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Premier Division

Thatcham Town 4 Tuffley Rovers 1 (away view)
For the second successive Saturday, Tuffley Rovers pressed one of the title challengers all the way, but gained no reward for their efforts, eventually succumbing to an undeserved 4-1 defeat.
Thatcham Town had come into the game with promotion secured, but with their sights very much on the Premier Division title, and started the game full of the sort of attacking intent that had seen them score 195 goals in their previous 59 fixtures during the 2017/18 season. Ekow Elliott was immediately to the fore, causing emergency left-back Brett James a number of problems, and after the Rovers man was cautioned for a foul, the Thatcham man delivered a delightful free-kick which Shane Cooper-Clark headed home after just two minutes.
Before the ten minute mark, Ash Bird scored his second of the season, winning an aerial challenge with the hosts keeper Rackley, before poking the loose ball home, with the referee waving away appeals for a free-kick. After Joel White had conceded a penalty, Cooper-Clark needed two attempts to score, with Dave Evans making an excellent stop from the initial spot-kick, only to see the ball cannon back into the Thatcham man’s path, an opportunity he wouldn’t waste.
2-1 was how it stayed for some time, until deep into the second-half, with Pritchett’s men giving a great account of themselves, led by their Player/Manager’s performance in a centre-forward role, but they were eventually undone when they conceded a second spot-kick with eight minutes remaining. James’ foul on Junior Brown saw him dismissed, following a second caution, and Cooper-Clark presented with a chance to complete his hat-trick, which he didn’t waste.
When Ross Cook’s shot was heavily deflected past Evans, moments later, the scoreline took on a rather harsh perspective, as Rovers’ efforts went unrewarded and Thatcham moved one step closer to the league title.

Woodley United 0 Ascot United 1 (away view)
Ascot signed off their league campaign with a 1-0 win at Woodley United on Saturday courtesy of Jonny Denton’s debateable first half penalty. The result capped a stunning end of season recovery from the Neil Richards’ side, who lost just one of their final seven games, keeping five clean sheets along the way.

Woodley had more to play for against an Ascot side whose safety was confirmed during the previous week. Four wins from four was an absolute must to keep Woodley’s slim survival hopes alive, although they faced a resurgent Ascot side with five wins from their prior six outings. Added to that, the home side had won just once in eighteen outings – albeit two days earlier - so they had at least the taste of victory lingering in their mouths.

Surely with one eye on Monday evening’s cup semi-final, the visitors played their part in a thoroughly uneventful first half. Indeed, the only moment of note was the penalty itself which could at best be described as soft, but to their credit the home side were relatively calm in their protests; even the travelling supporters were bemused by the decision. The move leading up to the goal was the highlight of the half. Phil Da Silva was involved in the build-up, Barry Dunbar helped the ball on, and Ben Hall tumbled in the area in a 50:50 tackle with Idris Kamara. Denton then stepped up, and duly tucked the spot kick into the bottom right to continue his hot scoring streak; 15 minutes on the clock.

James Goodey’s 40th minute sight of goal for Ascot was the only other incident of note, but his volley had dipped well in front of ‘keeper Alex Reed, who easily claimed.

Into the second half, and Woodley’s best chance of the game saw Toby Bridges’ looping header from Carl Prestidge’s cross cannon back off a post with ‘keeper Lee Allen rooted to the spot. Ascot then replaced Barry Dunbar and Ben Hall early-on with Rob Lazarczuk and James Richardson both introduced, and they would soon link up as Lazarczuk won a tussle with Kamara before feeding Richardson, whose under-pressure shot was saved. Ascot ‘keeper Allen’s booming clearance almost bounced up and deceived his opposite number who clawed the ball around a post, whilst at the other end, Danny Horscroft, Sam Guze and substitute Toby Briggs linked up for the former to volley over under pressure.

But as the game wore on, Woodley increasingly gifted possession to Ascot, although Ascot were unable to punish their wastefulness and add to their tally. Lazarczuk’s shot would sail over and onto the roof of the net before seeing an audacious late attempt from the centre circle sail narrowly over, and sandwiched between those efforts Phil Da Silva almost squeezed the ball past Reed after man-of-the-match Goodey had turned provider, but the home ‘keeper got enough on the ball to turn it around a post.

The Yellamen’s pursuit of silverware now continues at Flackwell Heath on Monday when they aim to book a place in the Blue Sport Supplementary Cup Final.

