Windsor & Eton battle, Bracknell Town’s penalty joy and Imogen Fisher’s treble

Left to right: Tyler D'Cruz, Nana Owusu, Imogen Fisher and Fiifi Carter.
Left to right: Tyler D'Cruz, Nana Owusu, Imogen Fisher and Fiifi Carter.

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Football in Berkshire’s Briefing rounds up all the bits you might have missed from the weekend including the side that has only played four games in its history and already won two penalty shootouts, concerns for Reading City’s striker star and one Berkshire side left in the Women’s FA Cup.

As ever, leave your favourite moments from the weekends action in the comments below.

Windsor & Eton show class in Burghfield test

In what was a terrific advertisement for Thames Valley Premier League football, Windsor & Eton continued their strong start to the season with a hard earned victory over Burghfield in West Berkshire.

The two sides had played out a 0-0 draw in Windsor’s first game back at Stag Meadow at the start of the season, but this time it was the Royalists who came out on top.

Fiifi Carter. Photo: Richard Milam
Fiifi Carter. Photo: Richard Milam

Burghfield scored first through Elliott Telford but Windsor were soon back in it through Lucas Lindstrup and Fiifi Carter made it 2-1 before half time.

Burghfield saw a Lewis Butcher penalty saved in the second half while Ben Catt made the points safe for Windsor.

It’ll be a tough result for Burghfield to take with some perceived erratic refereeing during the game, however the Fielders had chances to get back in the game and were indebted to goalkeeper Ben Lallament who pulled off a series of terrific saves in the second half.

Windsor are a technically good side. It’ll be interesting to watch how they get on when some of the recreation ground pitches get heavier and wetter during the winter.

Penalty delight

Nana Owusu. Photo: John Leakey.
Nana Owusu. Photo: John Leakey.

Penalties paid dividends for Bracknell Town at the weekend with Nana Owusu and Ben Harris both scoring late from the spot for the Robins to ensure their advancement in the FA Cup.

Bracknell were level at 1-1 with Poole Town – a side they don’t have a great record against – in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round with a replay looking likely only for the Robins duo to dispatch the winning goals from 12 yards to relieve a bit of pressure at Bottom Meadow.

Meanwhile, for a team that has only played four games in its history, Maidenhead United’s Women’s Development side are making a name for themselves in penalty shootouts with two wins from two when cup games have ended in spot kicks.

Concerns for Reading City star

Reading City suffered one of their heaviest defeats at the weekend, but concerns quickly turned to star striker Tyler D’Cruz who collapsed on the pitch at the end of the game at home to Bedfont Sports.

Cityzen’s chairman Martin Law released a statement after the game saying: “In the last few minutes of yesterday’s game Tyler D’Cruz collapsed on the pitch.

“Having been assessed by our Physiotherapist Paul Addis it was decided that an Ambulance was needed.

“Once assessed by Paramedics on the pitch he was taken by ambulance to hospital where he remains for further observations.

“On behalf of the First Team Management and Playing Squad I’d like to thank everyone who has asked how Tyler is or sent him well wishes.”

An incredible weekend of results for Maidenhead United

Not content with penalty shootout wins, the rest of Maidenhead United’s teams had a pretty decent weekend as well.

The men’s first team have endured a tough run but a Devonshiring was dished out to leaders Chesterfield in a 1-1 draw in the Vanarama National League.

Imogen Fisher. Photo: Darren Woolley.
Imogen Fisher. Photo: Darren Woolley.

The women’s first team however went better with Imogen Fisher scoring a hat trick in a 9-0 FA Women’s National League Plate win over Selsey at York Road.

Meanwhile, Maidenhead’s Futsal arm picked up strong results with the men’s side coming from 2-0 down to beat Wessex 4-2 and the women’s side drawing 2-2 with promotion favourites Bedford.

Woodley United advance in Women’s FA Cup

Woodley United Women are through to the Women’s FA Cup Third Qualifying Round after hammering Buckingham United 8-0.

May Hamblin and Maddie Sawyer hit two each with Sarah Lawrence, Bonnie Messitt, Ellen Surtees and Sajunae Turner getting one each.

The men’s team aren’t doing too badly either. A 1-0 win at London Samurai Rovers on Saturday made it seven points from nine in the league and the Kestrels are in the FA Vase First Round Proper for the first time.

Elsewhere in the Women’s FA Cup Slough Town were beaten 9-0 at home to Oxford City and Ascot United were beaten 1-0 by Wycombe Wanderers.

Heavy defeat for Binfield

Garry Haylock. Photo: Neil Graham.
Garry Haylock. Photo: Neil Graham.

Binfield’s torrid start to the season continued on Saturday in the Isthmian League South Central Division One with an 8-0 defeat at Southall.

Off the back of a strong showing in the FA Cup against Northwood in early September, the Moles have slipped to a 7-1 defeat at Ashford United in the FA Trophy and a 3-0 home defeat to Hanworth Villa.

There’s no let up for Garry Haylock’s side with promotion chasing Chertsey Town next up on Tuesday night.

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