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FOOTBALL: Red Lion roar in goal feast
10:00am Wednesday 19th December 2012 in Sun Local
Red Lion Islip won 8-7 at home to Rutherford in an astonishing Critchleys Upper Thames Valley League Division 1 contest, writes TIM SIRET.
Adam Wells hit a hat-trick and with John Webb (2), Aaron Perisi, Carl Bowen and Michael Trafford also netting, Red Lion just had the edge.
John Hawkins smashed a hat-trick for Rutherford, but his side remained pointless, despite further strikes from John Watts (2) and siblings Sam and Dave Templeman.
Leaders Railway Wheatley stayed on track for back-to-back championships after a 2-2 draw at home to third-placed King & Queen Wheatley.
Railway twice led through Sam Graham and Daniel Smith, but the visitors hit back each time through Richard Hathaway and Michael Steers.
Andy Gibbons grabbed a late winner as Brightwell profited from some poor Saxton Pirates defending to come away with a 3-2 win.
Rich Willans put the Pirates ahead, but Brightwell hit back to lead 2-1 thanks to Luke Higgins and Tyrone Morris. A Joff Cummings effort restored parity before a defensive blunder allowed Gibbons to snatch victory.
Sporting Headington Academicals triumphed 3-1 at home to Abingdon Exiles to move within four points of Division 2 leaders Tree Grove.
Exiles took the lead with an own goal from Accies defender Matt Cannon, but the hosts responded with a brace from Max Burton and a bullet header by Ben Wright.
Joey Beauchamp hit a hat-trick as Northway Res completed the double over White Horse Abingdon in a 5-0 home win. Bilal Khan and Shaun Augustine also netted.
Dave Woodley’s double gave Checkendon Exiles their first win of the season with a 2-1 home success over Sutton Wanderers. Chris Stringer replied for Wanderers.
Woodstock Wanderers went top of Division 3 with a 4-0 win over Green Tree Wallingford, thanks to Ryan Thorne (2) Sean Dyer and David Bray.
Previous leaders Black Swan crashed 6-2 at North Oxford Conservative Club.
Andy Potter (2), Alex Bekele, Mike Phipps, Fred Allen and James Gomersall did the damage, with Dave Carter and Joe Fairhurst netting for Swan AFC Brightwell left it late to win 4-3 at home to JET.
Matt Holtom, Louis Chainey, Toby Arup and a Jack McLaughlin spot-kick were on target for Brightwell, for whom Harry Keene also missed a penalty.
James Broughton (2) and George Hoareau replied.
James Carlini fired a four-timer as Milton Midgets chalked up their first win of the season with a 6-0 victory at Chatsworth Buccaneers.
Kris Kaveney and a Nathan Pavely own goal completed the rout.