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HELLENIC LEAGUE: It's a first for New College as they win in October
NEW College got their first-ever Hellenic League victory in the month of October after coming from behind to defeat Hook Norton 3-1.
Goals from Lee Toomey, Jack Payne and Dave Kinuthia propelled the students up to ninth in the Division One West table and took their run to three unbeaten in all competitions.
College boss Rob Hopkins said: “Our stats man Al Swatridge (keeper and captain) says this is the first time we've won a game in the Hellenic in October, so we're quite happy with that.
“He's into his stats and he had obviously done a bit of research, and outside of the cups it was our first league win in October according to Statto Swatridge.
“He's New College's John Motson.”
Hook took the lead in the opening minutes when they broke swiftly from a corner and Jason Tillcock converted.
However, College hit back strongly and John Rees pulled back from the by-line for Toomey to slot home.
Moments later a cross-cum-shot free kick from Payne was left by both defender and goalkeeper and the ball dropped in at the far post.
Kinuthia added the third in the closing moments of the second period following good work from Rees and Max Slinn.
Hopkins continued: “They were quite complimentary at the end of the game and had we won it by a little bit more it wouldn't have been flattering.
“If I was going to be hyper-critical I was disappointed not to score more goals but to win and score three away from home I'm quite happy with.
“Apart from the first 10 minutes we were the better side all through the game.
“The 20 minutes after we conceded was probably the best we've played all season,we scored two great goals and could have had two or three more.
“They put us under pressure at the start of the second half and we hit them on the break and could have had a couple more then as well.”
Elsewhere, Fairford's title hopes suffered a blow as they were sunk 3-0 at home by Shortwood reserves.
Joe Rymell gave the visitors an early lead and Sean Lawson and Ed Parsloe struck inside the last 10 minutes of the second period.
Malmesbury were on their way to a sixth consecutive defeat when they were saved by the weather late on.
Gareth Davies' men were 2-0 down to Lydney at the Flying Monk but with just 18 minutes left the match was abandoned due to a torrential downpour.
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