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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Bradley Birchmore helps Old Windsor to a magnificent seven heaven and Showcase Match win

PICTURE: The Old Windsor team which beat Southcote 7-1 in the EBFL Premier Division Showcase Match at the Racecourse Ground at Ascot. PHOTOS: Gary House Photography.

Old Windsor produced a magnificent performance to thrash Southcote 7-1 in the Showcase Match at The Racecourse Ground and increase their lead at the top of the East Berkshire League Premier Division to eight points last Friday night.

The Os have been the dominant force in the Premier Division since the start to the season, winning eight of their 10 league matches, and based on the evidence of the Showcase event it will take a great team to stop them from winning a first title since 2020.

Old Windsor secured the three points early in the game with Southcote when Chris Tierney, Adam McNamara and Matt Stockill all scored inside the first 12 minutes. Bradley Birchmore also hit the back of the net before the break and then scored twice in the second period to complete his hat-trick. Joseph Allen also contributing to a magnificent seven.

The Southcote consolation goal came from Eric Macharia, but his side remain mid-table and now 19 points behind Old Windsor albeit having played four fewer matches.

VIDEO: Old Windsor manager Darren Wareham reacts to the 7-1 win against Southcote in the EBFL Showcase Match at The Racecourse Ground in Ascot.

Singh Sabha are doing their best to keep some pressure on the league leaders and remain in second place in the table after a narrow 4-3 win at Hype Train, who are outside the top-half on goal difference only.

Goals from Conrad Joseph and Pritpal Raju gave Sabha a narrow lead heading into the break at Calcot Recreation Ground, with Emmanuel Boateng on target for The Train. The visitors secured the points in the second half thanks to efforts from Hassan Mahmood and substitute Navsher Samra. Hype Train went down narrowly with Phil Newport and Ciaran Carolan leading their charge.

PICTURE: Old Windsor celebrate one of their seven goals in the victory over Southcote in the Showcase Match at The Racecourse Ground in Ascot. PHOTOS: Gary House Photography.

Frontline put a surprise defeat the previous weekend behind them to regain the winning thread, thrashing Pundit 9-0 at Burnham Grammar School. Imran Kassin was the chief destroyer with his four goals whist Sameer Khan bagged a brace. There were further efforts from Brian Trujillo, Zabi Vakili and substitute Ahmed Salah. Pundit were not helped by a red card shown to Rafid Ul-Haq and have slipped into a mid-table position – Frontline remain in third place

PICTURE: Old Windsor (black and red) take on Southcote (blue) in the Showcase Match at the Racecourse Ground.

Britwell United extended their fine winning streak in the Premier Division to four matches after a 4-1 victory over Stoke Poges to climb to fourth position in the table. Michael Croker scored twice in the success at The Chicken Ranch with both Joshua Kurton and Alfie Jago also hitting the back of the net. The Poges consolation came via George Flynn and his side remain second from bottom.

There was just a single match in Division One on Saturday and the result saw FC Baylis United move to the top of the table thanks to a narrow 2-1 success at AFC Reading – the losing side remaining in fifth place and two points outside of the promotion spots. The hosts took the lead at Berkshire County Sports Club through JT Malone inside seven minutes but, goals either side of the break from Usman Javid saw a crucial three points head back to Slough.

The Slough Town Premier Cup Competition continued on Saturday with both Virginia Water Reserves and Sandhurst Reds winning through to the Quarter Finals.

PICTURE: Old Windsor (black and red) take on Southcote (blue) in the Showcase Match at the Racecourse Ground.

Virginia Water thrashed higher league opposition in FC Beaconsfield from Hellenic Division Two East 4-0 at The Timbers thanks to goals from Jamie Watson, Luke Van Spall, Brandon Sewell and Declan Flemming. The reward for The Waters is a trip to the Britwell first team – competing in the same division as FC Beaconsfield – in the last eight on Saturday 9th December.

Sandhurst are into the last eight following a narrow 3-2 success over East Berkshire League rivals Chalvey Sports Reserves at the Memorial Park. Alex Goodwin scored twice for the home side with Callum Williams providing the winning strike. Jason Marney scored two for Chalvey. The Reds will now travel to Singh Sabha for a place in the Semi Finals on Saturday 9th December.

Saturday 11 November

Berks & Bucks F.A. Charles Twelftree Trophy Third Round

Burghfield v Old Windsor

Padbury Village v Pundit

Surrey F.A. County Cup Competition Second Round

Ripley Village v Virginia Water Reserves

Premier Division

Britwell United v Chalvey Sports

Frontline v Sandhurst Reds

Singh Sabha v Southcote

East Reading v Stoke Poges

Presidents Cup First Round

Stoke Poges Reserves v AFC Cressex

Division One

Berks Elite v FC Riverside

KS Gryf v Eton Wick

FC Baylis United v Real Saracens

Sandhurst Royals v AFC Reading

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