Oving & District Villages Cup Final
Oakley United 2 Stewkley 0 (att 200) at Oving FC
The Oving Villages Cup has a long history, formed in 1889 for village clubs within 12 miles of Oving, and with an Easter Monday final that's a traditional part of the local sporting calender.
Oving Recreation Ground is the first Aylesbury and District League venue I've been to, although I assume crowds for Oving FC home games are rather less than the 200 or so who watched Oxfordshire Senior League side Oakley against North Bucks and Disrict League Stewkley.
On form this should have been a comfortable win for Oakley. In then end it was, but it took a late second goal, a fantastic piece of skill, to make the game safe. Oakley had gone ahead in the first half, but overall the game was disappointingly scrappy.
At 1-0 down there was always a chance that Stewkley might equalise, but for all their efforts they rarely got close. Oakley may not have been at their best, but they always had enough to win the game, and regain the trophy they also won last year.
Oving Recreation Ground is a decent village sports ground. The pitch was roped off for this match, with seats laid out to provide uncovered "dugouts" for both sides. Refreshments were available from a pavilion on the corner. The pavilion has an overhanging roof which, if needed, might have provided some cover for a very small proportion of the crowd.