Step 6 Review: Chalvey Sports win Berkshire derby

Rob Davies review of the weekends step 6 action
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Chalvey Sports came from two goals down to take all the points in a Berkshire derby with Woodley United at Arbour Park. Woodley were ahead after just 7 minutes when a Danny Blantchford free kick was brought down by defender Joe Sissons whose driven shot was deflected in by a Chalvey defender.

The Kestrels doubled their lead on 14 minutes when a blocked shot fell into the path of Freddie Barron who rolled the ball to Sam Guze for an easy tap in. Woodley had a number of chances to extend their lead but were left to rue missed opportunities when the Stabmonks halved the deficit as skipper Richard Jeffrey headed in a cross 8 minutes before half time.

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Just before the break the scores were level when Oscar Betts fired a sweet strike into the top corner for 2-2. Two minutes after the half time Chalvey took the lead when Jason Marney capitalised on defensive mistake and put a controlled shot into the bottom corner. In the last 15 minutes Woodley piled on the pressure but to no avail as the host held on to take all 3 points.

Wallingford Town suffered their fourth defeat of the season when as they lost away at promotion hopefuls Marlow United. The hosts took the lead just before the break through Ramel Sutherland, but it took until deep into injury time at the end of the game for them to secure the points when Qwam Thomas intercepted a clearance to score.

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Eversley go overseas

In the Combined Counties Division One Eversley & California made the overseas trip to the Channel Islands to face the league leaders Jersey Bulls. The hosts had won all seven of their previous league games, but it was the Boars who went in front on 12 minutes when George Marsh headed in after a Ross McKernan effort came back off the post.

George Marsh rises highest. Photo: George Milam.

The hosts did not panic and were level again on 20 minutes. Eversley looked to have made it to half time all square until Jersey were awarded a penalty on 45 minutes which they dispatched. In the second half the league leaders showed their class and added another three goals without response to leave the final score 5-1.

Sandhurst Town lost ground on the league leaders but maintained their second place in the table after a hard-fought draw at Bedfont & Feltham. The game was one of few opportunities with neither goalkeeper being overly tested but the Fizzers will be reasonably happy to take a point against a side that finished above them in the table last season. The final score was 0-0.

County Cup

Away from league action they were a set of fixtures in the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy. Holyport welcomed Step 7 opposition to Summerleaze Village in the form of Thames Valley Premier Division side Wraysbury. Port made the perfect start as Andy Forisky put them 1-0 up inside the opening minute.

The scores stayed that way until half time, but in the second half it was the visitors who game out firing and they equalised with a great volley. The game changed on a substitution as Fabian Driffill came on with 75 minutes on the clock and scored with his first touch. The striker went on to complete a 15 minute hat-trick to send Holyport into the next round with a 4-1 win.

Conner Holland. Photo: Graham Tabor.

Wokingham & Emmbrook travelled to Stoke Poges to face Thames Valley Division One side Slough Heating Laurencians. Joshua Harris gave the visitors a one goal lead at the break, making no mistake after being played in by Conner Holland. In the second half Holland got on the scoresheet himself following good work from Ellis Day and Elliot Rushforth, and Day rounded out the scoring late with a long-range effort to give the Sumas a 3-0 win.

In the final Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy fixture of the day there was an upset as Thames Valley Premier League Premier Division side Burghfield knocked out AFC Aldermaston. The Atomics did record a goal through Monay Mills-Chandler but it was not enough as Burghfield ran out 3-1 winners and progressed to the next round.

Combined Counties League Division One

Bedfont & Feltham 0-0 Sandhurst Town
Jersey Bulls 5-1 Eversley & California

Hellenic League Division One East

Chalvey Sports 3-2 Woodley United
Marlow United 2-0 Wallingford Town

Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy

Burghfield 3-1 AFC Aldermaston
Holyport 4-1 Wraysbury
Slough Heating Laurencians 0-3 Wokingham & Emmbrook

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