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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Dylan Harbridge bags a hat-trick at Old Windsor F.C. romp past East Reading on Bank Holiday Weekend

Updated: Aug 30, 2023


PICTURE: The Old Windsor first and reserve teams during the Old Windsor F.C. Club Day on Saturday.


Old Windsor sent out a message to their East Berkshire League Premier Division rivals when thumping newcomers East Reading 8-1 on Saturday.

The Os produced a five-star performance to thrash newly promoted Sandhurst Reds on the opening night of the new season in midweek, and then raised their game again to steamroll the visitors to the Recreation Ground.

Dylan Harbridge stole the plaudits late on by coming off the substitutes bench to score a hat-trick inside the final 13 minutes of the match but, at that point his teammates had already put East Reading to the sword.

The hosts had a three-goal lead at the break thanks to efforts from Luke Van Spall, Chris Tierney and substitute Ronnie Young. Old Windsor continued to put East Reading to the sword in the second period when Harbridge bagged his treble as well as a goal from fellow substitute, Mark Beale. And goals in time added on from both James Walton and Joseph Allen put the icing on the cake for the league leaders.

Chalvey Sports were taught a tough lesson in defeat at Frontline on the opening night of the season but have learned fast following their 3-2 success at Stoke Poges. The goals scorers for the victors were Jamie Dobson, John Swift and substitute Lewis Travers. Stoke were promoted as champions of Division One last season and will take some positives from their return to the top flight, both Ross McGarvie and Chance Meyer-White finding a route to goal at Bells Hill Recreation Ground.

Goals either side of the break from Hasan Mahmood were not enough for Singh Sabha to avoid defeat at newcomers Virginia Water Reserves, the hosts emerging 4-2 winners in the EBFL debut at The Timbers.

Hype Train emerged victorious in the first Showcase Match of the season when a convincing performance saw them beat Prestwood Reserves 4-1 at the 1878 Stadium in Burnham on Bank Holiday Monday. Goals from Joe Sawyer and Phil Newport saw The Train steam into a clear lead inside the opening 15 minutes. Prestwood pulled one back via Conor Kipping, but their opponents took a two-goal lead into half time when Mitchell Saunders hit the back of the net. Hype Train made sure of all three points when Padraig Gorman scored a fourth goal just before the hour mark.

PICTURE: Reading Tigers thrashed FC Riverside 13-1 with star man Jakub Jarzebowski scoring five times in Division One on Saturday. PHOTO: Robert Austin (Hype Train F.C.)


Reading Tigers produced a contender for the biggest win of the season when roaring past FC Riverside 13-1 in Division One. The damage was done by Jakub Jarzebowski and Dawid Jarzebowski who netted nine of the 13 goals between them. Jakub scored five times including a hat-trick in the final 30 minutes of the match. Dawid was on fire right from the start, completing a treble inside the first 18 minutes before adding a fourth to his personal tally in the second period. The other four goals came from Jacek Bojda, Daniel Amponsah, Oskar Jaroslaw Sieg and substitute Tomasz Maciuk.

Newcomers South Reading made it two from two after a 5-1 success against AFC Reading. The star on show was Reece Buckett who bagged a hat-trick for the home team, whilst Louie Soares netted twice. The response from the visitors came via Thomas Preece on the half hour mark.

KS Gryf are bidding for an immediate return to the Premier Division following their relegation last season and brushed aside debutants Real Saracens in a 6-1 win at the Polish Association.

Fellow newcomers Sandhurst Royals scored four times in the second half without reply to beat Berks Elite 4-0. The goals came from Ben Bond, Owen Elliott, Kyle Matthews and Brett Shakran.

The 2022 Presidents Cup winners, FC Baylis United, return to action with a win, beating new side Stoke Poges Reserves 3-1 in the earlier kick off at Bells Hill Recreation Ground. Both Oluwadamilola Famakin and Ismael Ishaq found a route to goal for Baylis in the first half, whilst Haris Farooq secured the points with a third effort at the interval. Pardeep Khanke was on target for The Poges.

The action comes thick and fast with a third round of fixtures in the opening week of the season tomorrow (Wednesday) evening. The pick of the action in the Premier Division sees Old Windsor host Frontline at the Old Windsor Recreation Ground, both teams heading into the match with a perfect winning record thus far.

In Division One, free scoring Reading Tigers have an all-Reading derby match at AFC Reading while Eton Wick start their campaign with a visit to Haywards Mead from KS Gryf.


Wednesday 30th August

Kick Off must be no later than 6.10pm, unless stated

Premier Division

Southcote v East Reading

Old Windsor v Frontline

Singh Sabha v Chalvey Sports (7pm)

Stoke Poges v Pundit

Division One

AFC Reading v Reading Tigers

Eton Wick v KS Gryf

South Reading v FC Riverside

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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