Weekend: Crunch tie for Bracknell Town, Berks County face league leaders




Potentially a huge weekend in the Hellenic Premier Division title race with a crunch tie for Bracknell Town while Berks County have a tough home encounter with league leaders Marlow United.

Here’s all the forthcoming weekend action..

Uhlsport Hellenic Premier Division

Fixtures: Highworth Town vs Bracknell Town; Tuffley Rovers vs Binfield.

We are into the final stretch in the Hellenic Premier Division and we’re quietly confident it’s down to a two horse race after Thame United’s flumoxing of Flackwell Heath on Tuesday night.

Bracknell Town are in pole position with a game in hand in second place, but that game is on Saturday when they make the trip to fifth place Highworth Town for what is one of eight crucial league encounters.

Mark Tallentire’s side will be without Joe Grant while we’d expect Carl Davies to miss the game given his wedding takes place on Friday.

TJ Bohane and Lewis Leonetti. Photo: Neil Graham.
TJ Bohane and Lewis Leonetti. Photo: Neil Graham.
Binfield are also on the road, they head down to Gloucestershire to face Tuffley Rovers who sadly no longer change in a railway carriage.

Tuffley and Bracknell narrowly avoided the drop last season and the Rovers have been much more impressive this time round.

See the latest Hellenic Premier Division standings here

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division 1 East

Fixtures:  Finchampstead vs Rayners Lane; Didcot Town Reserves vs AFC Aldermaston; Sandhurst Town vs Woodley United; Wokingham & Emmbrook vs Holyport

The big game at the weekend in the first division is easily the derby between Sandhurst Town and Woodley United at Bottom Meadow.

United are still well in the division’s promotion race even if their title ambitions are a little out of reach, but cup commitments mean they’ve got at least three games in hand on the teams around them.

Harry Oakley (left) and Charlie Oakley (right). Photo: Mark Pugh.
Harry Oakley (left) and Charlie Oakley (right). Photo: Mark Pugh.
Sandhurst on the other hand are firmly established in a mid-table battle but were beaten 4-2 last time out by Finchampstead.

We had hoped to have another round of OakleyVOakley for this one, but both Charlie and Harry are nursing injuries.

Talking of Finch, Jon Laugharne’s side are muscling in on the title race and can put pressure on second placed Headington Amateur’s with a win at home to Rayners Lane.

There’s a decent local tie for Wokingham & Emmbrook who are at Lowther Road against Holyport and AFC Aldermaston hop across the border to Didcot Town Reserves.

See the latest Hellenic Division 1 East standings here

Thames Valley Premier League

Fixtures:  Berks County vs Marlow United; Harchester Hawks vs Berks County Reserves; Berks County Rovers vs AFC Corinthians ‘A’

A big game for Berks County in the offing as they host current league leaders Marlow United at Bracknell Sport Centre (ko 2pm).

Tony Langton overhead kick for Berks County FC. Photo: Mark Pugh.
Tony Langton overhead kick for Berks County FC. Photo: Mark Pugh.
The Swords suffered a heavy defeat at Cookham Dean last weekend and will need to bounce back.

No such worries for Berks County Reserves as they visit third placed Harchester Hawks (ko 2pm) in Division 3 while the clubs Rovers side host AFC Corinthians ‘A’ (ko 2pm) in Division 4.

See the latest Thames Valley Premier League standings here

Suburban Football League

Fixtures:  Binfield Reserves vs Leatherhead; Bracknell Town vs London Colney

Binfield Reserves will head into their home tie with Leatherhead as favourites and with an opportunity to move in to the top five.

Leatherhead are second bottom in the division having won three games all season.

In the Central Division there’s a home tie for Bracknell Town who host leaders London Colney at Larges Lane.

See the latest Suburban League standings here

Sunday: Ladies football – 2pm ko’s

Fixtures:  Ascot United vs Winchester City Flyes Reserves; Bracknell Town vs Newbury; Bracknell Town vs London Colney; Sandhurst Town vs Wargrave Reserves; Woodley United vs New Milton Town

It’s 8th vs 9th in the Southern Region Women’s League Premier Division when Bracknell Town Ladies host Newbury at Larges Lane.

Bottom of the table Robins are yet to get a point on the board, but a win over Newbury but be a timely boost for Bracknell.

In the first division it’s top against bottom as Ascot United make the trip to Winchester City Flyers Reserves.

Ascot United Ladies Lucy Holzman-Clarke. Photo: @AscotLadiesFC
Ascot United Ladies Lucy Holzman-Clarke. Photo: @AscotLadiesFC
United have the divisions two highest scorers in Amy Woollard and Lucy Holzman-Clarke and you’d expect the Yellawomen to have to much for their hosts while Woodley United can do their Berkshire neighbours a favour by beating third placed New Milton Town.

In the Thames Valley Counties Women’s League Division 2 South it’s a home game for Sandhurst Town as they welcome Wargrave Reserves to Bottom Meadow.

All matches at 3pm unless otherwise stated. If in doubt please check with host clubs before travelling.

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