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FOOTBALL: Launton keep their cool to stay top
11:00am Thursday 29th August 2013 in Sport
Launton Sports stayed top of the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division with a 4-0 rout of Oxford University Press in a game marred by an incident which left the home side’s Denny Bishop with bite marks on a shoulder.
It surrounded the dismissal of OUP’s Marlon James.
The flashpoint came after 75 minutes of the match at Launton, which the hosts won 4-0.
Launton were already three goals ahead, when James reacted strongly to a tackle from Bishop.
“It was a hard challenge, but a fair one,” said Launton boss Danny Clifford.
“I heard that the bloke was sorry for what he had done, but he needs to apologise to us.
“I don’t want to create a fuss about it, but something needs to be done about it.”
League press officer Brian Kirk confirmed an incident had taken place.
He said: “There was a clash after a rough tackle from behind and one of the players has lashed out while they were still on the floor.
“I believe the player was very remorseful and apologised to the other player and the referee after the match.
“Obviously the matter is with the OFA (Oxfordshire Football Association) now and if there is any further action to be taken they will be the ones to do that.”
A spokesperson for the OFA said they are still waiting for a report of the incident before making any comment.
No-one at OUP was available for comment.
Ben Dawe scored twice for Launton, with Nick Allsworth and Jack Meeks completing their tally.
Third-placed Oakley United came from behind to beat Bletchingdon 2-1 and maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.
It was Bletchingdon who struck first after Oakley failed to effectively clear their lines, finding Adam Wells lurking on the edge of the box to slot home.
But the hosts dominated the second half and pulled themselves level almost immediately after the restart.
Jay Hill side-footed in from eight yards, before Paul Brown completed the comeback with a coolly-taken penalty.