Four-some Mollie Haines, Liam Ferdinand’s move and Jake Evans delights Hungerford Town

Liam Ferdinand. Mollie Haines and Jake Evans. Photo's by Neil Graham, Andy Wicks and Jeff Youd.
Liam Ferdinand. Mollie Haines and Jake Evans. Photo's by Neil Graham, Andy Wicks and Jeff Youd.

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A cracking weekend of football that mostly went ahead – a rarity at the moment – and there were some special scenes for Woodley United Ladies Mollie Haines and Hungerford Town’s Jake Evans.

Take it away – and don’t forget to leave your own talking points in the comments at the end of the piece.

Mollie Haines takes the plaudits for Woodley United

Four goals in a game is a rare thing, but Woodley United Ladies midfielder Molly Haines took the headlines on Sunday as the Kestrels beat Carterton 9-0 in their Southern Region Women’s Football League Division One North fixture.

The other five goals were shared across May Hamblin, Sarah Lawrence, Charley Evans, Ellen Surtees and Holly Wilkins.

A report on the Base of the Pyramid blog said: “A completely dominant display from Woodley who close the gap on Milton and do their goal difference no harm whatsoever. The result was never in doubt from the moment Mollie Haines scored the first goal within 40 seconds of kick-off.”

United are in the promotion mix in the division with a game in hand over leaders Milton United and six games to play.

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Liam Ferdinand vs Bracknell Town

You might have missed this – we certainly did – but at the start of January Liam Ferdinand made his loan move from Farnborough to Chesham United permanent.

The news came after the striker – who has also been on loan at Bracknell this season – opened his account for the Generals against North Leigh.

The following game for the Buckinghamshire side of course then brought an early reunion for Ferdinand and his former club with Chesham running out 2-1 winners. ‘Ferdy’ started the game which included two penalties in the first-half, one scored for Chesham and one over-turned for Bracknell’s Mickel Platt who, according to the referee, kicked the ball twice while taking his spot kick.

If you can spot this in the video you are far more eagle-eyed than us BUT the linesman and/or the referee will have significantly better views of it than a camera angle behind the goal.

Paggies Bar and Burghfield’s FA Sunday Cup runs end

The Berkshire Sunday League sides finally completed their FA Sunday Cup ties on Sunday and both came home empty-handed.

Reading & District Sunday Leaguers Burghfield fells to 2-0 to holders Baiteze in Essex while Newbury Sunday League Paggies were beaten 3-0 in Suffolk by Borussia Martlesham, ending our Berkshire representation in this seasons competition.

Hail can’t halt Hungerford Town

Jeff’s pictures really tell the story here, but the big important thing was the three points for Hungerford Town in their battle to beat the drop in the Vanarama National League South – a 1-0 win at home to Dover Athletic was Danny Robinson’s sides first league win since the 2-1 defeat of Slough Town in November and just the tonic following Friday night’s news.

Talking of Slough Town..

Tonbridge Angels will be ruing another Berkshire club (after Binfield and Bracknell Town both took their pocket money already this season) as Slough Town came from 3-0 down to earn a point in Kent.

The Rebels look a lot safer in the National League South than their Berkshire neighbours Hungerford but will certainly be looking over their shoulders. For now though, enjoy all three Rebels goals.

Just some tweets

No idea what to make of this, but it’s a precedent we don’t need at all in the grassroots game regardless whether the ball was over the line or not.

Certainly the Reading Referee Association’s is the hill we’ll die on.

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