Hooky will move to Banbury if they are promoted this year

HOOK Norton will have a new home next season if they achieve their ambition of promotion to the Hellenic League Premier Division.

They will ground-share with Banbury United who have the necessary floodlights needed for the higher division.

The agreement also means that Banbury United Reserves and Hooky Reserves would both play their home games at The Bourne in Hook Norton. It is expected to stay in place until Hooky have carried out the improvements needed to their ground.

Mike Barlow, Hooky vice-chairman, said: "This is a sensible and enlightened move to create the best of opportunities for players of all ages as well as both clubs. We are delighted to join with Banbury United in this exciting new venture."

The dream for Hooky gets closer to reality after they despatched nearest rivals Pewsey Vale 2-1 on Saturday and followed it up with a 2-0 win in a local derby with Easington Sports.

It puts them five points clear of Ross Town with two games in hand and six clear of Pewsey who were also beaten by Ross on Monday.

Hooky started well against Pewsey but found themselves 1-0 down after 14 minutes to a Paul Hay header. They were back in it after 26 minutes when a free-kick from inspirational skipper Karlton Stratford was met by Arron Parkinson, whose deflected header went in.

Andrew Lester hit what proved to be the winner after 37 minutes when running on to a header from Russell Wilkins.

Greg Shawyer got the ball rolling against Easington after a flick-on from Stratford after 16 minutes. The visitors had to wait until the last minute to seal the win when Parkinson struck home a penalty.

"They were two superb results," said Hooky manager Dave Risato. "Pewsey were a tough and experienced side but they never really came at us in the second half and I found that a bit surprising.

"Easington only played with one man up front and as we have only let in 17 goals this season they never looked like breaking us down.

"It is now ours to throw away but we still have nine games left and just need to keep things going by playing well and it should happen." Hooky's next test is at home to Kidlington.

Easington Sports manager Matty Wiggins was close to throwing in the towel after his side lost on Saturday.

They went down 1-0 to strugglers Malmesbury Victoria before the defeat to Hooky but Wiggins thought the performances could not have been more different.

"On Saturday they were absolutely awful and I was embarrassed. I was going to resign, it was that bad.

We had ten clear cut chances and missed them all. However, on Monday I was proud of them, they battled well and we had plenty of good crosses without carving out a decent chance.

"It is so frustrating. We can play well against the big boys but when we play the lower teams the players just don't try so hard."

Sports face Chipping Norton Town on Saturday at Salterbrush Road and then it is Ardley United next Thursday.