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FOOTBALL: Tree uprooted as Gerken grabs five
7:52pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Football
AN understrength Tree Grove side had no answer to Division 1 leaders Freeland Yeoman as they crashed 9-1 away in the Critchleys UTV League on Sunday, writes Darryl Ridgley.
Tom Gerken led the rampage with five first-half goals, while Danny Taylor scored a brace to add to strikes from Marc Buckingham and Simon Curry.
Tom Bennett scored Tree ’s consolation.
Rutherford narrowly edged out Sporting Headington Academicals 1-0 after a comedy of errors led to the decisive goal just five minutes into the game.
Tim Wright’s wayward ball was tipped on to the bar by his own keeper ,only to rebound back into the net off defender Matt Cannon for an own goal.
AFC Valley were impressive 2-1 home victors over a strong Railway Wheatley side, a Simon Collet brace proving too much for the visitors to overcome, despite a goal from Aaron Lehman.
Star Wanderers had no answer to the sharp-shooting for Aaron Williams as they crashed 9-2 away to Northway Res in Division 2.
Williams struck five times, while a hat-trick from Joe Cook and an effort from Sean Herman completed the tally.
Star had the final say as Chris Stringer scored from the half-way line with the final kick of the game, adding to an earlier effort from Steve Dann.
Village Inn went down 3-2 at home to Woodstock Wanderers, whose scorers were Ryan Thorne (2) and Ryan Doran.
Max Palmer was on target twice for the hosts.
Black Swan were 5-2 victors over White Horse Abingdon, thanks to a brace from Danny Cox and goals from James Tecker, Craig Davis and Nathan Carter.
Mike Bloomsfield and Mike Ashley’s efforts for the visitors proved of little consolation.
A man-of-the-match performance from hat-trick hero Jon James earned JET a 4-2 victory at home to Brightwell in Division 3 Mark Lockwood was also on target for the hosts, while Harry Turner and Charlie Silkstone netted for Brightwell.
New Club thrashed Kennington Athletic 5-0, thanks to braces from Sammy Graham and Jason Condor and a Jack Clarkson goal, giving the home side their second successive league win.