Well the season is now well and truly underway and on a typically cool, but refreshingly dry early May evening 42 welcomed in the 62nd year of the Abingdon & District Aunt Sally League.
Remarkably of the 21 fixtures there was only one “sixer” on the night and that was for the Prince of Wales in Section E. Not surprising the “sixer” was Dave Harris who hit another 5 dolls to record a very commendable 11 dolls for the “feathers” in their 6-0 win against visitors Sutton Courtenay FC.
There were only 3 other clean sweeps on the night (6-0) and that included newly promoted Stanford in the Vale FC who hosted Red Lion A in Section A . Grapes B also had a 6-0 home victory over the Fox Denchworth in a match notable for some individual good scoring, for The Grapes Mick Brown, Wayne Waldron and Mick Christopher all contributed 9 dolls apiece and in response the ever consistent Steve Taylor replied with 10 dolls, but if was not enough to stop The Grapes winning the three legs with scores of 19-16,21-15, and 16-13.
In the Premier section Abingdon Utd/Con Club won 4-2 at their new home in Ock Street against Berinsfield A with contributions of 13 from both Scott Humphries and, of course, Dave Dix (at least I got to the 3rd paragraph before mentioning Dixie!)
There were plenty of other double figures recorded on the night with Ian Morrison and Colin Brind both recording 11 for Steventon Sports A against the newly established Bystander A side, Simon Reeves hitting 11 for The Hart in their 3-3 share of the spoils against Croft Nomads for who Ian Brook top scored with 10 dolls. Elsewhere Paul Ealey (Abingdon RBL), Danny Hamilton (the Vine), Stuart Wilson (Berinsfield A) all started their seasons with 10 dolls apiece.
There were a few less notable scores on the night, but on the basis it’s early days we won’t mention those who failed to know it’s good because they didn’t hear the wood! It’s early days and whilst the top scorers deserve the mentions it is the rest of you who make this game so enjoyable and frustrating in equal measures!
So 11 players out of 168 managed double figures in week 1 so 157 of us have lots of room for improvement as we approach week 2 tomorrow!