Captain returns for Reading City ahead of crucial survival battle

Reading City manager Simon Johnson. Photo: Neil Graham.
Reading City manager Simon Johnson. Photo: Neil Graham.

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Reading City captain Ellis Cowd returns to the Scours Lane sides line up on Saturday ahead of a crucial double header against Longlevens.

City are battling against the drop from the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division with two games remaining, home and away fixtures against the Gloucestershire side.

Simon Johnson’s men are in 18th of 19 teams by virtue of a better goal difference with bottom side Abingdon United and are three points behind Longlevens in 17th.

As far as Football in Bracknell is aware, the bottom two sides in the division will be relegated but as the league is currently running one short after Oxford City Nomads didn’t start the season, only the team in 19th will go down.

Cowd has played 15 times for City this season and Johnson revealed to FiB that Lewis Crawford was also available again.

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Bracknell Town

Robins manager Geoff Warner has told his players to ‘crack on’ after a surprise defeat in the Bostik League to bottom side Egham Town on Tuesday night.

Warner’s side are almost at full strength with Jordan Brown back from suspension but Jamie McClurg is definitely out and there are question marks over Matty Days fitness ahead of the visit to Northwood.

Goalkeeper Chris Grace will play again at Hendon as they travel to Farnborough and Johnny Hathaway is with Binfield.


Mick Woodham. Photo: Neil Graham.
Mick Woodham. Photo: Neil Graham.

Windsor host promotion chasing Bishop’s Cleeve at Stag Meadow and Mick Woodham has told FiB his side will be unchanged from last weeks win over Windsor, though he did confirm Dan Roberts is in the Slough Town squad but would return for the midweek game at home to Flackwell Heath.

Hungerford Town

The Crusaders fight for National League South survival continues at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday and there are doubts over Callum Wilmoth who didn’t train this week following a first 90 minutes in 18 months.

Boss Ian Herring did say though that Dan Bailey was back in training.


The Moles will have to bounce back from Tuesday night’s cup final disappointment but will have to do it without striker Ian Davies who is out for the season.

The Moles will also be without Josh Howell and Jeff Brown for the visit of Fairford Town but Idris Kamara returns.


It should be a tight game at the Rec Soc as Holyport visit promotion chasing AFC Aldermaston.

Manager Derek Sweetman said: “We’re expecting a very tough game. They have some very good players and we are both chasing the points. We have a couple back from the injured list, but still have several missing. “

All these sides and the rest of Berkshire’s non league fixtures are here.


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