PICTURE: Old Windsor goals scorer Harry Farnan celebrates after netting The Os' third in the 3-2 win against Singh Sabha in the Showcase Match at Stag Meadow, Windsor on Friday night. PHOTO: Gary House.
Old Windsor improved their chances of regaining the Premier Division title this season with a 3-2 win against Singh Sabha in a Showcase Match at Stag Meadow, Windsor on Friday night.
The Os won the crown back in 2020 but could only finish third behind current champions Singh Sabha and Britwell, who fought out a pulsating finish, last season.
The team has had to play catch up in this campaign as success in various Cup competitions (including winning a first-ever Slough Town Cup) caused havoc to their league fixtures.
But, an impressive string of six consecutive wins since has launched them back into title contention, possibly ending Singh Sabha’s hopes of retaining the silverware.
Old Windsor are now a point behind current leaders Britwell, with the advantage of a game in hand, and with the two sides still to meet later this season.
A goal from Louis Maggs gave the Os the lead in the Showcase event but the two sides went into the break level as Harry Laflin equalised for Sabha. Two goals within three minutes in the second period proved decisive with both James Walton and Harry Farnan finding the back of the net. The champions pulled one back through Mubarak Bashir but could not force an equaliser in the final 20 minutes and fell to defeat in the second leg of the three-match trilogy between the two sides.
PICTURE: Old Windsor star James Walton celebrates putting his side 2-1 ahead in the Showcase Match against Singh Sabha at Stag Meadow on Friday night. PHOTO: Gary House.
The improving Hype Train extended their unbeaten run in the league to four matches with a 4-3 victory at KS Gryf to climb into the top half in the table for the first time this season. A third straight defeat for Gryf sees them drop one place to fourth. The visitors had a clear advantage at the break thanks to goals from Leon Mannion and Phil Newport, before Newport and substitute Paul Hatfield struck after half-time to secure the points.
Old Windsor Reserves have bridged the gap on runaway Division One leaders, Harts Of Bracknell, to seven points following a 2-1 success over Braywood Beavers. The Os trailed at the break until goals from both Daniel O’Brien and substitute Laith Balckacem kept their title hunt on the right track.
Southcote are now in a clear third position after goals from both Connor Paxford and Rocco Sofroniou ensured a 2-0 win at Frontline Reserves, who remain in sixth place.
Chalvey Sports A lost ground in the race for the final promotion spot after being held to a 1-1 draw at Sandhurst Town, Liam Ollive netting for the home side.
Britwell and Winkfield Reserves will contest the inaugural Challenge Cup final after winning through in the semi finals on Saturday. Britwell edged out Premier Division rivals, Iver Heath, 1-0 and Winkfield beat Stoke Poges 2-0, both semi finals played at Eton Wick.
The final will be played at Burnham FC this Saturday (5pm KO) after the Presidents Cup final between Hype Train and Cressex at the same venue (2pm KO).
To enter the East Berkshire Football League ahead of the 2022/23 season, or for further information about the league, or an entry form for the upcoming season, please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org