A Will Grasshoff hat-trick saw Brackley Sports bounce back after last week’s Interdivisional Cup exit into the Premier Division Trophy semi-finals after a comprehensive 4-1 victory over Yardley Gobion at Springfield Way.
Grasshoff opened the scoring after only two minutes with a beautiful chip from the edge of the area and just four minutes later it was 2-0, Adam Williams’ clinical finish from close range putting the hosts firmly in control.
Yardley struck back on the half hour, an effort from the edge of the area outwitting Sports keeper Matt Georgou to bounce over his diving body and into the net.
After half time, Grasshoff was put through to make it 3-1 on 68 minutes chipping the ball over the oncoming visitor’s keeper. Grasshoff wrapped up the game two minutes from time, curling the ball in straight from a corner to make it five goals in two games for him and lining up Sports for a semi-final tie against Grendon Rangers.
Grendon continued their good run with a 1-0 victory at Silverstone in the Premier Trophy. Adam Perna scored the only goal of the game after a scrambled goal following a defensive mix-up. Also in the Trophy, Potterspury went down 2-1 at Hale Leys United , while Thornborough Athletic won a 5-4 thriller at MK Titans.
In the Premier Division, Deanshanger Athletic lost 4-2 at leaders Loughton Manor.
In the Intermediate Division Trophy, Wicken Sports saw off Heath Panthers United 2-0, Gentle netting a brace.With E&H withdrawing from the North Bucks League Intermediate Division on Friday evening, Brackley Sports Reserves were left without a fixture on Saturday.
Table proppers Twyford United went down 2-0 at home to Great Horwood, while sixth-placed Syresham drew 3-3 at home with AFC Santander, Davis, Lewis and Hart the home side’s scorers.
Winslow United were beaten 2-1 at leaders Stoke Hammond Wanderers.
Charlton were 3-1 winners at Deanshanger Athletic Reserves in Division One, Cox, Tydeman and Knight netting for the visitors. Basement side Marsh Gibbon lost 2-0 to Sherington, while Grendon Rangers Reserves were 4-1 winners over Old Stratford, Hankers 2, Chaudrey and Englefield the scorers.
In Division Two, third-placed Syresham Reserves were narrow 1-0 winners at LB Galaxy, Haley netting for Syresham. Great Horwood Reserves thumped Hanslope Reserves 4-0, Felham(2), Hore and Brundle the scorers.
Twyford United Reserves fought out out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Yardley Gobion Reserves, Owens and Cromwell on target for Yardley. Fifth-placed Westbury hammered Wicken Sports Reserves 6-3, S.Watts grabbing a hat-trick, with L.Watts, O’Connell and Peel-Yates the other hitmen.
FIXTURES: Saturday January 22: Premier Division (2pm kick-offs): Brackley Sports v Wolverton Town, Grendon Rangers v Loughton Manor, Potterspury v MK Titans, Silverstone v Stewkley, Southcott RA v Thornborough Athletic, Yardley Gobion v Hale Leys United.
Division One: Deanshanger Athletic Reserves v Southcott Reserves, Hanslope v Marsh Gibbon.
Division Two: Great Horwood reserves v Wing Village, LB Galaxy v Wicken Sports Reserves, Twyford United Reserves v Syresham Reserves, United MK v Yardley Gobion Reserves.
Intermediate Division: MK Wanderers v Great Horwood, Wicken Sports v Twyford United.
Intermediate Division Trophy second round: 1.30pm: AFC Santander v Denbigh Hall, Syresham v Brackley Sports Reserves.
Division One Trophy first round, 1.30pm: Old Stratford v Potterspury Reserves, Steeple Claydon v Bletchley Bridge. Second round: Charlton v Sherington, Stewkley Reserves v Stoke Hammond Wanderers Reserves.
Division Two Trophy second round: Heath Panthers United Reserves v Westbury, City Colts v Marsh Gibbon Reserves, Olney Town v Silverstone Reserves.