Berks County make statement wins in Combined Counties League

Sam Hutchings. Photo: Neil Graham.
Sam Hutchings. Photo: Neil Graham.

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Combined Counties League Division One Berks County have posted a couple of statement wins in a bid to reel in runaway leaders Amersham Town.

The Swords were held to a 1-1 draw at Eversley & California on the 30th January but have since posted confidence-boosting wins against Amersham and nearest challengers Yateley United.

Luke Hayden. Photo: Rafal Bak.
Luke Hayden. Photo: Rafal Bak.

On Saturday, Sid Gbla fired County to victory against Amersham with two goals, Shaun Wylie got the other in a 3-1 win with The Magpies previously only beaten twice in the league this season. The game didn’t come without casualties – 26 goal Luke Hayden looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines while Matthew Laverty was sent off.

Sid Gbla. Photo: Helen Warwick.
Sid Gbla. Photo: Helen Warwick.

On Tuesday night third placed Yateley were the visitors to the Racecourse Ground with Gbla again on target twice in a 4-2 win. Returning Nick Thumwood and Ellis Day were also on targt while Christopher Boutros and Myles Whyte replied for Yateley.

Winning the title and overhauling free-scoring Amersham remains a long shot for the Swords – they are ten points behind and exactly half the goal difference – but with 15 games to go don’t rule it out.

Elsewhere in Division One the remaining play-off places see British Airways, Langley, Eversley and Molesey all within a reasonable shout of making the end-of-season knockout.

In the division, the winners are automatically promoted while the teams in second to fifth go into the play-offs.

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