Play-off advantage handed to St David's

THE final set of Cotswold League ‘A’ team qualifying fixtures saw St David’s finish in the top play-off spot.

Saints, wearing a new kit courtesy of top Swiss team Winterthur United, went ahead against Mickleton through Cameron Davis after a slick move involving Chloe Whitworth and Dominic Monroe.

Both defences were resolute until a rare lapse gifted a second goal to Anna Wookey.

Saints appeared to have lost their way against determined Blockley who went ahead against the run of play through Jacob Siviter. But a fine pass by Whitworth broke open the tight Blues defence, allowing Monroe to equalise.

Saints struggled to get past defender Imogen Chown and keeper Will Green until Wookey bagged a last-gasp winner.

Siviter had one more chance for Blockley but Lucy Gould made a crucial stop in goal.

Mickleton finished their evening with a 2-1 win over Blockley after Alexia Doughty opened the scoring from a Daniel Weston pass. A series of free hits allowed Siviter to level but Devon Cook proved the difference when he tucked home a cross by Weston.

Earlier in the evening, each team played Chipping Campden School who showed they had recovered from the previous week’s setbacks.

Chipping Campden managed the desired three wins with two goals by Matthew Davis beating Blockley 2-0.

Matthew Elliott’s longrange attempt was glanced off the stick of Toby Ellis to put them 1-0 up against Mickleton.

Cook levelled and a draw looked likely until William Marks and Sadie Scott took advantage of rare openings to make it 3-1.

The usual tough match was expected against St David’s but Chipping Campden took their chances through Marks, Jamie Main and Davis in quick succession.

Daniel Gee made it 4-0 but Saints never gave up, deserving their consolation goal through Monroe.

Today, the girls’ competition gets under way when Willersey, Shipston and holders St James meet at Chipping Campden School.

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