tommy Austin’s cross on 31 minutes.
Newbury punished a sleeping defence with an equaliser from Gary Dredge, but Wantage then took control.
Deabill headed home Richie Guy’s cross before Guy turned and fired home No 4.
Wantage shrugged off Lachacz’s red card as Tom Melledew netted from a breakaway on 87 minutes and Deabill wrapped it up fron the spot after Matt Pedder was fouled in the box.
Ardley United were the only other Oxfordshire side to avoid defeat after battling back from 4-1 down after 15 minutes to draw 4-4 at home to Highworth Town.
TJ Bohane fired a 15-minute hat-trick for Highworth, Richie Saunders also netting.
Steve Howkins and Ryan Brooks hit braces in reply.
Without the experience of captain Scott Davis and Graham Edney, Abingdon United’s young side lost 5-0 at home to Ascot United.
Ascot took the lead via Jermaine Roach before Kieran Cockrane went close with a volley for the hosts.
Dave Hoar’s 20-yarder and Rob Saunders’s free-kick, which was left by everyone, made it 3-0 at the brek.
Abingdon kept battling, but Roach and Hoar sealed it.
Flackwell Heath’s scorers in their 9-0 humiliation of Kidlington were Adam Dickens (3), Miles Jones (2), Gavin Jones, Ashleigh Jones, Lee Thompson and Elliott Derby.
Carl Davies (3), Seb Bowerman (2) and Adam Cornell (2) gave Binfield a 7-0 home victory over Abingdon Town.
Shrivenham Town were beaten 3-0 by visitors Holyport, for whom Jamie West scored a hat-trick.
Mark Janes’s goal proved in vain as Oxford City Nomads lost 3-1 at Cheltenham Saracens, who won it through Ryan Clarke, Lee Bolger and Jamie Hammond.
Thame United lost 1-0 at Reading Town, Mike Hancock heading the winner on 27 minutes.
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