Without a doubt the top game in the Bracknell Town & District Sunday League this weekend is Crowthorne Inn (1st) against William Twigg Vets (2nd).
With only 2 points separating the two a win for either, even at this early stage of the season, could prove decisive and strengthen each teams claim for the championship. Unbeaten FC Meta (currently 3rd and 3 points adrift of Twigg) do not play this weekend and reigning Champions Finchampstead Athletic (4th) will, for sure, have a big say on what goes on at the top as they entertain Golden Farmer Rangers, who themselves will look to build upon their win last weekend against FC Fernhill. Fernhill (8th) will be desperate to get their season started following two league defeats so far as they entertain Bracknell Cavaliers (9th), two teams that enjoyed strong starts last season.
Premier Division side Intercity travel to Maidenhead to complete their Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup 1st round tie.
There’s a full fixture list scheduled for Division 1 this weekend. Top team WAB take on Sandhurst FFC whilst 2nd placed Raglan travel to play Ashridge Park. Unbeaten Loveman United (3rd) and Winkfield lock horns again this week following the two team’s epic County Cup tie last weekend and 4th placed AFC Crowthorne travel to Berkshire All Stars (6th). Results from these four fixtures could really define the battle for top spot in the division. Completing the division’s fixtures this weekend Hurricanes entertain Finchampstead Athletic Reserves who, following a successful two previous seasons, have yet to ignite their season this time around.
The stand-out fixtures in Division 2 sees 3M (5th) play an unbeaten Warfield United, 7 points clear of Athletico Ascot in 2nd who take on Newbold College (9th) who have had some good results as well as success in the County Cup last weekend.
Unusually only three fixtures have been scheduled in Divisions 3 and 4 this weekend. In Division 3 Bearwood Wanderers take on Berkshire United, Bracknell Falcons play WAB Reserves and in Division 4 Whitegrove Pythons entertain league leaders Crownwood Dukes. A win for WAB Reserves would move them into 2nd place whilst Berkshire United will look to register their first points of the season. A win for Crownwood Dukes will put clear space between them and second placed Bracknell Royals at the top of Division 4.
This week we FEATURE those teams that remain unbeaten in their respective Divisions and consider their credentials for the remainder of the League campaign.
FC Meta (Premier Division) currently lie 3rd and have established themselves as a mid-table Premier Division team finishing 5th in the 2015/16 season. Could this be the season that sees Meta finish in the top 3?
In Division 1 Loveman United are new to the League and will be frustrated to have played only 3 league games so far, winning them all. They have a number of players who have enjoyed league and cup success previously with Whitegrove. Also of Division 1 AFC Crowthorne have themselves established themselves as a mainstay of the Division, finishing 6th in the 2015/16 season and could push the current top 3 of WAB, Raglan and Loveman for at least a promotion place.
Warfield United top Division 2 by 7-points and will look to return to Division 1 having been relegated in the 2014/15 season. Since then the team has built momentum at this level finishing in 6th and then 4th last season and will be clear favourites to lift the Division 2 title.
Two new teams in Woodley Saints and Bracknell Corinthians each have 100% league records in Division 3 with Saints having played a game more. Both have made strong starts and look certain to battle it out for the title at the first attempt.
Finally, in Division 4, Crownwood Dukes, who have suffered relegation twice in the past 3 seasons and finished bottom of Division 3 in the 2015/16 season, will hope to maintain their great start by building on their lead at the top of the Division.