Southam United put NINE past Garsington to secure Oxfordshire Senior League Presidents Cup progress
A SECOND-half onslaught by Southam United saw them comfortably through to the next round of the Oxfordshire Senior League Presidents Cup with a 9-1 victory over Garsington at a cold and blustery Bobby Hancocks Park on Saturday, writes David Hucker.
The Saints had won 5-0 in a Premier Division encounter earlier in the season and Jay Lawes set them on their way here with a 12th-minute strike, but it took two good saves from Saints ‘keeper Alex Skidmore to keep them in the match, the first on 20 minutes low to his right to stop Callum Lucas’ shot from the edge of the box and the second ten minutes later.
Southam could have doubled their lead in the 36th when Ricky Barby and Lawes combined well, but the latter’s shot was smothered by Garsington’s goalkeeper George Baker.
It was the visitors who scored next, however, with Dan Chalmers levelling the tie in the 37th minute, but the Saints restored their lead on the stroke of half-time when Ricky Barby’s corner found captain Simon Barby, who headed home.
Adam Neale increased the lead in the 49th minute and then the goals rained in on Garsington.
Five minutes later Lawes set up Ryan Harris who tapped in before Brad Dolton put the ball into his own net in the 56th to make it 5-1.
Player of the match Lawes got a second on the hour mark and then substitute Daniel Long fed Ricky Barby from just inside the box and his shot carried perfectly into the top corner.
With ten minutes remaining, Long’s shot on goal was stopped, but not held, by Baker and Ricky Barby was on hand for another tap-in.
Garsington’s misery was compounded by a second own goal near the end.
This was Saints’ biggest win since beating Risborough Rangers Reserves 9-0 at home on 1st February 2020.
Richard Kay’s men will be looking to carry this form into their next Oxfordshire Senior League match on Saturday, when they are at home to local rivals Cropredy (2pm kick-off).