FOOTBALL: Wantage are given fright in league cup

Herald Series: Abingdon United’s Shawn Foster slides to clear the ball during their 4-0 defeat by Ardley United on Saturda Abingdon United’s Shawn Foster slides to clear the ball during their 4-0 defeat by Ardley United on Saturda

Wantage Town, the Uhlsport Hellenic Lea-gue Premier Division high-fliers, were given a big fright by hosts Tuffley Rovers before securing a 3-2 extra-time win in the second round of the Bluefin Sports Cup on Saturday.

In normal time, Warren Mann equalised for the Division 1 West side after Matt Pedder had given Wantage a half-time lead.

Pedder scored his second in extra time before Tom Melledew’s effort appeared to make the game safe.

But an own goal from Wantage’s Danny Lachacz made it a tense finish.

Abingdon Town’s poor season continued with a 3-1 defeat at Easington Sports.

All the goals came in the first half with Andrew Stidder (2) and Ben Milner scoring for Easington and Michael Byrne replying for the visitors.

Milton United beat Premier Division side Cheltenham Saracens 7-6 on penalties at home after the match ended all square at 1-1 after extra time.

Joe Donaghue scored for Saracens, with Adam Bruce levelling for Milton two minutes from time.

The hosts’ successful penalty-takers in the prolonged shoot-out were Robbie Joyce, Adam Bruce, Johnny James, Brad Chalmers, Ryan Tappin, Patrick Howe and Matthew Chomyn.

Letcombe crashed 5-1 at home to Cirencester Town Development XI.

Tom Luce led the way for Cirencester with two goals, with Dan Roberts, Dan Jones and Oliver Pitt also finding the net.

George Thatcher scored for Letcombe, who lost Jack Hamblin with a thigh muscle strain, manager Alan Gifford being forced to go on as substitute.

In the league, basement club Abingdon United lost 4-0 at Ardley United who moved up to second place in the Premier Division. Steve Howkins opened and completed the scoring for Ardley.

In between, Ryan Brooks and Ben Thomas netted. It’s proving to be a depressing season for Abingdon, who had a first-half effort from Nathan Merry disallowed.

Shrivenham drew 1-1 at home to Oxford City Nomads Josh Fowler scored for Shrivenham, and Adam Lovegrove replied.

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