Fresh from winning the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup Loveman United returned to the white-hot heat of league action with a huge table-topper against fellow-challengers AFC Crowthorne Stiffs last Tuesday night. Goals by Lee Blackman and Alfie Sparrow secured a 2-0 win for Loveman in a game described as “having it all!”
Elsewhere, on the same night, Berks County completed their league campaign in fine fashion, beating Bracknell Athletic 5-0, finishing strongly and unbeaten in their last 11 games (10 wins and a draw).
Wins for both County and Loveman and Berks County means that County remain top by just one point but have a much better goal difference that Loveman in 2nd.
The title will be settled next Sunday when Loveman take on Wokingham & Emmbrook TMW where a win will confirm Loveman as Champions though any less than the win will confirm County as Champions. AFC Crowthorne Stiffs will look to finish their season strongly that has seen them pick up just one point from their last two games. Confirmed as 3rd placed team they play Bracknell Athletic next Sunday.
In the two games played today (Sunday) Woodley Saints cemented their 2nd placed finish in Division 2 with a resounding 5-1 win against Winnersh Rangers. League Junior Cup Finalists Saints complete their league programme next weekend with an away fixture against bottom team 3M. Elsewhere, Bracknell Cavaliers confirmed themselves runners-up in Division 3 with a 3-1 win against Bracknell Saint Germain.
Next weekend sees the final two Premier Division games of the season played between Crowthorne Inn and FC Fernhill whilst Morale Madrid will entertain Finchampstead Athletic. Fourth-placed Morale Madrid, 3 points behind Crowthorne Inn in 2nd, will have to beat Finch and turn around an 8 goal difference on Inn, assuming Inn are beaten by Fernhill, to finish as runners-up. Morale realistically threw away the chance of finishing runners-up, one feels, by failing to play their fixture against Fernhill a week ago.
Division 3 Champions and recent winners of the County Junior Trophy Bearwood Wanderers complete their league programme next weekend with a home fixture against Bracknell Saint Germain.
Last Tuesday also saw the last of the 4 sem-finalists settled as Silver Birch 1st of Division 4 beat Silver Birch A of Division 3 by 2-0. The two semi-finals, to be played next Sunday, are:
Crownwood Dukes v Silver Birch 1st
Moore Close Manor v FC Harmanswater