FOOTBALL: Kingshill Sports come through top-of-the-table battle
Updated 8:54pm Thursday 30th January 2014 in Sport
KINGSHILL SPORTS chiselled out a 3-2 victory in the top-of-the-table clash against Siddington Sports Veterans, a game marred by an ugly challenge and a sending-off in the closing stages.
Both sides were protecting unbeaten records in this M4 Karting Cirencester League Two encounter and it proved predictably hard-fought.
Both sides started positively and Dan Fragnoli put Kingshill ahead with a shot from the edge of the box which appeared to be misjudged by the home keeper in the strong wind.
Siddington were positive in attack and equalised when Jon Reeves' quickly-taken direct free kick caught the Kingshill defence and their keeper napping.
Kingshill went ahead at the start of the second half with a second goal from Fragnoli, but Andy Lack equalised following up Declan King`s saved penalty.
However, Kingshill gained the ascendancy with a neat piece of skill and control from Fragnoli to complete his hat-trick.
Siddington pushed strongly for an equaliser in the last 20 minutes and frustrations boiled over with King being dismissed for a bad challenge resulting in a second yellow.
Fortunately, the stricken player was not as badly injured as was feared after being taken to a hospital.
In Division One, leaders and title favourites CHQ Utd suffered a setback when they were held to a 1-1 draw by visitors Bibury Reserves, a result that gives the chasing pack of Poulton, South Cerney and Bibury Res themselves, a bit more hope.
Matt Edington's goal for CHQ was cancelled out by a header from Charlie Ingham following a free-kick.
Poulton are the nearest challengers and their 3-1 victory at Lechlade lifted them to within four points of the leaders – but with a game in hand. Rob Paget and Steve Andrews with a brace were on target for Poulton, with Liam Moore getting Lechlade's goal.
As expected, South Cerney overcame Stratton Utd and won 3-0 with goals from Mark Loxton, Rob Mant and Adam Keslake, a result which keeps them in third spot.
The Beeches won a close encounter at Sherston 1-0 thanks to a goal from Jody Lawrence, and Oaksey game back from a two-goal deficit to beat visitors Real Fairford 3-2. Louis Cusack and Alistair Mayo had put Real Fairford ahead, but they had to play the last hour with 10 men after an injury forced one of their players off and they had no subs to call upon. Oaksey took advantage, and won the game with goals in the second half from Mark Lane, Sam Hamsworth and Jake Pinnell.
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