For others, the Christmas break will be a time to reflect, regroup and pull together in advance of the run-in to the season when we resume. Eversley & California, Caversham United and Fleet Town remain winless. Caversham and Fleet, who's only point came against Eastleigh Reserves and is therefore now expunged, are the only teams without a point.
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Results 17th December
Oxford City 2-6 Ascot United
The Hoops, fresh from last week's victory over Woodley United, stunned the league leaders by taking the lead after just over a minute through Emily Harris. However, Ascot played their way back in and, once they finally found their range, were practically unstoppable. Sarah Leonard scored twice and could easily have had a hat-trick or more if not for an excellent goalkeeping display from Oxford's Holly Jenkins. Amelia Kimble, Philippa Holden, Tiff Skinner and Alix Todd added the other Ascot goals. There was a late consolation from Amelia Alves-Martins for Oxford. You can read the match report from the Ascot United website or check out the BotP Match Blog.
Swindon Supermarine 0-13 Warminster Town
Wiltshire County Cup holders Warminster Town took form control of this game despite being up against one of last season's semi-finalists. Swindon were blown away by a series of goal blasts in short, sharp intervals. Poppy Wannell scored twice in just over a minute early on. Mia Blazey then added two more inside four minutes around the half way mark of the first half. Poppy Wannell then completed her hat-trick just before the half-hour. Mia Blazey also hit her hat-trick before the break with Imogen Jones adding a seventh. Early in the second period Maddy Brown made it eight before Louise Heitt and Sophie Woodward (her first for the club) clocked up double figures. It was then left to Mia Blazey to strike her fourth and Poppy Wannell to get her fourth and fifth within a minute towards the end.
Division One North
Long Crendon 4-1 Beaconsfield Town
Goals from Brooke Burns, Sarah Harrison, Emma Leith and Tara Woodward ensured that Long Crendon remained top of the pile going into the Christmas break. All of Crendon's goals came in the first half, putting the game to bed before the break. Hannah Hester grabbed a consolation for The Rams but it was too little too late as they slipped to their tenth defeat of the season.
Milton United 2-0 Penn & Tylers Green
Four league wins on the bounce came to an end for a bare-bones Penn side at Milton Heights. Goals from Natalie Evans and Jessica Simons were enough to earn the three points. United made it four wins for the season and, although still down in eighth place, have four or five games in hand on those above them. A good run could put them right back in contention.
Wycombe Wanderers u23 3-2 Kidlington
Early divisional leaders Kidlington slipped to fifth after this defeat added to the loss of three points from their early season victory over Eversley, which appears to have been reversed. Alice Musgrove and Ammara Qureshi were both on the score sheet for the Chairgirls in the first half. Mia Parkin added the third just before the hour mark. The good news for Kidlington was that top scorer Courtney Sumner was back amongst the goals, bagging both to take her season total to 15.
Southampton Women's FC 0-0 (3-1p) AFC Stoneham
A Purps side down to the bare 11 after injuries and illness, took on higher ranked opposition and almost pulled off the result of the season. Even after bowing out on penalties, Stoneham can hold their heads high after keeping out The Sirens for 90 minutes. Stoneham's focus will now turn to trying to regain the top spot they lost after the records of Selsey and Eastleigh were expunged this week.
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