FOOTBALL: Deadly Oakley close in on championship

Launton's Mark Scanes challenges Paul Coles during the 2-2 draw at Chalgrove

Launton's Mark Scanes challenges Paul Coles during the 2-2 draw at Chalgrove

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Oakley United opened up a nine-point lead at the top of the Oxfordshire Senior League Premier Division with a 5-1 win at home to Mansfield Road.

Kieron Schmidt and Shayne Almond claimed doubles, with Nick Gurney adding a fifth before Luis McGillycuddy’s late consolation from the penalty spot.

Strugglers Launton Sports had to settle for a 2-2 draw at Chalgrove.

Leading 2-1 with just seconds to go, it was looking good for the visitors, only for James Quainton to head a last-gasp equaliser for the ten-man hosts.

The hosts had goalkeeper Sam Eeles sent off before half-time, for bringing down Mark Scanes.

Launton twice led through Michael Fisher and Ben Dawe, but Nick Skiller and Quainton ensured the spoils were shared.

Ant Davidson’s brace helped Charlton United win 3-1 at North Oxford in Division 1.

Zac Blackman was also on target, with Leigh Paintin replying.

Ryan Iver and Rocky Whiting gave Bletc-hingdon Res a 2-1 win at Eynsham Res in Division 2.

Jon Room replied with three minutes left.

Launton Sports Res lost 4-1 dat Broughton & North Newington Res.

Liam Clark equalised for the visitors before the break, cancelling out Radek Pajeski’s goal.

But Ben Evans (2) and Andy Cullen struck after the restart to seal a comfortable win.

Premier Division Bletchingdon suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Eynsham in the semi-finals of the Ben Turner Cup.

The Division 1 side led at the break via Neil Hobday’s finish, but they were pegged back on the hour through Piers McGlynn’s penalty.

Bletchingdon wasted several great chances and Ross Lewington made them pay four minutes from time when he headed in the winner.

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