City down Maclay FC
CHESHAM SUNDAY LEAGUE
CREDENTIALS: Alex Jones was on target for Queen’s Head in Division One
Clive Tagg MACLAY FC’s debut Berks and Bucks Junior Trophy adventure finally came to an end in a 3-2 fourth round exit at Milton Keynes City on Sunday.
The Chesham Sunday League side started well and were rewarded when a scuffed free-kick was hammered home by skipper Beaven Gosling but a defensive error enabled City to equalise against the run of play, and they took the lead when a free-kick to the back post was neatly knocked in from a narrow angle to give them the lead just before half time.
Not long into the second half, Ben O’Connor twisted and turned past a number of City players and was rewarded when his shot from outside the box squirmed past the keeper to level matters, but Maclay were dealt a blow when Saif Hijjawi, who City struggled to keep at bay, had to go off with a hamstring injury.
That proved to be the turning point and City grabbed the winner on the break five minutes from time.
Salih Hodja pipped Gosling and Dan Rennison to the man of the match award.
Elsewhere, there were three Allan Moore Cup group stage matches which produced comfortable wins for Magpies 91, Chiltern Chargers and Chalfont Saints.
Magpies had the prospect of their own reserves to overcome, which they did with a convincing 7-0 to avoid any in-house embarrassment.
Ryan Welsh netted twice, while Ali Horner, Charlie Saunders, Matt Seeley, Chris Pearcy and Dan Ashwin were all on target too.
Ricky Eggleton hit a hat-trick as Chargers recorded an emphatic 8-2 win at fellow Division One side Tring Anchor, with Jack Gilling also bagging a brace and further goals coming from Florjan Marky, Karl Harris and Ryan Eggleton, while Lawrence Stack and Adam Gnulati netted Tring’s consolations.
Brandon Cumber was also a hat-trick hero, as Saints ran out 5-0 winners against Old Belmont, with George Cumber and Andy Keenan also helping see them home in some comfort.
League action centred on Division One, where Chesham Athletic edged their encounter with SFG Stone by the odd goal in five as Matt Griggs, Ben Duncan and Jason Duncan struck the vital goals and Danny Taylor replied twice for the visitors.
Queens Head also scored three times as they strengthened their case for league honours, goals from David Rice, David Goss and Alex Jones inflicting the damage, while Jordan Richardson-Hill was on target for Pioneer. Fixtures: Premier Division: Last Post v Chalfont Saints; Pioneer v Magpies 91 Division One: Maclay FC v Queens Head; Magpies Reserves v Pioneer Reserves; Old Belmont v Chiltern Chargers; SFG Stone v Tring Anchor Allan Moore Cup: Dinamo Chequers v Misty Moon; Eldorado v Chesham Athletic