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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Frontline continue to improve as Britwell United inflict a first league defeat on Virginia Water


PICTURE: Frontline beat Stoke Poges 3-1 on Saturday to move up to third position in the East Berkshire League Premier Division table, now unbeaten in their last five matches


Frontline extended their unbeaten run in the East Berkshire League Premier Division to five matches after a 3-1 win against Stoke Poges on Saturday.

The team has not been beaten since falling to current league leaders Old Windsor at the end of August and their impressive run of form, three wins and two draws, has seen them climb to third position in the table.

Frontline were too good for Stoke Poges at Burnham Grammar School thanks to a Sayyid Saleh brace and a strike from Imran Kassim, the leading goals scorer in the Premier Division with 15 in eight appearances. The sole effort for Poges came from James Mountford and his team remain third from bottom in the table.

Virginia Water Reserves lost their unbeaten record in the league - a first-ever defeat for them in the East Berkshire League - when falling 2-1 at Britwell United, the victors moving up three places to fifth spot. Goals from both Michael Croker and substitute Thomas Smith made safe the three points for the home side at The Chicken Ranch. The Waters goal came from Jack Lynch in first-half stopping time.

Sandhurst Reds pulled themselves closer to mid-table thanks to a 4-1 success over Hype Train at the Memorial Park. A Callum Williams double ensured The Reds reached half time with a clear advantage but Phil Newport pulled one back for the visitors on the hour mark. Sandhurst scored again through Jamie Barratt and Toby Illingworth to secure all the points.

PICTURE: The current Premier Division table. Britwell United were big movers this week, climbing to fifth place with a win against Virginia Water Reserves who missed a chance to close the gap on leaders Old Windsor.


Division One leaders South Reading responded to a first-ever league defeat the previous weekend to thrash KS Gryf 10-2 at Whitley Wood Recreation Ground on Saturday. Louie Soares led the rout for the home team when scoring four goals, while both Jay Wiltshire and substitute Phillip John twice found a route to goal themselves. The other goals came from Thomas Soares and sub, Harrison Evans. KS Gryf were not helped by a red card shown to Iorgu Claudiu but did pull back two goals thanks to Karol Derewenko and Emmanuel Adjei.

FC Baylis United were another side to regain the winning thread when victorious 4-1 at Eton Wick. Ibrahim Sajid was the star on show for the visitors to Haywards Mead thanks to his hat-trick, with Iddi Abdalla also hitting the back of the net in the opening 10 minutes. Adam Richards scored the consolation effort for Eton Wick on the hour mark but, his side slip to eighth position in the league table.

Old Windsor Reserves have leapfrogged AFC Reading into third place following their high-scoring 6-3 success at Berkshire County Sports Club. A Sean Blandford brace plus a goal from Stuart Moggeridge helped the Os to a clear advantage at the break, with Shane Qoloni hitting the back of the net twice in five minutes in the second period. Both Ian Addae and Josh Hester were amongst the goals scorers for Reading.

Sandhurst Royals have dropped to fifth position in the table after suffering a second successive defeat, this time going down 4-3 at Reading Tigers. The Royals were actually leading at the break but pegged back and overtaken in the second half at Calcot Recreation Ground. Jack Bojda scored either side of half time for The Tigers, who can also thank Kasper Sek and David Jarzebowski for the win, the duo scoring within a minute of one another in the second half. The Sandhurst goals came from Louis Cote, Thomas Nower and Scott Shakran.

Cressex climbed into mid-table following a 4-2 win against Real Saracens, the losing team remaining second from bottom in the league table. Adam Wyatt was the chief destroyer for the home team thanks to his hat-trick at Holmers Farm Recreation Ground, with Thomas Leggett also hitting the back of the net. The Saracens efforts were from Sajid Majid and Adam Qurban.

Berks Elite are now unbeaten in five matches in all competitions after a 4-0 success over Stoke Poges Reserves at Bells Hill Recreation Ground, moving the winners up to ninth position in the table. The visitors can also boast four different goals scorers - Massewu Asiamah, Nigel Johnson, Pablo Salter and substitute Bismark Osei.

There is a full programme in the Premier Division this Saturday (2pm kick offs) including a mouthwatering clash between leaders Old Windsor and fourth-placed Virginia Water Reserves at the Old Windsor Recreation Ground. The Waters make the journey currently six points behind The Os but having played two games fewer than their hosts.

There is a George Pitcher Memorial Ground derby match as Chalvey Sports Reserves are at ‘home’ to Pundit - both sides use the same venue, whilst Singh Sabha return to league action with a visit from Sandhurst Reds.

There is just two matches in Division One this Saturday; high-flying Sandhurst Royals and FC Baylis United meet at the Memorial Park while Stoke Poges Reserves head to KS Gryf.


Saturday 21 October

Premier Division

Stoke Poges v Britwell United

Southcote v Prestwood Reserves

Singh Sabha v Sandhurst Reds

Old Windsor v Virginia Water Reserves

Hype Train v Frontline

Chalvey Sports Reserves v Pundit

No Game: East Reading Berks & Bucks FA David Grange Junior Trophy Second Round

Eton Wick v Allied Community Elite

Harchester Hawks v South Reading

Marcham v AFC Reading

Berks Elite v Hagbourne United

Reading Tigers v FC Riverside

Real Saracens v AFC Cressex

Division One

Sandhurst Royals v FC Baylis United

KS Gryf v Stoke Poges Reserves

No Game: South ReadingOld Windsor Reserves

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