In-form Ardley enjoy perfect week

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Ardley United continued their fine run of form with a 5-3 win over Holyport in the league before going through to the final of the Floodlit Cup on Tuesday.

In a highly-entertaining game between two well-matched sides, Kevin Brock’s side managed to overcome Holyport after twice falling behind to remain second in the Hellenic Premier Division.

The home side needed nine minutes to open the scoring when a Joe Coleman cross found Joe Eyre at the far past and he nodded the back across goal where Troy Bryan tapped home.

However, Holyport were back on level terms four minutes later through Jamie West’s lob after Ardley goalkeeper Joe White failed to clear the ball.

The hosts then had a goal controversially disallowed and Holyport took full advantage with West heading in his second just before half time.

Looking to hit back straight after the break, Ardley took control and Steve Howkins benefited from a poor clearance to level.

Holyport rallied though, and striker Lee Jerrum put the visitors back in front with a well-taken strike.

But once again Ardley recaptured the momentum to equalise midway through the half when Howkins rounded the visiting goalkeeper and stroked the ball into an empty net.

From that moment on Ardley were dominant and recent signing Callum Convey put his side into the lead with a fine solo effort as he burst through the defence and finished expertly.

With 10 minutes left, Ardley made the points safe after White’s goal kick found Howkins, who played in Eyre and the midfielder completed his side’s fourth straight league win.

Ardley’s fortunes then improved further on Tuesday when they beat Fairford Town 2-1 to progress into the Floodlit Cup final.

A goalless first half was followed by Fairford taking the lead through Henry Trass early in the second half but Troy Bryan equalised before an own goal sent Ardley through.

Ardley travel to 15th-placed Kidlington tomorrow.