Last week’s high and low lights

Well, week 7 certainly started to provide some highlights and some low lights across the sections with some excellent scoring (by some!) and some very interesting team scores. pride of place last week must go to Abingdon United/Con Club both in terms of individual scoring and collective team performance. Dave Dix led the way with the first “double six” of the season and an overall tally of 15 dolls for Dixie! He was well supported by his team mates with Ken Fisher and Paul Barrett both hitting 12 dolls , Leigh Clapton and Phil Adams with 11 and 10 respectively both scored double figures as the team hit 30 dolls in the first leg beating that with 31 in their second leg. In reply Berinsfield SC A, whilst not being able to get close to the hosts did manage to salvage 2 points with a 21 to 20 leg win in the third.

Croft Nomads suffered  a very disappointing but deserved 5-1 defeat at The Bystander for whom Andrew Morton top scored with 12 dolls including a very tidy 6. Jumbo Mott, Duncan Taylor and Jason all contributed well for the home side who were without regulars Dave Hudson and Steve Martin on the night.  The Bystander  brought the Nomads who were, leading the table and were without Barry Townsend were brought back to reality with a bump. For Nomads Alan Bell top scored with 10 dolls, Ian Brook and Steve Enock also made good contributions but the other 5  team mates including yours truly could only muster 24 dolls from 90 sticks between them on the night!

Elsewhere in the Premier/A sections Steventon Sports with Rick Fletcher gathering another 12 dolls beat The Vine 4-2 and Matty Belcher’s 10 dolls were not enough for College Oak A who went down 4-2 to The Red Lion for whom both skipper Kevin Regan and Dean Bowler both hit 10 apiece.


In the B section The Croft Bar maintained their unbeaten record with another 4-2 victory against The Bell A, Kevin Luck top scoring for the Croft with a 10 doll haul. That’s four 4-2’s on the bounce for Croft.

Another team to suffer a disappointing night were B section league leaders Stanford in the Vale FC who went down to a 6-0 home defeat at the hands of Abingdon RBL.

Eslewhere in the B section there were wins for The Plough,Long Wittenham and Harwellian B.

In the C section Colin Grimes hit 10 another dolls for the Boundary House as they saw off the challenge of the Waggon &  Horses as his team eased home 6-0 and also in the C section Steven J Fisher was another double figure scorer with 10 dolls as the Royal Oak beat the Bear & Ragged Staff 4-2. The team to beat in this section are clearly Abingdon Con Club who reeled off their 7th straight win, this time another six nil  on their visit to the Eight Bells.

In the D section Cam King led the scoring with 11 dolls for the Brewery Tap as they overcame the Chequers. Also in the D section Steve Salter’s 10 dolls helped The Lamb A to a 3-3 share of the spoils against The Plough Hanney. Also in this section there were wins for Harwellian A, The Midget and Brewery Tap.

In the E section The Wheatsheaf remain unbeaten, and elsewhere  Marcham Centre A and the Horse & Jockey A, with a second successive win, and Steventon Sports B  were all winners on the night whilst in the F section the table is tightly contested between two newcomers WADS Bar, for whom Derrick Brown again top scored and the Fleur de Leys Hagbourne B who were without a fixture last week.

It is still early days to take the league tables too much to heart, but in the Premier Abingdon United/Con Club have closed to within 1 point of Croft Nomads with a game in hand so this week’s meeting of the two may lead to a change at the top. In the A section Red Lion A have caught early season leaders Plum Pudding. The B section Stanford in the Vale FC still lead the way from The Croft Bar and in the C section have already built a healthy lead at the top.

It’s Harwellian A leading the way in the D section and it’s nip and tuck in the E section with both The Wheatsheaf and Steventon Sports on 24 points. The F section looks equally tightly contested with two newcomers, WAD Bar and Fleur de Leys competing at the top of the table. Still a long way to go and  we are sure that there will be lots of twists and turns and a few surprised over the remaining 12 weeks of the season!


Enjoy the weather this week, it’s been a long time coming and maybe the warmth will help a few more sticks find the doll!

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