The first Cotswold Foorball League 'A' Team qualifying pools was almost completed tonight. St Jeb are still in pole position, but could be overtaken on goal difference if St Catharines can win their postponed match against Blockley. At the other end of the table Bourton on the Water, Mickleton and Blockley are in a tight struggle to earn fourth place and avoid the early play offs, all dependent on the postponed games.
The day opened with a friendly between St James and CCS, the latter winning 2-0 with goals from Malachy Jones and Alex Adams. St James went on to play a goal less draw with Mickleton. Mickleton then suffered a 0-4 defeat to CCS who are still on a 100% record with their season probably over. Only the appearance of a new team at this late stage will see them playing another match. Edward Irwin, Oliver Solomon (twice) and Adams were the scorers.
Mickleton were also beaten by St Davids. Thomas Chamberlain, and Liam Honour (twice) put Saints ahead. Sam Meddins-Fawden netted a late consolation for Mickleton as they lost 3-1. Saints goalkeeper Ellis Muckle deserves a lot of credit for keeping out shots which would have evaded most of the other keepers. St Davids did taste defeat at the hands of St Catharines on another 3-1 scoreline. Matt Hitchings did put them ahead early on, only for Felix Lindner (twice) and Oli Whitehouse to force the win. Recovering quickly, St Davids defeated Bourton on the Water 4-0. Hitchings took advantage of a missed clearance with a cracking shot to the roof of the net. Chamberlain, Winnie Brazil and Hitchings again completed the scoring. The result would have been even worse for Bourton had Cameron Gilson not kept out so many shots from Hitchings and Honour.
The best matches of the night were two draws involving Mickleton. They went down to a well taken early goal by Bourton's Lauren Jefferies, but earned a point when Meddins-Fawden slammed the ball home. Against St Catharines, Mickleton went down to a mishit shot by Felix Lindner which looped high over the keeper. Jackson Wohjan-Parker soon equalised, then put Mickleton ahead with a low, hard shot from a long range free hit. The best goal of the night made it 2-2 in the final minutes. Lindner won the ball in defence and flicked a backhand pass through a couple of defenders to Edward Smith whose dribbling run and perfect shot were admired by all the small crowd.
CCS 4-0 Mickleton
St James 0-0 Mickleton
St Catharines 3-1 St Davids
Bourton on the Water 1-1 Mickleton
St Catharines 2-2 Mickleton
Bourton on the Water 0-4 St Davids
St Davids 3-1 Mickleton