One East

Chalfont Wasps 0 Wokingham & Emmbrook 2 (report by Arthur Strand)
Chalfont Wasps played their last home game at Lowther Road, Emmbrook last Saturday having drainage problems at their home ground. The game started tentatively enough as Chalfont moved into Suma's territory but Ryan Williams shot was easy for Sean Woodward to gather in his hands safely. With the ball incoming, George Marsh headed over the top of Dan Little's crossbar as, after that highlight, Wokingham put some good passes together. Countering, Chalfont gained ground but Williams was beaten to the ball. On a wing move, Jordan Blake sent a diagonal ball over but it was too high and sailed over the crossbar. A couple of free kicks, one apiece, Wokingham made ground but lost possession and the situation was reversed as Wasps took the ball into the Wokingham half whereupon the unmarked Williams skewed his shot badly. After a Suma's free kick, Wasps escaped from their area but Wokingham moved forward with accurate passes and Blake's effort reached Little directly. A handball gave Wokingham a free kick but gained no real advantage as Wasps delivered a long ball but Woodward dealt with that without difficulty. The next effort from Suma's hit the top of the crossbar bouncing upwards and an ensuing free kick by Ben Broadhurst was headed wide by James Clark..A weak shot by Williams failed to put a number on the Chalfont tally, as Wasps looked a bit brighter than at the early stages of the game. Having said as much, Mason Wright angled in an effort but it went straight across the face of goal. Suma's took a corner in the next significant phase which was followed by a hard shot lashed in at the target but Dan Little got down low to cope with the task. A few flurries of activity later it was half time and no goals.

There was a missed chance as the second session got underway but the ball came in from an odd trajectory and Suma's could not quite connect.. Ben Broadhurst hit one over the crossbar then a few moments later supplied James Clark. As the ball went all around the box, in the 58th minute, Wokingham were in the lead courtesy of James Clark. After the restart, Suma's picked up pace a bit and within 5 minutes, Ben Broadhurst slotted a second goal to go 2 up. Luke Scope and Ben Winship replaced James Clark and Chris Newlove. but Chalfont had no substitutes. The second half continued, as some spectators described; a typical end of season game. There was still some good football as the game drew to a close Dan Little won the battle for the ball from a Wokingham Corner kick then Mason Wright had an effort saved by Sean Woodward. Ryan Williams weaved his way through the Suma's defence with a corner to Chalfont as the defenders cleared the ball and a second chance to Chalfont never worked out. Wasps were definitely having a last ditch attempt at a consolation goal as another corner led to a free header and a free kick by Mason Wright curled over Woodward's crossbar. Eventually, Suma's worked their way out of the pickle and maintained the lead. Two goals and three points kept the Suma's solidly in the middle of the table with one game left next Saturday at home to Aldermaston, second from bottom but 3 games left.

Penn & Tylers Green 1 Sandhurst Town 4
Penn & Tylers Green FC’s last game of the season at home to Sandhurst Town produced a 4-1 defeat, but they still came a creditable third in the league at the end of a long season. Penn’s crippling injury and suspension list which has deprived them of 12 first team players for the last two games proved a burden ultimately too much to bear, and so they suffered back to back defeats to distinguish any championship hopes and a third championship was taken from their grasp. and that honour will go to Virginia Waters in their first season in the league, with Bicester Town taking second place.

Penn started well and for the first thirty-five minutes matched their opponents toe to toe and indeed after 20 minutes they could have gone ahead as a good ball into the box found Chris Hurst in space but he turned and missed his cue and shot tamely at the relieved Sandhurst goalkeeper. Sandhurst used the width of the pitch well and were always dangerous down the flanks, and so it was that from a pinpoint cross in the 36th minute Sandhurst’s prolific goal scorer Charlie Oakley was left unmarked and from 8 yards out he guided a perfect header into the top corner of the net over the despairing dive of Matt Cannings in the Penn goal. Two minutes later Penn were undone down the left wing this time as Charlie Oakley progressed to the bye line and sent in a perfect low cross and Conor Harlowe came racing in at the far post and tapped in from 6 yards to give Sandhurst a massive advantage to take into the half time break.

In the second half Penn were a much more competitive outfit than the first and showed early signs of getting back in the game with a couple of promising attacks, but ultimately the final ball was not effective today and the Sandhurst goalkeeper was rarely troubled.
In the 53rd minute Penn’s resistance and resolve was virtually ended when Matt Cannings was adjudged to have brought down the Sandhurst forward and up stepped that man Charlie Oakley to confidently despatch the penalty into the corner to give Sandhurst an unassailable 3-0 lead.
Penn were now looking a spent force but one very bright light for them this afternoon was the performance of young Finley Buckle, a young 17-year-old, making his full senior debut at full-back (he is normally a centre forward!) and his maturity and use of the ball and general
performance belied his youthfulness. This was certainly a case of “out of darkness cometh light”!
Sandhurst were not to be denied a fourth goal and when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Penn penalty area, up stepped Adam Barnard to shoot straight through the bedraggled Penn wall to make the score 4-0.
After this Penn battled on and never gave up and were now causing Sandhurst some problems with a string of attacking moves and finally their persistence and endeavours were rewarded with a very good goal as Casey Bocarro was released down the left wing and he expertly pulled the ball back for veteran Jamie Hunt to sublimely and with great skill plant the ball into the bottom corner of the Sandhurst net from 12 yards out.
So, and deservedly, after a dogged display against all the odds, Penn had the last word and their season was brought to an end soon afterwards final score 4-1 to Sandhurst.

Another successful season completed and if circumstances had not conspired against us in the last month, then who knows what the outcome would have been? Two championships and a third in the last three seasons is success in any club’s records!!

One West


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