Reading FC, MK Dons and Wycombe Wanderers next up for Berkshire’s non-league sides

Joe Grant playing for Bracknell Town against Reading FC. Photo: Neil Graham.
Joe Grant playing for Bracknell Town against Reading FC. Photo: Neil Graham.

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With the Fourth Round close to completion, the Berks & Bucks County FA Cup moves into its glamour phase for the Quarter Finals.

That is because the County FA’s three professional sides enter the fray with EFL League One Reading FC and Wycombe Wanderers along with League Two MK Dons all becoming active in the men’s competition.

On Wednesday night, Combined Counties League Premier Division Burnham joined Beaconsfield Town in the last eight – beating Hungerford Town – with Reading City, Flackwell Heath, Marlow, Risborough Rangers, Winslow United, Maidenhead United and Milton United all vying for the remaining three spots.

The ‘pro clubs’ are always drawn away in the competition, and tend to field a mixture of youth and trialist players in the competition, but that doesn’t stop the crowds from turning out with Bracknell Town and Long Crendon the beneficiaries of bumper crowds in recent seasons.

A big crowd turned out for Long Crendon vs Wycombe Wanderers. Photo supplied by Wycombe Wanderers.
A big crowd turned out for Long Crendon vs Wycombe Wanderers. Photo supplied by Wycombe Wanderers.

With respect to Flackwell Heath, everyone in FiB towers is hoping for a Reading City vs Reading FC clash in the last four.

The remaining Berks & Bucks County FA Senior Cup Fourth Round ties are:

  • Reading City vs Flackwell Heath (23rd January)
  • Risborough Rangers OR Winslow United vs Marlow (date TBC)
  • Maidenhead United vs Milton United (15th January)

Teams in the Quarter Finals: Reading FC, MK Dons, Wycombe Wanderers, Beaconsfield Town, Burnham.

Some insight from a pro club on the County Cup challenge

Berks & Bucks County FA Women’s Senior Cup

In the Women’s equivalent competition, the Senior Cup is already at the semi final stage with Reading FC Women the highest ranked side in the competition while MK Dons play a division below in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier.

Both teams are in the last four with the Royals away to New Bradwell St Peter and MK at home to Abingdon United.

Both games are due to be played on the 21st January 2024.

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