FOOTBALL: Press title bid gets huge boost

First published in Sat Local

MARLON James hit a brace as Premier Division leaders Oxford University Press won 4-2 at Stonesfield in an eventful top-of-the-table Oxfordshire Senior League clash.

Martin Hall put the home side ahead, but OUP levelled before the break, when James was quickest to react after Chris Day’s penalty was saved.

Simon Burton put the visitors in front from long range, before Micky Phipps equalised from the penalty spot.

But OUP took the points when James and Neil Lockhart struck late on.

A youthful Oxford Irish won their basement clash 4-2 at home to Horspath.

Tyrone Brackett’s double gave Irish a 2-0 lead, only for Simon Evans to respond in kind before half-time.

But Andrew McMahon and Thomas Conway gave Irish victory after the break.

Bletchingdon Res extended their lead in Division 2 to ten points with a 3-1 win at home to Launton Sports Res.

Stuart Wells, Kane Adams and Tom Williams scored, with Nick Neal replying.

A fast start helped Garsington Res ease to a 5-1 home win over Adderbury Park Res.

Dan Smith, Sam Graham, Jason Conder and Aaron Hall all struck in the opening 45 minutes.

Ashley Wingrove’s penalty was no consolation for the visitors, with Graham scoring again before the final whistle.

James Castle netted a hat-trick as Broughton & North New Res won 6-2 at North Oxford Res in Division 3.

Jimmy Phillips, Jack Kettle and Ryan Tabb also found the net for the visitors.

Jon Ramsey and Luke Trotman replied for North Oxford.

  •  LUIS McGillycuddy scored twice in the second half of extra time to give Mansfield Road Res a dramatic 2-1 win at Charlton United Res in the Ivor Gubbins Cup semi-final.

After a goalless 90 minutes, Charlton edged ahead in the first half of extra time, when Ritchie Knight scored a penalty, given for a handball.

But McGillycuddy came alive after the break, levelling the scores before finding a 118th-minute winner.


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