FOOTBALL: Younie fires Wantage to title brink

FOOTBALL: Younie fires Wantage to title brink

FOOTBALL: Younie fires Wantage to title brink

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Wantage Town will be crowned Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division champions and secure promotion to the Calor League if they win at bottom club Abingdon Town tonight – provided the game goes ahead with waterlogging threatening the fixture.

Gary Ackling’s side went two points clear at the top with a 2-1 win at third-placed Ascot United on Saturday thanks to a late winner from Andy Younie, who stepped in for unavailable top scorer Richie Claydon.

It saw Wantage take over in pole position from Ardley United, who also complete their programme tonight when they visit Bracknell Town.

Wantage took 67 minutes to break the deadlock against Ascot when Ben McCready scored from the penalty spot after he was brought down.

Rob Saunders levelled with a classy finish for Ascot on 81 minutes.

But Wantage snatched victory three minutes later, when after good work by Jimmy Deabill and Matt Pedder, Younie slotted home.

Kidlington continued their build-up to Thursday’s Oxfordshire Senior Cup final against Ardley United at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, with a 4-3 win at Wootton Bassett Town.

Tommy Castle weaved inside to shoot Kidlington into a 19th-minute lead – which was doubled four minutes later when Danny Mason headed home a Lewis Brownhill free-kick.

Adam Corcoran pulled one back with a header after 39 minutes, but Tom Boxer restored Kidlington’s two-goal cushion with a cool finish just before half-time.

Levi Cox pulled one back with a curling shot in the 50th minute, but Boxer’s second a minute later again gave Kidlington breathing space, before Cox struck again in the 72nd minute to set up a tight finish.

Josh Fowler fired a four-timer as Shrivenham signed off in style with a 5-0 rout of Binfield.

Fowler opened the scoring for the hosts in the 16th minute, before scoring three more times in a nine-minute spell shortly after half-time.

Player-manager Sam Collier wrapped up victory in the 66th minute.

Easington Sports crashed to a 5-1 defeat at home to third-placed Shortwood United in Division 1 West.

Sean Lawson hit a hat-trick, with his goals coming on the half-hour and in the 41st and 68th minutes, while Nick Humphreys and Will Hawes also struck in the second half for the visitors.

Lewis Travers pulled one back.

Old Woodstock Town completed their programme with a 3-0 home defeat against Fairford Town. Alex Rudd scored all three Fairford goals, netting in the 18th, 75th and 85th minutes.

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