Novas seal a second place in finals
Supernovas made it an excellent seven days for manager Mat Doe as they reached their second final of the season by beating local rivals LB WMC 2-0 in the Jack Jones Cup semi-final.
It was LB WMC that started the brighter of the teams but just couldn't convert their chances. It wasn't until the second half that 'Ghanaian Ricky' opened the scoring for Supernovas with a well-worked team goal.
Roland Gavin scored their second after a solid performance from Supernovas in the second half. Richard Flatter was Supernovas MOM but the whole team deserve a pat on the back for a fine second half performance.
In a thrilling Division One Cup semi-final against St Vincents, Linslade Ship took the lead in eight minutes after a good run from Wilson as he took on the defence and shot from 18 yards to see the ball hit the net.
St Vincents equalised after 12 minutes after the Ship defence went to sleep and allowed them to score from a throw in. Half time was all square at 1-1.
Ship regained the lead on 55 minutes after Perry forced his way through three defenders to chip the ball across for Parker to score with a diving header from eight yards.
On 65 minutes it was all over for St Vincents after a superb free kick from Marsala sailed into the net from 20 yards.
Ship then played some good possession football to play out the match and go through to the final 3-1 winners.
A special mention for Tommy and Jossy to get well soon after being viciously attacked during the week. The boys are all behind you.
Cube Athletic and Axe & Compass battled it out in the other Division One semi-final.
With so many players who play together on Saturdays this was definitely a 'local derby' and was played in a good spirit throughout.
Axe took the lead after 15 minutes when Jason Haggerwood headed in from a Nicky Ryan free kick. Stuart Allan then equalled things before Graham Howe put the Axe back in front 10 minutes before half time.
Both teams had their chances in the second half with Axe's Richard Williams hitting the bar and the Cube having a goal disallowed for off-side.
With 15 minutes remaining, Cube's pressure told with Chris Deakin and Sean Synnott scoring three times in seven minutes to put the Cube through to the final where they will meet Linslade Ship.
Axe Reserves faired better with a superb performance giving them a 1-0 victory over high-flying Wayside. While this was a real team effort, special mentions need to be given to MOM Stuart Birnie, keeper Nicky Tyas and Dave Brennan.
Oldhill Glider continued a late push for promotion with a hard earned 4-2 win at rivals Real KD in sticky conditions.
Real KD dominated the early proceedings, and took the lead within 30 seconds after a defensive lapse in concentration, and following constant pressure, KD hit a second minutes later.
Glider finally woke up and stroked the ball around nicely in some excellent build-up play to open up the KD defence.
Kev Gower struck to make it 2-1, and a bullet header from Chris Green brought the scores level at half time.
Chances went begging at either end, notably Adam Whatmore's sweet hammer strike rattling a post, and keeper Antony Francis making some flamboyant saves to keep the game at 2-2.
But it was Glider who took the spoils, after a succession of KD attacks coming to nothing, Jimmy Yiend popped up with a peach of a free kick to make it 3-2, and Daniel Woodstock wrapped up the 4-2 victory in the dying seconds with a cool finish beating the keeper.
Liscombe Park Pipers secured the Division Two title with five games to spare, beating Kensworth 6-3.
The victory was against a spirited Kensworth outfit who currently occupy third spot in the table and who managed three breakaway goals to briefly contest Liscombe's dominance.
On a sticky pitch Liscombe managed some decent football and in patches showed the quality that has resulted in them sealing their promotion.
Players such as Graig Kench, Asa Kempster, James King, Andrew Fagan, Alex Ottaway and Mark Lynch all showed their calibre as players that are proven at a higher level and will surely relish the challenge of the ever improving standard of Leighton's Division One next year.
Liscombe now move on to their next and more prestigous conquest as they are pitted against Celtic FC from Luton in the Beds Junior Cup semi-final this Sunday.
FC Manor made it into the final of the Division Four Cup after beating high flying Stoke Hammond Real 2-1 in the semi-final.
FC Manor scored the opener through Keelen Riley with a fantastic lob over the Stoke Hammond keeper. This didn't deter Stoke Hammond and they quickly equalised within three minutes of the restart.
The scores remained this way until the second half when Tony Methan scored a sweet volley straight into the bottom of the net. Mentions go to Gary Thomas for his MOM performance and Steve Little was captain fantastic.
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