Following a sustained period of horrific weather conditions, during which only a handful of games have been played since January, and amidst much uncertainty around the Covid-19 situation, football finally returned to the Bracknell Sunday League today.
We start in the League Cup where AFC Dukes earned their place in the Junior Cup Final following their resounding 8-0 win against Bracknell Saint Germain in todays semi-final tie. Dukes will meet Bearwood Wanderers in the final who defeated close Division 2 rivals William Twigg 2-0 in the first semi-final played last weekend. Loveman United are the first team through to this seasons Senior Cup Final, beating Sandhurst FFC 4-2 in today’s semi-final tie. Sandhurst were finalists in last seasons Junior Cup, but it is Loveman who will play the winners of the second semi-final between FC Fernhill and Morale Madrid, to be played on Sunday 5th April.
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In the Premier Division, Bracknell Rangers kept their title assault alive and kicking with an impressive 4-3 win away at Crowthorne Inn, who occupied 2nd position at the start of the day. Rangers goal scorers were Lenny Musgrove (2), George Lock and George Lovell. FC Fernhill stay top following their walk-over win against Panthers, 6 points clear of Bracknell Rangers in 2nd though Rangers have two games in hand. Crowthorne Inn slipped into 3rd place.
In Division 1 Athletico Forest moved up 3 places to 5th following their 4-1 defeat of Wokingham & Emmbrook TMW. The fixture between the 2 teams at the foot of the table, Bracknell Athletic and Woodley United, finished all-square at 4-4.
Its advantage Bearwood Wanderers at the top of Division 2 following their 4-0 win away at Bracknell Cavaliers. William Twigg maintained their unbeaten record with a 4-0 win against Winnersh Rangers, who stay 3rd. The gap between the two at the top remains 5 points though Twigg have 3 games in hand over Wanderers. Ashridge Park Royals, in 4th, closed to within 2 points of Winnersh following their 2-0 win against Newbold.
There was no change at the top of Division 3. AFC Dukes remain top, 5 points clear of Ashridge Park. The two teams in 3rd and 4th, Winnersh town and Silver Birch, battled out a 1-1 draw.
The top two in Division 4 both won. Bracknell Cavaliers Reserves beat Bracknell Athletic U21’s by 5-0 whilst FC Showcase beat Finchampstead Athletic A 6-0. Both teams have 28 points though Cavaliers have a goal difference of +11 better and have played a game more. Fourth placed Bracknell Royals strengthened their resolve to win the title with an impressive 2-1 win against 3rd placed Harts of Bracknell Royals, who’s goals were scored by Cryst Enriquez and Tyler Purdey. Royals sit just 4 points behind the leaders with 3 games in hand.