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Sour end to Trophy trail for Oak Apple
11:20am Tuesday 15th January 2013 in Sport
GDL Athletic caused a major upset in the Worcester and District League Southam Trophy with a 1-0 win at Oak Apple.
Languishing near the bottom of Sunday Division Three, GDL held little hope of success as they travelled to runaway Division Two leaders Oak Apple.
However, Luke Hemming gave them an early lead then a magnificent defensive performance saw them into the quarter-finals.
Their opponents will be Claines, who won 2-0 at Nunnery Wood with Helio Menses bagging a brace.
Also through are Malvern Victoria, who won an 11-goal thriller 6-5 at Anchor Falcons with Dave Jones grabbing an injury-time winner.
In the Bernard Finnegan Cup, Droitwich Spa Eagles Reserves hammered Westside Wanderers 7-1 with Simon Jones and Andy Harvey both bagging a brace.
Malvern Radar increased their lead at the top of Sunday Division One with a 6-2 win over Kempsey as Lee Hooper hit a hat-trick.
In Division Two, Phil Jenkins and Nathan Grogan both scored twice as Worcester Saints beat Northside 4-2, while a single strike from Luke Bailey gave Worcester Lynx victory at Hornets.
Simon Smith was on target twice for Whitehall Albion who lost 5-3 at home to VBL Sports in Division Three.
Fourth Division leaders Brewers Athletic suffered a shock 3-0 defeat at CSSC whose goals came from Tom Groves, Luke Dowdeswell and Alex Jukes.
Worcester City Wanderers drew 1-1 with Powick Reserves, Bradley Smith on target for Wanderers, Stuart Harvey replying for Powick.
In Division Five, Josh Homans cracked a treble and Lewis Baker a double as Garibaldi thumped Leigh & Bransford Badgers 7-1. Alan Robinson notched both goals in Five Fathers’ 2-1 victory over GDL Athletic Reserves.
The race for the Saturday Division One title is hotting up with four teams in contention.
Reigning champions Powick moved to the top with a 5-4 success at Worcester Raiders thanks to Lee Barmby netting four of their goals. Anthony Smith and Homans both bagged two for Raiders.
Previous leaders Arrow 2000 went down 7-2 at Hallow, Jamie Insall (3) and Chris Kelly (2) their hosts’ main scorers, while Newtown Sports drew 2-2 with The Red Lion.
Ollie Garfield and Steve Jaye were on the scoresheet for Newtown and Scott Mackellar grabbed both Red Lion goals.
Division Two leaders Sylla were sunk 6-3 by Worcester Anchors. Simon Hill scored twice for Anchors as did Darren Palmer for Sylla.
West Malvern won 4-2 at Foregate, Adam Jones notching a double for the West.