Pi­o­neer ad­vance in League Cup hit by the rain

Floor­ing given a scare in league

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - Gra­ham Barkus tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A LIAM O’Neill brace se­cured a 2-1 win for Pi­o­neer over Chal­font Saints, with Ge­orge Dear re­ply­ing, in the Che­sham Sun­day League Cup.

With two other ties wiped out by the weather, the rest of Sun­day’s pro­gramme was league games, with Ayles­bury Floor­ing re­turn­ing to Premier Divi­sion duty and main­tain­ing their im­pres­sive start to the cam­paign.

Win num­ber five from five came at the ex­pense of Di­namo Cheq- uers, but it was far from straight­for­ward as the visi­tors put in a spir­ited dis­play, scor­ing twice, via Ge­orge Buck­thorpe and Dean Chap­man, to threaten Floor­ing’s record. Even­tu­ally through, the be­low-par hosts ground out the win with goals from Vinny Greco, Luke Wood­ward and Zoid Collins.

The new Divi­sion One lead­ers are Ma­clay FC, who started the day se­cond only to Ayles­bury Fu­sion on goal dif­fer­ence but went two points clear af­ter beat­ing Che­sham Ath­letic 6-1, while Fu­sion were held at home by Old Amer­sham.

Che­sham put up a great ef­fort with the bare 11 play­ers but two goals from Peter Hay and one each from Ian Ranger, Ben O’Con­nor, Wilf Whit­taker and Si­mon Davis saw Ma­clay take con­trol, while Tom Ford net­ted Ath­letic’s con­so­la­tion for a spir­ited per­for­mance.

Fu­sion mean­while, fell be­hind to a Stu­art Miles strike, and although Teague Gal­lagher slot­ted the equaliser, there was to be no win­ner and Fu­sion had to forfeit top spot.

Else­where, Pi­o­neer Re­serves and Black Horse met for the sec- ond time in as many weeks, and it was a David Goss hat-trick and a Liam Ka­ley strike which earned Horse max­i­mum points.

Chal­font Saints’ Nick Marchant, right, takes on Pi­o­neer FC’s Paul Gil­bert at Chal­font Epilepsy Cen­tre ground.

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