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Football review: Shortwood up to second, Stonehouse find form, Brimscombe suffer a bad day at the office

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Shortwood 4 Long Crendon 2 – Unisport Hellenic League Division 1

Shortwood jumped up to second with another win for Dan Gillespie’s in-form side, writes Jim Cunneen.

Wood had three efforts also ruled out for offside two of which were contentious but were still worthy winners. Wood had to shuffle the pack with players unavailable but it was hardly noticeable such is the strength of the squad and Essa Sabally was the worthy winner of the man of the match award.

Wood took the lead after 19 minutes. Finlay Byrnes set Ethan Royer free down the left flank and when his low cross came into the middle, defender Tyler Lloyd could only steer the ball past his own keeper for an own goal.

Wood doubled their lead on the half-hour.  Dobbins worked hard to win the ball and find Dan Gayner who took his time before expertly slotting the ball into the bottom corner. 

Long Crendon pulled one back after 36 minutes – Calvin Allen running the ball into an empty net following a very rare error from Thomas.

Thomas redeemed himself with a fine save from Farrah but on the stroke of half-time Wood restored their two-goal lead. Byrnes had a fierce shot blocked for a corner and when the corner came over the ball pin balled until to captain Joe Tryner who stabbed it home at the far post.

Crendon reduced the arrears when Nevin lashed the ball home from the edge of the box. 

Sabally had a shot saved before, just after the hour, Keegan Bowes worked the ball down the flank cut in and slid the ball into the far corner.

Shortwood: Thomas, Loveridge, Royer (Mace R 83), Byrnes, Tryner. Lyons, Sabally, Kent, Dobbins (Sluman 87), Bowes (Gayner A 78), Gayner D

Star Player: Essa Sabally

Stonehouse Town 2 Abingdon Utd 1 – Hellenic League Division 1

A brace from substitute Spencer Martin saw Stonehouse Town come from behind to claim the points against Abingdon United.

Earlier John Mills had given the Oxfordshire side the lead inside 30 seconds.

However, Martin netted parity after the break and pinched victory for the Magpies with seven minutes to go. Stonehouse move up up to ninth in the table after this victory.

Mangotsfield United 4 Brimscombe 1 – Hellenic League Premier

Brimsscombe boss Sam Prior was sent off during a bad day at the office for the Lilywhites.

Earlier, Brimscombe took the lead at Mangotsfield from a Jamie Bremner howitzer. However, the Mangos turned up the heat to hit four goals past a Lilywhites side who also saw Elijah Simpson red carded.

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