ARDLEY United and Bicester Town will face off for a place in the final of the Uhlsport Hellenic League’s Supplementary Cup this weekend.
Leam Howards’s hat-trick helped visitors Ardley beat Chalfont Wasps 5-1, while their tenants Bicester advanced with a 2-1 home win over Penn & Tylers Green.
They now vie for a place in the final against either Tuffley Rovers or Fairford Town.
Against Chalfont, Ardley raced into a 4-0 lead at half-time, before Howards wrapped up his hat-trick.
Manager Paul Davis was delighted with the performance.
He said: “We took the game to Chalfont and we really were that good. At half time we were thinking the game is done and that we just need to be professional and see the game through.
“The second half was never going to live up to the first.
“I told the lads that not very often will you be able to go out for a second half and just enjoy your football, but to be fair to Chalfont they did come out and have a go.
“In all honesty, we could have had more, but credit to our front line, they’re all firing and hopefully now we can get to this cup final.”
Ardley were 2-0 up inside five minutes when Howards curled home and Carl Tappin scored.
The visitors had to wait until the 34th minute to add to their tally, but after Howards raced down the left, the frontman squared to Matt Cruse to fire home.
It was 4-0 moments later as Howards latched on to a Troy Bryan pass and rounded goalkeeper Dan Little before slotting into the net.
The duo combined again just before the break, but Howards was denied by the offside flag.
Chalfont improved and cut the deficit when Kieron Webb got in behind the defence and smashed the ball into the bottom corner.
Ardley, though, responded and on 69 minutes, Howards completed his hat-trick, pouncing on a loose ball to slot home.
Ardley: Farrow, Cray, Tappin, Meade, Jackson, Cox, Cruse, Benjamin, Howards, Guerrero (Eyles 57), Bryan (Lewars 46). Unused subs: Ross, Bennion.
Danny Bone and Ricardo Benjamin fired a depleted Bicester side to a 2-1 victory over Penn & Tylers Green.
Despite being hit by injuries, the Foxhunters created more opportunities and Benjamin was fouled by Adam Parsons in the penalty area on 12 minutes.
Captain Bone drove home low and hard from 12 yards to give Bicester the lead.
Penn responded well and their long-ball tactics bore fruit on 52 minutes when Dean Munday fired low into the net.
The momentum was with the visitors, but a triple substitution with 18 minutes to go seemed to benefit Bicester.
And moments later, Murray Nicholls found Benjamin who slotted home from an acute angle.
Bicester saw out the last 15 minutes comfortably as they booked a last-four tie against Ardley.