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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Imran Kassim bags a hat-trick as Frontline derail Hype Train and go top of the Premier Division

PICTURE: Frontline returned to the top of the East Berkshire League Premier Division on Saturday after a 6-1 win against Hype Train at Burnham Grammar School. PHOTO: Gary House Photography

The wet weather somewhat curtailed the return of the East Berkshire League from the Winter Break on Saturday but it did little to dampen spirits at Frontline after a win saw them return to the top of the Premier Division.

Frontline welcomed Hype Train to Burnham Grammar School seeking to learn their lesson after a high-scoring defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and knowing that all three points would put them back in pole position in the race for the title.

Imran Kassim was the star pupil as his hat-trick saw them derail The Train 6-1. There was also goals from Luqman Kassim, Hassan Monir and substitute Sayyid Salah. A Phil Newport goal, his 16th of the season, was the only consolation Hype Train could take back to Reading. The losing side remain in seventh position in the table and two points above the relegation zone.

The success moves Frontline back to the top of the Premier Division table and two points ahead of Britwell United in second position. Frontline are also four points clear of Singh Sabha in fourth place ahead of their crunch meeting at George Pitcher Memorial Ground this Saturday.

There was little change in the order at the top of Division One but a potential swing in momentum after leaders FC Baylis United were held to a 2-2 draw at FC Riverside - the hosts registering their first point of the season. Goals from Eduard Lupu and Petru Nichitoi secured an historic point for Riverside at Palmer Park. Both Rahim Akhtar and Ibrahim Sajid found the back of the net for the visitors.

Baylis United then saw their lead at the top cut to just three points after second-placed South Reading won 4-0 against Cressex, who drop to fourth position, in a match rescheduled to play in West Berkshire. Louie Soares scored twice in the victory with further goals from Reece Buckett and Jay Wiltshire. South Reading were reduced to 10-men in the game when Shane Cooper-Clark saw red.

Old Windsor Reserves moved into the top three after a convincing 5-0 victory over Reading Tigers, who remain in eighth place. Sam Thomson scored twice in the first half with Sean Blandford also hitting the back of the net for The Tigers before the break. Goals from both substitute Shane Qoloni and Rory Campbell put the icing on the cake for the home side.

In the only other match to beat the weather last weekend, Eton Wick beat Real Saracens 6-3 in a high-scoring content that was rescheduled to Haywards Mead. Both Orren Oliver and Nathan Horder scored twice for The Wick, with added goals from Xavier Shaefer and Mike Bevan. It was a much-needed success for Eton Wick, ending a run of six straight defeats in all competitions, and moves them up one place to ninth in the table. Real Saracens remain second from bottom.

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