FOOTBALL: Edney secures first victory for boss Zoldan

Herald Series: Abingdon United keeper Gareth Tucker leaps to tip the ball over the bar to help his side gain a welcome 1-0 victory at Brimscome & Thrupp Abingdon United keeper Gareth Tucker leaps to tip the ball over the bar to help his side gain a welcome 1-0 victory at Brimscome & Thrupp

Graham Edney’s first-half strike gave new Abingdon United boss Andy Zoldan his maidenwin at the third attempt in a 1-0 victory at Brimscombe & Thrupp in the Uhlsport Hellenic League on Saturday.

Edney swept the ball home in the 37th minute, and Abingdon were then indebted to keeper Gareth Tucker, who pulled off fine saves to deny David Woodfield and Chris Greenhough in the second half.

Richie Claydon grabbed the winner as a makeshift Wantage Town side moved back up to second place with a 2-1 victory over Ascot United at Alfredian Park.

Tom Butler had given Wantage a 39th-minute lead with a speculative 30-yard drive, which flew into the bottom corner, only for Joe Yeates to bundle home the equaliser a minute later.

But Claydon had the last word, heading home a free-kick in the 76th minute.

Jack Ross’s 88th-minute equaliser earned bottom club Abingdon Town a rare point in a notable 1-1 draw at home to Reading Town.

Toby Nowell had given high-flying Reading the lead on the hour.

Didcot Town Res went down away to Chinnor in Division 1 East.

Jamie Essex’s double in the 30th and 55th minutes sent Chinnor on their way, before Jonathan Feaver clinched victory in the 70th minute.

Michael Davies’s late equaliser earned Milton United a 2-2 draw at Henley Town.

Mitchell Cooper and Adam Bruce traded early goals for Henley and Milton respectively.

Warren Baxter restored the hosts’ lead, but Davies levelled in the closing minutes.

lAbingdon United are away to Holyport in the Premier Division on Saturday, while Abingdon Town will be hoping to record their first league success of the season at to Bracknell Town.

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