FOOTBALL: Sunday league cup semi-finalists decided

Little Gaddesden have confirmed promotion
Little Gaddesden have confirmed promotion

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Three of the four cup quarter-finals were played on Sunday, two involving first division against second division.

In the first the Royal Oak took on division two opponents Avon Mill and the Oak would have gone ahead twice within the first five minutes but for some excellent goalkeeping from Dan Smith. In the tenth minute the Oak did take the lead with a half volley strike from 20 yards out from Josh Goodwin, which blazed into the top corner of the net giving the keeper no chance.

It was the Oak who created further chances, hitting the woodwork twice, once from Chris Slaughter who was two yards out. The Mill defence were defending well and were frustrating the Oak attack.

Against the run of play the Mill broke quickly from defence and a superb pass put Stuart McQuillan through and he slotted home to make it 1-1 a minute before the break.

The Mill came out for the second half believing they could get something out of this game and had played well enough to think so. The game had swung from end to end for the first 15 minutes, but then a laps in concentration from the Mill allowed the Oak two goals in two minutes. Chris Slaughter got the first making up for his earlier miss, followed by a Greg Linton Strike to give their team a 3-1 lead. Ten minutes before the end Linton bobbed up again to net a second and it finished at 4-1. A hearty display from the Mill.

Last year’s champions Lawford took on the Holly Bush and they led 5-0 at the break. Two goals from the Holly Bush were not enough as Lawford hit six more during the second half to win this one 11-2. Jimmy Smith hit four, Stuart Mitchell and Elliott Barlow got a brace along with singles from Lee Vince, Jake Chater, Daniel Dandridge and Mitchell Boe. Connor Pittam and Jimmy Ward replied for the Hollybush.

In the other semi it was an all second division affair as the Royal Oak’s reserves took on Rugby FC. Luke Mulddon and Kyle Gibson fired home for Rugby FC but Andy Gilroy fired in a brace back for the Oak to take the game to a penalty shoot-out which Rugby FC won 6-5. They now face the Oak first team.

In the league champions CRC beat Griffin 2-0 and in Division 2 CRC Reswon 10-0 against Braunston.

Hospital Cup semi-final draw: Barley Mow v CRC and Drayton Grange v Griffin both at Winfield.

Advertiser Cup semi-finals: Royal Oak v Rugby FC and Lawford v Clifton or Athletico at Ashlawn.

The finals will be held at Rugby Town’s ground on April 30, kicking off at 11am and 2pm.