Titans win for first time in two years - The Evesham Observer

Titans win for first time in two years

Evesham Editorial 27th Nov, 2018 Updated: 28th Nov, 2018   0

FAIRFIELD TITANS are celebrating after ending a two-year wait for an Evesham Sunday League win with a 6-2 home success over Vale United.

Messages of congratulations have been flooding in from across the league to Titans manager Bobby Rushton after the Division Three win in which Sam Cook scored four times for the home side.

The hosts took an instant lead through George Payne and found themselves in uncharted territory at 3-0 up after just 25 minutes thanks to a brace from Cook.

The visitors reduced their arrears to 3-2 by half-time though thanks to goals from Paul Law and Graham Westmacott and the Titans players could have been forgiven for fearing the worse, but Cook completed a first ever Titans hat-trick as he struck twice more to take his personal tally to four before Stephen Vizor completed the scoring.

Titans’ previous league win was way back in September 2016 when they triumphed in the second game of the 2016/17 campaign.

On a day of drama in the league, there was another unusual occurrence, in fact something which league secretary Martin Malin says he has never previously experienced during his 35 years in football administration.

It was a case of mistaken identity as both Bretforton teams had games either postponed or abandoned in the WFA Sunday Junior Cup second round.

Both Bretforton Old Boys (versus Eaton) and Bretforton Sports Club (versus Pillar) were drawn at home and correspondence via text had led Bretforton OB to believe their opponents (Eaton) wanted an early kick-off due to the Aston Villa against Birmingham City derby.

The early kick-off was not agreed so, when the Bretforton secretary received a text saying their opponents would not fulfil the fixture, all seemed OK.

Bretforton Sports Club kicked off their match but, after 50 minutes, following a comment from a visiting player, it became apparent it was not Eaton FC who had cancelled but Pillar FC and therefore the two teams were playing the wrong team!

The mix-up appears to be due to Pillar FC stating they were playing Bretforton Old Boys and therefore an assumption that they were Eaton FC.

Eaton FC had to wear a change strip which did not have club name on and the WFA were due to make a decision on the matter this week as the Observer went to press.

Ambi Allsports produced their best performance of the season to further dent Strawberry Field United’s Division Three promotion hopes with a 6-2 home win in which Aiden Booth, Vinnie Booth, Ian Dawe, Gary Dyke, Will Johns and Max Terry scored for Allsports.

Ashton 88 remain unbeaten following a narrow 5-4 home win over Bredon in which Lewis Carter (4) and Matt Ingle scored for Ashton and Ed Hagley, Hen Hayward, Stephen Higdon and Matt Kinmond struck for Bredon.

Dragons maintained their good form against visitors Bengeworth with a 6-1 win in which Max Danby, Tom Donnison, Saidul Islam, Alex Lane, Jack Pilling and Luke Trotman netted, whilst Stour Excelsior Reserves defeated visitors Alcester Town 3-0 through goals from Paul Jewett, Sam Johnson and Elliott Wright.

TDMS Harvington moved to the top of Division Two following a comfortable 7-0 home win over AFC Cheltenham as the goals came from Harry Quirke (3), Luke Woodfield, Jack Philpott, Rhys Dalloway and Jack Fairchild-Davies.

Previous leaders Cropthorne lost 3-1 at home to Pebworth as the visitors’ goals came from Tom Benfield (2) and David Jeffery. Aron Letterese scored for the hosts.

Fladbury hit seven without reply against visitors TDMS Evesham through Will Green (3), Oliver Burman (2), Harry Bermingham and Alex Brettell, whilst Harry Davies (2) and Liam Pennell were on target for promotion-chasing Alderton who won 3-1 at home to Fortis, for whom Paul MacFarlane scored.

In Division One, goals from Chris Mills and Dam Moore earned Mickleton Rangers a 2-0 home victory over Tewkesbury Town, whilst Stour Excelsior progressed into the Mick Godwin Cup second round with a straightforward 7-0 win at Badsey Recreation as the Shipston side’s goals came from Alex Welsby (2), Jared Randall, Fred Murphy, Wes Mack, Joshi Gibb and Will Brocklehurst.

Offenham Rovers progressed into the WFA Sunday Junior Cup third round by defeating fellow Evesham League team Inkberrow on penalties after the teams had drawn 2-2. Sorin Gelep and Jake Hall scored for Rovers and Guy Gregg netted two for visitors Inkberrow.

Sam Ford scored four goals for last year’s finalists Evesham WMC in their 7-2 win at Worcester Saints. James White (2) and Joseph Iorns also netted for the visitors.

Dave Cobbold, James Rogers and Dan Rushton scored for New Inn Pershore who won 3-1 at Kidderminster side Spennells United, but Broadway United were knocked out 2-1 at FC United of Worcester despite a goal from Jamie Hicks.

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