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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Brandon Sewell double sees Virginia Water Reserves beat Pundit and remain unbeaten this season


PICTURE: Virginia Water Reserves remained unbeaten in the East Berkshire League Premier Division this season after a 2-1 win against Pundit at The Timbers on Saturday.


Virginia Water Reserves has the only remaining unbeaten record in the East Berkshire League Premier Division after a 2-1 win against Pundit on Saturday.

The result maintains The Waters’ impressive start to life in the EBFL and moves them up to second position in the table, whilst it was a first defeat of the year for Pundit who fall to sixth place.

Brandon Sewell was the star man for the home team as his goals either side of the break secured all three points, whilst an Adam Durrant effort ensured the scores were level heading into half time at The Timbers.

Frontline are no strangers to a high-scoring victory and they scored six goals for the third time already this season in a 6-2 hammering of Stoke Poges at Bells Hill Recreation Ground. Sayyid Saleh bagged a brace, with further goals from Imran Kassim, Luqman Kassim, Sameer Khan and substitute Zabi Vakili. Imran Kassim is the leading goals scorer in the Premier Division with an impressive 13 strikes in just six matches, and his goals have helped Frontline to third position in the table. Both George Flynn and Tai Maddox hit the back of the net for Stoke who stand in 10th place.

Singh Sabha put back-to-back defeats behind them to beat Southcote 6-4 in a thrilling match between two title contenders at Hugh Faringdon School. Paras Gill will take top plaudits for his hat-trick, scoring twice in the first half and once in the second, with Mubarak Bashir, Hassan Mahmood and Jovan Bains all netting inside the final 20 minutes for Sabha to repel Southcote’s charge. Jayden Sunderland scored twice for the home team, with Joe Partridge and Rocco Sofroniou both also finding a route to goal.

The win means Singh Sabha leapfrog Southcote into fourth position in the table and now five points behind leaders Old Windsor, who were not in action last weekend, but having played a game less. Southcote are a further point behind in fifth place.

Hype Train main their mid-table respectability after a 4-3 success against Britwell United at Calcot Recreation Ground. Goals from Mitchell Saunders and Joe Sawyer gave The Train a narrow lead at the interval, with Phil Newport and Saunders hitting the back of the net in the second half to edge out their visitors and take all three points. Britwell are still in search of a first league win this season but can take some positives from the game, Steffen Bennett netted a brace with Matthew Brown also on target.

Prestwood Reserves gained revenge on Sandhurst Reds for a heavy defeat the previous weekend when thrashing the same opposition 6-0. Jake Bradshaw led the onslaught with his four goals haul, whilst both Noah Johnson and Mark Pearson also scored as Prestwood gained a first-ever league win in the EBFL.

South Reading maintained their unbeaten start to life in Division One thanks to a 3-0 victory over second-from-bottom Real Saracens with Jordan Sawyer, Harrison Evans and Phillip John all on the scoresheet at Whitley Wood Recreation Ground.

The newcomers are now three points clear of the chasing pack in the table after second-placed FC Baylis United fell to a 3-2 defeat away to Berks Elite. A goal from Usman Javid was not enough for Baylis to taste defeat for the first time this season. It was a second win on the bounce for Berks Elite and sees them climb to eighth position in the table. Goals from Pablo Salter and Joe-David Okito kept them level with the visitors to the Aldermaston Recreational Society before substitute Sullivan Zelaya bagged the winning goal five minutes into time added on.

Sandhurst Royals are the only team in the East Berkshire League to still boast a perfect winning record following their 4-2 success at KS Gryf, meaning Royals stand third in the table and four points behind South Reading but having played two fewer matches at this still early stage. There were goals from Toby Gennery and Yuri Lerman plus a brace by substitute George Wilson. Both Ionut Moraru and sub, Lillea Marius hit the net for Gryf, who slip down to fifth place in the table.

Old Windsor Reserves almost doubled their goals tally for the season so far when crushing Stoke Poges Reserves 8-1 at the Recreation Ground. Joe Webster began the onslaught with two goals in the first half before both Sean Blandford and substitute Sam Thomson hit late doubles of their own. There were also goals for Rashid Christian-Fares and Nathan Mclean as The Os roared into sixth position. To be fair to Stoke, five of the Old Windsor goals were scored in the final 25 minutes of the game but, they will have to do better to improve upon their current 11th place standing in the table.

Eton Wick leapfrogged Reading Tigers and moved into the top half of the table thanks to a 3-1 win at Haywards Mead. Goals from Orren Oliver, Nathan Horder and Abu Anwar made sure of all three points for the home side, whilst Oskar Jaroslaw Sieg scored in the first half for The Tigers who fall to 10th position.

AFC Cressex bagged their first win of the season in impressive fashion when thrashing bottom side FC Riverside 10-1. Bucari Djalo with the consolation effort for the hosts.

To enter the East Berkshire Football League ahead of the 2024/25 season, or for further information about the league, or an entry form for the upcoming season, please email the team at contactebfl@gmail.com




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