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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Hype Train steam into winners' enclosure with high-scoring win over in-form Frontline


PICTURE: Hype Train recovered from consecutive defeats to beat Frontline 7-5 in the East Berkshire League Premier Division on Saturday. Photo: Sam Austin


Hype Train steamed back onto the right tracks in the East Berkshire League Premier Division after a high-scoring 7-5 win against Frontline on Saturday.

The Train had threatened to be derailed after a couple of heavy defeats in recent weeks however, the team are back in the winners’ station and in doing so end Frontline’s five-match unbeaten run in the league.

Phil Newport was the star on show for the home side after finding the back of the net three times at Calcot Recreation Ground. Chris Marshall scored either side of the break with further goals from both Ciaran Carolan and Jeffrey Larryea.

The win moves Hype Train up one place to seventh position in the Premier Division table, now nine points above the relegation places, whilst Frontline remain in third spot but now eight points behind the leaders.

Old Windsor maintained their five-point lead at the top of the table following a narrow 1-0 success over Virginia Water Reserves. A goal in the first half from Shane Qoloni was the difference between the two teams at the Old Windsor Recreation Ground. The Waters drop one place to fifth in the division.

Singh Sabha put behind them exit from county cup competition last weekend to thrash Sandhurst Reds 8-1 at the Singh Sabha Slough Sports Centre and keep the pressure on at the top of the table. The game was over before the break thanks to a first-half hat-trick from Mubarak Bashir, two goals from Pritpal Raju and one from Hassan Mahmood. Both Bashir and Mahmood added to their personal tallies after the break. The consolation effort for Sandhurst came through Jamie Barratt but his team are still looking for a first away league win this season, taking a single point from a possible 10.

Britwell United are improving week on week and made it three wins on the bounce with a 2-0 victory at Stoke Poges, the losing side remain in the bottom three. Britwell are now up to fourth position in the table.

Pundit returned to league action for the first time in four weeks and beat Chalvey Sports Reserves 3-0 in the George Pitcher Memorial Ground derby match. Thaon Richardson bagged a brace with Glen Mugo also finding the back of the net as Pundit moved up into the top half of the division. Chalvey stand in 10th place and four points above the relegation spots.

PICTURE: Old Windsor clash with Southcote in the Showcase Match at the Racecourse Ground in Ascot this Friday night. Pre-order your match day tickets and programmes now - https://tktp.as/EKQHCR


There was just a single match in Division One on Saturday and Sandhurst Royals fired themselves back into the race for the title with a 4-2 win against FC Baylis United at the Memorial Park. The three points mean Royals move back into the promotion spots in third place and now four points behind the leaders, South Reading. For Baylis, it was a missed opportunity to head to the top of the table and they remain in second spot.

The East Berkshire League will have four representatives in the Third Round of the Berks & Bucks F.A. David Grainge Junior Trophy including Division One leaders South Reading after they thrashed Harchester Hawks 9-1.

Reading Tigers will also be in the hat for the next round following their 5-1 win against FC Riverside in the all-East Berkshire League clash, whilst both Berks Elite and Real Saracens progressed with walkover wins.

AFC Reading are out of the competition after a 4-1 loss at Marcham. Eton Wick also miss out on round three following a defeat on penalties to Allied Community Elite, going down 5-3 in the shoot-out following a 1-1 draw at Haywards Mead.

There are four matches in the Premier Division this Saturday featuring a high-class clash between Frontline and Pundit at Burnham Grammar School. The home team will be bidding to regain the winning thread after the defeat to Hype Train last weekend while three points for Pundit could see them break into the top three.

Hype Train could also move into the top three if they can secure a win against Singh Sabha, the visitors to Calcot Recreation Ground might bridge the gap on Old Windsor to just two points should they take all three points back to Slough.

Again, there is just a single match in Division One and another chance for FC Baylis United to move to the top of the table should they win at AFC Reading. The hosts will move into the promotion places if they can bag a victory.

The Slough Town Premier Cup competition continues with two more ties in the First Round; Virginia Water Reserves host FC Beaconsfield from Hellenic League Division Two East and an all-EBFL tie between Sandhurst Reds and Chalvey Sports Reserves.

The Presidents Cup competition begins with fives ties in the First Round headlined with a clash between the high-flying South Reading and Sandhurst Royals, first and third in Division One. Elsewhere, KS Gryf host Old Windsor Reserves and Reading Tigers, Semi Finalists last season, travel to Eton Wick.


Saturday 28 October

Slough Town Premier Cup First Round

Virginia Water Reserves v FC Beaconsfield

Sandhurst Reds v Chalvey Sports Reserves

Premier Division

Old Windsor v Southcote (Showcase Match, Friday 27 October, 8pm)

Frontline v Pundit

Britwell United v Stoke Poges

East Reading v Prestwood Reserves

Hype Train v Singh Sabha Presidents Cup First Round

Eton Wick v Reading Tigers

Stoke Poges Saints Reserves v Cressex

Real Saracens v FC Riverside

South Reading v Sandhurst Royals

KS Gryf v Old Windsor Reserves

Division One

AFC Reading v FC Baylis United


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