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  • Writer's pictureRob Stevens

Stoke Poges hit Berks Elite for six and reach the Slough Town Junior Cup Semi Finals

PICTURE: Stoke Poges will represent the East Berkshire League in the Semi Finals of the Slough Town Junior Cup this season after a 6-1 win against Berks Elite in the last eight on Saturday.

Stoke Poges have transferred their remarkable league form into Cup competition football to reach the Semi Finals in the Slough Town Junior Cup on Saturday.

Poges have so far been unstoppable in Division One this season, winning all seven of their league matches, and the team thrashed Berks Elite 6-1 in the Quarter Finals of the Slough Town Cup at Prospect School in Reading.

Sam Manton scored twice in the success with further goals from Alfie Barker, Chance Mayer-White, Ryan Manton and Robbie Ensby. The Berks Elite goal came in the first period through Patrick Sopata.

There will be a new name on the Junior Cup this season after current holders, Frontline Reserves, exited the competition on Saturday. Frontline hosted Wraysbury Development at Burnham Grammar School where the lead twice switched hands in a 2-2 draw, before the visitors won 4-1 on penalties.

The Quarter Finals tie between Reading City Development and SB Phoenix Reserves was postponed on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch.

FC Deportivo Gailicia Reserves were beaten in the final last season but are already safely through to the Semi Finals this time around following their 4-1 win at FC Baylis before Christmas.

Just three matches managed to beat the wet weather in the East Berkshire League and the result to all three had a huge bearing in the current table standings.

PICTURE: The current Premier Division table with defending champions, Britwell, four points clear at the top after an 8-1 win against KS Gyf at the Chicken Ranch on Saturday.

Britwell are the defending champions in the Premier Division and moved four points clear in the race for the title in 2023 with an 8-1 win against KS Gryf - the match moved to the Chicken Ranch because of a waterlogged pitch at the Polish Club.

Connor Moore was the star of the show for the leaders with a hat-trick and Daniel Malloy came of the substitute bench to score twice. There were further goals from Harry Farnan, Ben White and Joseph Zemaitis.

Farnan made the move from Old Windsor to Britwell in the summer and is now the leading goals scorer in the division with 14 goals in 12 appearances, one clear of his teammate Malloy. In third place is Kingsley Etefia of Iver Heath with 11 goals in seven appearances.

Sandhurst Town wrestled back top spot in Division One following their 10-0 thrashing of bottom side, Reading Tigers. There was a hat-trick from Liam Ollive, two for Callum Williams, with Jamie Barrett, Jack Kelly and Kyle Ollive all also finding the back of the net. Both Luke Pearson and Jack Davies came off the substitute bench to hit the target in the success.

The win equals the biggest win in the East Berkshire League so far this season, a 10-0 success was also achieved by Stoke Poges against Berks Elite back in November.

Eton Wick put consecutive defeats behind them to win 3-2 at FC Baylis and climb two places to third position in the table, the losing side staying in sixth place. The Wick earned three valuable points with goals from Harvey Muddyman, Lewis Potter and substitute Adam Richards.

Kyle Ollive of Sandhurst Town is currently well clear in the race for the Golden Boot award in Division One having scored 16 goals in 12 appearances. Sam Manton of Stoke Poges is in second place with 11 strikes in 9 games. Third position is currently shared between Ben Hardy of AFC Reading and Alexis Lyle of Eton Wick, both with nine goals in seven and nine appearances respectively.

PICTURE: Sandhurst Town regained top spot in Division One after a 10-0 win against Reading Tigers on Saturday - equalling the biggest win in the East Berkshire League so far this season.

There is two huge Cup competition matches to look forward to this Saturday, Chalvey Sports Reserves host Iver Heath in the last eight of the Slough Town Senior Cup, and Southcote welcome Taplow United in the Quarter Finals of the Maidenhead Norfolkian Senior Cup.

There is action at the top and bottom of the Premier Division as leaders Britwell go to rivals and third-in-the-table, Old Windsor whilst Surrey Rangers can move off the bottom with a win at home to KS Gryf.

The pick of a full set of fixtures in Division One sees Eton Wick welcome Cressex to Haywards Mead with both sides looking to close the gap on the two runaway leaders.

Saturday 21st January

Slough Town Senior Cup Quarter Finals (1.30pm)

Chalvey Sports Reserves v Iver Heath

Maidenhead Norfolkian Senior Cup Quarter Finals (1.30pm)

Southcote v Taplow United

Premier Division (2pm)

Old Windsor v Britwell

Surrey Rangers v KS Gryf

No Game: Frontline

Division One (2pm)

Stoke Poges v FC Baylis

Eton Wick v Cressex

Braywood Beavers v Berks Elite

Frontline Reserves v Old Windsor Reserves

AFC Reading v Reading Tigers

No Game: Sandhurst Town

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