FOOTBALL: Murphy four-timer lifts Wittenham

Herald Series: Joe Murphy scored four goals for Long Wittenham Joe Murphy scored four goals for Long Wittenham

Joe Murphy struck four times as Long Wittenham progressed to the next stage in the second round of the Critchleys UTV’s Devenney Cup, writes Daryl Ridgley.

The away side saw off Check-endon Exiles 8-4 in a thrilling encounter.

Ashley Wilcox scored twice and Andy Taylor also found the net as Wittenham romped home with the aid of an own goal from Dan Car-ter.

Dave Woodley (2), Carter, who scored at both ends, and Dan Phillips replied.

In Division 1, ten-man Tree Grove battled hard before losing 5-4 at home to leaders Freeland Yeoman Tree finished with nine after David Archer was sent off.

Goals from John Ayris, Rob Keylock, Danny Taylor and a brace for Connor Annand saw the high-flying Yeoman home.

Tom Bennett, Johnny James (2) and Luke Fairclough were on target for Grove.

Abingdon Exiles fell to a 3-1 defeat at Sutton Wanderers in Divison 2, with Rob Lucibello’s effort proving in vain thanks to goals from Mike James, Andrew Conway and Steve Dann.

Four late goals gave Green Tree Wallingford an exciting 6-3 away victory over White Horse Abingdon.

A Chris Swales hat-trick and goals from Dan Mason, Max Mohan Triogle and Martin Daw-son gave the leaders the points, despite White Horse taking the lead with a Niall Hodgkiss goal and a brace from Michael Allan Bloomfield.

Black Swan went down 5-2 away to Woodstock Wanderers.

Ryan Thorne and David Villiers netted two goals each for the hosts to add to a Carl Hemen strike.

Pete Ivey and Pete Ivey and Craig Davis scored the visitors’ consolation efforts.

JET zoomed to the top of Div-ision 3, when an 88th-minute goal from Dave Cookson gave them a 1-0 victory at New Club.

Keiron Strange’s brace and a goal for Charlie Silkstone gave AFC Brightwell a 3-1 win over Watlington Town, whose effort came from Andy Griffiths.

l Wallingford Cross Keys suffered penalty shoot-out agony at the hands of Thatcham Athletico in the second round of the Berks & Bucks Sunday Junior Trophy.

After holding the hosts to a 2-2 draw in regular time, Keys could not contain the Newbury Sunday League side, who eventually went through, 5-4 on penalties.

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