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Opening weekend of Bracknell Sunday League rains goals as Raglan lift the cup

Tony Hardy rounds up the weekends Sunday League action

Opening weekend of Bracknell Sunday League rains goals as Raglan lift the cup

The opening weekend of the new Bracknell Town & District Sunday League campaign saw an abundance of goals. Top scorers were Woodley Saints of Division 2 with 7 whilst the highest scoring game saw 9 between Berks County and Wokingham & Emmbrook TMW in Division 1 (5-4).

The traditional curtain-raiser to the season on Friday night, the Dave Scovell Memorial Trophy went pretty much to form with Premier Division Raglan defeating a spirited Silver Birch Reserves of the 3rd Division by 7-1.

All teams finishing in the top 3 of last season won their opening day Premier Division fixtures. Reigning Champions FC Fernhill impressed against newcomers Panthers by winning 6-0. Crowthorne Inn, last season’s runners-up overcame Morale Madrid by 3-2 whilst Finchampstead Athletic came away from Golden Farmer Rangers with a 4-1 win. The other fixture played in the Division saw newly promoted WAB beat fellow newcomers Athletico Forest 2-1.

The four games played in Division 1 saw no fewer than 28 goals scored. Debutants Panthers Reserves got off to a fine start with a 4-3 win away against seasoned-campaigners Winkfield. Goals by Billy Bryce, Ben Poyner, Lee Blackman and Tom McGuire gave Loveman United a 4-0 lead against promoted Bracknell Athletic who managed to pull two goals back, one a wonder strike, the game finishing 4-2 to Loveman. Two teams new to the Division in Ascot Athletic and AFC Crowthorne Reserves shared a 3-3 draw.

Raglan lift the Dave Scovell Goals Cup. Photo: Neil Graham.

Raglan lift the Dave Scovell Goals Cup. Photo: Neil Graham.

In Division 2 a hat-trick for Jamie Burnett helped last season’s Div 3 Champions Woodley Saints to an impressive 7-0 opening day win at home to Ashridge Park Royals. Newcomers Golden Farmer Reserves were left to rue a missed penalty in their 2-3 away defeat to Sandhurst FFC. Siver Birch got the better of Moore Close Manor (4-3) whilst the other game played in the Division finished in a 3-0 win for Winnersh Rangers against Bracknell Corinthians.

In Division 3 there were wins for Finchampstead Athletic A, Bearwood Wanderers, Bracknell Saint-Germain and Winnersh Town. Division 4, that saw 20 goals scored in the 3 games played, resulted in wins for AFC Crowthorne Old Boys, Bracknell Athletic Reserves and Crownwood Dukes.

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Main image: Raglan FC in the Bracknell Sunday League Goals Cup Final. Photo: Neil Graham.

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