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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Five-star South Reading storm into the Berks & Bucks F.A. David Grange Junior Trophy Final this season

PICTURE: South Reading have stormed into the Berks & Bucks F.A. David Grange Junior Trophy Final this season after a 5-0 win against Marsh Gibbon in the Semi Finals on Saturday.

South Reading have reached the Berks & Bucks F.A. David Grange Junior Trophy Final this season - in their first-ever campaign as members of the East Berkshire Football League.

The West Reading team is enjoying an incredible debut season and still remain in all cup competitions as well as challenging for the Division One title and promotion into the top flight.

The side faced a tough Semi Finals tie away to Marsh Gibbon from the North Bucks & District League. The hosts are competing for the Intermediate division title this year and eliminated E.B.F.L members, Berks Elite, from the county cup competition at the Quarter Finals stage in mid-December.

South Reading proved far too good however, and a five star performance saw them into the Junior Trophy Final as well as extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 matches, dating back to 7th October. Jay Wiltshire scored twice in the success, with further goals from Darnell Fisher, Louie Soares and substitute Jordace Holder-Spooner.

South Reading will take on AFC Carpathians in the David Grange Junior Trophy Final on Saturday 9th March at Beaconsfield Town F.C with a 1.30pm kick off.

PICTURE: South Reading take on current Division One leaders, Sandhurst Royals in a Showcase Match at The Racecourse Ground in Ascot this Saturday (7.30pm kick off). You can pre-order tickets for the game here:

Singh Sabha became the first team this season to reach the Semi Finals in the Ascot & Fielden District Charity Cup competition after a hard-fought 5-3 win at Stoke Poges. The home side beat Sabha in a League meeting at the start of the campaign and twice took the lead in the Quarter Finals tie at Bells Hill Recreation Ground with goals from Ewan Hammond and Tai Maddox. Sabha were beaten finalists in the competition last year and are determined to go one better this time around, and turned the tie around to emerge victorious

There was just a single game in the Premier Division last weekend and the result was Virginia Water Reserves winning 3-0 at Sandhurst Reds. The players to hit the back of the net were Rashid Christian-Fares, Samuel Coles and Brandon Sewell.

For The Waters, it is their eighth clean sheet in all competitions this season and sees them move up one place to fourth position in the table. Sandhurst saw their three-match winning streak come to an end and remain in the relegation zone but, The Reds should not lose heart now only three points from safety having been adrift from the rest of the division at the Winter Break.

Sandhurst Royals prepared for their upcoming Showcase Match event with a high-scoring 8-3 success at Berks Elite, moving into a clear three points lead at the top of the table in Division One. Harry Winkley was the chief destroyer for The Royals with a hat-trick, while both Louis Cote and Thomas Nower found a route to goal twice each. Emmanuel Cudjoe rounded off a great day for the visitors. Berks Elite have games in hand on all the rest of the teams in the division and will still have realistic ambitions of a top-half finish. Their goals came from Nigel Johnson and substitute Fahad Abdul.

Old Windsor Reserves are hot on the heels of the leaders and kept the pressure on thanks to a 3-1 victory over Real Saracens at George Pitcher Memorial Ground in Burnham. All of the goals came in the first period with Adam Allen-Turner, Sean Blandford and Jake Bartlett netting for The Os,  who have now won in all 10 of their previous league matches. Real Saracens remain in the bottom three and six points adrift from the rest of the division.

PICTURE: AFC Reading drew 2-2 at home to AFC Cressex on Saturday to remain in sixth place in the league table and six points behind the promotion spots.

AFC Cressex missed the chance to close the gap on the top three after being held to a 2-2 draw by AFC Reading at the Berkshire County Sports Club. The Cressex goals arrived either side of the break from Joseph Goodey and substitute Andre Labuschagne. Cressex remain in fourth position and now three points behind the promotion places with, Reading, although down in sixth spot, only two points further back.

KS Gryf ended a run of three straight defeats to beat bottom side FC Riverside 3-1 at The Polish Association and bridge the gap on the top half of the table to five points. There was three different goals scorers for the victors; Oskar Luniewski, Marius Stancescu and Emmanuel Adjei. The consolation effort for Riverside fell to Andrei Ciuca.

Eton Wick were another team to bring to an end a run of defeats themselves avoiding a hat-trick of losses by winning 2-0 at Reading Tigers. The deadlock was broken inside two minutes through Orren Oliver with Anthony McGuigan bagging the second on the hour mark at Calcot Recreation Ground. The Tigers are now on give game losing run and have dropped into the bottom four in the standings.

Saturday 24 February

Slough Town Premier Cup Semi Finals

Singh Sabha v Virginia Water Reserves

Old Windsor v Taplow United

Premier Division

Pundit v Sandhurst Reds

Britwell United v Frontline

Southcote v Stoke Poges

Division One

Stoke Poges Reserves v Eton Wick

FC Riverside v Old Windsor Reserves

Berks Elite v Cressex

KS Gryf v AFC Reading

Reading Tigers v FC Baylis United

South Reading v Sandhurst Royals

(Showcase Match at Ascot United F.C., 7.30pm kick off)

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