FOOTBALL: Rowe keeps Ardington out in front

8:00am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

NORTH BERKS LEAGUE

DIVISIONS1,2&3

TOM Rowe headed an equaliser to cancel out Joe Dixon’s early strike and secure a point for Ardington & Lockinge against their closest rivals Dorchester at the top of Division 1, writes PHIL ANNETS.

The result leaves Ardington out in front by a point and maintains their unbeaten record. The draw also brings Kintbury Rangers back into the title race.

Saxton Rovers returned to winning ways with a 3-2 victory over bottom-of-the-table Crowmarsh Gifford.

James Lee and Howard Hawkings netted for the lowly visitors, but goals from Rob Andrews, Gary Belcher and Jeff Harriott won the match for Saxton.

Ashley Searle found the back of the net four times as Wallingford Town ran out 5-1 winners at home to Berinsfield.

Connor Mattimore scored their fifth, while Dan Osbourne registered the consolation for the visitors.

Marcham ran riot in the only match played in Division 2, winning 8-0 at home to basement side Sutton Courtenay.

Shane Northcott and Jonny Eldridge bagged a brace apiece alongside further goals from Wes Coster, Stuart Armstrong, Lewis Hill and Jamie Saulter in the rout.

A James Bishop hat-trick, a Craig Payne double and one each from Joe Richardson and Neil Pimm gave Hanney United a 7-1 home success over Harwell International Res, who scored through Ben Sutton.

The result lifts Hanney up to third place in Division 3 and drops Harwell into last.

Previous bottom place occupants Clanfield 85 Res won 5-3 at Hungerford Town Swifts, with both Liam Quinn and Roger James scoring twice.

Robert James grabbed their fifth goal, while Lloyd Ponsford, Damian Lybech-Harris and Aidan Maycock all notched in vain for Hungerford.

Two goals from Will Vaukins and one from Connor Sugden gave Blewbury a 3-1 home win over Dorchester Res who replied through Jack Stimpson.

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